Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy
When I got out of college ('76) it was OK to start at a grand a month.
I knew a guy who was making $35K, driving a new Porsche and getting lots of pussy for making big money
I think I made, along with a generous bonus a total of around $20K my first year and had a company car.
This is the same year or a year after my dad graduated; I think he told me his plan if not getting married was to live at home while working a $12,000/year job, because 911's were half that and he was gonna buy one within a year. He got married instead and to this day hasn't bought a Porsche.
Before graduation, I worked full time at a marketing info company doing desk research, it only paid like $2000/month because that was the standard in Asia at the time, 2002.
I graduated in 2005, came back to Seoul to teach ESL, I worked at a school but got paid hourly and got $27/hour, for 120 hours a month in good terms, low enrollment terms I'd get closer to 100 hours, but work never exceeded 6 hours a day. It was just either 4, 5, or 6 days a week, M-Sat, so paychecks varied between $3200 to a little over $4000, taxes paid, housing free. With the 6 hours of work a day I got bored and got a second job and made some more money, so the first and second year I made about $70 or 80K, cash money. It was good money but soul sucking work. Some people here can do it for years, for far less. I lucked out and got a pretty good paying job in that sense, I'd say the average for new ESL teachers is more like $30K/year if they're not being tricked.