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How Much Does an ESL Instructor Earn In The United States?

ESL Instructor Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$48,000
$34,000
$48,000
$67,000
The average esl instructor makes about $48,345 per year. That's $23.24 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $34,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $67,000. Many of esl instructors seem to be drawn to education and non profits companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case esl instructors tend to work at energy, transportation, and hospitality companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that California, Nevada and Utah pay esl instructors the highest salaries.
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Where ESL Instructors Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where esl instructors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do ESL Instructors Earn In Different Cities?

While an esl instructor can average a salary of $48,345 per year, or $23.24 per hour, there are many opportunities for esl instructors to make more. For example, in Mountain View, CA you might make $93,400 per year. Other high-paying locations include Reno, NV, Urban Honolulu, HI and Milwaukee, WI. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Mountain View, CA where the average starting salary is $56,000. The highest paying states for esl instructors include California, Nevada and Utah. Meanwhile, West Virginia, Indiana, and Kentucky offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

Mountain View, CA

Salary Range71k - 121k$93k$93,400

Reno, NV

Salary Range59k - 100k$78k$77,701

Urban Honolulu, HI

Salary Range47k - 64k$55k$55,490

Milwaukee, WI

Salary Range42k - 69k$55k$54,518

New York, NY

Salary Range40k - 67k$52k$52,054

Kearny, NJ

Salary Range39k - 66k$51k$51,389

Moscow, ID

Salary Range40k - 64k$51k$51,043

Abilene, TX

Salary Range37k - 65k$50k$49,906

Sierra Vista, AZ

Salary Range37k - 65k$49k$49,356

Iowa City, IA

Salary Range36k - 58k$46k$45,883
$28k
$121k

High Paying ESL Instructor Jobs

Which Companies Pay ESL Instructors The Most?

To earn a high income as an esl instructor, working for iBridge or California College of the Arts might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Missouri Military Academy and Boricua College report highly competitive salaries for esl instructors.
Company
Company
Average Salary
iBridge
Salary Range64k - 78k$71k$71,290
California College of the Arts
Salary Range60k - 65k$63k$63,325
Missouri Military Academy
Salary Range58k - 66k$62k$62,243
Boricua College
Salary Range59k - 64k$62k$61,993
Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange)
Salary Range59k - 64k$62k$61,744
United States Department of Defense
Salary Range58k - 64k$61k$61,248
American Land Lease
Salary Range56k - 63k$60k$60,198
SSL
Salary Range54k - 64k$59k$59,445
Central Community College
Salary Range56k - 61k$59k$59,047
$51k
$78k

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    How Much Do ESL Instructors Make In Different Industries?

    Esl instructor salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with energy, transportation, and hospitality companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, an esl instructor can make a yearly salary of $66,142 while working for energy companies. All the while, other esl instructors are making $62,431 at transportation companies and $58,084 at hospitality companies. One industry esl instructors may want to avoid is the government industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $56,461.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Energy

    Salary Range60k - 71k$66k$66,142

    Transportation

    Salary Range57k - 67k$62k$62,431

    Hospitality

    Salary Range52k - 63k$58k$58,084

    Non Profits

    Salary Range53k - 62k$58k$58,021

    Education

    Salary Range53k - 62k$58k$57,824

    Government

    Salary Range52k - 60k$56k$56,461
    $52k
    $71k

    Recently Added ESL Instructor Salaries

    Location
    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
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    $62,610
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    Coralville, IA
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    $41,990
    $41,990
    09/03/2020
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    San Diego, CA
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    $62,610
    $62,610
    08/29/2020
    Ia Western Comm College
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    Council Bluffs, IA
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    05/12/2020
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    $36,523
    $36,523
    05/12/2020
    Kern Comunity College District
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    Non-Credit ESL Instructor-Adjunct Pool
    Non-Credit ESL Instructor-Adjunct Pool
    Non-Credit ESL Instructor-Adjunct Pool
    Bakersfield, CA
    Bakersfield, CA
    05/10/2020
    05/10/2020
    $62,610
    $62,610
    05/10/2020
    The College of Saint Rose
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    ESL Instructors (Temporary)
    ESL Instructors (Temporary)
    Albany, NY
    Albany, NY
    03/11/2020
    03/11/2020
    $52,175
    $52,175
    03/11/2020
    Oakton Community College
    Oakton Community College
    ESL Instructor: Non-Credit, Adult Education
    ESL Instructor: Non-Credit, Adult Education
    ESL Instructor: Non-Credit, Adult Education
    Des Plaines, IL
    Des Plaines, IL
    03/11/2020
    03/11/2020
    $52,175
    $52,175
    03/11/2020
    Evening ESL Instructor
    Evening ESL Instructor
    Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL
    02/19/2020
    02/19/2020
    $35,479
    $35,479
    02/19/2020
    Adjunct Pool-ESL Instructor (Non-Credit)
    Adjunct Pool-ESL Instructor (Non-Credit)
    Moline, IL
    Moline, IL
    02/14/2020
    02/14/2020
    $44,203
    $44,203
    02/14/2020