Job Roles

Explore Job Roles: ESL Instructors

Learn about the average salary, relevant studies, and common path after college to becoming a ESL Instructor.

What is an ESL Instructor?

ESL Instructors are teachers for students that have not learned English as their first language. ESL Instructors focus on reading, writing, speaking, and listening fluency in their students–adults or children. 

Where does an ESL Instructor work?

  • Public or private schools
  • As a private tutor

How much does an ESL Instructor make?

Based on real new grad salaries reported through Handshake, the median annual salary for an ESL Instructor is $39,674.

What majors are typically interested in becoming an ESL Instructor? 

One’s major doesn’t necessarily determine their career, but these are some common majors of those who end up pursuing this career path.

  • Education majors
  • English majors
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ESL Instructor skills and competencies:

On top of a relevant degree and formal training, here are some professional skills that can help aspiring ESL Instructors succeed in their work:

  • Great communication skills
  • Attentive listening
  • Strong lesson planning skills

What are some common questions about ESL Instructors?

Q: How do I become an ESL Instructor?

A: Usually, you can start with an accredited bachelor’s degree in teaching. From there you have to pass a few teaching exams and then go out and find work experience.