English teachers in Russia get paid based on experience, qualifications and the position they’re taking. While there are lots of positions for newly-qualified teachers, access to higher-paid positions will require a bit of experience.
Here’s a run-down of how the market looks:
Teachers can generally expect to make at least $1,000 a month, and that’s with little/no experience. Private language schools sometimes come with extras like housing and airfare, which can save you a lot of money, but it’s not always the case – so be sure to check when discussing with potential schools.
If you have a few years of teaching experience, or a degree related to teaching, you could consider working for an international school or university. These options pay more, but expect teachers to put in more hours of work each week.
Aside from teaching children and teenagers, there’s also a rather large market for teaching English in a corporate environment as many Russian adults want to improve their English so that they can do more business abroad. You’ll find private language schools which cater to adults and children, and private tutoring can be a good option to further supplement your wages.
When you live in a big city like Moscow or St. Petersburg, a large chunk of your salary goes to rent. Prices for a meal outdoors aren’t as cheap in Asia, but not crazy like Europe either. Shopping at local markets can save you money and public transport isn’t expensive.