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Where are the jobs paying RMB 10,000?
Most of the ads I see on the 'Net are in the ballpark of RMB 5,000 to 6,000. Of course this is not the real salary, as accommodation, Internet access and even subsidised transportation, return airfares, bonuses and even cheap meals in school canteens are included in the package. This would inflate the base figure to close to the 10 grand mark.|
I think the main reason that salaries for Western teachers are so much higher than those of Chinese teachers is that the standard of living in the west is that much higher and we expect more.
As a rough guide, RMB 5,000 is just over USD 600 or AUD 800. As a comparison, a High School teacher in Australia earns the equivalent of RMB 6,000 a WEEK! Again, rent/mortgage, food, and so on need to be deducted from this figure to make a realistic comparison with Chinese salaries for Western teachers.
Westerners, no matter how much of a "hard-boiled egg" they are (see my earlier post), will want to eat Western food occasionally. Western food is comparatively very expenseive in China. For example, the price I paid for a coffee and piece of cheesecake at Starbucks in the Forbidden City more than paid for dinner for THREE of us at a restaurant near my hotel that night.
There is much more to this argument than I can print here, and is not a problem that can be dealt with adequately on a bulletin board forum.