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Where other than Canada (specifically the prairies) can I teach and earn a comparable income?
November 30, 2010 9:39 AM   Subscribe

Where other than Canada (specifically the prairies) can I teach and earn a comparable income?

With another prairie winter starting, I'm getting the urge to live somewhere warmer for at least a year, perhaps (much) longer. My concern is that, even as a first-year teacher, I likely make a lot more where I currently live than I might elsewhere.

I have a 4-year B.Sc., in computer-science degree, a M.A. in religion (not theology), and a 2-year B. Ed., degree. As a first year teacher, with my educational background, I make approximately 56,000$. With a couple more courses I can max out my educational bonus. Within 9 years I'd be at the top of the experience ladder. Together, those would put me at around 90-95k. (That doesn't include cost of living increases over those 9 years).

That's really nice, especially for a long time student. But, I'm freezing and hate waking up in the dark and coming home in the dark. So, somewhere warmer would be wonderful.

I'm 30 and male. I'd love to be able to bring my cats, too.
posted by iftheaccidentwill to Work & Money (7 answers total)
I should add: I'm clearly not looking to be rich, but I do have student loans that I'd like to pay off. So going abroad and coming back neither richer or poorer isn't particularly feasible.
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 9:41 AM on November 30, 2010

If you're willing to live somewhat frugally, teaching jobs in the UAE pay reasonably well, given that they provide accommodation plus a couple of trips home a year. And the income is tax free. So you may want to look into that. Not sure how the pay scales compare exactly, though.
posted by bardophile at 9:44 AM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]

It's not a whole lot warmer, but you can do that in many US cities. I know teachers in Evanston, IL and Pittsburgh, PA who make around $100k US.
posted by rbs at 9:45 AM on November 30, 2010

Did I need to mention that UAE is a lot warmer?
posted by bardophile at 9:48 AM on November 30, 2010

Vancouver or Vancouver Island. In Canada and warmer.
posted by blue_beetle at 10:48 AM on November 30, 2010

Don't look in BC, all of which is in an education system contraction right now. The only growing district is Surrey, and even they laid off last year.

And as someone from the prairies myself, I'll offer that six months of rain isn't the replacement for long, dark Saskatchewan winters that I thought it would be. I know a couple teachers from the Island who are in Saudi Arabia right now teaching for a hell of a lot of money, though.
posted by fatbird at 11:37 AM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]

I have a friend who is teaching in Qatar right now and making tons o' cash. He has a Ph.D., though, but on the other hand had very little teaching experience.

There is a big international teachers' hiring fair in the US every January or February; perhaps there is something similar in Canada?
posted by Sidhedevil at 1:30 PM on November 30, 2010 [1 favorite]

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