Teaching and Living in Taiwan?

HESS pays hourly for classes taught and guarantees 20 teaching hours a week. Initially all teachers are charged 18% tax by the government. If they are in the country for more than 183 days, then their tax rate drops to 5% and they get the difference back when they file their taxes.

The numbers in this calculator are based on a teacher at the starting pay of NT $620 per hour, before tax with 4.3 weeks in a month. A teacher’s starting pay can go up to NT $660 per hour based on previous teaching qualfications—e.g. having an education degree, a TEFL certificate, or previous full-time teaching experience. 

HESS pays hourly for classes taught and guarantees 20 teaching hours a week. Initially all teachers are charged 18% tax by the government. If they are in the country for more than 183 days, then their tax rate drops to 5% and they get the difference back when they file their taxes.

The numbers in this calculator are based on a teacher at the starting pay of NT $620 per hour, before tax with 4.3 weeks in a month. A teacher’s starting pay can go up to NT $660 per hour based on previous teaching qualfications – e.g. having an education degree, a TEFL certificate, or previous full-time teaching experience. 

Select your lifestyle

Super Saver
Culture Vulture
Mandarin Master
Leisure Lizard
City Slicker
Adventure Addict

Super Saver

If you’re good with budgeting, you can save a lot of money while teaching abroad. The challenge will be knowing when to go Western and when to go Eastern. Good places for you will be in low-cost locations like Keelung, Taoyuan/Zhongli, Hsinchu/Zhubei, and Changhua

Working hours: 30/week

Income: NT$ 75,481

Total Savings:


NT$ 53,481

Suburbs Medium-cost apartment

Sharing accommodation


NT$ 12,000

Electricity

Gas

Water


NT$ 2,000

Cheap restaurant (twice/month)


NT$ 10,000

Scooter/Motorcycle (monthly running costs)


NT$ 1,000

Reading Materials

Online Streaming Services


NT$ 1,500

Day out – Train or bus trip in Taiwan


NT$ 500

Language Exchange


NT$ 0

Culture Vulture

Studying the local language is a valuable skill set to learn and is best done at local universities and/or language centers. Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung would be good choices in Taiwan, but there are options to learn online through HESS’ discount with the National Taiwan Normal University.

Working hours: 20/week

Income: NT$ 50,154

Total Savings:


NT$ 12,654

Suburbs Medium-cost apartment


NT$ 9,000

Electricity

Gas

Water


NT$ 2,000

Moderate restaurant (twice/month)


NT$ 13,500

Scooter/Motorcycle (monthly running costs)


NT$ 1,000

Reading Materials

DVD rentals and other cheap options

Tea/coffee house


NT$ 2,500

Day out – Train or bus trip in Taiwan

International trip every 6 months

Long weekend (Once every other month)


NT$ 7,500

One-on-one paid class with a friend


NT$ 2,000

Mandarin Master

Studying the local language is a valuable skill set to learn and is best done at local universities and/or language centers. Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung would be good choices in Taiwan, but there are options to learn online through HESS’ discount with the National Taiwan Normal University.

Working hours: 20/week

Income: NT$ 50,154

Total Savings:


NT$ 12,654

City Medium-cost apartment

Sharing accommodation


NT$ 9,000

Electricity

Gas

Water


NT$ 2,000

Moderate restaurant (twice/month)


NT$ 13,500

Scooter/Motorcycler (monthly running costs)


NT$ 1,000

DVD rentals and other cheap options

Tea/coffee house


NT$ 2,500

Day out – Train or bus trip in Taiwan

Long weekend (Once every other month)


NT$ 3,500

Professional course


NT$ 5,000

Leisure Lizard

To have a relaxed lifestyle with little pressure and lots of other things to do you’d really need to live outside of the major city centers. Taoyuan/Zhongli, Hsinchu/Zhubei, and Changhua in Taiwan could be good for you.

Working hours: 25/week

Income: NT$ 62,827

Total Savings:


NT$ 22,327

City Medium-cost apartment


NT$ 15,000

Electricity

Gas

Water


NT$ 2,000

Moderate restaurant (twice/month)


NT$ 13,500

Scooter/Motorcycle (monthly running costs)


NT$ 1,000

Weekly movies

Bars

DVD rentals and other cheap options

Tea/coffee house


NT$ 5,500

Day out – Train or bus trip in Taiwan

Long weekend (Once every other month)


NT$ 3,500

Language Exchange


NT$ 0

City Slicker

Being a city slicker probably means you want to be in a big city with a lot of creature comforts. Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung are the places you need to be.

Working hours: 30/week

Income: NT$ 75,481

Total Savings:


NT$28,481

City Medium-cost apartment


NT$ 15,000

Electricity

Gas

Water


NT$ 2,000

Moderate restaurant (twice/month)


NT$ 13,500

Scooter/Motorcycle (monthly running costs)

Taxis (weekly trips)


NT$ 2,500

Weekly movies

Bars

Clubbing

DVD rentals and other cheap options


NT$ 10,500

Day out – Train or bus trip in Taiwan

Long weekend (Once every other month)


NT$ 3,500

Language Exchange


NT$ 0

Adventure Addict

For all things mountain climbing, white-water rafting, swimming, surfing, or exploring-related, the best places are in Taiwan. Keelung, Yilan/Luodong, Chiayi, Hualien, Taitung, and Nantou/Yuanlin are the places to be to really have a nature adventure.

Working hours: 20/week

Income: NT$ 50,154

Total Savings:


NT$16,654

Suburbs Medium-cost apartment


NT$ 9,000

Electricity

Gas

Water


NT$ 2,000

Moderate restaurant (twice/month)


NT$ 13,500

Scooter/Motorcycle (monthly running costs)


NT$ 1,000

Weekly movies

Bars

DVD rentals and other cheap options


NT$ 4,500

Day out – Train or bus trip in Taiwan

Long weekend (Once every other month)


NT$ 3,500

Language Exchange


NT$ 0

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