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Average Salary For University Lecturers?

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Where I work when I was hired they had a sheet with the base salary for you degree level, then other certifications such as tefl, celta, etc. which added so much per month, also your teaching exp. brought up your pay some more, there was one other group that I dont remember. Around 29-32k is normal I think for a bachelors degree, masters only 2 or 3k more. The sad fact is most primary and secondary schools pay more, but for me the working conditions and students are so much better, I tried teaching secondary school for a bit and couldnt do it. I have a great amount of respect for most teachers of primary and secondary schools as they really have a tough job. I know it doesnt sound like alot of money but I live quite well on it and it is always easy to pick up private work.

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The sad fact is most primary and secondary schools pay more, but for me the working conditions and students are so much better, I tried teaching secondary school for a bit and couldnt do it.

Have to second that. Government uni teaching in Thailand is pleasant, enjoyable and pretty much stress-free and you are mostly in control - contrast that absolutely with prathom/matthayom or private language school teaching . If you can do some extra/outside stuff to up the income to a comfortable level, then it's fairly sweet.

The only issue is: is it enough for you for the long-term? That's really why I left to return to the UK for a few years, at least.

Edited by paully

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I haven't checked this thread for a while, and I notice some questioning / doubt about the rates I quoted in my original reply.

I confirm that the rates I mentioned are for a so called 'highly prestigious' university, for very well qualified and experienced lecturers, and as mentioned by another poster, it's not that easy to get in the door.

I mentioned 5,000Baht per hour for doctoral studies tutorials /mentoring etc., but perhaps I should add that these assignments are fairly rare and the total numbers of doctoral students at any one time is very small.

Let's also please realize that most (perhaps all, I'm not sure) Thai government linked universities still get quite big budgets of taxpayers funds, and some also have pretty high fees (especially doctoral studies programs) which substantially builds the total funds available for salaries, buildings, equipment etc.

I stand by what I originally posted, and I did answer the original question.

Edited by scorecard

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Thanks for the clarification. It's helpful to know that there are some coveted positions and they are well paid for, but difficult to get.

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I mentioned 5,000Baht per hour for doctoral studies tutorials /mentoring etc., but perhaps I should add that these assignments are fairly rare and the total numbers of doctoral students at any one time is very small.

I know of a department that pays similar. The foreign staff are highly skilled, highly educated professionals. If the uni cannot meet the international rate, then they cannot attract the known talent. And without the talent, there is no department. In order to pull it off, they sourced outside funding. A win win.

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I was offered a job with Durakit Pundit Uni (DPU) in Laksi, 5 years ago, purely on the basis of me emailing them with an interest in collaborating on research, and also offering to teach for them. I have a first class bachelors degree and PhD from a UK university. I have several years UK university teaching experience and student project supervision. I have many years of relevant industrial experience. There was no interview and the position offered a monthly salary of 55,000 baht. This was an 8am to 5pm Mon - Fri job and I think it may have been necessary to be present on Saturday morning. The was an initial teaching commitment of 3 hours per week. It was on their international program, so all the teaching was to be in English. I didn't stay there as they weren't to keen nor quick to sort out a work permit for me. I was not comfortable to work without a work permit.

I live near the Uni now and occasionally go on campus and the students are amazed to see a foreigner. I have seen very few foreigners there. However, all round the Uni are massive adverts in English advertising the international programmes. Some adverts have many photos of a various collection of foreigners that look like lecturers. One advert even has foreign students in Thai Uni dress. In all the times I have been there and around about I have never seen a foreign student at DPU !<br /><br />HTH<br /><br />

Edited by Khun Bob

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I didn't stay there as they weren't to keen nor quick to sort out a work permit for me. I was not comfortable to work without a work permit.

Quite right, too!!

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I'm just teaching in Bangkok for the summer as I have a regular university job in the US, but my salary is about 100,000 per month (2 courses/12 hours per week) plus 20,000/month housing and about 45,000 for airfare. I do have a business Ph.D. from a major US university. I make up the difference by teaching an online course for my home uni which, yeah, pays about 4 times as much per course...

I know some business faculty that have been coming for several years that make MUCH MUCH more in terms of both salary and housing allowance...

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I used to work for a prestigious uni in Bangkok - 23,000 a month but for 9 hours a week. 1200 minimum for extra classes.

The secret is to get few hours and do lots of extra, obviously.

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Another guy I know makes 7500 per hour at the MBA level plus 45,000 per month for housing and airfare of course. :)

We have nearly identical qualifications and teach the same courses, so that's my eventual goal... :D

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By the way... where do I start with getting a work visa? Is there a specific category for a university professor with a PhD (as there is in the US) or is it just a general work visa?

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Hi, and welcome to the forum. I am sure some posters will be along to give you more specific information on your situation, but there is no special category for university professors. You might want to take a look at the pinned topics at the top of the forum and in the visa section.

Best of luck and again, welcome.

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Hi, and welcome to the forum. I am sure some posters will be along to give you more specific information on your situation, but there is no special category for university professors. You might want to take a look at the pinned topics at the top of the forum and in the visa section.

Best of luck and again, welcome.

Thanks for that info. I saw some information on some kind of research visa, and wasn't sure if I needed that one. It seems to be relatively difficult to track down Thai visa information. I have looked at the US visa information on the State Department website, and, while the information is readily available, I think you would need a law degree to actually figure it out--not sure which system is worse... :)

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On this forum take a look at this section:

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/Thai-visas-r...permits-f1.html

And you are right, it takes a Ph.D or a law degree or a whole lot of experience to figure some of this out. We do have people with all three qualifications--but the experienced ones are the best at helping out!

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glad I finally found this part of the forum.

Looking forward to the University Challange.

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