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Fresh Graduates Earn W2.2 Million on Average

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This from the Chosun Ilbo.

Lot higher than the overall average salary and these figures from 2005 (I know, old data).

Pretty much on par with hagwon salaries of native English instructors (2.0-2.2) for fresh graduates. I know that you may say that native instructors get free housing which would amount to another 400,000 to 600,000 KRW per month (avg.). Keep in mind though, that many mid to large size firms hand out performance bonuses on a quarterly basis that could equal up to one month’s salary and sometimes even more.

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November 24, 2009 at 3:16 pm

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Do schools prefer F-2s over E-2s?

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Thanks to asmith for posing this question on this blog. I’ll give you the answer from my perspective but it’s pretty much the general consensus of schools that wish to go this route.

You’re right. F-visa holders are definitely the pickiest and arguably ‘hard to control’ by schools. However, IMO, I would say that F-2 holders (married to Korean) are definitely more pickier than F-4 holders (overseas Korean-gyopo). The former, because they are married, they are usually confined to a specific locale as they probably already have housing. Furthermore, if you are married to a Korean, in all likelihood, you’ve been here for a long time. You have a good idea of the market, what you want to teach, how you want to teach, and where you want to teach. Lastly, you’re not bound by silly visa laws that require you to work for only one place so you likely have a lot of side gigs (I know that most contracts, regardless of visas, don’t allow you to work elsewhere but honestly, who cares).

That being said, if a school is able to land a decent F-2 holder as opposed to an E-2 and can satisfy all their job requirements, it’s much better for the school. Why? The number one reason is that it’s cheaper. They don’t have to pay for a flight but more importantly, they don’t have to pay for housing (usually).

You may ask, then why don’t they just hire an F-4 holder? Lots of schools actually prefer F-4 holders but some want that ‘foreign look’ (hey I’m just stating what’s true). Because F-2s fit the mold of a ‘native-looking’ instructor but don’t come with the red-tape and cost of an E-2, they would rather go this route.

To answer your last question, F-2s aren’t necessarily confined to Seoul; it’s just that that’s where most of the F-2 instructors are but there are lots elsewhere as well. Also, keep in mind that most F-2 visa holders in Korea are housewives originating from southeast Asian countries living in rural Korea.

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November 24, 2009 at 10:23 am

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