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CasperDog



Joined: 15 Jun 2012
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:27 pm    Post subject: Can we talk about salaries? Reply with quote

Hey all,

Let's talk $$$$$?

I've been offered a job teaching pre-K. It seems like a really nice school, well-run and well-off, quite deep out on the Asian side. Hours are 8:30-4:30 5 days a week, but with breaks and such, so I won't actually be teaching that whole time. There's also a few weeks of paid vacation on holidays and winter break and such.

I've been offered 2500 TL/month. No housing but they will be getting me a work permit. Lunch included, too. Yum.

Does this seem good/bad/normal? What are salaries like these days in Istanbul? For reference, I'm TEFL-certified but have no CELTA or previous experience teaching English abroad.

TANX.
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gorkomi



Joined: 24 Aug 2009
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a CELTA, 7 years experience, and a BA. I was offered 2700 total at a university. I'd really have liked to work there, but when students are paying as much as they are, there's no excuse for a salary that low.
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billy orr



Joined: 15 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done. The downward pressure on wages seems quite strong at the moment, and some places are tying it on. It is important for qualified teachers to resist and not accept poor offers.
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sixthchild



Joined: 18 Apr 2012
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel that this is a reasonable salary for someone relativity new to this line of work. Anyone with more experience, say 10 + years and a few more pieces of paper should be pulling over 3k, that TL not dollars.
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ladonnaoscurata



Joined: 05 Jan 2006
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Location: Vancouver, BC

PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually disagree with the responses. My first year working at a pre-K I was offered $1,500 US. The next year, at a different pre-K school, I jumped up to $1,900 with free housing. The year after that, at yet another pre-K school I got $1,950 plus 600TL in housing money. I haven't been living in Turkey for a couple of years but it seems like salaries are on the decline Sad That worries me since I have plans to move back next year!
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vashdown2



Joined: 14 Feb 2007
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was recently job-hunting in Turkey.


It seems to work at a public K-12 you make around 2,500 TL. NO housing.

There are also K-12's offering the same salary, 2,500 TL, but with free housing which saves you at least 700 lira a month.

I would keep on hunting until you get either a housing stipend or free housing with the package.
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CECTPA



Joined: 18 Oct 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not just you; anecdotally from recent conversations among acquaintances representing a range of school types, I notice the lowballing trend is definitely a reality.
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Qaaolchoura



Joined: 10 Oct 2008
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I don't think it's that bad, but then I teach adults, and frankly you would have to pay me considerably more than that for me to teach pre-K. But the work-permit is good (I also get a work permit), and that's a tolerable offer for someone with absolutely no experience.

I make slightly more than that (well, when you include my housing allowance), but I have experience and live in Gaziantep, which generally ads a few hundred lira to one's salary per month, and I also work somewhat less-ideal hours. I do see some really great-sounding salaries (2k USD + housing) occasionally offered for pre-K and primary school positions in the southeast, but they're generally out in eastern Turkey, and generally ask for "teaching certification," which I assume means home-country public school teaching credentials.

Of course I assume that the OP will have accepted or rejected it by now, but my 3.5 kuruş for future reference.

Regards,
~Q
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