Teaching English in Lithuania

Lithuania Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Vilnius$700 – $1000

The level of demand for native speakers in Lithuania is reasonably high and growing. Unfortunately, TEFL salaries are low and living costs have risen remarkably over the last few years. You certainly won’t be able to save much, if at all.

Vilnius itself is an interesting city and is where the vast majority of the opportunities are. Despite the harsh winters, Lithuania is a good place to live for a year and looks set for further growth as a tourist destination. Working conditions vary greatly from one language center to another so it is vital to do as much research as you can before signing a contract and never sign one which doesn’t include social security.

Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?EU National?Experience?

Only sign a contract which includes SODRA (social security) otherwise you have to pay your own taxes and do not get any sick pay or holiday pay.

Given the low salaries, you may need to supplement your income with extra, private one-to-one tuition.

Peak hiring season is between May and August for a September start.

As with most countries in Europe, it is a lot easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals. Employers usually take care of work permit arrangements.

Living costs are rising. Food, electricity, and gas prices have shot up in the last 5 years or so. Sadly, TEFL salaries haven’t.

Employers generally pay your income tax for you (unless you unwisely sign a contract which doesn’t include SODRA) and as usual, you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.

Pros and Cons of Teaching in Lithuania


  • Strong demand for English tuition
  • Keen and pleasant students
  • Interesting traditional culture and folklore


  • Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
  • Job offers are not usually made prior to your arrival in Lithuania
  • Low salaries and rising living costs