Teaching English in Pakistan

Teaching English in Pakistan

Pakistan Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Karachi, Lahore$500 – $1000

Pakistan is perhaps not the first country that springs to mind when you think of teaching English in Asia.

However, there are a number of opportunities at language centers in several cities and the demand seems to be for Business English and conversation classes with native speakers.

Salaries are not high and online job advertisements remain scarce. There are, however, lots of volunteer positions are available.

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Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?Experience?
YesYes1-2 Years

Experienced teachers are advised to inquire if there are any IELTS Examiner positions at the British Council. These posts are infrequently advertised and well-paid.

Consider volunteering at first as a way to make contacts and β€˜get your foot in the door’ of the country.

For further insights into English language tuition in Pakistan visit the SPELT (Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers) website.

It takes approximately one month to process the work visa application and this should be done in conjunction with your employer before you arrive in Pakistan.

The cost of living is low in Pakistan.

Income tax is usually paid by employers and salaries are normally paid on a monthly basis.

Pros and Cons of Teaching in Pakistan


  • The literacy rate in Pakistan is very low and your contribution (whether paid or unpaid) will be of great benefit to the local people
  • Low living costs
  • The demand for English language tuition is growing


  • Only a small number of paid positions
  • Pakistan is not a very safe country at present – check travel warnings before you go
  • There may not be many opportunities to socialize with other foreign English teachers