Teaching English in Austria

Austria Overview

Austria is one of the most delightful countries in Europe with stunning landscapes and a pleasant, orderly urban environment. TEFL salaries are high but so are living costs. However, an excellent standard of living is possible for native English speakers. As per usual, it is difficult for non-EU nationals to find work here due to legal regulations (unless they happen to be married to an Austrian!) There is huge demand for Business English classes with native speakers.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres and self-employed 1,500 – 3,000 Various but sometimes 6 days a week 2 weeks plus national holidays
International schools and universities 3,000 upwards 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs


Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national.

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1. The peak hiring seasons are September and January.

2. Consider becoming a self-employed tutor so that you can work when you like and potentially earn a higher salary.

3. Learn some German before you arrive. This will make day-to-day life much, much easier.

Red tape

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. Work permits are not required if you are self-employed however you will need a license (Gewerbeschein) if you wish to teach to classes of more than 5 students.

Cost of living

High – accommodation, food and transport.

Tax and salary information

Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis. Many EU nationals (particularly British and Irish) decide to become self-employed tutors as the profit margins and flexibility can be attractive when compared to working for a typical language centre.


Decent salaries Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
One of the most beautiful countries in Europe High living costs
An efficient and pleasant working environment in which daily tasks can be accomplished easily It can be difficult without German language skills

Directory of Recommended Schools, Language Centres and Recruitment Agencies

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1 Comment

  1. JennyMcBean says:

    I can highly recommend this as a guy way to get into teaching english in Austria: http://jobs.theguardian.com/job/4737353/english-teacher-in-austria/
    OR http://www.abcienglish.at

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