Teaching English in Estonia

Estonia Overview

The level of demand for native speakers in Estonia is reasonably high and growing all the time. Salaries are not high but, as is the case in most countries, the more experience you have the better salary you will be able to negotiate. Tallinn itself is a fascinating city complete with medieval city walls and is where most of the opportunities are. Despite the harsh winters, Estonia is a great place to live and looks set for further growth as a popular tourist destination over the coming years.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 600 – 1,000 (DOS) Various but sometimes 6 days a week 2 weeks plus national holidays
International schools and universities 2,500 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. Non-EU nationals should try to arrange a job and a work permit several months before arriving.

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

3. You may wish to take a look at the Estonian Association of Teachers of English (EATE) website.

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. Employers usually take care of work permit arrangements.

Cost of living

Living costs are low.

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.


Strong demand for English tuition Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
Fascinating architecture and history Job offers are not usually made prior to your arrival in Estonia
Low living costs Low salaries

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  1. Diane Martin says:

    I am interested in part-time or evening classes.

  2. Kandy Mann says:

    Is it possible for an African ESL teacher to teach in Estonia?

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