HESS offers a contract with a guaranteed minimum number of teaching hours per week, averaged over the month. This allows teachers to budget and save confidently while providing flexibility. With this contract, there’s also time to devote to other interests or take on more teaching hours. We now offer higher starting pay rates, paid prep work, and new bonuses—find out more below!
With a starting pay of NT$620–660 per teaching hour (based on experience and qualifications), you can easily save money and pay off your student loans. There are no office hours and no required time at your school other than when you have a class. If you would like to prepare for your classes at home or outside the school, that’s OK! We even pay for classroom preparation: NT $3000 per month.
After receiving your HESS-sponsored resident visa, we will apply for your national health insurance coverage. This costs you typically NT$300–500 a month (depending on income and area) which is automatically deducted from your salary. (That is a small fraction of the total cost. HESS and the government pay the remainder.) The net effect is that you get extremely cheap access to Taiwan's well-equipped health system, including dental, eye care and even traditional Chinese medicine.
During your first month, we try and ease you into teaching by gradually increasing your workload. After that, we guarantee a minimum of 20 teaching hours per week, averaged over the month. Unlike some other schools, you’ll always have a guaranteed base to your salary, with the ability to take on more if you’re looking to make extra cash.
Once a year, teachers are appraised and given raises. Raises apply to your hourly pay rate and are up to NT$40/hour, depending on performance and professionalism. The ceiling pay rate of NT$800 per hour can be reached after four or five years of good appraisals.
Beyond this, HESS offers two types of contract bonuses. You will receive NT$10,000 in your 18th month’s pay for renewing your contract for a second year. Then an additional NT$15,000 will be given as a contract completion bonus in your 24th month (after completing your second yearlong contract). The contract completion bonuses then increase at end of the third year to NT$20,000 and again to NT$30,000 at the end of every year thereafter. The longer you stay, the more we pay!
Teachers who renew their contract after their first year may choose to take an extra one month of vacation time each year in addition to the vacation days built into each yearly contract.
Every time a class advances levels, if more than 90% of the students return, teachers receive a scaled bonus. The amount of the bonus varies between courses, and the maximum is NT$50,000 per year. On average, most teachers earn an extra NT$10,000 per year from this bonus.
Additionally, we like to keep our classes between 9-20 students. In the event that you teach a class larger than 20, you’ll be compensated with a higher hourly rate for every additional child that is added to the class.
We understand that there are lots of start-up costs involved when you move to a new place, so we want to help. HESS branches offer an optional interest-free start-up loan to new teachers. The maximum amount is NT$30,000 per person. You may take up to six months to pay this back. Most teachers use this loan to help them set up their new apartments.