I agree money is not everything, motivated students, a well organised school, potential for private work, bosses that treat you with respect and fairness are all important factors. That said, we should be paid a wage commensurate with our role and responsibilities, we all have bills to pay! I am very lucky that the school I teach at has a lot of those boxes ticked. In my experience there are two broad types of foreign teacher, those teachers who are just passing through or want to live here but don't really want to teach, but need some money to keep them going. They tend to stay for one semester, one year or sometimes even a year or two. Then there's another smaller group, who are committed to being here long term, they tend to work in EPs or similar programs. I would say I would belong to the second group and I'm not sure of the wisdom of that, because the system gives you very little, if any reward or recognition for that commitment. The longer a foreign teacher has been living here in Thailand, the more likely they are to have settled down, married, kids, car, house etc. In my school most of the Thai teachers are paid the same, if not more than the foreign teachers, they also have a government pension and lifelong job security. A foreign teacher is only one disagreement or misunderstanding away from not having their contract renewed. 35k is the standard starting rate in Nakhon Ratchasima. Most of the better schools offer a pay rise each year, some base it on a percentage others just opt for an extra 1000 baht a month. Sarasas have opened up two large schools and pay a bit higher in return for extra classes taught between 4-5pm. They are almost always looking for teachers. I know Khrusapa have this golden dream that a unicorn is going to appear and starting S**ting out NES teachers with a B.Ed, you have to admire their optimism! I on the other hand, live in the real world and I can't see why anyone with a B.Ed or other equivalent teaching qualification, would want to work in a mainstream school for comparatively low wages, when they could earn a lot more in an international school. Perhaps there are a very small number of retired teachers, who have a pension and are financially secure, who just work to keep themselves busy or for the love of it. I have only ever met one qualified teacher who chose to teach in a fairly poorly paid private school, he has since left to teach at an international school BKK. I don't think that it's purely down to money, even if a government school were to offer the same money, the lack of professionalism would drive them insane.