Arizona ESL Endorsement Salary Bonus Incentives

According to the National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, Arizona was home to nearly six million residents with limited English proficiency in 2010. This represented an increase of nearly 1.1 million over a ten-year period. More than 80% of these new residents spoke Spanish as their first language, while native speakers of Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic rounded out the top five.

Of note is the fact that not all non-native English speakers in Arizona fare new emigrants to the United States. In fact, nearly four percent were Native Americans whose primary language was Navajo.

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There is currently a shortage of TESOL (teachers of English to speakers of other languages) educators in Arizona. According to the Arizona Department of education, an ESL (English as a second language) teacher in Arizona can expect to earn $56,310 on average. If a teacher already certified in a traditional content area receives an ESL endorsement after several years of work experience, their salary can be expected to be around $63,490.

ESL teacher salaries vary depending on the area in which they are employed:


  • Average: $ 43,650
  • Entry: $ 32,740
  • Experienced: $ 58,450
  • Median: $ 42,650


  • Average: $ 39,930
  • Entry: $ 29,920
  • Experienced: $ 54,540
  • Median: $ 37,910

The Bureau of Labor Statistics includes adult ESL educators within the Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers classification. The table below shows the 2013 salary data for these teachers in cities across Arizona.

Area name
Annual Median Salary
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale AZ
Tucson AZ