The average monthly salary of a teacher in Russia mostly depends on experience and qualifications. For a teacher with a CELTA or TESOL certification and no experience, salary would be around RUB 23,000-29,000 (US$900-1100). For those with both certifications and teaching experience, expect to earn about RUB 35,000 (US$1300) or more.
The rates for private lessons are RUB 700-800 (US$27-31) per hour. Companies pay even a higher rate of RUB 1000-1,600 (US$40-60) per hour to teach groups of employees.
Accommodations within the city limits are quite expensive. Most apartments cost around RUB 16,000 (US$615) per month plus utilities. Rooms in central Moscow cost RUB 18,000-28,500 (US$690-1000). It is advisable to share a room or rent a room in smaller, less expensive towns. The fee for getting a room through an agency is equal to a months rent.
Public transportation in the country is efficient and reasonably priced. Buses, trams and trolley rides cost an average of RUB 8-20 (US$0.30-0.80) on journeys within the city. You can also get monthly passes for all kinds of transportations to save money, especially if you have to take a number of rides to and from your workplace.
Food is quite pricey. A quality two or three course meal in a nice restaurant costs around US$57-115 per person. Meals in schools where you will be assigned to teach are quite cheap and are priced at RUB 30-100 (US$1-4) for a salad, drinks, soup, noodles and bread.
A 2 litre Coca-Cola bottle is RUB 35 (US$1.30), a half-liter of beer is RUB 25-70 (US$1-3.00), a half liter of milk costs RUB 23 (US$.90), a loaf of bread costs RUB 15-20 (US$.60), a pack of cigarettes is RUB 20-100 (US$.60-4.00) Leisure activities in Russia are also reasonably priced. If you want to visit pubs, local vodkas cost RUB 74 (US$2.80) per bottle. Movie tickets cost RUB 264 (US$10).
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