The Tutoring and Lessons Job Guide: How Much to Charge for Tutoring & Lessons

Pay rates for tutoring and lessons providers

You're moving forward, having decided what lessons or tutoring to offer. Now you need to figure out how much to charge. Of course, if you work for a tutoring agency, they will determine the charge. But if you are working on your own, various factors will influence how much you can charge. These include:

  • Your credentials in the area you will teach. Are you a well-known violinist offering lessons or someone who once played in the youth symphony? Are you a Ph.D. in physics, or a college grad who majored in the area? People with more advanced credentials will be able to charge more.
  • Your level of experience. Have you been teaching the subject for years, or is this your first time? If you have years of experience teaching the subject, you will be able to charge more.
  • Your proven success. Have you been successful in the past? Can students who have studied with you offer testimonials as to how helpful you were? This, and a solid reputation, can add to the amount you can charge.
  • Your area of the country. In certain areas of the country, including big cities and their close suburbs, people are able to pay more for tutoring and lessons. The farther out you go, the more limited you will be as to how much you can charge. To assess how much people with comparable levels of experience are charging for the lessons you will be providing in your area, search on for other tutors in your zip code. Then you can create a profile to make your services available on the site. Since the rates can range from a low of $10 an hour for an Atlanta Tutor to a high of $100 an hour or more in cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, it's important to know the going rates in your area.

Now that you have decided what you want to teach, how much to charge, and have advertised your services, you will need to prepare for an interview.

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Comments (8)
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Walkyria F.
A way for both tutor and student to establish a respectful relationship, is by engaging in a simple arts and crafts project. Both parties will practice taking turns and using polite words, for example.
Posted: November 04, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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Kayt R.
While I know I am qualified to charge a higher rate, it means more to me that the family, student and myself are a good fit. We area in this for success. So I will be flexible if there is a financial need, but expect my clients to be fair as well.
Posted: January 27, 2013 at 5:04 PM
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Valerie M.
I prefer to tutor but will also babysit if a client is in need. I feel my strengths lie in the Language Arts field and Remedial Reading. My success rate is high as I am a Reading Specialist.I would also feel comfortable teaching or remediating an adult student. My success rate is high and I have excellent references. I have been involved in Teaching for over 25 years. Thank you for your consideration.
Posted: June 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM
Nilda C.
Thank you. Very informative.
Posted: May 31, 2012 at 5:34 PM
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Virginia S.
I charge differently for babysitting and tutoring depending on the case. My experience in education has qualified me for tutoring elementary thru middle school subjects. Because my professional experience has been in this field, my success rate is high. Baby sitting and daycare are different based on the job. Please call so we can get to know each other and see if our ideas make a good fit for your child! That is so important to me!
Posted: March 28, 2012 at 6:11 PM
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Marykay S.
I charge by the amount of experience I have. Around $10-$20 an hour to Nanny and between $20-$50 per hour to tutor. I have over 15 years of experience with both and a huge success rate. I also send messages with my care links to families and put to on line adds on ebay and We will see if I get responses. Any other ideas you have to share, I would just love them.
Posted: January 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM
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Annmarie S.
List your areas in your profile and when you contact employers to let them know.
Posted: December 08, 2011 at 8:39 PM
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Frederica J.
I do need help in how to get my services out there to the people to let them know my areas of expertise.
Posted: October 03, 2011 at 10:38 AM
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