The Tutor Guide: Tutoring Fees

What to expect

If you hire a tutor to come to your home, you will negotiate the rate. A tutoring agency or center, on the other hand, typically charges a set fee for its services, plus a registration fee.

Private Tutors

  • Individuals generally charge according to their level of education and experience. Expect to pay $10 to $15 per hour for a high school student, and up to $75 per hour for a certified teacher with experience. A teacher trained and qualified to work with children with special needs will likely charge more. Rates can vary quite a bit depending upon your location.
  • When you start making inquiries about tutors in your neighborhood, ask about the going rates so you get some sense of the market. Tutors tend to charge more in large cities, where the cost of living is higher. For example, if you live outside of Chicago, check what other Chicago Tutors are charging so you can compare rates. In the same way, if you live in Texas, check what Austin Tutors, Dallas Tutors and San Antonio Tutors are charging so you can determine the appropriate pay rate in your area.
  • Find out how long each session will be, and whether your child is expected to purchase any special supplies -- such as language tapes or workbooks -- that could add to the price of lessons.

Tutoring Agencies

  • A tutoring agency will help match you with a tutor. Most agencies charge a registration fee, plus a fee for individual tutors. Rates could start at $25 per hour and go up according to the subject area and the tutor's level of expertise.
  • Ask about any additional fees, such as for extra testing. Also, find out if you are expected to sign a long-term contract with the agency.
  • Make sure you understand the agency's policies about sessions you cancel -- do you have to pay even when your child is sick, or can you reschedule a session for no additional fee? Also ask whether the agency will send a new tutor if the first one doesn't work out.

Tutoring Centers

  • A tutoring or learning center typically offers a list of classes and corresponding rates. A class that meets once a week might cost $50 per month; more intensive classes that meet more frequently could cost up to $150 per week. A variety of tutoring services will be available. You can make an appointment to visit the center, have a tour, and speak with a representative.
  • Ask about additional fees, such as testing. Find out if you are expected to sign a long-term contract with the center.
  • Find out the refund policy if your child wants to drop a class.

Online Learning

  • A subscription to a service with a package of lessons might run $100 per month.
  • An individual on-line tutor could charge $20 to $50 per session. Discuss the ways in which you will monitor the sessions and be clear about the goals. Ask the tutor how he will exchange information with your child and how he will keep track of progress or address obstacles. Understand that registering for an on-line course differs from working with a tutor by email -- both can be effective, just be sure you know what service you are purchasing.
  • Some sites offer free homework help, but there may be limited quality control, and the response rate might be slow.

Free Services

  • The national No Child Left Behind program in the public schools provides tutors to qualified families through Title I Supplemental Services. This service is available in schools that are identified as needing improvement. The tutors must be approved by the state.
  • Some schools provide free on-site tutoring or homework help centers for their students. These are sometimes staffed by older students. Colleges, after-school programs, and community centers also sometimes provide free help centers as a community service.
  • Some centers and agencies offer scholarships. Ask about how your child might qualify.
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Comments (62)
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Sherri G.
I am seeing numerous postings in my area for tutoring for two siblings. These people are offering $10-$15 per hour. Do they honestly believe that someone will tutor both of their kids for $15 an hour? Plus, I would tell prospective customers upfront that I am NOT a babysitter. Some people do not want to spend time with their kids doing homework. I find this apalling and sad! I have seen this a few times, and I quickly told the parent that I was not a sitter that would keep their child so that they could run to the store or the mall. We are professionals and our job is to teach and to help students learn! That being said, I would not take less than $20-$25 per student in my area, and I would charge a little more than that to cover gas.
Posted: June 10, 2015 at 5:21 PM
Lynn M.
I am a certified teacher with 15+ years of experience. I charge $30 an hour and require blocks of 1-2 hours for tutoring. I have extensive experience in Science, Reading, and Special Education. I tutor from my home office. This is average in the Northern Illinois area. If you want quality tutoring you have to pay for it. While I understand budgets, parents should understand that if you want a QUALITY Education, you have to pay for it. I spend additional hours preparing materials,and take home reinforcement materials. I LOVE TUTORING and working with children, but still, I have to make enough money to meet my bills.
Posted: May 31, 2015 at 2:57 PM
Tutoring depends on where you are but even at best its no easy road to hoe

I did OK in suburbs but in a wasteland cesspool like oakland CA very very sparse
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 9:00 PM
What is the average tutoring rate for an elementary student in which I to and from to meet the tutor at a school. I'm currently paying 40/hr which seems a little high for me also prodiving the transportation and also my son indicated he really isn't doing work the whole hour. Thoughts
Posted: March 19, 2015 at 12:50 PM
Danielle H: one hour is pretty standard.
Posted: February 26, 2015 at 9:43 AM
Danielle H.
How long is an average tutoring session? 30 min, 1 hr?
Posted: February 21, 2015 at 12:29 PM
Aaron B.,

You can charge as much as someone is willing to pay. Don't compare yourself to teacher salaries. Running a business has both its risks and rewards. So let yourself increase your prices if there are people willing to pay.

Greg, a private tutor
Posted: February 19, 2015 at 2:07 PM
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Carol M.
Carol B. I totally agree with you. It stuns me when I read some of these posts: what are these people thinking?? I wonder though...shouldn't advise parents of appropriate rates. Perhaps these parents are looking for high school students to tutor their children. Parents expect tutors to travel to their home, provide lessons, and then have parent/tutor time in addition to student/tutor time all for the ridiculous price of $10-15/hour. I bet that the mothers paying three times that to get a mani/pedi for themselves weekly. Where are their priorities and respect?
Posted: February 05, 2015 at 11:32 AM
Susan K.
treat people as you wish to be treated, it does return eventually. Be a giver
and you will receive, too.
Posted: December 20, 2014 at 3:49 PM
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Janet L.
As a new mom, I understand it's not easy to find a qualified tutor for your child and pay a fair rate. However, as a teacher, I believe the rate should vary depending on the age group, grade level, and needs. The higher grade level, older, and has higher needs, should be charged higher. When I read the posts, I sometimes think people just want to get a good tutor for free. $15 per hour for a 9th grader? That's insulting. I really hope parents who truly want to hire a qualified tutor think about the price they post because it's a business in the end. The time and expense on the commute should take into factor of the rate. That's not greedy, but reality. Thank you.
Posted: December 12, 2014 at 10:38 PM
Aaron B.

I have earned $17 per hour as a French/Spanish tutor who provides homework help to high school students through the TRiO Upward Bound program.

I decided to tutor privately and I charge $10 per hour. I only provide help with French homework. My students come with the work that they need to do, thus I don't prepare work for them.

I just considered raising my rate to $20 per hour. I think it better not to raise my rate with my current students, since they helped me to build up my esteem as a French tutor.

I feel that my tutoring sessions are worth $20 per hour, but a first year teacher with a Bachelor's degree earns about $23 per hour in Atlanta Public Schools. APS pays the highest salary to teachers in Georgia. I consider that the teachers do much more work than I do (grading, lesson planning, discipline), thus I question if I deserve $20 per hour?

I have studied in Tours, France, and in Paris. I also taught English in France for nine months and taught English in Martinique for seven months.

How much money do you think that I should charge per hour as a French tutor who helps with homework?
Posted: December 05, 2014 at 9:28 AM
Don't know if anyone is reading this thread anymore...but I am a preschool teacher and am wondering if there would be any interest in tutoring for ages 3-5 yr. olds?
I would appreciate any feed back anyone would like to offer, thanks.
Posted: November 05, 2014 at 11:05 PM
I am an indiginous language tutor for learners who live 40km from me. I have to go to their place to tutor their grade 8 child since 2012. I used to charge R100 p/h and R100 fuel this is because they complained about my R150 p/h fee and when I told the parents for a raise they increase to R150 p/h but reduced fuel money instead saying that they are actually not responsible for paying fuel fee which they reduced to R75,00. Am I not taken for a ride here? Please advice .I have 30 years experience and a 3 year degree in the language. Phose,Johannesburg,SA.
Posted: October 30, 2014 at 6:01 AM
Nicole A.
I am a certified Elementary and Special Education teacher with an endorsement in Spanish, and have worked as a private one-on-one tutor for the past four years. My rates vary depending on how far I drive to meet with my clients. I charge clients who live within 10 miles anywhere from $30-$40 an hour depending on the services and the needs of the child, and my current client living an hour away pays me at a rate of $75/hour. This is incredibly reasonable if the tutor/teacher is flexible and talented, as I confidently believe I am, not to mention covering the cost of gas and travel. Like the gentleman below me wrote, the parents are paying for experience and the customized experience that children unfortunately do not always get in the classroom setting. Accepting anything below the rates I mentioned hurt and do a disservice to all of the other tutors in the area. I would advise parents posting tutoring jobs to increase their rates to at least $30 to find their child a qualified tutor.
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 4:30 PM
Wow! I have been wondering about this trend in extremes in the US. Either there are extremely caring 45+ aged people who 'give' to help children/future or, on the other hand, the younger generation who will fleece people to get the "value of their time and money."

Education providers are underpaid in many countries. I believe, education is most effective when 'given' for maybe no reason. Period. After six years of subbing at minimum pay, I am now going to tutor a whole school day with groups back to back for $100/- four to five days a week. And I thought it is an increase! With a non- American masters degree and 19 years in US, I am glad to still be out of the rat race.

Next thing to outsource might be education seeing this trend. Like someone said, let's take care of our kids, doesn't matter which side of which border they are on.
Posted: October 02, 2014 at 10:39 PM
How much can i charge.for.private spanish totoring? If i.dont have a teacher.certificate yet, but i have my Bachelor's Major in Spanish.
Posted: September 25, 2014 at 1:47 AM
I would appreciate advice regarding a tutoring position, please and thank you very much.
Recently, I was offered a position as an after-school tutor at the non-profit organization I work for (which is about 45minute commute). The children who attend the program are from low income families and attend the program for free. My boss said the position pays $16-17/hour; it's 2:30pm-5:30pm, M-F. If If I took the position I would have to quit my day job as a substitute/paraprofessional teacher since school gets out around 3:30pm. I have 3.5 years experience working in a public school setting: (k-12grade) classrooms, small groups and one-one sessions. I love helping children and watching their faces light up when learning something new. The position involves helping multiple children at one time in various elementary grades complete homework assignments--I know this will be a challenge seeing as there will be about a classroom or more of kids. I will be talking to my boss the end of this week to get back to her with my "answer" about the job. I would definitely need more money in order to pay my bills! How can I argue my case asking for more money (at least $25-30/hour)? I know she will say "no" seeing as I work for a non-profit organization helping inner-city kids. I make $75/day working in elementary schools around CT. I make $15/hour now at the same non-profit. HELP! Advice needed...thanks, Justine
Posted: August 19, 2014 at 7:11 PM
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Stephanie B.
Hi mamavalor!

I'm Stephanie Breedlove with HomePay and I'll be happy to answer your question (which is not silly by the way). Your taxes are determined in how your tutoring services are set up. If you are truly self-employed, the IRS will require you to file business tax returns (which unfortunately are out of my area of tax expertise). If this is the case, I would suggest speaking to a CPA to get you on the right path.

If you are a household employee, you should receive a W-2 from every family paying you $1,900 or more this year. For the wages you earn from families that do not meet this threshold, you should enter the total wages you earned as "Other Income" when you file you personal income tax return.

To determine if you're a household employee or self-employed, I would highly suggestion reading this article from the IRS. If you and/or the families you work for get it wrong, your tax situation could get a little messy.
Posted: July 08, 2014 at 3:01 PM
Hello. This may sound like a silly question, but do you file the money you make from tutoring as income to the IRS? If not, then what is the minimum amount? And if so, how do I file since I will not be receiving a W-2 form? Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.
Posted: July 08, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Bree -

I am a tutor, and I DO live paycheck to paycheck. If I don't get paid on time, I can't pay my bills. I tutor for families who live in mansions and drive expensive sports cars, and they still complain about pricing. I have 2 old cars with 194,000 miles on them each. I can't afford major repairs, I can't afford to go to the dentist. I will be paying student loans well into my 40's because of the work it took to become a talented math and science teacher.

I charge $50 an hour. If I'm lucky, I get 10 hours of work a week. Tutoring does not happen at 30 to 40 hours per week. Most days I spend more time driving, planning, and scheduling with parents - all things I do for FREE - than I do tutoring. In our economy this is the only way it works. If you want an uncanned, quality service - NOT one that comes from an office or government - then you have to pay for the inconvenience that service causes to the provider.

I would like to know how much you sacrifice your hard-earned money and your limited time for the sake of our children's future.
Posted: July 08, 2014 at 8:40 AM
Jennifer G.
You are entitled to your opinion, however you have clearly never been a teacher, and I'm guessing you have little respect for the ones that taught you. And after reading your post, it would not surprise me that you have every right to feel resentment towards those selfish teachers that taught you. Those that I'm sure wasted their valuable time explaining themselves to your unappreciative, wrongfully entitled self. Over the course of 16 years alone the expectations of teachers have become suffocating and nearly impossible. Not sure how old you are, but it doesn't matter. If you care so much about our future, go volunteer your time for zero pay. Go take time away from YOUR family to go tutor the children like you that don't try and live up to their potential in class, so that they can one day skate by and if they are lucky, graduate. Only mind you because our standards have been forced to be compromised by many like you. Then you can go on to raise ignorant children like yourself that have you as a model. Always blaming the teacher, and the system and not once holding an ounce of personal accountability. You and people like you are precisely why intelligent, good teachers quit. Zero respect. Pay equating once all out of pocket costs are accounted for, very similar to the poor families you're describing as needing and deserving free services. All things are not equal. Those "poor families" many times do not come with the financial burden and time put into college, nor do they come with the responsibility and never ending stress thrown on teachers. People like you infuriate and repulse me.
Posted: July 03, 2014 at 2:23 PM
Bree B.
I have read most of the comments and I agree with many and feel extremely disappointed by others. I understand you tutors are giving up your family time to tutor, BUT you're not doing it for free and it is your choice! While many of you are haggling over what is the right price to charge right now LOOK in the mirror and ask youselves what price are YOU willing to pay when not just our youth fail but our country as well! The children are the future and EVERYONE should desire to give a little extra and STOP looking at how much additional money they can collect. As an educator it was your desire to teach and help build knowledgeable children so assist in doing is. One person stated how she sacrificed other things to pay for tutoring for spanish. There are parents in our communities who have nothing else they can sacrifice, they live pay check to pay check to provide the bare necessities for their children. It amazes me how cold, self consummed and selfish we as a humans can be that seeing children fail means NOTHING unless financial gain is the end result in helping them. We wonder why the US can't compete with other countries in advancement and why we as a society are so screwed up! It is because we are selfish and self gratifying people. WAKE up people, please wake up. Either we work together to succeed or in the long run we will ALL fail!
Posted: June 28, 2014 at 1:27 PM
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Tina K.
I have been tutoring for seventeen years in Kentucky. I charge 35 dollars an hour, a small transportation fee, and reimbursement for individual materials. I work with trying children to pay attention, focus, retain and process information, and use reading as a tool. Thus, if they are having difficulty reading, that goes up along with their foundation of learning. Still, some people back at the price. I have a math tutor friend that charges 40 an hour and they come to her house. When people charge less than 25- unless you are a high school student- it hurts all of us. I don't gouge people. Learning centers charge at least double what I do and their students don't get one on one attention.
Posted: June 27, 2014 at 7:28 PM
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Chris D.
I'm a certified teacher, although I don't teach for a living any more. I tutored middle and high school students in math, science, English and study skills in the northeast Dallas County area, and I charged $40/hour. Sessions were 1.5 hours for high school or college students, and one hour for most middle school students. I know that $40/hour is a reasonable fee for this area, because it was about what tutoring agencies were charging their customers (and paying their tutors half of that fee). My advice: Lowering your fee hurts all tutors in your area. Your education, experience, time and personality are worth what you charge.
Posted: June 15, 2014 at 11:44 PM
I just have an inquiry. I am a certified teacher. I will be tutoring over the summer and my normal rate is $35 perhour. I have a parent who wants me to tutor two students twice per week for 45 minutes each but then only pay me for 3 hours total per week. Does that sound fair? My original argument was that I cannot break up my time into segments so the 45 minutes will be charged as full hours. I would just like someone's take on the issue please and thank you.
Posted: June 05, 2014 at 4:42 PM
Andrea E.
Some of you say insulting for some people asking for less, what happened to caring, giving, and kindness? Seeing the next generation rise and hope to fix our problems in the future. Think do you want the next generation to fail and this planet fall apart, shame on you all. Every kid should not be left behind to help thier development and remember some kids are slow.
Posted: June 02, 2014 at 6:53 PM
It is important to understand that you are not paying for an hour of the person's time... you are paying for years of experience. A qualified tutor will get more done in an hour than a new tutor. In the long run, it is important to pick your tutor carefully. I have been tutoring for 10 years. I charge $65 an hour and I am considered low for my area. I have teacher friends that charge up to $100 an hour. It is all about the experience, the subject, the resources needed, and the level of education required.
Posted: May 07, 2014 at 3:31 PM
I have a autistic 3yr old and was wanting to get her a tutor until she is more prepared for a classroom setting and I'm just wanting to know how that would work would they come every day? every other day? What would be the average rate?
Posted: May 04, 2014 at 11:10 AM
I am a Child Development/Teacher student. I have been asked to tutor a child going into the third grade but I have no idea what I should charge. Can anyone give me some suggestions? Thank you!
Posted: May 02, 2014 at 9:16 PM
I am an independent contracted tutor through a company but I also tutor other kids that have found me through word of mouth. My company charges 16.75/hr, but all materials are provided and I don't have to do much lesson planning ... For the people that have found me through word of mouth I increased my price to $20/hr. Since I need to do all the additional work.
Posted: April 14, 2014 at 12:32 AM
I know for a fact the lack of time teachers are able to spend with any given child one on one and actually meet their needs. I "quit/retired" because of the inability of administration to see what was the most important. I watched them put aside low kids because they will never get it, high kids because they already have it, and "bubble kids" because they might be the ones to grow significantly more to bring an average up. Never did I see a decision based on.......if that were your kid. That's how I tried to run my classroom. I taught Kindergarten for 6 years 1st for 1 and did enrichment for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade after school. The less kids you have, the more effective a teacher can be. I am now looking to open a tutoring business. Especially for the kids who speak Spanish. It's a sad day when there is not enough time or money in the day to meet basic educational needs.
Posted: March 17, 2014 at 10:38 PM
Dary Bracero
I know how hard things are now-a-days, I am a single mother, my son is 9 years old he is having problems with math and reading comprehension, he tells me he ask his teacher for help and said she doesn't have the time for him, he might have to do 4th grade over if he doesn't pass the city wide test, I need HELP for him I can pay up to 150.00 per week, he needs to work more than just once a week, I need help!!!!!!!! He needs tutoring at least 4 times per week in order to past the test.
Posted: March 12, 2014 at 6:23 PM
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Amanda N.
Loved Kelly B's comment. Teachers are the parents' tools. The parents are the ones responsible for the "project". Teachers do what they do because they genuinely want to help children succeed. Many parents forget that their outlook and responses to schools and teachers greatly influences how their child feels about them.
Posted: February 27, 2014 at 8:06 PM
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Carol G.
I began by charging $20 per hour through word of mouth. Within a month, was flooded with jobs so that I had very little time with family. Now I've raised my price to $25 for any newcomers, and this fall, with the new school year, will charge $30 and keep it there for a while. Trying to earn enough to keep my son away at college without going into debt. Also, I'm seeking the "sweet spot," which I suspect is over the $25 threshold, but don't want to ruin my business by going too high and scaring people away. I teach all day, and tutor 2 or 3 kids each weeknight and 4 kids on Saturdays. None of my jobs came from, despite my attempts at making this service work for me.
Posted: February 25, 2014 at 1:18 AM
Parents need to understand that although I may tutor your child for one hour I have spend other time prepping for the lesson and gathering materials. If you are not willing to pay a certified teacher, then try using a high school student that is a tutor. They might not know how to best tutor an elementary student unless they are in a teacher prep course and volunteering in an elementary classroom though. If possible, utilize the internet to see if you can find free online learning games and other resources. If you have a smart phone, download free learning apps. Read with your child. Believe in them, encourage and praise them.
Posted: February 11, 2014 at 10:08 PM
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Veoleta S.
Kelly, I loved your comments!
Posted: February 02, 2014 at 3:42 AM
Stephanie Breedlove
Hi Cara,

If the tutor is a true independent contractor, you won't need to gross up the amount you pay. The tutor will pay both halves of the FICA tax to account for the tax withholdings normally applied to a household employee.
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Cara K.
I am curious- I am being charged $80 for 4th grade reading tutor and I will be providing a 1099- would you expect a gross up so that you net $80/hour ? DO most of you get paid without 1099 from your employers?
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM
It most definitely says 10 to 15 for a HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. Not a certified teacher. Read the article.
Posted: November 20, 2013 at 7:41 PM
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Kelly B.
Tutoring is a service. It is no different than leaving a 20% tip at a restaurant. You don't try to negotiate a mechanic's price, do you? What about a plumber or a/c tech? My M.Ed gives me an added edge over less educated tutors; therefore, I feel very justified in charging the rates I do ($35-$45, depending upon the distance). And, this is low for my area; Last year, I paid $40/hour for my daughter's Spanish tutor twice/week. There was no way I could afford that, but my daughter is my priority, so I eliminated other things from my budget that were not. It was tight, but she is now taking Spanish III honors at her zoned high school & the rest of her classes at her zoned middle school...oh, and she's only in 7th grade! Additionally, there are plenty of free tutoring services offered through Title I & at most of the public schools before & after school. BTW, to the person who blames the teachers for the lack of success her son is having, she needs to realize that PARENTS ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION. It's a shame her child perceives some teachers are good/bad, and she buys into it. I can guarantee her that teachers are not teaching for the money! Children must learn to adjust to different types of teachers, so they can prepare themselves for the real world! School is simply a tool for parents in the process of educating their children. If school is not working for a child (or the other way around) then it's up to the parent to address the situation. School teachers have multiple classes of 20+ students; parents have only a couple of kids to focus on...
Posted: November 09, 2013 at 8:04 AM
Noah, as a high school student tutoring another student $10-15 is a good rate. I am a high school math teacher and I tutor part time, charging $25 to my friends who ask and $30 to people I don't know.
Posted: October 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Kay H.
I completely see both sides of this. Experienced teachers being paid their worth and caring teachers who just want to help. If I could afford to pay the high dollars for a tutor, I wouldn't have a problem with doing so. But the reality is that I can't. I am a single mother with a determined child who is struggling in math. I didn't attend college at and I struggled in math throughout school. She is in high school now (freshman) and I can offer very little assistance and most times I sit down with her and learn it with her and we both sit and teach each other. I just recently enrolled to obtain my GED so I can get into college and help her. Unfortunately, she is a determined child wanting to learn more NOW and upset that she is struggling so much with math. As a parent I can only try to reach out and help my child who wants to succeed in school and in life. I am currently looking for a tutor and I will pay 20-25 an hour for 1 day every other week because that is all I can afford. So, If there is someone out there with a good heart in the Evansville IN area that would love to help her 1 day biweekly. Please respond.
Posted: October 25, 2013 at 8:21 PM
Angel N.
I understand the frustration of experienced teachers with masters degrees feeling like parents want their considerable expertise for a low hourly rate. And many of you have said you won't even bother reading those listings. But if you did you might see one like mine. I am looking for a learning coach for an online high school student. Curriculum is set, many courses have a live teacher on line teaching in a virtual classroom. I just need someone to keep the student on track, answer occasional questions, give a little direction and make sure she takes a lunch break. Not all opportunities on are equal. Some may require a good deal less skill and therefore a lower pay scale may be justified. Of course that may not be the kind of opportunity you were looking for and thats fine. But it doesn't make me or other parents tightwads who are disrespecting your experience. It just means we are looking for something that's not what you offer but might be just exactly what another person offers. And they might be very happy to take my $10 per hour to sit and knit and answer an occasional question and declare that it's lunch time.
Posted: October 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM
Noah B
I am just a high school student offering to tutor middle schoolers is 5-10 a good rate?
Posted: October 07, 2013 at 2:11 AM
Elaine M.
It is very nice to say that the tutoring should just be done for the reward of a child's smile, but many tutors are doing this work to earn much-needed income. Should we go further and also say that everyone working should do their job simply for the reward of a customer's smile?
Posted: October 01, 2013 at 2:01 PM
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Sherrie K.
God Bless you Paula D. Some people just can't afford it and if we had a perfect world we would all make lots of money. Most people that could pay $40 hr have their kids in private schools and don't need it. My reward a waits for me in Heaven.
Posted: September 28, 2013 at 6:24 PM
Lori L.
Wow I wish I could afford to pay the rates you are asking, but I barely make over $15.00 an hour. If teachers would take interest in their students grades, my son would not need a tutor. However, this is not the case with the High School my son attends. Fortunately, he has a couple of teachers who are making learning fun and not so boring - he is doing well in those classes. The ones where teachers are teaching because they love it and make class exciting. The other ones are there for the pay check. How insulting for you to think that I would not be willing to pay more for a tutor but cannot afford to do so and if teachers were doing their jobs students would not need tutors.
Posted: September 24, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Desi B.
Paula D. well said and thank you for your beautiful comment! I agree with you 100%. It's not about the money it's about the child's progress and what they have achieved. I use to work in the school system and believe me their are some "highly qualified" teachers who have not lived up to that title. I use to sit in the teachers lounge and listen to the teachers talk about the students and go to the parents with a big smile on their face. There are so many parents who can not afford to pay for a tutor and to turn them down for a merely $5.00 less than what you would charge is an insult in itself. So ask yourself what the real reason why you do what you do?
Posted: September 24, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Paula D.
To those individuals who responded that they thought parents were being "unreasonable" or maybe even "cheap" when advertising for a tutor for $5-$10/hour...From a highly personal standpoint, my "payment" comes when a child runs up to me while waving a math paper graded "A" in my face, for perhaps the first time in their life, & also with a big smile on their face! You simply can't put a dollar amount on happiness, and/or the increase in a child's self confidence & self esteem! Oh, by the way, I am currently employed as a registered nurse & make a significant hourly wage, & no, I am not "financially set" by any stretch of the imagination. I am thankfully also the parent of 2 highly successful grown daughters, & also someone who truly cares about the future of our youth, aka our leaders of tomorrow. I also happen to live in the poorest paying county in all of Florida, where I recently saw an ad for a tutor for $10/hr & I actually applied for the job & sincerely hope I get it. Kudos to the mom for seeking help for her daughter who is obviously challenged with her math. My "financial reward" will come from seeing this child's progress & ultimate success :)
Posted: September 04, 2013 at 11:53 AM
People also don't think about other costs as well, like gas (it costs nearly $5 to go about anywhere nowadays) and prep time (I realize this may be little to none for seasoned teachers, but it may depend on the situation and if you're helping a person more long term one-on-one).
Posted: September 03, 2013 at 3:57 PM
Colleen F.
I too have not responded to ads here at because of the low rates. My current other tutoring experiences in the Flint, Mi area are commanding $36.00 to $45.00 per hour. Parents need to understand that we are not really in the "baby-sitter" price range. should somehow let them know that no experienced teacher will even respond to the $10-$15 ads.
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 3:34 PM
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Stephen J.
All well said. The liaison such as should be able to provide a grid to people who inquire i. e. a graphic so everyone stops wasting time. A realistic bottom should eliminate the unrealistic. What you should expect to pay for different levels. And not accept ads below the minimums. Why bother? Finally, tutors should list thier fees with their ads and stick to them. Remember cheap is a way of life for the wealthiest people and sometimes the opposite... for the average.

Stephen J.
Posted: August 06, 2013 at 10:14 AM
Lynda P.
Hi! Thank Goodness teachers are expressing disappointment and frustration with parents who want the
'best' services for their children, but want a 'blue light special' kind of price~! Mechanics are paid over $100.00 an hour and have no college education necessary. Electricians, plumbers, maids are all commanding $30.00 or more per hour.
Luckily, more people are becoming educated on the differing levels of services offered. Like many of you, I have tutored since 2004. Fully credentialed, a masters in education and experience teaching 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade in public schools, I charge $50-75.00 per hour. When parents understand that good tutors don't just help with homework, they rebuild, reshape, restructure and assist in creating successful long-term learners with efficacy and solid retention of skill sets, the money isn't hard to justify. In fact, the value is priceless for the gift of opening up minds that struggle and close down. Isn't that worth a lot to parents? I applaud all parents who want to support their children to have a bright future by empowering them to be independent learners and take control of their future pool of choices rather than be limited, stuck, and unfulfilled in careers because they have low self-esteem and or are simply unaware. Knowledge is power... but only when you put it to good use~! Best to all of you teachers trying to make a difference we can all be proud of each day!
Posted: July 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM
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Hallie C.
I live in a NYC suburb, and tutoring is expensive here...I'm certified and have a M.Ed. I generally charge $100 for elementary, and up to $120 for HS and test prep (such as SAT, SSAT, ACT, etc.). The tools that were created to set up my account at CARE only allow for a maximum of $50/hr, which is problematic.
Posted: June 20, 2013 at 7:47 AM
Laura M.
Playing devil's advocate, at least these parents are seeking assistance. I know that in seeing firsthand an after school program, the only thing I saw working were the certified teachers who tutored for 1 hour of the 3 hours students spent in the program. Realistically, I will charge $20 and up an hour. I do realize the recessed economy and my local economy but I do hold an M.Ed. and certifications so I'm worth it. :)
Posted: June 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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Patricia A.
I live in the Houston TX area. We certified teachers at my elementary school get $40/hr for tutoring, which is $10 for each 15 min. segment. Some charge $35 if done at their home.
Posted: June 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM
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Brenda S.
I got $20 an hour 11 years ago, in 2002. I think $25-30 would be fair.
Posted: June 11, 2013 at 8:26 PM
Meme W.
what would be a fair rate for a certified teacher to ask?
Posted: May 25, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Estelle C.
Bravo Carol B for you 4/28/13 posting about parents seeking to pay a certified and experienced teacher as little as $5 to $10 an hour. One cannot employ cleaning help for that pay or get a manicure for that fee.
Posted: May 24, 2013 at 11:18 AM
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Saundra M.
I totally agree with what Carol B mentioned about posting to pay tutors $5-10 per hour. Yes, I agree it is insulting that a parent would think they could get a qualified tutor at such a little rate. I have a certification in teaching and have been tutoring since 1998. What are these parents thinking? It is very upsetting to me. Like Carol B, I don't even read the request.
Posted: May 12, 2013 at 1:22 AM
Carol B.
As I watch the posting for tutors, it amazes me that people are posting that they are willing to pay $5 - 10 per hour. As a highly qualified, certified teacher, I consider this very insulting that anyone should think that they would be able to get a qualified tutor for such a little rate. When i see this in the listing, I don't even bother to read the needs!
Posted: April 28, 2013 at 7:23 PM
Umati B.
Thank you for this information! I find this to be very exciting!
Posted: April 25, 2013 at 9:03 PM
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