Is anyone earning a living as a tutor?

United States
July 17, 2007 4:13pm CST
I'm taking a little survey...would love for anyone who tutors to lend a hand. What kind of training do you have? What do you charge? What age groups/subjects do you tutor in? Are you self-employed or do you work for a company? Do you like what you do? How many clients do you have/hours do you work? Thanks for your input!
8 responses
@thrishka (63)
• United States
20 Jul 07
I don't have formal training. The reason why I tutor is because of my performances in my previous classes. Anyways, I don't do it for living. As of now, I'm trying to get some experience yet. Maybe next semester, I'll do it to earn money. I work at my school. I'm tutoring ESL students and spanish pronunciation right now.
• United States
21 Jul 07
That's really cool! I'd love to work with ESL students, but can't quite figure out how to get started.
• United States
21 Jul 07
Ohhh. You can go to different school, and ask them if they need some ESL tutor. Some schools or colleges need experienced tutor or they'll train in way that you are going to enroll in the tutoring class. Or if you want, you can pass out flyers in the school. I'm sure many will be interested. Of course, you should not ask for too high payment since students needs to pay for tuition and high price book. You should also be patient and open-minded.
• United States
26 Jul 07
Sounds like good advice! Thanks!
@ian1010 (459)
• Philippines
3 Sep 07
i'm only a student but i tutor math to elementary and high school students. being an active student myself when i'm in high school, i also tutor different subjects other than math. experince is my training. i do not short change my clients and do not cheat on others. i don't commit if i can't teach a subject
• United States
3 Sep 07
I think that sometimes other students are the best tutors! I remember doing quite a bit of tutoring when I was in school, too. Good luck!
@ian1010 (459)
• Philippines
4 Sep 07
thank you, may God bless you
@nancygibson (3738)
• France
18 Jul 07
I do some freelance teaching from time to time. Usually I work through the local lifelong learning department, but I have also taught online and will give private lessons if requested. Prices do vary a lot, a long course where I need to commit just a few hours a week will generally pay less per hour than a one day intensive for a group of people. The youngest person I have taught was about 3, the oldest was 105!
• United States
18 Jul 07
Sounds like a neat program! I've done some continuing education work, as well, in my travels, and have enjoyed it immensely. I also have taught writing workshops for homeschooled teens for the past few years-very interesting and rewarding.
• United States
18 Jul 07
I put an add out for tutoring while I was laid off last year. I have a master's degree in Elementary Education with a Reading endorsement. I ended up with one phone call and tutored only 3 sessions. I charged twenty dollars an hour. Others I talked to said they charged thirty dollars an hour.
• United States
18 Jul 07
It has taken me a while, but I have a business built from word of mouth that generally has a waiting list. I charge $20 per hour, because I know many around here can afford no more. I generally have a client load of 20-25 students, plus other part time work in related fields. Thanks for sharing!
@Swaana (1208)
• India
28 Apr 08
I am a freelance trainer and tutor. I love preparing my own course material and also love to tutor. It is really a very great experience to be a tutor. I love to help people and this one way. I do charge and my charges are for per hour. I work for 8 hours for a training session. I do most of my training session on week ends. Though currently I teach English grammar to a group of kids.
• United States
26 Feb 08
Ok I definitely think it depends on where you live. I'm in a suburb about 15 minutes from Baltimore. Around here tutors charge anywhere from $30-$65 an hour. I am currently charging $40. I am just really starting to tutor as I am on Maternity Leave from teaching. I only have one student right now but plan on trying to take on 1-3 more by next fall to see if I can continue to stay home with my children. A friend of a friend charges $50 an hour and makes about 300-350 a week. And since there are no deduction on taxes for tutoring your kids more than likely I imagine she is not declaring it so I would guess she's making a pretty good living just doing tutoring. I haven't crossed the tax bridge yet cause i just started in 2008. I'm curious to see what other people respond to this topic.
@honeylore23 (1086)
• United States
9 Jan 08
I did some part-time job when i was in my last two years in college - tutorial to mention. I am being paid 45pesos per session. I teach Mathematics. Before I have at most 3 tutors and I work an hour or two for five days a week. I dd love working as a tutor. But after I finished my studies, I have not been into tutoring.
@mfluderx (40)
• United States
18 Nov 07
I once almost became a tutor, but I wasn't able to get where I was needed. can't drive