“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” - Albert Einstein
Homework help and academic support tutorials are becoming increasingly popular and tutoring is a great way to help students reach their full potential by adapting the teaching to them.
While the benefits for the student are quite obvious, let’s have a look at the advantages for the tutor. Let’s not forget that tutoring is a job and since tutoring is a job, you can expect to be paid for it.
Depending on the number of classes you offer, you can earn a respectable salary by offering private tutorials.
So are tutors that well paid? Can you do it full-time or is it just some extra cash for during the school holidays?
In this article, we’ve got the answers you’re looking for.
How Much Do New Tutors Earn?
“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” - Phil Collins
A lot of students have already experienced private tutoring, but each student is different and it’s down to the tutor to adapt to them. Similarly, no two tutors are alike, either, which can affect their rates.
As a new tutor, you’ll find it harder to command a wage as high as that of the more experienced tutors out there. Generally, this wage is around £15 an hour, but, again, this will drastically change depending on what and where you teach.
Similarly, lessons for lower levels tend to be cheaper so those teaching secondary school pupils tend to charge more than those teaching primary school pupils so make sure you compare the average prices. However, it’s mainly your profile that will dictate how much you can charge.
There are a few factors to consider including:
- The tutor’s qualifications.
- The tutor’s experience, particularly in tutoring.
- How many students the tutor has taught.
- The number of hours the tutor has taught.
- Other training or qualifications the tutor may have.
- Word of mouth, recommendations, and reviews.
- And many others.
The supply and demand surrounding tutoring for the subject will greatly affect how much you can charge as some subjects are more highly sought after than others, meaning that parents or students will be more willing to pay more for them.
At £15 per hour, this would work out at around £2,400 a month if you work a 40-hour week. Of course, it’s highly unlikely with planning lessons and travel time that you’d be able to teach 40 individual lessons in a given week.
Your salary will be lower than that figure, but even if you half that amount, it’s still a respectable sum to be taking home for a job that you’ve just started doing.
Don’t forget that you still have to find your students first and this is the first major hurdle of becoming a private tutor. The starting salary can be very low if you only have a handful of students, but if you’re patient and do a good job, though, you’ll soon start getting more students and be able to charge more.
How Much Do Experienced Tutors Earn?
Once you’ve gained some experience and have several glowing reviews from other students, your career can start taking off and as your experience increases, so does your salary.
It can increase quite quickly, too. You can start to charge closer to £20 an hour if you come with glowing recommendations from other students. Again, this is around the average wage across the board so there are still factors to consider such as where you live, the subject you teach, and supply and demand.
As we mentioned, lower level tutorials still tend to be cheaper than advanced tutorials as there are usually more tutors that can offer them. With higher-level tutorials, you can charge more since they tend to require more planning and a higher level of expertise.
We also mentioned that the subject you teach will also affect your rates. If you’re teaching something that a lot of people need tutoring in, you can charge more as there’s more demand for your service.
A very experienced tutor could earn over £30k a year if they’re offering a premium service that can’t be matched by other tutors. If you offer tutoring services to larger businesses and organisations, you can also look to charge more per student per hour.
There are pros and cons to every type of tutoring, though.
Should You Work for a Company or Yourself?
As we said, the higher the level, the higher the rates. Tutors are professionals, after all, and should be paid for their expertise.
Parents and families will usually be your end customer, but how do you find these customers?
There are a few ways to find work as a tutor and, as always, there are advantages and disadvantages to think of.
There are two main ways to offer tutorials so let's look at your options.
With a Company or Organisation
Signing up to a tutoring company or organisation can make finding students much easier. After all, the students contact the organisation that will contact you to give you the work.
These companies make their money by taking a percentage of the tutor’s earnings. Generally, this leaves the tutor with between 60% and 80% of their hourly rate. Again, the amount of commission will depend on the organisation but usually, the more the organisation offers the tutor, the higher their cut will be. However, some also guarantee a minimum hourly rate.
Superprof, on the other hand, does not charge commissions and allows tutors to arrange their lessons and how they’re paid directly with their student. This means that the wage you agree on is the amount you’ll be paid by the student.
You can also offer your tutorials as an individual with no ties to another company or service, which will leave you free to choose your hoursand rates. If you're going to freelance, you'll need to register as a sole trader with HMRC.
This also leaves all the finer details of finding customers up to you. Bigger companies and organisations are easier for potential customers to find, which means you have to be pretty good at marketing your services and getting notices.
You’ll have the freedom to organise how you’re paid and you’ll know exactly how much you’ll be paid for each lesson. Of course, you’ll also have costs to deal with, especially if you’re marketing yourself.
You’ll have the freedom to set your rates competitively against the other services available and the choice of where you position yourself in the market. The biggest advantage of working for yourself is that all the money you earn goes to you. There won’t be a cut for a third-party that found you your customers.
This means you have to find your customers, but, if you offer a good service, work hard, and act professionally, your students will surely recommend you to others. Once you’ve got experience as a tutor, you can start earning a very competitive salary.
So while £15 an hour is around the starting point, there’s technically no limit on how much you can earn. Put simply, you can earn as much as your students are willing to pay for it.
If you'd like to start tutoring on Superprof, you can sign up today as a tutor and start offering private tutorials in almost anything, including academic support, without having to pay anything. You can always pay to improve your visibility to attract more potential students, but this is completely optional.
You can offer face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials, and you can offer one or several types of tutoring depending on your availability and how you like to work. Each type of tutorial comes with pros and cons for the tutor in terms of preparation and expenses.
With face-to-face tutorials, you may have to travel to your students and will often be expected to tailor every lesson to the student. This means that while you can often reuse certain resources, you'll still be expected to put in some extra effort to offer a bespoke service to every student. Fortunately, many students are willing to pay a premium for a bespoke tutoring service so you can cover the preparation and travel time in your rates.
With online tutorials, you can teach a broader range of students as students from everywhere in the world can work with you. As you don't have to travel to them, you can save money and time and also schedule more lesson each week. This will help you to increase your earning potential and allowing you to charge more competitive rates.
With group tutorials, you won't have to adapt the lessons as much as you'll have several students to keep happy. In a lot of cases, you can earn more per hour as several students are paying for the class but they'll often be quite happy as they'll each be paying less than they would for one-on-one or online tutorials.
When you first start tutoring on the site, your profile will be quite empty before your students start filling it with glowing reviews. It's a good idea to offer the first lesson for free so that students are willing to try out your tutoring. This is also a good opportunity for you to show off what you can do and how you can help potential students.