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How Much to Charge for Tutoring

If you're seriously considering the idea of tutoring as a summer job, you've likely given at least some thought as to how much money you could make.

Pay rates for tutors vary widely, based on your age, your credentials (including education level and experience), whether you're self-employed and can charge your own rates, employed by a company, or working at summer school, and other factors, such as whether you decide to tutor a group of students or work on a one-on-one basis, what subject you'd be tutoring, and the level you're working at. For the most part, tutors are paid by the hour.

For example, if you're in high school or a high school grad, are just starting out, and want to help tutor elementary-level students with reading, writing, and math, you can probably make up to $10 an hour. College students or college grads with more education and experience can likely make or charge between $10 and $20 per hour, whether they're tutoring elementary, high school, or fellow college students. If you are in pursuit of or have already graduated with a bachelor of education degree, you have the ability to charge more (usually between $20 and $50 an hour) for tutoring the specific subject(s) you majored or minored in. Those who are qualified to tutor a master's degree or doctoral candidate can probably charge upwards of $100 an hour. If you're working as a tutor in summer school, your pay rate will likely be commensurate to that of a teacher's assistant, which, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, was a median annual earnings of $20,740 in May 2006.

That said, keep in mind that even though tutoring pays fairly well, even for the high-school or college-aged tutor, the hours are often variable and rarely run up to 40 a week. If you run your own tutoring business, you may only have five or 10 hours of work a week in the beginning. Even if you're employed through a tutoring company or working at summer school, the hours might be irregular or they may add up to maximum of 20 or 25 hours/week.

However, there are valuable non-monetary perks involved to consider. Tutoring, even if you do it for one summer on a part-time basis working with only a handful of kids at summer school, makes a great addition to any resume or portfolio when you're applying to college, university, or a particular job. In addition, you'll be able to experience the joy of sharing your knowledge and expertise and helping other students learn and succeed.

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