Tutor Job Information

If you enjoy teaching people and like the idea of helping them in an individual or small group setting, you might like to have more information about how to get a job as a tutor.

Qualifications and Pay

People of all age levels and educational backgrounds can be tutors. If you are a very good student, you could tutor your peers or other kids your age to help them understand the subject material. Although youngsters don’t usually earn any money doing so, they often get a great deal of satisfaction from helping their friends. By the time you get to college, you can usually charge for your tutoring services. Although people may not pay you top dollar for what you know, you can still make more than minimum wage (usually $10 to $15 per hour). Once you have completed college, you then have the education you need to charge between $16 and $25 for your tutoring services. If you spent some time during college training to be a teacher and have your certification, you will have the credentials to earn top dollar as a tutor – anywhere in the range from $26 to $60 an hour, depending on the area of the country where you live.

Where to Work

Numerous companies hire tutors to work in their educational facilities. Some of these include Sylvan, Huntington, and Kumon. These learning centers will have tutors come to their company location to help students either in small groups or one-on-one. There are other companies that specialize in test preparation like Kaplan and Princeton. Sometimes they will hire you to teach classes or just to tutor individuals. Still others like StudyPoint, ClubZ, and Wyzant will hire you to drive to a student’s home or to a neutral location like a library to tutor their students. Different companies make different arrangements with their tutors. Some will hire you as an employee and pay you an hourly wage while others will hire you as an independent contractor and either pay your hourly or give you a percentage of the fee they charge the client for your services.

You can also work for yourself. The advantage is that you get the entire tutoring fee, so you generally get paid more. The disadvantage is that you have to find your own clients. In order to do so, you will have to market your services by contacting schools, putting up fliers at strategic locations, creating a web site, etc. You will also have to register your business in your state. 

Hours and Subjects

Most tutors will be required to work in the afternoons and on weekends since that’s typically when kids are out of school and adults are off work. So tutoring makes a perfect part-time job for many people.

You will be a tutor in high demand if you can tutor math and science. These two subjects seem to cause people the most trouble. You should also learn all you can about the SAT and ACT college entrance exams. Many people hire tutors to help their kids to get ready for these tests. Another important subject that parents are anxious for their kids to know is Reading. You will mostly be working with youngsters under the age of nine, but occasionally you will be asked to help older students with strategies to help them read faster and comprehend more.


As a tutor, you need to be prepared. Sometimes you will be helping students with their homework while other times you will be clarifying concepts they don’t understand. So it always help to have supplemental books and activities ready just in case you need them during a tutoring session. You also need to have a lot of patience and the ability to explain things in different ways so that you can help the student understand the material. Tutoring can be a very rewarding job, especially when you are able to make learning a more fun and enjoyable experience for students who are struggling and need help.