How Much Do Tutors Charge?

There are many types of tutors available depending upon your budget and the specific needs of your child. Keep reading to find out about what you can expect to pay for a tutor.

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What Will My Child's Tutor Cost?

Many parents hire tutors for their child if he or she needs additional help in school. A tutor can give your child homework help, coach your child in study skills and help him or her study for tests. Tutor rates vary widely depending on what type of tutor you hire. For instance, private tutors generally have higher rates than online tutors. The following are some typical types of tutors that you may hire depending on what you want for your child.

Private Tutors

Hiring a private tutor can be a solid way to ensure your child gets the consistent, personal, one-on-one attention and care he or she may need. There are a number of places where you can find a private tutor for your child. Start by asking your child's teachers and fellow parents for recommendations. For classified listings of tutors, refer to your local newspaper or various online resources that are available.

Private tutors usually set their rates based on the area's cost of living. Tutors who teach unusual subjects, like Latin, usually charge more than tutors who teach common subjects such as reading. You can expect private tutors to charge anywhere from $20-$100 per hour depending on his or her qualifications, location and what your child needs.

Tutoring Companies

Another option to consider is finding a tutor for your child through a tutoring company. This can often be less expensive than hiring a private tutor and the tutors will usually be qualified and pre-screened. However, it's possible that the attention your child will receive will be less personal.

Many tutoring companies offer different types of services with variable rates. If you want to know how much a particular tutoring company costs, call up their sales center and ask about the costs of different programs. According to, in 2011, tutors in the 25th to 75th percentile range working for private companies made from $10.10-$20.35. However, these figures do not include the amount of money that goes to the company providing you with the tutor. Many tutoring companies have rate charts posted on their websites that you can refer to.

Online Tutoring

If your child needs more casual help, you can save money and time by hiring an online tutor. Online tutoring is often cheaper than in-person lessons. If your child only needs help with a math problem or reading a certain passage, some sites charge by the minute with rates typically around 46-60 cents a minute. Many sites charge a weekly or monthly fee. A fairly standard fee might be $75-$150 a month for sessions of 2-4 hours a week.

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