How much can I earn teaching English online?

This figure depends on a variety of factors including your qualifications, previous experience and the organization you work for. However, a typical hourly rate for online English teachers can range anywhere from $15 and $30. If, like most online teachers, you choose to work through an agency they will most likely take a cut of your pay as a fee for providing you with students and materials.

The most popular teaching platforms for teaching English online include:

Magic Ears: provides fun, interactive and efficient online English learning experiences to 4-12-year-old children in China. Magic Ears offers pay that is around 30% higher than the average and you can earn between $18 and $26 per hour.

VIPKID: focuses on teaching children in Asia. All lesson plans and teaching materials are provided. Applicants need to be US or Canadian citizens and possess at least a Bachelor?s degree and have a stable internet connection. Pay is $18 to $21 per hour with average earnings of $2,000 per month.

Cambly: offers conversational lessons in an informal setting. Students come from all over the world. Pay is $0.17 per minute, or $10.20 per hour, paid through PayPal weekly.

Qkids: open to teachers in Canada and the US. Must be able to commit to 6 hours per week. Paid training and all coursework provided.

iTutor: open to teachers with a degree from the US, Canada and the UK. Hiring process is very quick, within 3 days of registration. Pay is between $16 and $25 per hour.

Continuum Education Services: recruitment agency that pairs teachers with companies that require English services. Companies offer base pay and flexible schedules. Native English speakers with a TEFL certificate only.

eBerlitz: has offices in 70 countries worldwide. Pay is $14 per hour.

Englishunt: hires tutors for virtual lessons with Japanese students. Teachers must have a TEFL certificate. Teachers work between 8 and 12 hours a week. Pay is $14.50 per hour. Curriculum is provided.

Global Mate New York: targets South Korean learners and is only open to US citizens.