What do TEFL teachers earn teaching English online?

The figure you can expect to earn teaching English online will usually depend on the employer you choose to work for, your level of qualifications, and your previous teaching experience. As a rough guide, a typical hourly rate can be anywhere from $15 to $30. However, as the vast majority of teachers work for an agency, it is common to have some amount deducted from this figure in return for providing students and materials.

The most popular 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.


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.


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.


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


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.


Has offices in 70 countries worldwide. Pay is $14 per hour.


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.