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How much to charge for physics/math tutoring?

  1. Sep 23, 2011 #1
    I've got a few requests for tutoring, trying to figure out how much to charge. I have my B.S. in Physics/Math and I am currently getting a M.S. in Secondary Ed to become a teacher.
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  3. Sep 24, 2011 #2


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    Hey superdave.

    Are you teaching one-to-one or in groups? How much prep do you need (or estimate) you need to do? Do you need to travel or do they come to you?

    For example if you do it in say a group of 5, you could offer a discount that would make it appealing for them, and you do well also!
  4. Sep 25, 2011 #3
    My second year matrix algebra tutor charges $30 canadian and I'll just list off what she responded with when I emailed her asking for her qualifications.

    has a bsc in math and msc in math
    is a 6 year phd student
    has TA'd almost every first year math course
    has been a sessional prof for a few first and second year math courses

    That being said, I feel like I got a very good rate. Anyways, if I was going to tutor, I would offer free tutoring for about 10 or so sessions so you can gauge yourself how effective you are at teaching students.
  5. Sep 25, 2011 #4
    When I was tutoring, I would charge $20/hour for one on one tutoring. This was 10 years ago. And even then, I had parents of high school students who insisted on paying me more than that.

    In my opinion it is a function of
    • region (general cost of living - tutoring in NYC will be different than Kansas City)
    • clients (for high school students - your wealthier families tend to look for private tutors more often, college students are poor in general)
    • subject area (physics seemed to have a larger demand and pay scale for tutoring, don't know why)
    • how you are expected to tutor (are you actually teaching - that is are you going through an independent lesson, are you providing some practice problems separate from the class, or are you just helping them work through assignments?)
    • how much you feel your time is worth
  6. Sep 25, 2011 #5


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    I started tutoring the year after i graduated from high school and was charging $35/hr. After a few years of doing it, i am now charging from $40 to $50 per hour, depending on how far i need to travel. I have not had to advertise myself at all; all of my students have found me through word of mouth.

    I think the rate that you charge does depend on the service you will be providing. I probably charge a little more than the average rate in my local area, but i offer an email or phone service that students can use to contact me if they need quick help with something before our next scheduled session. I also provide practice exams and extra reading material if requested.
  7. Oct 1, 2011 #6
    Woah 0__o. How did you set yourself up for that?
  8. Oct 2, 2011 #7


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    Well based on rates that other people in similar positions were charging, i was going to start at $25/hr. The first person i started tutoring was a friend of mine from high school in the year below me, and her dad had been paying $35/hr to a previous tutor, so he insisted that he pay me the same, so I just ended up using this as my base rate in the first year.
  9. Oct 2, 2011 #8
    I know friends that would like to be tutored but I would never charge them. I should try to develop a base of people to tutor. Maybe I'll look at advertising in Craigslist or something.
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    Well, i should probably have said acquaintance rather than friend. She was somebody i knew from school, but not really a close friend. Incidentally, she is a good friend of mine now! Normally when close friends do ask me for help, i do it free of charge.

    I don't know how long ago you graduated from high school, but if it was fairly recent you could maybe give your teachers you contact details to pass onto their students who are looking for a tutor? You could also list your name on a local "tutor finder" website.
  11. Aug 21, 2013 #10
    Once you finish your MEd and start teaching, you can at least charge $40/hr. If you are in a major city, you can charge more. In the DC area, middle and high school math and science tutors who are LICENSED teachers with experience charge $60-80/hr. Agencies in this area are charging parents $90-110/hr to supply top tutors and licensed teachers. I'm not sure where you are located, but in this area expectations of students are high, and skilled tutors are limited.
  12. Aug 21, 2013 #11
    In my experience prices are much lower than what others have here. Private tutors with BS degrees routinely charge between $10-20 per hour in places I have worked. Skilled tutors are a dime a dozen IMO.
  13. Aug 25, 2013 #12
    I also get 35 an hour just starting out. I tutor 2 kids for an hour a week so it helps. I just need to figure out how to get more client's
  14. Oct 29, 2014 #13
    This is a very old thread revived....
  15. Oct 29, 2014 #14


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    Not a bad place at all to advertise - just you need to understand that the "lessons" section is flooded with tutoring service advertisements.
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