How Much Money Can You Make Teaching English Online

Ever wished that you had some sort of skill or experience that you could use to make extra money from? If you’re a fluent English speaker then you already have the skills to work online as an English teacher. But, wait, you can’t really make much money from that or make teaching English online a career choice – of course you can! With all of the latest advancements in technology, it’s never been easier to supplement your income by teaching English online.
There are a number of factors that come into play when it comes to how much money you can make working as an online English teacher. This includes how much time you’re willing to put into teaching, which online teaching platform you sign up for, the type of teaching that you do and what type of qualifications and experience do you have.

So you want to know how much money you can make by teaching English online. Well, here we will discuss all the things we found out in our research.


So how much time do you have to put in to make money out of teaching English? Many learning platforms that you sign up for pay by an hourly rate. So it all comes down to how many hours you can dedicate. There are some companies that allow you to teach English using just your mobile phone. This means you can work part-time teaching English whenever you have the time. An hour here or an hour there every day and suddenly you’ll be making a difference to your bank balance.


Generally, companies pay hourly and the average rate that companies pay is between €10-€20 an hour. These online English teaching platforms usually have their own set of requirements and target market students. Some companies offer incentives to make extra money, like referral fees for getting someone else to sign up to teach, or bonuses for picking up classes at the last minute.

There is often a minimum commitment of hours per week that you have to agree to before you’re accepted as one of their English teachers. Other requirements can include being a certain nationality or having the right qualifications.Money teaching English


The more experience you have means the more skills you’ll have and you will earn a higher salary. If you have experience in teaching English as a foreign language online, you will be given more classes, trusted with particular clients and will be able to earn a higher hourly rate.

Being Good

It goes without saying that if you’re good at your job then you will be rewarded better than someone who is not. The same is true in teaching English online. If you’re one of those teachers who can be engaging and stimulating with their students using your enthusiasm for teaching or props to help your students learn, you’re going to get a lot of positive feedback. Lots of online English teaching platforms are set up so that you’re rated by your students after each session. The higher rating you hold, the more sought out you are from other students and the higher you can raise your teaching rates.


Being able to teach English online is one of the major benefits of being able to work remotely. This can make a huge impact of how much money you can make. If you decide to live in a country in South East Asia where the cost of living is cheap, you could carve out a wonderful life for yourself and save lots of money.

Teaching English Online for a Specific Purpose

Teaching online doesn’t have to be for a company. You could start your own online tutoring business or freelance and teach business professionals who require Business English. Putting in the time to learn a specialist skill and qualification can mean the difference between earning a living and earning the big bucks. Designing your own course material specific to your niche skills and teaching Business English could make you a highly sought-after individual by enterprises of different descriptions. Teaching Business English is one of several 30-hour modules that you can do to add to your TEFL certificate to increase your salary expectations.How much can you make teaching online


The criteria to be hired to teach English will differ from company to company, however, these are the general requirements.

  • The first requirement that you need to meet is having a strong command of the language, which means you need to be fluent. The minimum standard to be considered fluent is C1.
  • You will need your TEFL certificate or some sort of teaching qualification. Doing the 120-hour TEFL course is generally the minimum amount that would be accepted as the training in this course is designed to make you a competent English teacher. Another good reason why you should do this course is because with the 120-hour TEFL certificate, you can also teach English abroad in a classroom. So, teaching English online could become an extra job you did in your spare time to make extra cash.
  • Several companies, depending on where they’re based themselves, will only work with you if you’re of a particular nationality.

If you feel that you need some further insight into how to make money teaching English online, we offer a 30-hour module that provides everything you need to know.

 So How Much Money Can You Make?

How much you earn really does depend on how much you’re willing to commit to  online teaching. However, let’s answer the question for arguments sake. Here’s  a rough idea what you could earn teaching English online.

If you managed to set your rate at €20 per hour. You decided you’d work 25 hours a week at a flexible schedule, you could be earning €2,000 a month.

Online teaching positions are normally flexible short-term opportunities with around 15-20 hours of teaching a week. Teaching online means you have the flexibility to teach wherever you are in the world – from the comfort of home or in an exotic faraway land! It’s also a lot easier to set your own schedule and fit your teaching hours around your lifestyle. Online teaching roles are aimed mainly at teaching young learners via an online interactive learning platform. But there are opportunities to tutor adults, too.

Most online TEFL companies will ask for a minimum of 120 hours of TEFL training and teaching practice. Some online companies may ask their teachers to also have a bachelor’s degree. This is particularly true for Chinese companies, as it’s a government regulation (no matter where you are living). 

You will more than likely need high-speed internet, a computer with an HD webcam and a headset if you want to teach online. If you have the choice of a video calling platform for your online lessons, Zoom is a good choice. It gives you a clear view of your students. You can also share your screen and create separate rooms for group work in lessons. 

If you have no experience in teaching online, a good idea is to get some teaching practice in as employers may ask for “experience” hours, which are unpaid. You can alternatively complete our 10 Hour Virtual TEFL Course, which has a section focused on teaching English online. 

You can add our 30 Hour Teaching English Online Course to any primary course to boost your knowledge and skills. The teaching English online course is a huge benefit because it prepares you to enter the online tutoring world – and looks great on a CV, too!

Then there’s our Professional Online Expert Course. This is a specialised online teacher qualification that gives you the skillset and the confidence to hit the ground running. This package includes the 120 Hour Advanced TEFL Course, 30 Hour Teaching English Online and the 30 Hour Teaching Young Learners to give you an edge in a competitive market. 

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