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Old 05-15-2007, 06:22 PM   #1
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OT VERY OT Hour pay rates for online learning
I am an online tutor specialist and applied recently for a US based learning institution position. They pitched competitive rates of pay but I was shocked to see that meant under $13 an hour for someone with a doctorate. I've seen various people here say they've done distance/online programs and I'm curious as to what you may have paid for your course etc. If you tutored even 6 students (I've been used to 60+) that is a very large workload and responsibility for such a low rate of pay. I'm interested in comments from US folk about this and what rates of pay you know to be reasonable for this type of work.
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Old 05-15-2007, 06:44 PM   #2
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Susan,

Have you tried looking up the tuition fees at various universities? I pay regular tuition fees even though I only attend distance learning classes at a major university. I pay close to $600 per course (three credit hours).
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Hi auburnchick. Here for a doctorate the major lecture of the week would garner you over $100 per hour. Online tutor rates vary but a competitive rate here would have been around $83. I may have expected a little less from a US place (just differences in costs etc) and then less for a private institution but I would have thought $50 an hour about as low as they should have gone. I will look up a few places in the US however now just to see.
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It's a little hard to determine because some Uni sites 'lock out' external viewing or don't openly put sessional pay rates on sites. Others did and it looks like the under $13 for a doctorate is lower than some places but what others would offer (depending on reputation and 'standing' of the institution etc). Many private places tended to say around $15 for one on one and then $30 for 3. I honestly believe that say $12 an hour for an unspecified number of students is a very low wage. It devalues the importance of the work and to my mind insults students paying quite high fees. These days courses are never cheap and anyone paying full fee from a sandstone type institution pays big money. I believe they deserve well qualified and well paid tutors and not token interaction that can arise from very low pay rates.
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That is absurb. To be able to teach in a university, you must have, at minimum, a master's degree. I mean, we all know that you don't go into teaching for the money; however, it's sad when teachers have to work two or three jobs just to make ends meet.

You could probably make a ton more money homeschooling other people's children. I know someone who does this and doesn't do too badly.
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auburnchick. I have a very bad knee problem and can't climb stairs etc so online is great for me. I've taught online courses for 3 universities before and really enjoy it because often you have students from so many diverse places and of course a range of age groups. In my last writing course I had people from 20 to 62 and from Africa to England to Australia. In that sort of program such a mix adds many dimensions. I think I'm sometimes disturbed when education becomes sheer profit oriented. I can bet that when a tutor is paid $12 or less that a student paying for a course is probably paying around $100 or so for that hour. There are of course a lot (a LOT) of education business scams around also and they are a worry. I think the industry needs better regulation.
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Old 05-16-2007, 12:52 PM   #7
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I'm working on my doctorate, and I pay over 3grand per class... each is worth 6 credits. All and all, at the end of everything, I will have spent over 40 thousand dollars... all in student loans of course. My master's degree cost about 10 grand, and I would say I spent around 35 for my BA. Sooooo in 2 years I'll start paying back almost 100,000 dollars in tudent loans
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Hey Susan, are you looking for jobs as a tutor at the US schools? To us, tutoring is a one-on-one thing for people who need extra help or want an extra edge, and isn't a cumpolsory part of our university education. Less than $13 an hour sounds like what you'd get paid for that kind of tutoring (well, actually, I think tutors are better paid where I live) than for being an instructor at a college.

Sorry if you know this already, but I got confused when I was reading this.
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I second what cawthraven said. You may want to look for an "online instructor" or "online professor" position. Tutor is definitely one student, little or no outside work for the teacher, responding to specific problems that student is having with their coursework. Private tutors charge more generally, but when you go work for a tutoring service, $13 per hour is not unheard of.

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Originally Posted by Hildegard_von_Knittin View Post
Sooooo in 2 years I'll start paying back almost 100,000 dollars in tudent loans
Oh my goodness! Time to go on Deal or No Deal.

I'm seriously impressed with your fortitude in seeing your education through to such a high level!
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