How Much Does VIPKid Pay?

So, you’re thinking about becoming a VIPKid teacher, but you’re wondering what a teaching “job” at VIPKID actually pays?

I put job in quotations because I don’t like to describe it that way. As a VIPKid teacher, I consider what I do as freedom from a job.

I think of it as a way to make a very, very good income from the comfort of my own home (or abroad) with scheduling that can be flexible enough to accommodate the “work to live” lifestyle rather than “living to work”.

Let’s find out how much money VIPKid teachers can ACTUALLY make, as of 2020.

VIPKID BASE PAY

VIPKid classes are 25 minutes long. Base pay ranges from $7-9 per class, which would be $14-18 per hour.

However, it’s called base pay because VIPKid also offers a new 2020 incentive structure that will boost your income potential.

VIPKID BASE PAY$7-9 per class
UPDATED 2020 FINISHED CLASS INCENTIVE$0.80-3.20 per class
POTENTIAL PAY PER 25-MIN CLASS$7.80-12.20 per class
POTENTIAL PAY PER HOUR$15.60-24.40 per hour
Please note the higher finished class incentive pay is based on a certain amount of classes completed.

Now, I teach English so my math isn’t my strong point, but this math added up is easy! 

So that pay per hour difference can make, well, a big difference in your income.

Let’s now find out what will determine what your VIPKid base pay could be…

WHAT DETERMINES MY VIPKID BASE PAY?

Your VIPKid interview and the demo that you do will determine your base pay.

This pay is comprised of two factors: your prior experience and how well you do in your demo lesson during the actual interview process.

I’ve recently gone over the updated VIPKid hiring requirements, but prior experience is anything that relates to working with children.

This not only includes the obvious (teaching) but it could just be time spent as a tutor, coach, nanny, babysitting, youth leader, mentoring or even just being parent.

That doesn’t mean that you have to have all of those experiences, but at least two years of experience as one of them.

I decided to do the live interview (I’m currently working on a detailed hiring process post that’ll expalin what that is) because you might be able to know your base pay at the end of it.

I chose it because I went in with the intent to try and negotiate my base pay.

Now I can’t promise this for you, but I was able to ask (and receive) more per class than what they originally offered me. 

REALISTIC VIPKID BASE PAY EXPECTATIONS

As addressed in my VIPKid requirements post, you must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, but if your degree is in something that relates slightly more towards “learning/teaching” then you may be able to get a higher base pay from that alone. 

For instance, if you have a teaching degree then you could get a higher base pay even if you don’t necessarily ace the demo class. 

If you have a marketing degree, but ace the demo class then that could balance out to the same base pay as someone with a teaching degree. 

I personally have a psychology degree and only one year of teacher’s aid experience.

I was nervous at my interview, but I practiced enough beforehand so I consider my demo a pretty darn good one.

This, plus my negotiations, got me to the upper side of the base pay.

HOW CAN I GET THE HIGHEST VIPKID BASE PAY?

Aside from your degree concentration and your experience (or lack thereof), the demo lesson can really make the biggest difference to your personal VIPKid base pay.

I’m currently working on a blog post that will focus on acing the VIPKid Hiring Process so that applicants have a better chance at passing the hiring process.

VIPKID FINISHED CLASS INCENTIVES UPDATED FOR 2020

# of finshed classesTier #1-20 classes21-4041-6061-9091-130131-180181+
0-791$0.8$1.2$1.6$1.7$1.9$2.0$2.1
80-1992$0.8$1.2$1.6$1.7$1.9$2.1$2.3
200-3993$0.8$1.2$1.6$1.7$2.0$2.2$2.5
400-7994$0.8$1.2$1.6$1.8$2.1$2.3$2.6
800-14995$0.8$1.2$1.6$1.8$2.2$2.4$2.7
1500-24996$0.8$1.2$1.7$1.8$2.3$2.5$2.8
2500-44997$0.8$1.2$1.7$1.9$2.4$2.6$2.9
4500-69998$0.8$1.2$1.7$1.9$2.4$2.7$3.0
7000-99999$0.8$1.2$1.7$1.9$2.5$2.8$3.1
>=1000010$0.8$1.2$1.7$1.9$2.5$2.9$3.2

What does the above table even mean?

Well quite frankly, you could earn even more than I make because I am in the “old” finished class incentive program.

From my understanding, this new (for teachers that were hired from January 2020 and on) “finished class” incentives will be the only incentive.

There use to be two incentives prior to January 2020, but actually paid less in total than this new single structure).

If you think that finishing almost 10,000 classes is impossible, I would like to point out that I have actually taught almost 8,000 classes in well under two years!

If I was in this new program, I would now be making $3.10 extra per class ($3.20 per hour more) instead of the $2 per that I currently make per class that I currently make with both original incentives.

If I was on the new scale that you would be on as a new VIPKid hire, I’d actually be making $11.60 per class ($23.20 per hour) INSTEAD of the $10.50 ($21 per hour) that I currently make.

But hey, I’m ok with that!

I hope this doesn’t overly confuse you!

This new structure just means that the more you teach, the more you can make by just being reliable and committed!

VIPKID TRIAL CLASS BONUSES

You do not get paid any extra for teaching VIPKid trial classes, however, you do get paid half IF they do not show up for the class.

You will also get paid a $5 bonus per trial student that signs up after your class. 

Some teachers do not like trial classes, but I personally do for that $5 bonus potential! If you are a great teacher, which I know you can be, why wouldn’t they want to sign up after their experience with you!?!

VIPKID SHORT NOTICE BOOKING BONUS

VIPKid offers its teachers a 24-hour short notice booking option that you can turn on. This just means that you are allowing a slot to be booked within 1-24 hours for a particular time. 

I offer short notice booking availability regularly because you get paid a $2 bonus for that class EVEN if they don’t show up (on top of the regular pay for the class)

CAN I GET A PAY RAISE AS A VIPKID TEACHER?

Yes and no.

Wait what?

Ok, let me explain!

VIPKid teachers that were hired before January 2020 are/were offered a chance for a $0.50 pay raise per class once every 2 contract renewals. 

Each contract is 6 months in length. They can only qualify for the $0.50 pay raise based on 5 indicators. (Skip the below two tables if you are a potential teacher or teacher that was hired AFTER January 2020)

The below text is direct from the VIPKid official website

“There are 5 indicators that VIPKID will assess during its ‘Base Rate Adjustment’ process. 

Each indicator will generate The ‘Base Rate Adjustment’ resolution will depend on the total amount of points from the last 12-month period. 

One of the indicators is compulsory. The number of finished classes needs to be higher than 1,200 in the previous 12 months, in order to be eligible for a favorable adjustment. 

Points accumulate according to the following table:

A favorable base rate adjustment resolution of $0.50 USD may be granted depending on the total amount of points accomplished by the end of the previous 12 months, and the teaching rate of the independent contractor when entering the contract renewal stage.

Disclaimer: 

Currently, the teaching rate will not be adjusted if the adjustment would result in a pay rate that exceeds $10 USD.

CAN I GET A PAY RAISE AS A VIPKID TEACHER HIRED IN OR ATER JANUARY 2020?

No.

However, this is made up for with the “finished class” incentive that allows for more pay to be dispersed to you as you successfully teach more classes.

Don’t get discouraged with “not getting a raise” because as you move up in the Tiers within the “finished class” incentive, you’ll technically be getting a raise automatically anyways.

I honestly would prefer this structure (compared to the original pay raise structure that I am on) because you are NOT guaranteed a raise! You’re only given an opportunity for a raise if you meet all the criteria for one.

DO I HAVE TO PAY TAXES AS A VIPKID TEACHER?

As with any income you make, you will have to pay taxes on your VIPKid income. 

You are considered an independent contractor when you are employed with VIPKid.

You will be responsible for setting aside money for your taxes at the end of each year (or quarterly), but there are ways you can write-off work-related items/expenses as an independent contractor!

A BONUS FOR A BONUS – VIPKID REFERRAL PROGRAM BONUS

VIPKid also offers a chance for its teachers to be rewarded when someone they refer is hired as a teacher! 

EACH successful referral is $100 in your pocket! A “successful referral” means that they teach their first class as scheduled.

VIPKid also gives its teacher even more money depending on the number of successful referrals each quarter.

All VIPKid teachers are given a referral link/code that they can use to promote personal friends and family.

However, if you were to create a blog, YouTube or other social media presence that you were to us to help others to become VIPKid teachers, you can apply for an affiliate link that can be used for such purposes.

(I’ll be writing a blog post that helps differentiate the two, soon!)

As you can see, this is a great way to add extra income and it’s a great way to help “incentivise” you to spread the word to people you know who may seriously be interested in working from home as an online English teacher for VIPKid.

Seriously, you can’t beat that!

HONESTLY, HOW MUCH CAN I SERIOUSLY MAKE AS A VIPKID TEACHER IF I TRULY COMMIT TO IT?

The answer to this can be drastically different depending on how much time/effort you put into this “job”, but I am going to be completely open and honest with how much money I make as a VIPKid teacher! 

With this honesty, I must also state that I do open a lot of slots because I would like to make a lot of money and I love to teach… I teach a lot so that I can make more money!

Below is a screenshot of one of my month’s payment details (this was from my FOURTH month as a VIPKid teacher):

Like I said, I teach… a lot. Some weeks I average around 60 hours per week teaching, but I can do it from anywhere in the world. 

I am using this time to really increase our savings, so I take advantage and “work” as much as possible!

But I’ll be honest, it’s so much fun and I love my students so I enjoy every second of it!

NOW LET’S GET YOU HIRED AS A VIPKID TEACHER

If you have made it to the bottom of this page, you must be pretty serious about taking this exciting plunge into the VIPKid world!

You can APPLY FOR VIPKID HERE

Yes, that is my referral link! 

No, you don’t have to use it, but if you do you will be able to use me as a personal mentor throughout the hiring process!

I wholeheartedly believe that having some personal guidance can help you get through it with a better chance of success than if you decide to go through it on your own! 

Once you have started the VIPKid application process with me as your referral, please DM me at @teacherchelsey on Instagram and I will be more than happy to help guide you as best as I can.

Conclusion

I hope this updated VIPKid pay guide has answered virtually all of your questions in regard to VIPKid teacher income.

If you didn’t read the article but instead scrolled down to see the cliff notes… I got you covered (I do it too, no worries):

How Much Do Teachers Make At VIPKid?

VIPKid teachers are paid between $7-11 per 25-minute class. VIPKid hourly pay, on average, will range between $14-22.

What is the Base Pay for VIPKid?

VIPKid base pay is $7-9 per class. However, a VIPKid teacher’s base pay doesn’t include the possible incentives.

How Much Can You Make Per Month with VIPKid?

With an average of $14-22 per hour, VIPKid teachers can make between $2,240-$3,520 per month if they average 40 hours per week working from home (not including possible bonuses).

How Many Hours Can I Work as a VIPKid Teacher?

As little, or as much, as you want. VIPKid doesn’t have a minimum amount of hours nor do they limit how many hours you can work. This is the biggest factor when it comes to VIPKid pay. Work more, make more. Work less, make less.

HOW MUCH DOES VIPKID PAY PER REFERRAL IN 2020?

As of 2020, VIPKid will pay $100 per successful referral!