The 11 best paying jobs in finance right now


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The highest paying jobs in finance include top-level executive positions and relatively entry-level careers, like financial analysts. In other words, the industry pays well at all levels. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), we identified the best-paying jobs in finance and high-salary entry-level finance careers.

11 Best Paying Jobs in Finance

These careers have some of the highest median salaries in the finance industry, but you may see higher or lower wages depending on your location, company, and experience level. (Learn more about whether finance is a good career path.)

1. Chief Executives

Median annual salary: $179,520

Chief executives, such as chief executive officers (CEOs) and chief financial officers (CFOs), are responsible for overseeing all activities within a company, so their high salary also comes with a lot of responsibility. CFOs in particular, manage the finances of a company. Since this is a top-level position, this role requires many years of experience in the industry.

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You do what for a living?

There are many more occupations that are held by the roughly 128 million full-time workers in the U.S. than the typical jobs that first come to our minds. If you’ve ever watched the show Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, there’s a good chance it opened your eyes to the existence of a countless number of professions that fall way outside your typical nine-to-five.

As weird and unconventional as many of these jobs may be, it doesn’t mean they’re not good, respectable jobs. Many of these jobs come with salaries you wouldn’t be ashamed to discuss. They’re just…different. And, like any job, they each come with their own set of rewards and challenges.

But if you’re looking for a job that’s a little different — but also pays surprisingly well — then look no further.


What’s considered to be a good salary in the U.S. depends heavily on where in the U.S. you’re located. But in an attempt to define “a job that pays surprisingly well,” we considered salaries that would land the worker in what Pew Research Center defines as “middle class.” According to their analysis of government data, that means those whose income is two-thirds to double the national median, which was $57,617 as of 2016. This puts a three-person household earning roughly $45,000 to $135,000 in the “middle class.” So you’ll see all our chosen jobs fall within this range.

For each job, we sourced income information from a combination of reputable salary websites. We looked at the pay ranges for each job and created an average salary range to give you a better idea of the potential compensation for each career.

Finally, when it comes to how we define “weird,” we either chose jobs you might not know to exist or that would be considered strange for a child to express interest in doing when they grow up. Let me clarify by saying there is nothing against any of these jobs. They just likely wouldn’t be the first job that comes to mind when choosing a profession.

With that in mind, here are 15 weird jobs that pay weirdly well, too.


These inspectors make sure your elevator delivers you seamlessly, but their job also goes beyond elevators. These inspectors examine and maintain all lifting and conveying devices — such as elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, ski lifts, and even amusement park rides — to ensure they meet safety and compliance codes. The next time you reach your floor without plummeting to the ground, you know who to thank.

Education: To elevate your chances of landing one of these jobs, you’ll typically need at least a high school diploma with considerable related-work experience, as inspectors typically learn on the job.

Average salary range: $44,000-$81,000


Nuclear power plants generate roughly 20% of U.S. electricity, and it takes a highly-trained licensed professional to ensure these plants never come anywhere close to having a meltdown.

Other than working in an overly-secure environment that’s sensitive to attack, nuclear power reactor operators are responsible for operating and controlling nuclear reactors. A normal day consists of adjusting control rods, monitoring reactors, and responding to abnormalities. No sweat, right?

Education: Nuclear power reactor operators typically need at least a high school diploma, but there’s extensive on-the-job training needed to prepare for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) license exam. You’ll have to pass a yearly exam to keep your license as well.

Average salary range: $60,000-$120,000


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If your passion for wine extends beyond drinking it, a job as a sommelier might be of interest. A sommelier, or wine steward, manages everything from identifying and purchasing an organization’s wine collection to its proper storage and promotion. You’ll likely work with kitchen staff to develop food and wine pairings, as well.

Sommeliers commonly work with upscale restaurants, hotels, and other locations where expensive wines are sold. They’re expected to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of wines, vineyards, geographic regions, and, of course, the grapes themselves.

Education: Requirements can vary, but some employers look for years of experience in addition culinary school training with an emphasis in fermented grape drink (wine).

Average salary range: $40,000-$71,000


They may get their start in your grandma’s retirement-home bingo hall, but you’ll typically find these professionals managing the bingo departments of casinos, and it can be big business. A bingo manager oversees and directs the daily activities of the department, approving jackpots and payouts, and ensuring compliance with federal and state gaming regulations.

Education: Specific requirements will differ depending on the employer, but you’ll typically need 3-5 years of experience to land a gig as a bingo manager. Unfortunately, your grandmother’s referral won’t hold much weight.

Average salary range: $45,000-$100,000


You can’t just slap a hot-dog stand anywhere on the side of the road and expect to make a killing, but in the right location, a full-time gig selling hot-dogs can turn a decent profit. It’s not unheard of for vendors in prime New York City spots to pay over $300,000 in annual rent to the city — so what must they be bringing in if they can afford this type of fee?

According to the New York Post, one hot dog vendor raked in up to $400 each day when business was peaking and only paid $60 a year for a vendor’s license.

Education: While no specific education requirements are necessary, you are running a business, so brushing up on key business skills couldn’t hurt.

Estimated salary range: $100,000-$300,000+?


I’ve had some terrible ice cream, so either not all ice cream is taste-tested or these companies need a new set of mouths working for them. Regardless, it’s a real gig that pays real money, but do you want to chance ruining your love of ice cream with too much of it? Yes, yes we do.

An ice cream taster, also known as a taste tester or food scientist, checks to make sure each type of ice cream is up to snuff, containing the right ingredients, textures, and flavors so consumers won’t be disappointed. Depending on the role and the company, tasters may even be involved with inventing new ice cream flavors.

Education: Many companies look for candidates to have a degree in dairy science or food science, as well as a keen sensitivity to tastes and an insensitivity to brain freeze.

Average salary range: $35,000-$97,000


Have a nice pair of hands? According to Forbes, a top “parts model” can make around $75,000 a year. Depending on their look — delicate or “practical” — hand models will usually either book fashion and beauty shoots or commercial work for food and cleaning products. You may even find yourself doubling for celebrities who have a less-than-appealing set of their own.

Education: The parts market isn’t vast, so competition is tough. You’ll also need to be able to take direction from heads of photography and deal with inevitable hand cramping.

Average salary range: $1,000-$10,000 for a day’s work, up to $75,000 per year


Counseling for hereditary disorders might not seem like the most uplifting profession, but you will be in a position to help others as they cope with the unfortunate genetic hand they’re dealt with. A genetic counselor assesses the risk for a variety of inherited conditions, sharing this information with families and other healthcare professionals to support informed decision making. He/she counsels patients on unfavorable test results and coping methods for those at risk, as well as couples with hereditary conditions who are trying to conceive.

Education: A master’s degree in genetic counseling is typically required, and you can expect to have to come to work in a casual top and nice pair of genes.

Average salary range: $52,000-$87,000


The thought of a repo man flying away in your airplane is pretty comical, but it doesn’t make it any less real of a job. If you buy a plane and can’t afford it, you can be sure the bank is going to come knocking. This gig is serious enough for the Discovery Channel to produce a show about it, and we all know everything we see on TV is real.

Education: While getting into this line of work can be pretty lucrative, it does have its limitations. For one, you have to be able to fly a plane, and you’ll need a pilot’s license to do that.

Estimated average salary range: 6%-10% commission on each plane’s resale price ($10,000-$900,000 per plane)


A commercial diver earns their pay working underwater. Duties can vary greatly, but include checking for pipe leaks; inspecting and cleaning pipe valves; inspecting bridges, ships, docks, and sewers; and even salvaging wrecked ships. Anyone up for some 18th-century shipwreck treasure hunting?

Education: To become a commercial diver, you’ll need a high school diploma, scuba certification, and you’ll have to complete a commercial diving training program.

Average salary range: $35,000-$96,000


Friends play an important role in weddings, but let’s face it, not all our friends are the best at tackling problems, nor do they always give the best advice. Professional bridesmaids step in to help brides through their big day. As a pro, aside from showing up at the wedding, you’ll likely be expected to walk down the aisle and maybe even give a toast in the couple’s honor.

If you’ve got a knack for problem-solving, a love for wedding celebrations, and a calming presence that can prevent even a nuclear reactor from melting down, a job as a professional bridesmaid might be a good fit.

Education: There might not be specific education requirements, but general business and strong customer service skills will help you excel in this role.

Average salary range: $18,000-$95,000


Crime scenes may be cordoned off during an investigation, but once the evidence is collected, someone has to clean up what’s left behind. These professionals may go by different names, but crime scene cleaners are responsible for the removal of biohazardous waste, body fluids, blood, human waste, and other unpleasantries.

While you may not need an individual license, these technicians are usually a part of a company that does need various licenses according to the regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Education: These technicians typically need at least a high school diploma and can usually land a job without prior experience.

Average salary range: $27,000-$61,500


Ever wonder why that cheeseburger looks so good in the commercial but is haphazardly constructed in a clear attempt to ruin your day when you pull it out of the bag to eat it? You can thank the food stylist for that. These professionals are responsible for making foods look as appetizing as possible, usually for photoshoots, films, television commercials, and upscale restaurants.

Education: Food stylists tend to get work by providing a portfolio, so experience is the best way to land these gigs, though some employers may want to see a background in design or the completion of culinary school. Instagram photos of your food may or may not count as a portfolio.

Average salary range: $24,000-$91,000


You might be able to make more as an unethical hacker, but I don’t need to explain why that’s a bad idea. Alternatively, the government, technology, cybersecurity industries are full of high-paying jobs for ethical hackers. With titles ranging from security analyst to penetration tester, these professionals make a living intentionally hacking computers and systems to uncover vulnerabilities — before the criminals do.

Education: Most employers require at least a bachelor’s degree in information technology or a cybersecurity-related field, as well as relevant certifications.

Average salary range: $47,000-$130,000


Considering the price for a new box of golf balls and how many brand-new golf balls I’ve personally hit into the water, retrieving and reselling this white gold can be a pretty lucrative job. As the name suggests, golf ball divers take to the many ponds across golf courses to salvage, clean, and recycle golf balls, as the name suggests.

Education: You’ll be spending most of your time in murky water, possibly surrounded by snakes and alligators, so you’ll likely need to be scuba certified.

Estimated average salary range: $200/day-$150,000 per year


We’ve taken a lighthearted approach to these jobs, but in all seriousness, these can be good, well-paying jobs. Just because they may seem unconventional doesn’t mean they aren’t legitimate. Any job is what you make of it.

If you’re looking for more interesting work — or more interesting pay — think outside the box when it comes to your career. The unexpected might be what you were looking for all along. There are more ways to make big money than just sticking to what’s conventional.


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2. Financial Managers

Median annual salary: $131,710

Financial managers are high-ranking professionals who work to create long-term financial plans for organizations. This is not an entry-level position. Rather, it is a career for someone with extensive experience in investment firms, insurance companies, and banks.

3. Personal Finance Advisers

Median annual salary: $94,170

Personal finance advisers, and financial advisers in general, are responsible for helping clients make serious decisions about their budgets and economic situations. Becoming a financial adviser typically requires a bachelor’s degree, registering with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and certain certifications like a certified financial planner (CFP) designation.

4. Financial Analysts

Median annual salary: $81,410

A financial analyst typically works under a financial manager, forecasting a company’s financial future. They exist in many different sectors of the finance world, and financial analysts can even see salaries in the six-figure range if they work in investment banking.

5. Financial Examiners

Median annual salary: $81,410

Financial examiners specialize in the intersection between finance and law — they ensure companies comply with regulations and that nothing is mismanaged. This career typically requires at least a bachelor’s degree, and financial examiners can progress in their career through certifications from the Society of Financial Examiners (SOFE).

6. Budget Analysts

Median annual salary: $79,940

Put simply, budget analysts analyze budgets — they review an organization’s spending and find ways to improve the company’s financial situation. Budget analysts can benefit from some finance-focused certifications, but they usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, like accounting, mathematics, or business.

7. Accountants and Auditors

Median annual salary: $77,250

Accountants and auditors often deal with taxes for a company, but they are also key players in analyzing a company’s finances to find areas of improvement and ways to minimize risk. It is possible to get into accounting without a bachelor’s degree by starting as a bookkeeper or accounting clerk. However, accountants who file reports with the SEC need certified public accountant (CPA) certifications.

8. Insurance Underwriters

Median annual salary: $76,390

Insurance underwriters are the gatekeepers to getting an insurance policy. They review applications for insurance coverage and determine how risky it would be to offer a policy. Underwriters may need specific certifications for the insurance products they underwrite, such as particular designations just for life insurance underwriters.

9. Claims Adjusters

Median annual salary: $64,710

When someone files an insurance claim, someone needs to investigate the details of the claim to figure out how much the insurer should pay. That’s where claims adjusters come in. They are experts on what is not covered by an insurance policy and negotiate settlements with insured parties. A high school diploma or GED is needed.

10. Market Research Analysts

Median annual salary: $63,920

Market research analysts work in various financial sectors to determine how much or how well a product or service can sell. They pour through data on demographics and market trends to help companies determine what products consumers want and how much they’re willing to pay. A bachelor’s degree in something statistical- or research-intensive is recommended, but there are no generally required certifications for this career.

11. Loan Officers

Median annual salary: $63,380

Loan officers underwrite financings like personal loans, mortgages, and business loans. They determine who is eligible for a loan based on certain risk factors such as debt and credit score. Depending on their area of expertise, loan officers may need specific licenses. For example, mortgage loan officers must be licensed as mortgage loan originators (MLOs).

High-Salary Entry-Level Finance Careers

You can break into most finance careers with a bachelor’s degree, but some only require a high school diploma or GED. Finance is a growing industry, too — according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, business and finance occupations are projected to add nearly 800,000 new jobs by 2030. So, there are always opportunities to break into a career in finance!

Some of the best entry-level finance careers include:

  • Bank teller: requires a high school diploma or GED and has a median salary of $36,310
  • Insurance agent: requires a high school diploma or GED and has a median salary of $49,840
  • Financial clerk: requires a high school diploma or GED and has a median salary of $44,760
  • Real estate broker: requires a high school diploma or GED and has a median salary of $48,770
  • Bookkeeper: usually requires some college but no degree and has a median salary of $45,560
  • Stockbroker: requires a bachelor’s degree and has a median salary of $62,910
  • Tax examiner: requires a bachelor’s degree and has a median salary of  $56,780

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Online tutoring jobs that pay surprisingly well


Online tutoring is rapidly becoming one of the most popular side hustles and work-from-home jobs. Recent surveys show that online tutors can make between $14 to $25/hr, and tutors with more experience can make upwards of 60+/hr.

Online tutoring is an excellent way to make an extra $1000/month or more,  so it’s no wonder the online tutoring business is booming. However, with so many companies popping up to fill the demand for tutors, it can be hard to tell which companies are legitimate. Unfortunately, there are a lot of scammers in the work-at-home space.

In this guide, we will help you find the best legitimate online tutoring jobs, make a case for why tutoring should be your next side hustle and provide you with valuable resources to ensure you become a work-from-home success.





VIPKid allows you to teach English to children from other countries. The best part is that you can do this from the comfort of your home. With the option to train as often or as little as you want, VIPKid tops the list of most flexible tutoring-from-home opportunities.

Required Qualifications: To teach for VIPKid, you must be a current resident of the US or Canada. You must also have a Bachelors’s degree in any field. Finally, you must have access to a working laptop or desktop with high-speed Internet. If you have previous teaching experience, this is a bonus.

Hourly earning potential: Up to $22/hour

Subjects offered: English tutoring is the main focus of VIPKid.


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EF Teach Online provides English lessons for five to six students at a time. English lessons can range from 20 to 45 minutes and provide access to learning materials and custom content that match their learning needs.

Required Qualifications: Teachers must be proficient in English, have a college or university degree, be computer proficient and have an engaging online presence. If you have past teaching experience, this may be a good fit for you.

Hourly earning potential: Rates may vary by position.

Subjects offered: English


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Teach Part-Time was created to connect qualified readers from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom with real online English teaching opportunities from legitimate EdTech firms.

If you hold a Bachelor’s degree, you can earn $14-25/hr (USD) to teach kids English online from home.


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QKids is another opportunity to teach students the English language.  QKids’ screening process is unique to other platforms. This tutoring service requires video demos of an applicant’s teaching techniques.

Required qualifications: Those who wish to apply to teach with QKids must have a bachelor’s degree. The organization also has a preference for those who have an English teaching certificate (such as the TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, ESL). Additionally, candidates must be available for a minimum of 6 hours weekly and work for a 6-month contract period.

Hourly earning potential: Up to $16-$20/hour

Subjects offered: Tutors must teach English to non-speakers.


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Preply is a language learning service. This service offers individuals the opportunity to teach a foreign language to students who are not fluent. Through reviews from current students and an online profile, tutors can promote their services to new students.

Required qualifications: Tutors do not need to have any specific qualifications. The website states that applicants should have a passion for teaching. The detailed application process does request particular information on a candidate’s experience or certifications.

Hourly earning potential: Candidates can set their hourly rate for their services. The site states that the most popular tutors make up to $550 weekly. It’s important to note that the fee for using the Preply platform is that 100% of your earnings from your first lesson with a student go to Preply.

Subjects offered: While language tutoring is the primary offering through Preply, other topics are also available. Tutors can offer services in a variety of subjects or hobbies.


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Description: Magic Ears is an English learning platform for children ages 4-12. Additionally, tutoring sessions may include several students at a time.

Required qualifications: Potential tutors must undergo a multi-step hiring process. This includes undergoing training and providing a demonstration video for review. While the site does not state any other requirements, it does mention that teachers or those who have taught in the past will have hiring preference.

Hourly earning potential: $22-$26/hour

Subjects offered: Tutors must teach English to non-speakers.


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WyzAnt offers to tutor students of any age. Tutors create a WyzAnt profile, and students can review and select a tutor whose experience and price best fit their needs.

Required qualifications: Tutors must be at least 18 years old and live in the United States. They must also have a valid Social Security Number. Tutors do not have to have teaching experience.

Hourly earning potential: WyzAnt allows tutors to establish their rates.

Subjects offered: Over 300 subjects, from English to zoology.


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Chegg offers individuals the opportunity to provide tutoring services in a lot of subject areas. Like VIPKid, your schedule can be flexible, and you can teach from anywhere. A unique quality worth noting about Chegg is that your online profile rating and reputation will assist you with gaining more clients. This enables you to increase your earning potential through positive feedback from students.

Required qualifications: All potential hires must have previous experience as a teacher or tutor. There is a preference for those who have taught at the middle school, high school or collegiate level. Additionally, candidates must have a bachelors’s degree and a Facebook account or email address to verify their identity. Finally, if you wish to offer services in a specific subject area, you may have to take a competency test.

Hourly earning potential: Up to $20/hour

Subjects offered: Subjects include everything from astrophysics to voice lessons.


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While most Kaplan teachers teach in classroom settings, Kaplan also offers opportunities for teachers to teach online. Kaplan’s online teaching program helps the student improve their test scores.

Required qualifications: Depending on the test you are teaching, you may have a wide variety of qualifications. For example, if you want to be an MCAT prep instructor, you must be in the 90th percentile of MCAT scores, inspire highly motivated students to achieve better scores and create a safe learning space for students to enhance their testing abilities.

Hourly earning potential: Rates may vary by position. But it can be a great way to earn extra money.

Subjects offered: Test prep for a wide range of standardized tests


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Find plenty of online tutoring positions with Whether you want to work part-time, full-time or make extra money. From math tutoring jobs to business tutoring jobs, may have an online tutoring job for you.

Required qualifications: While each tutoring position’s requirements and qualifications may vary, there are a few things you need to accomplish to become a certified tutor. You need to have a high school degree or GED, complete tutoring training, join a tutoring association, earn your tutoring certification and get licensed (optional).

Hourly earning potential: You can make up to $50 an hour by teaching science, social studies, math, conventional English and more.

Subjects offered: Tutoring subjects vary, but some may include: Math, English, science, computers, liberal arts, social studies, health, home and more.


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This tutoring service primarily focuses on English in both one-on-one settings and group lessons. So, if you want to teach English online, goFluent may be right up your alley. They hire native English teachers from America, Canada, British citizens and even some individuals from the Philippines. If you want to work remotely, you may find a job with this company.

Required qualifications: While requirements may vary, most jobs tend to require some form of college education, business or corporate experience, must speak English as a native language, must have a stable internet connection, must have computer and typing skills and training experience is a plus.

Hourly earning potential: You can earn up to $15 an hour by teaching English online.

Subjects offered: English


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Choose from over 300 subjects you can teach to students. You can teach everything from calculus to python, to the piano. All you have to do is apply and meet their requirements. Then, you will be connected with students and begin creating lesson plans. TutorMe is the perfect platform for finding online tutoring jobs.

Required qualifications: To qualify you must have tutoring or teaching experience, mastery of subjects you would like to teach, be enrolled or have graduated from a college or university and must be over 18 years old.

Hourly earning potential: You can earn at least $16 an hour with bonuses.

Subjects offered: English


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Whether you want to help students prepare for their SATs or get better math grades, PrepNow Tutoring may have a job for you. By using innovative technology, you can tutor children in the comfort of your own home.

Required qualifications: To qualify, you must have at least two years of teaching or tutoring experience and a college or university degree. You must also need to composite 28 on the ACT or 650 on the SAT Math and SAT Verbal. You must also have 6 hours available during nights and weekends.

Hourly earning potential: Your pay may vary depending on the tutoring jobs you apply for.

Subjects offered:  SAT prep, ACT prep, math, chemistry, French, writing, Spanish, and physics.


Marina Borovskaya / istockphoto is an online platform that helps everyone from high school students to teachers study. From taking an online course to earning credits and degrees, has you covered. is one of the many online education companies hiring. They are looking for people with teaching and educational experience to create lesson plans for their platform.

Required qualifications: Since there are many different online jobs available, they may require different qualifications. For example, the Academic Expert position requires English proficiency and expertise in science, history, social science, psychology and humanities.

Hourly earning potential: Your pay may vary depending on the job you apply for.

Subjects offered: offers a wide range of topics, course, credit and degrees.


SyhinStas / istockphoto partners with tutors from around the U.S. to ensure students receive the best learning experience possible. They work with certified and retired teachers, professors, teaching assistants and more to meet a high standard of education.

Required qualifications: To see if you qualify, all applicants must fill out a 20-minute application. You will also need to submit a short video introduction to introduce yourself.

Hourly earning potential: You may make about $14 per hour.

Subjects offered:  Math, sciences, language arts, social studies, world languages and more.


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If you’re looking for online teach jobs, you may be in luck. Homework Tutoring helps students improve their proficiency in subjects including biology, English, math, statistics and more. This fast and convenient tutoring platform allows students from all over to connect with professionally trained tutors.

Required qualifications: Currently, Homework Tutoring is looking for people to help with subjects including engineering, history and law.

Hourly earning potential: While pay is not explicitly listed on the site, you may make between $5 and $20 an hour.

Subjects offered:  Biology, chemistry, economics, electronics, English, math, statistics, physics and programming.


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Connections Academy is an online tuition-free K-12 school. Students can receive a public education right from their couch. The coursework and exams surpass national and state standards for public education. The organization also tries to find creative ways to keep students engaged.

Required qualifications: Currently, Connections Academy has a variety of online teaching positions available. So, whether you live in New York or Ohio, you can find a remote position. Qualifications will vary depending on the job you apply for.

Hourly earning potential: Pay will vary depending on your qualifications and the job you apply for.

Subjects offered: All subjects required to pass K-through-12th grade.


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Aim-for-A Tutoring is an online division of Aim Academics. As part of their organization, they offer online tutoring to students all over the world. They also hire internationally. As a tutor, you can work part-time, full-time or make a little extra income on the side.

Required qualifications: A teaching certificate is a desirable trait for all applicants. They also look for those who are willing to work nights and weekends, have a computer with speakers and stable internet connection. Also, some subjects require a digital tablet with a pen mouse.

Hourly earning potential: Pay will vary depending on your qualifications and the job you apply for.

Subjects offered: Math, science, English, language arts and other subjects.


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Johns Hopkins Center for the Talented Youth is the world leader in gifted education. They are dedicated to developing the talents and skills of youth around the world. They serve learners through their research, advocacy and counseling, and offer summer, online, international and family programs.

Required qualifications:  If you’re interested in online employment from CTY, you can apply for their summer programs, online offerings or another job listing. Qualification may vary by actual position.

Hourly earning potential: Pay will vary depending on your qualifications and the job you apply for.

Subjects offered: Summer, online, international and family programs.


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K12 provides online education for students from pre-K through 12th grade. K12 offers three main solutions for online learning, public schooling, private schooling and supplemental courses. Students can receive support from their teachers via phone, online meetings and on occasion in person.

Required qualifications: Just like many other positions, K12 may have different requirements depending on the type of job you apply. For example, if you apply for the science teaching position, you need a teaching certificate, transcript, performance evaluations, state assessment data and a reference letter.

Hourly earning potential: Pay will vary depending on your qualifications and the job you apply for.

Subjects offered: K through 12 courses.


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Pearson offers tutoring opportunities up to the Graduate level. If you’re interested in a chance with this organization, you’ll find access to all their available positions through an online job board. However, be mindful that Pearson does not limit its offerings to online tutoring. So, when searching their open jobs, you’ll want to enter in the key term “remote.”

Pearson Smarthinking offers online tutoring, writing help and resume review. Their priority is to help students get a better education or advance in their careers.

Required qualifications: Smarthinking is looking for online tutors with master’s degrees, PhDs or other advanced certifications. They feel like the extra experience will help them add to their team of dynamic and diverse teachers. While it is not listed as needed, Pearson’s website boasts that most of their tutors have a Master’s degree or Ph.D. Additionally, tutors need to be available for a minimum of 8 hours weekly.

Hourly earning potential: Pay will vary depending on your qualifications and the job you apply for. A recent estimate states that a Pearson tutor makes a median wage of between $11-$12 per hour.

Subjects offered: Everything imaginable from the elementary to graduate level with more than 150 subject offerings.


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The popular freelance job posting site Upwork has several listings for online tutors. Upwork is an excellent place to find less common or more technical tutoring positions such as physics, economics, architecture and college-level courses.


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Most tutoring jobs require a Bachelor’s degree or even higher education. If you are looking to make some extra income and lack the credentials for some tutoring positions, Symposium could be the perfect fit. The Symposium app allows anyone with experience an opportunity to monetize their expertise via either one-to-one coaching or one-to-many.

Since Symposium allows for one-to-many presentations, it is possible to make $100/hr or more, plus tips.

Some benefits of Symposium

  • Work remotely (Only requires a smartphone and internet connection)
  • Flexible schedule (You set your schedule)
  • Part-time (Work as much or a little as you like)

If you picked up your experience in the board room and not the classroom, Symposium is the perfect educational technology company for you.


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If you’re burned out on your 9-5, or you’re looking for a part-time job to earn some extra money, consider becoming a tutor online. There are a plethora of reasons for you to review the opportunity, and we’ve outlined the most important ones for your consideration.

Work-life balance

It’s not a huge secret that the work-life balance equation has become less of a balance and more of an unequal scale that tips farther on the work side. Between longer hours, increased commute times and required work travel, some professionals are burnt out on the whole endeavor.  It’s why so many people are starting to consider legit work from home opportunities.

When it comes to work-life balance, it’s safe to assume that there will always be demands that you have to accommodate. However, when you remove some of the aspects that are within your control (such as a commute), you can create a more equally balanced scale.

Becoming an online tutor is a work-from-home opportunity that may be just the solution you are looking for. With flexible hours and no commute, you can regain some of the balance you’ve been looking for in your career. You can adjust your schedule to fit your family’s needs, while still generating an income. Take the step to create a happier life for yourself by changing your professional career, and you may want to start with becoming an online tutor.

Supplemental income

If you’re looking for ways to increase your income, tutor jobs are an excellent option to consider. Not only is online tutoring a job you can do from home, but it’s also a gig that will enable you to make good money.  The work is flexible for most of the job opportunities, which means you have the choice to make as little or as much as you want in your spare time.

If you choose to pursue the opportunity to tutor from home, you will be able to capitalize on the times you’re not at your 9-5. Adding a side hustle to your schedule may negate the whole concept of work-life balance. But, if you require reliable income, the sacrifices you’ll have to make will be worth the financial reward.

How much do online tutors make?

If you hold a Bachelor’s degree, most companies start new hires between $12-14/hr (USD). Many of the companies polled a report that $20-26/hr is possible as a tutor builds up experience. Tutors often increase their rate through referrals or teaching in-demand specialty subjects, in which case some tutors report that $50-100+/hr is possible.

Can you make a living as an online tutor?

Like most ways to make money online or earn extra money, it is possible to turn your tutoring side hustle into a full-time gig. However, before you hand in your resignation to make a full-time living as a tutor, you should build up some experience with several of the best online tutoring platforms. Teaching on several sites will help provide some stability in case of listings at one company drying up.


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When you’re looking for remote jobs, it can become complicated to avoid scammers. A lot of companies that endorse they will “make you your own boss” are pyramid schemes. These are operations that will very rarely help you turn a profit.

It’s even more challenging to find a way to make money from home on a part-time basis.

Online jobs, while becoming more commonplace, are still inundated with scams and false promises. Becoming a home tutor safeguards you from these ploys. It also enables you to make the extra money from home that you need. You can establish yourself as a freelancer who works for a credible organization.

You may decide to stick with tutoring from home or branch into other fields that allow you to work remotely. In either circumstance, starting with an online tutoring company will provide you with a safe introduction to the world of virtual employment.


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Every online tutoring organization is looking for something different. Some are seeking native English speakers to educate children in foreign countries. Others want to capitalize on your area of expertise to provide online tutoring for students who need help with test prep.  Some want translators who can help adults sharpen their foreign language skills. Whatever the case, there are a few qualifications that seem to be in demand across the board.

A college degree

Most online tutoring organizations want you to have a college degree. A few platforms offer opportunities with no experience necessary. But, the majority of organizations are looking for educators who have a degree from a 4-year, accredited college. Some of the platforms are seeking applicants with expanded knowledge in a specific subject. For example, if you have an interest in becoming an English tutor or online English teacher, having a degree in that subject would benefit you.

Some online tutoring platforms offer their services to students in higher education. If you’re interested in working at this more advanced level of tutoring, then you will need either a Masters or Ph.D. in the field of your expertise to offer your services.

High-speed internet connection

The second (and a very obvious) qualification is that you have a high-speed Internet connection. If you can’t connect consistently with your students, you won’t be able to work at home as an online tutor. While this may require you to make an initial investment, it will be worth the price to make money online.

It may also be pertinent to note that you will need a reliable desktop or laptop computer. Some of the online platforms encourage their employees to work from anywhere. When they offer this flexibility, they do so with the understanding that you will have a working laptop and a good Wi-Fi connection. Reliability is a massive value in the online tutoring community, and you’re expected to uphold your end of the bargain.

Online payment capabilities

You will need an established method of accepting payment. Whether you prefer to receive compensation via PayPal, or you prefer direct deposit to your bank account, you will need to have some online method of accepting payment to work as an online tutor.

Interest & passion

It’s easy to become caught up in the idea of a flexible schedule and a remote work opportunity. It’s important to remember that if you want to become an online tutor, you should have an interest and a passion for teaching. As is with any job, the work is not going to be easy, and you’re going to have both good and bad days.

Working with children and students can be a rewarding career path. It can also be a difficult one. Not every student will be the ideal intellectual who is eager for your help. You will need to learn techniques to assist you in working with the ones who are less passionate about their tutoring.

Make sure before you apply to be an online tutor that the reason you’re pursuing the opportunity is to help others. If you’re not interested in the opportunity for that foundational reason, you are setting yourself up for failure. Before you commit to working as a remote online tutor, check-in with yourself, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons.


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If we’ve convinced you to take the leap and teach online at home, there are a few simple steps you’ll need to take. First, you’ll need to find the platform that best suits your background and experience. With so many companies that promote working from anywhere as a tutor, how will you know which is the best one to pursue employment with?

We’ve taken the hard work out of this equation and completed the research for you. Keep reading to learn about the seven best online tutoring opportunities available to you. We’ll give you an overview of the qualifications required, the hourly earning potential, and a glimpse of the types of subjects offered.

Whether you’re looking for a side gig to supplement your full-time income or a new career, there is a tutoring opportunity for you, and we’ve found them!


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If you have the drive to work from home as an online tutor, but not the background and experience, there are plenty of solutions. Don’t put aside your dream of joining one of the best work-from-home jobs available. Put on your thinking hat, brush up your study skills, and use some of the excellent resources available. They will not only help you pursue your dreams, but they will also afford the expertise that you can use in your daily life.

Training courses

Udemy is an online platform that offers a variety of educational courses. The site has a specific section of their website dedicated to teaching and learning. You can sharpen your skills in a subject area as well as learn techniques to become an effective tutor.

While these courses do cost money, the price is nominal in comparison to the income you can generate when you become an online tutor.

Public speaking assistance

If you feel like you freeze up in front of the camera, you’re not alone. Many people suffer from an inability to “perform” once they realize they’re in front of an audience. Even the most accomplished English speakers sometimes find they lose their ability to speak and formulate coherent sentences.

YouTube is a great resource to use to help you brush up on your public speaking skills. There are a ton of video tutorials that will teach you to speak with confidence. There are exercises you can incorporate into your daily routine that will prepare you for your onscreen debut.

Expanding online knowledge

One area we’ve failed to address is the computerized aspect of online tutoring. Even if your focus is to become an English tutor to students who use English as their second language, you will have to have an excellent working knowledge of computers and the online community.

Your trouble areas may be as simple as your typing speed. If you want to improve your ability to type and communicate on a computer, you can use this free tool from TypingClub. This will help increase your data entry capabilities so that you can work with students in a more efficient manner.

If your needs are more complicated, you may consider engaging the assistance of a friend or family member. Give your friend, who is an internet connectivity expert a call via phone, and let him know about your interest in improving your knowledge. You will find an extensive support system if you ask for the help you need. Your friends and family will be more than willing to assist you in gaining future employment.


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The era of online tutoring is upon us. Students have access to dozens of resources to enable them to succeed in the classroom or in learning a new language.

Likewise, if you want to become a tutor, the opportunities to start a successful business are plentiful. With the ability to set your schedule, pay rate and decide what subject areas you offer, it has never been easier to provide educational services. Whether you want to make tutoring a side gig or your full-time job, you can start your own tutoring business from the comfort of your own home.

The resources available to assist you with your online tutoring career are also abundant. If you wish to pursue the opportunity to teach from home, you can achieve the education and experience you need online. If you’re inspired to pursue online teaching, you can earn your education degree online through several accredited programs. From there, you can seek a career as an online teacher.

Teaching and tutoring are unique callings. Online education is a great way to make some extra money or create an at-home work opportunity. However, it also requires you to have an interest and passion for helping others. If you feel like you’re one of the individuals who find purpose in assisting others in the field of education, navigate your options in the online tutoring arena — it may be the perfect field for your next big career move.

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