“A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is a traitor.”                                                                                         

                        Proverbs 14:25






“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

                   2  Corinthians 9:6

Payments to Tutors

Getting paid is easy. Once you have completed a tutoring session, simply go to the Report a Session page and input the details. CTA collects and distributes all payments through PayPal. Therefore, tutors will need to obtain a PayPal account in order to receive payments for completed sessions.  PayPal accounts are free and there is no service charge to tutors for receiving funds into their PayPal accounts. Please note that payment for a session can only be processed by completing the Report a Session section on the CTA website, and that a separate submission must be completed for each tutoring session.  Payments are disbursed on the Wednesday of the week following your completed session.

Tutors who partner with CTA are not employees, but rather independent contractors.  The specifics of all tutoring sessions including schedule, location, tutoring content and methods are to be worked out between tutors and clients/students. CTA extracts a stipend for clients/students that are obtained from the CTA website.  As specified in the Tutor Covenant, receiving payment directly from clients/students is strictly prohibited and is grounds for removal from the CTA website. 


Payout percentage ratio is as follows:



Hours Worked
















251 and above



















Guidelines for Setting Your Rates:


  • Tutoring Experience—Tutors with a proven track record can generally garner higher fees.
  • Level of Education—College degrees and teaching credentials definitely make tutors more marketable. 
  • Content area—Generally speaking, the hard sciences and the higher levels of math are in greatest demand.  Tutors who are competent in these areas or who specialize in tutoring AP subjects or college placement tests have a better likelihood of receiving top-dollar.  In fact, it’s not uncommon for SAT/ACT tutors to charge over $100 per hour.
  • Tutoring Demand: As semesters or trimesters draw to a close, the demand for tutors increases, especially at the end of a school year.  Consider setting higher rates when demand is peeking. On the flip side, you may want to give a better rate to your steady clients who you can count on to book regularly on a long term basis.
  • Distance traveled to tutoring site—Gas, time spent traveling, and the number of hours spent tutoring per week are all factors you will want to consider when setting your rate. 
  • Finally, the marketplace determines our value as tutors.  At the end of the day, our services are only worth what people are willing to pay for them.  You must determine where the balance lies between the compensation you are wanting vs. your desire to receive maximum tutoring opportunities. Don’t sell yourself short.  Yet, you also want to be mindful of what other tutors with similar skill sets are charging for comparable services We recommend that you compare your asking rate with other tutors on this site and on other sites such as Craigslist, Care.com, and WyzAnt.  



Maximize Your Impact…and Your Earnings

It’s inevitable.  Many of students will want to achieve maximum results with minimal effort.  That’s why you will see a surge in tutoring requests in the closing days of any semester.  There’s a good chance that you will be called on to rescue a student who has dug him/herself into a hole and there is only a short period of time left to bring up the grade.  We call this “Rescue 911 Tutoring.” Do what you can. After all, we are educators, not miracle workers.


What’s best is for students to recognize their need for regular tutoring throughout the course of the semester. Think about it--Is it realistic for someone to think they will lose weight after a time or two at the gym?  Will a boxer stand a chance if he begins his training a week before the bout?  As a professional educator, you should persuade your students/clients that the best results occur when tutoring is done consistently over a reasonable period of time. 


It is also to your advantage to have a smaller clientele of students that are steady than it is for you to have numerous clients who only book sessions sporadically.  For starters, establishing a consistent regimen with a student makes you a more effective tutor, which in turn, increases your tutor rating and business. Furthermore, staying with the same student allows you to build a relationship with the student and the family.  As you probably already know, your most difficult sessions are when you are first starting out with a student.  When you work with the same student over time, you’re able to settle in and make adjustments to your tutoring that are specific to your student’s individual needs. So long-term tutoring is best for everyone—best for your students, best for you.