28 of the best paying online teaching jobs in 2021

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The new year has just begun, so it’s time to round up the best paying online teaching jobs this year! 

Money isn’t the only motivator for teaching English online, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

Most people looking for an online English teaching job hope to supplement their income, pay off debts and save some money. 

Some people even want to teach ESL online full-time

For many, making money by teaching online is about taking control of their life and not pressing pause on the things that matter to them.

With online teaching, you have the flexibility to work from home and make time for things that are important to you.

So take a deep breath! We've put together a comprehensive table of the 30 highest paying online teaching jobs right now. 

Don’t forget to check out our salary calculator for online English teaching jobs. It factors in your experience, availability and more to give you an idea of how much you can make.

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EmployerHourly pay (USD)Typical studentLessons providedExpected working
hours
Experience, qualifications &
requirements
English from A to Z$18 - 72 (depending on the number of students in the class)Worldwide Teachers to use YourAgora platform  to build their own lessons 60 minutes Small groups (up to 8 students)Min. 5 hours per week Flexible times as students are from all over the worldBA required Fluent English speakers preferred TEFL required 1-year teaching experience preferred
Tutor Supply$20 - 32Chinese children
(all ages)
All lessons & materials providedNo minimum Beijing timeBA required TEFL/TESOL/CELTA
USTKiD$20 - 33Chinese children
(all ages)
All lessons & materials provided 30 minutes +,
one-on-two/
One-on-four classes
No minimum Beijing timeBA required Fluent speaker from Canada/UK/US Teaching experience
Panda ABC/Teach Future$20 - 30Chinese children
(all ages)
All lessons & materials provided 25-minute,
one-on-four classes
Min. 7.5 hours per week Beijing timeBA required TEFL/TESL Fluent English speaker preferred 1-year teaching experience
USKid$17 - 28Chinese childrenAll lessons & materials provided One-on-one classesMin. 5 hours per week Beijing timeBA required Fluent English speaker
SayABC$17 - 28Chinese children
(7 - 9 years)
All lessons & materials provided 40-minute one-on-four classesSame 3 times for 3 months Beijing timeBA not required for contracts under 3 months TEFL/TESOL/CELTA required Fluent English speakers
BlingABC$21 - 27 Star teachers can make up to $50 if they have experience in child educationChinese children (5 - 12 years)All lessons & materials provided 40-minute,
one-on-one or
small group classes
Fixed hours Beijing timeBA required TEFL/TESOL/CELTA preferred Fluent English speaker (American, Canadian, Australian and British accents preferred)
Magic Ears$22 - 26Chinese children
(5 - 12 years)
All lessons & materials provided 30-minute,
one-on-four classes
No min. hours per week Beijing time
 
BA not required but preferred Fluent English speaker from US/Canada 8 months + ESL teaching experience TESOL/TEFL
Landi$18 - 25Chinese children
(5 - 12 years)
All lessons & materials provided 25-minute, one-on-one or
One-on-two classes
Min. 12 hours per month (4 teaching days per week)BA required TEFL/TESOL/CELTA preferred Teaching experience preferred
GoGoKid$14 - 25Chinese children
(4 - 12 years)
All lessons & materials provided One-on-one classesNo min. 
Beijing time
BA required
Fluent English speaker
(American, Canadian or legally able to work or reside in the USA or Canada)
UUABC$15 - 25Chinese childrenAll lessons & materials providedMin 4 hours per week Beijing timeBA required TEFL/TESOL/ CELTA Fluent English speaker
(North America, UK, Australia/New Zealand, Ireland) Basic command of Chinese if an advantage 1-year teaching experience
Hugo English$15 - 25Chinese children
(5 - 16 years)
All lessons & materials provided One-on-one classesNo minimum Beijing timeFluent English speaker
(North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa)
Boxfish$10 - 24Chinese children (K12)All lessons & materials provided 25-minute classes,
max. 4 students
No minimum Beijing timeBA required TEFL/TESOL preferred Fluent English speaker (American, Canadian, Australian and British accents preferred)
DaDaUp to $23Chinese children
(4 - 16 years)
All lessons & materials provided 30-minute, one-on-one classesMin. 2 hrs per day +
2 days per week Shanghai time
BA required TEFL or CELTA preferred Teaching experience Must be a fluent English speaker
A+ Gateway $18 - 22Chinese children
(grades 7 - 12)
All lessons & materials provided 40-minute, one-on-one classesNo minimum stated Beijing timeBA required 2 years’ teaching experience Can work in USA/Canada
51Talk$15 - 22Chinese children (4 - 12 years)All lessons & materials provided 25-minute classes30 hours per month Beijing timeBA required TEFL/TESOL/CELTA preferred Experience with young learners
ALO7$15 - 22Chinese children (K12)All lessons & materials provided 25/50-minute classesMin. 12 classes (6 hours) per week Beijing timeBA required/currently enrolled in a 4-year program TEFL/TESOL Fluent English speaker from the USA, Canada, UK & Australia
Western Wise$15 - 22Chinese children
(5 - 14 years)
All lessons & materials providedNo minimum stated Beijing timeEither a TEFL/CELTA, 3 years of experience or a language degree required Fluent speaker - North American accent
VIPKID$14 - 22 Chinese children (4 - 12 years)All lessons & materials provided 25-minute, one-on-one classesMin. 7.5 hours per month Beijing timeBA required TEFL preferred US/Canadian citizen or eligible to work in US/Canada (i.e. work visa/green card)
Stewart English$20Children
(4-12 years)
All lessons & materials providedNo min. 
Eastern European
Standard time
BA required
Min. one year of teaching experience
Golden Voice English$20Chinese children
(grades 1 - 9)
All lessons & materials provided One-on-one or small group classes
(max. 7)
Min. 8 hours weekly Beijing timeBA required, BE preferred TEFL/TESOL/TESL 6 months ESL teaching experience
ESLstarter$20Chinese children
(under 12 years)
All lessons & materials provided 45-minute classesFlexible but must be available during peak hours Beijing timeBA required TEFL/TESOL US/Canadian nationality
Live Lingua$20Worldwide (all ages)Make your own lesson plans & assess students 1-hour, one-on-one classesWorldwide flexibleBA required MA/Ph.D. preferred TEFL/TESOL/CELTA Fluent English Speakers (US, UK, Australia, China) 2 years of experience Additional language (so that you know how to learn & teach a language)
Qkids$16 - 20Chinese children
(5 - 12 years)
All lessons & materials provided 30-minute, one-on-four  classesMin. 6 hours per week, up to 19 hours Beijing timeBA required (enrolled in a four-year program) Eligible to work in USA/Canada Teaching experience/training
Hujiang$16 - 20Chinese children
(5 - 18 years) Chinese adults
All lessons & materials provided 25-minute, one-on-one classesMin. 10 hours per week Beijing timeBA required Fluent English speakers from UK, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand Preference to teachers who will work weekends
iTalkiTeacher sets own rate  iTalki takes 15%All ages
Worldwide
Teacher creates own lessons & materialsNo minimum Flexible times as students are from all over the worldFluent English speaker (UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland) Professional teacher
/BA in Education
/Professional teaching experience/ TEFL/CELTA/TESOL
Skimatalk$8 - (can set own rate -20%)All ages
Worldwide
Can download lessons from website but teachers encouraged to create their own 25-minute classesNo minimum Flexible times as students are from all over the worldBA not required Teaching experience preferred Fluent English speaker
SkyLearnUp to $35,000/year, full-timeWorldwide
All ages
All lessons & materials provided 50-minute classesFully flexible as worldwide learnersBA required North American accent preferred TEFL/TESL preferred

We’ve already talked about the benefits of teaching English online on the blog, so let’s quickly recap:

1. What’s teaching English online like?

The idea of managing your calendar, not having a boss breathing down your neck and the flexibility to work when and how you want might seem too good to be true.

But it’s not! 

The global demand for online English teachers is constantly growing as countries try to get their students up to speed with the increasingly universal language.

2. What are the benefits of teaching English online?