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Career Profile: Tutors

Instruct individual students or small groups of students in academic subjects to support formal class instruction or to prepare students for standardized or admissions tests.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 385,000 people employed as tutors in the United States. The median annual salary is $40,600. Entry level employees earn approximately $22,110 per year and senior employees earn approximately $91,630 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Provide feedback to students, using positive reinforcement techniques to encourage, motivate, or build confidence in students.
  • Teach students study skills, note-taking skills, and test-taking strategies.
  • Review class material with students by discussing text, working solutions to problems, or reviewing worksheets or other assignments.
  • Provide private instruction to individual or small groups of students to improve academic performance, improve occupational skills, or prepare for academic or occupational tests.
  • Assess students' progress throughout tutoring sessions.
  • Schedule tutoring appointments with students or their parents.
  • Monitor student performance or assist students in academic environments, such as classrooms, laboratories, or computing centers.
  • Organize tutoring environment to promote productivity and learning.
  • Participate in training and development sessions to improve tutoring practices or learn new tutoring techniques.
  • Develop teaching or training materials, such as handouts, study materials, or quizzes.
  • Research or recommend textbooks, software, equipment, or other learning materials to complement tutoring.
  • Communicate students' progress to students, parents, or teachers in written progress reports, in person, by phone, or by email.
  • Identify, develop, or implement intervention strategies, tutoring plans, or individualized education plans (IEPs) for students.
  • Travel to students' homes, libraries, or schools to conduct tutoring sessions.
  • Administer, proctor, or score academic or diagnostic assessments.
  • Maintain records of students' assessment results, progress, feedback, or school performance, ensuring confidentiality of all records.
  • Prepare lesson plans or learning modules for tutoring sessions according to students' needs and goals.
  • Collaborate with students, parents, teachers, school administrators, or counselors to determine student needs, develop tutoring plans, or assess student progress.
  • Prepare and facilitate tutoring workshops, collaborative projects, or academic support sessions for small groups of students.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
385,000
Annual Openings:
53,000
Increase in Openings by 2030:
16%
Annual Salary Range:
$22,110 - $91,630
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree