Online Instructor Jobs and Pay [VIDEO]

Teaching online courses is a great way to earn extra income. Teach online and gain  flexibility over your work schedule of a type you never dreamed of as a traditional teacher.  With more colleges and universities adding online courses every semester, career outlooks are bright.


It’s time to get educated about how to land one of these dream online instructor jobs.


Vicky Phillips, founder of, reviews where to start your job search, as well as how to snag some of the higher-paying online instructor jobs.


Most Online Teachers Make $1-2K per Course

Online instructors are commonly paid per course, although some institutions may pay on a per-student or per-lesson basis.


Typical “salaries” range between $1,000 and $2,500 per course, but with more education, and a few extra skills, you could qualify for higher-paying jobs.


How to Make the Big Bucks Teaching Online

Some teachers can command up to $5,000 per course, but you make this much teaching fluff or the liberal arts.  Teaching hard tech courses or professional courses and having teaching experience on your resume can get you better pay.

  • If you hold an advanced degree, such as a doctorate, you can definitely expect higher pay
  • Similarly, if you teach graduate (rather than less advanced) courses, you will probably make a little more money
  • Teaching in high-paying career areas, such as Information Technology or MIS, is another good way to boost your salary
  • Being able to actually create online courses, rather than just teach them, is a very in-demand skill.  Past experience teaching is always a plus
  • Finally, if you are fairly tech-savvy and have strong organizational skills, make sure you market that you can can manage online teaching and training programs

Where to Find Online Instructor Jobs

First, check out the Get Educated free online teacher job board.  Here you can post a listing as a current job-seeker as well as browse available online instructor positions.


Call local colleges in your area.  Many community colleges are adding online courses and two-year colleges tend to favor hiring local freelance instructors.


Also, don’t limit yourself to just teaching college courses. Private training and tutoring companies are a good place to look, and they often pay better than colleges.


Finally, start networking on LinkedIn.  There are a host of LinkedIn professional groups for online teachers. These groups offer both free job postings and online teaching tips.


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2 Responses to Online Instructor Jobs and Pay [VIDEO]

  1. Danielle Winkler says:

    We in no way meant to equate the liberal arts with fluff, our apologies! But the unfortunate fact is that the majority of online teachers who teach liberal arts courses make the same amount as many online instructors who teach “fluffy” introductory classes, regardless of time invested or how involved they are with their students.

    The comparison was intended to reflect the difference in pay rate alone between teaching IT and advanced computer courses versus teaching other types of classes; it was not meant to comment on the quality of the education.

  2. English says:

    I’ve enjoyed over the years, but am dismayed at the remark: “teaching fluff or the liberal arts.”

    As an online instructor of college-level English Composition courses for more than 4 years – and thanks, I believe, to NCLB – I am presented with classes that contain a fair number of students who cannot form a written sentence, let alone an entire expository essay. Also – and, I believe, in response to this fact – recent large-scale studies of employers have shown that “Professional Communication” skills is a top priority.

    It is the devaluation of this skill, as you have emphasized in your article by calling it “fluff,” that has resulted in an explosion of alarmingly low literacy rates. There is an art and a science behind written communication – whether it is a how-to, persuasive, or other style of writing – and I would have expected more respect from

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