VIPKID Pay Structure Update Explained

VIPKID has updated their pay structure. Originally, veteran teachers were grandfathered in under the old pay system and new teachers were hired under the new system. But, that will change in 2020 as all teachers will be under the new pay structure.


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So how much can you make with VIPKID? How much does VIPKID pay? Well, it depends. The new system operates under a tier structure and amount of classes taught.

For most veteran teachers this is functionally a pay cut. But again, it depends on how many hours you teach.

How much does VIPKID Pay?

The current pay scale for VIPKID is found below.

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The way the new pay structure at VIPKID works is that it’s first based of how many classes you have taught. The more classes, the higher your tier. Then it’s based on how many classes you teach each month. The more classes, the more per class you earn.

Please note that the pay per class is not cumulative. That is, if you were teach more than 181 classes, only classes past 181 would be paid at the 181 class rate. The rest of those classes would be paid at their respective rates.

For most veteran teachers this is functionally a slight pay decrease of about $1 per class. But again, it depends on how many classes you teach.

VIPKID Pay Structure Update for 2020 – Why the Change?

The pay structure change has occurred for numerous reasons. First is to help make the company more profitable by cutting down on costs.

Based on their own internal analytics, they know most teachers are not teaching anywhere near 181 classes per month. To reach this goal, you need to teach about 23 hours a week.

That’s the equivalent of doing 5 hours a day Monday to Friday which is nearly impossible to get with VIPKID – or you have to teach 4 hours a day, 6 days a week.

Which again, has been made harder to do because of Chinese regulations requiring online class to stop at 8 pm Chinese time (which is a good thing, students should not be having class so late).

Most online teachers based in the US only do a handful of hours in the morning with a few select teachers doing 25 hours or more a week.

So in the end, the teachers who will benefit from this change are a few select veteran teachers who currently teach more than 23 hours each week. For them it will be a pay increase, for everyone else it will be a step back of about $1 per class for most teachers.

Regardless, VIPKID is still a lucrative option. Even with this change, most teachers once they have a bit of experience will still be getting $20 an hour.

All for teaching on a laptop where the company provides the software, platform, students and material. Is VIPKID worth it still? Yes absolutely.


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