With tons of flexibility plus appealing salaries, teaching English online is a brilliant way to TEFL. You can teach and earn online from wherever you happen to be in the world (whether that’s a beach hut in Bali, a hotel room in Brussels, or your own home) and as our latest TEFL Jobs Market Report revealed, there are heaps of TEFL jobs available online right now. Perfect!
In fact, the hardest part is narrowing down your selection to the company that’s right for you. So, to give you a helping hand, we’ve pulled together our pick of the online TEFL companies, complete with the qualifications you need and the money you can earn. Now all you need to do is find your dream online TEFL job and start earning!
ONLINE TEFL COMPANIES FOR NEW TEACHERS WITHOUT A DEGREE
No degree? No problem! As long as you’ve got your TEFL qualification and are fluent in English, you can still teach English online. It’s all about focussing on the right companies – and first up are our pick of online TEFL platforms that don’t require you to have a degree AND are open to newbie teachers.
PalFish is a super-easy app designed for teaching children. It’s a great place to look for your first online TEFL job, as PalFish provides pre-prepared lesson plans. Win! In fact, all you need to get started is your TEFL qualification plus a phone/tablet to teach from and you’re good to go!
Expected Salary: PalFish pays an hourly rate of $16 to $22. There’s also a heap of bonuses on offer for anything from turning up to all your classes to selling the most trial lessons, meaning you really can earn decent money with PalFish if you put in the hours.
Required hours: To teach English online for PalFish, you’re required to open a minimum of 8 slots (4 hours) per week. After that, it’s up to you how much or little you want to work.
Experience needed: PalFish is a brilliant option when you’re starting out as an online English teacher, as you don’t need previous teaching experience. As long as you’re 18 or over and have a TEFL qualification
Nationalities accepted: To apply to PalFish you need to be a native English speaker with a passport from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia. There’s also a separate non-native English programme (paid at a lower rate) which is open to teachers from the Philippines.
Preply is another platform that makes it super-easy for newbie TEFL teachers to find work. You can teach students of all ages from anywhere in the world and you set your own rates. Plus, as Preply offers lessons in heaps of languages, you could even pick up some new skills of your own. Amazing!
Expected Salary: At Preply you set your own rates but, as a rough guide, English tutors usually charge between $15 to $25 per hour. New TEFL teachers often start out at the lower end of the scale to attract students and then increase prices as their experience grows – but ultimately, it’s up to you how much you charge.
Required hours: There’s no minimum time commitment for Preply. You’re the boss and you can work as much or as little as you choose.
Nationalities accepted: Preply accepts fluent English speakers of all nationalities.
For newbie TEFL teachers without a degree, Cambly is a fabulous option. You chat with students all over the world, which is a brilliant way to learn about their cultures at the same time as getting paid. Now, that’s a win!
Expected Salary: You’ll normally earn around $10 an hour but you actually get paid per minute you’re chatting with your students.
Required hours: There’s no minimum or maximum hours for teaching English online with Cambly. It’s super flexible as you set your own schedule.
Experience needed: Apart from fluent English, you don’t need any qualifications or experience to teach on Cambly but a TEFL qualification is a definite plus.
Nationalities accepted: As long as you’ve got great English language skills, you can work online for Cambly, no matter where you’re from – making it a great option for non-native English speakers.
Skima Talk is super flexible and easy to sign up for, making it perfect for newly qualified TEFL teachers looking to nab their first online TEFL job.
Expected Salary: Skima Talk is another platform where you set your own hourly rate. As with other similar companies, new TEFL teachers tend to pitch at a lower price to attract students and then increase their rates as their student numbers and experience grow – but it’s up to you.
Required hours: You set your own schedule for Skima Talk, so you can work as few or as many hours as you choose.
Experience needed: Teaching experience is a plus but it’s definitely not essential for teaching English with Skima Talk. However, do make sure you’re TEFL qualified.
italki is a global platform that connects up students and teachers for one-to-one lessons. Even if you’re a newbie TEFL teacher, your TEFL qualification means you can apply for a Professional Teacher role straight off, and bag yourself a job with the best pay rates. Win! However, if you want to build up your experience first, italki also has a community tutor role, where you deliver informal conversational classes.
Expected Salary: Once again, you set your own rates as an online TEFL teacher with italki. The platform states that Professional Teachers earn between $10 to $80 – but definitely expect to start at the bottom end of that scale, unless you’ve got tons of previous teaching experience.
Required hours: With italki it’s up to you when you work. You set the hours you’re available and students book on to your lessons – and with students all over the world, there’s always someone wanting to learn English.
Experience needed: Experience is a plus but, as long as you’ve got your TEFL qualification you can still apply as an italki Professional Teacher.
Nationalities accepted: All nationalities are accepted but you must be either a native English speaker or at a near-native English level to become a Professional Teacher.
Engoo is a great option if you’re struggling to land an online teaching post with one of the bigger platforms. Pay rates are towards the lower end of the scale but look on it as a way to bring in some money as you build your experience. Plus Engoo provides the lesson plans, which means all you need to think about is the delivery.
Expected Salary: You can earn between $2 and £10 per hour teaching online for Engoo.
Required hours: You can decide your own hours and work as much or as little as you choose with Engoo
Nationalities accepted: All nationalities are accepted. You simply need to be over 18 and proficient in English.
ONLINE TEFL COMPANIES FOR EXPERIENCED TEACHERS WITHOUT A DEGREE
If you’ve got some teaching experience under your belt, you can usually bag yourself a better rate (and sometimes even a better job), even if you don’t have a degree. Take a look at these TEFL companies that are open to experienced TEFL teachers without a degree and find your perfect fit.
If you can commit to at least 10 hours per week and want to teach students from Latin America, then Open English could be your dream role. This platform delivers English lessons to both children and adult students from Latin America, either one-to-one or in small groups. Plus, it’s one of the higher-paying TEFL options for teachers without a degree. Lovely!
Expected Salary: You can earn between $13 to $15 an hour, teaching online with Open English.
Required hours: You need to be available for at least 10 hours a week to work for Open English, which makes it a good option if you’re looking for regular work.
Experience needed: You stand a better chance of getting hired if you’re both TEFL qualified and have previous teaching experience. However, if you can show other relevant experience, you might still land a post.
Nationalities accepted: All nationalities are accepted, as long as you’re fluent in English. If you also speak Spanish, that’s a definite plus.
Verbling is an amazing portal for online TEFL teachers that connects you up with English learners from across the globe. You even get to highlight your interests, so you can link with students who want to talk about topics you like. Win!
Expected Salary: You set your own rates at Verbling so it’s up to you how much you charge.
Required hours: With Verbling, you set your own schedule so you can work as much or as little as you fancy.
Experience needed: You normally need previous teaching experience plus a TEFL qualified to work at Verbling.
Nationalities accepted: All nationalities are accepted but you do need to be brilliant at English if you’re not a native English speaker.
Learnlight is a fantastic platform for non-degree holders who want to work with business professionals. If you can commit to at least 10 hours per week for a year, Learnlight can be a brilliant way to gain job security as you develop your online TEFL career.
Expected Salary: The pay at Learnlight varies, depending on your experience and contract but you can expect to earn $10 per hour or more.
Required hours: You need to commit to at least 10 hours per week in peak times to work for Learnlight, plus you have to sign up for a minimum of a year – which can either be a huge pro or a downside, depending on what you’re looking for!
Experience needed: Learnlight expects their teachers to have at least 2 years of teaching experience plus a TEFL qualification.
Nationalities accepted: All nationalities are accepted.
Do you want to connect with people from all over the world? We have just the ticket! With Tutlo, you can organise your own work schedule and teach from anywhere in the world. What’s holding you back?
Expected Salary: You can earn between $5 to $11 per hour.
Required hours: It’s up to you what hours you work at Tutlo as this is another platform where you set your own schedule.
Experience needed: You need a TEFL qualification plus at least 6 months’ teaching experience but this can include volunteer work or private tutoring.
Nationalities accepted: Tutlo accepts native English speakers from the UK, US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa – although they do say that non-native English speakers are welcome to apply too!
If you’re looking for a flexible role that lets you teach small classes of adult students, then Lingoda is your go-to! You can teach anyone from beginners right up to specialist classes, such as business English. Even better, Lingoda supplies the teaching materials meaning you can focus your energy on the delivery. Amazing!
Expected Salary: You’ll normally earn between $8 to $13 per hour.
Required hours: Technically, Lingoda doesn’t have a minimum number of hours. However, they do expect their teachers to work for between 5 to 20 hours per week. When you teach those hours is completely up to you however and you can set your own schedule each week.
Experience needed: Lingoda asks for 2 to 3 years of teaching experience plus your TEFL qualification.
Nationalities accepted: All nationalities are accepted but you need to be at least C2 level of English and also at a higher level than any class that you teach (hopefully, that last bit’s obvious!)
Last but not least for TEFL companies that don’t require need a degree, take a look at Amazing Talker. Students of all ages send in their requests for tutors and an automated matching system links them up with potential teachers. It’s a slightly different approach to other online TEFL companies we’ve listed here – but why not give it a go!
Expected Salary: You set your own rates. The platform claims its top tutors earn £17 to £49 per hour – but definitely don’t expect to hit these heights from day one. £8 to £11 per hour is more usual.
Required hours: There are no required minimum hours for teaching English online with Amazing Talker You set your schedule and students book on to your classes.
Experience needed: You need at least two years of teaching experience and a TEFL qualification.
Nationalities accepted: All nationalities are accepted but you do need to either be a native English speaker or have a degree in English.
ONLINE TEFL COMPANIES FOR NEW TEACHERS WITH A DEGREE
Looking for your first TEFL job can feel daunting. But if you’ve got a degree in any subject, shout about it – it opens up tons more opportunities plus you might bag a higher pay rate. In fact, there are some amazing options out there for newbie TEFL teachers with a degree. Take a look at our picks.
We’re big fans of EF and we reckon you will be too. You can teach students of all ages and you even have lesson plans prepared for you – awesome! There’s also the possibility of working abroad with EF once travel restrictions are lifted. Sign us up!
Expected Salary: You can earn between $10 to $17 per hour.
Required hours: You normally need to be available during peak teaching times for EF English First – although that depends on which time zone you’re in!
Experience needed: You don’t need previous teaching experience but you do need to hold both a TEFL qualification and a bachelor’s degree.
Nationalities accepted: EF accepts fluent English speakers who hold passports for either the UK or US.
If you fancy delivering fun, interactive lessons to kids, based on National Geographic materials, then look no further than SayABC. This is a fabulous platform to start your online teaching career – and you might even learn something yourself!
Expected Salary: You can earn between $8 to $17 per hour with SayABC.
Required hours: You can set your own schedule with SayABC but you will need to stick to their set class times, so make sure you check out what these are in your time zone.
Experience needed: One year’s teaching experience is preferred but you can still apply as a newbie teacher, as long as you have a TEFL qualification and a bachelor’s degree in any subject.
Nationalities accepted: SayABC accepts fluent English speakers from the UK, US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa.
Magic Ears is a super-interactive online TEFL platform, that focuses on small group classes for kids. On top of being one of the better-paying companies around, it matches you to classes, rather than expecting you to market yourself to students and it has the added bonus of good support from its teaching community. Fabulous!
Expected Salary: You can earn between $20 to $26 per hour for teaching with Magic Ears, which can be topped up further with bonuses for recruiting other teachers to the platform.
Required hours: You need to sign up for a minimum of 6 months if you want to teach English online with Magic Ears. Technically, there’s no minimum number of hours but Magic Ears recommends that you open up at least 10 slots per week and that you focus on peak times to pick up a decent level of work.
Experience needed: No experience is required (although you’ll be higher up the pile if you do have experience) but you will need a TEFL qualification and bachelor’s degree or proof that you’re registered on a degree course.
Nationalities accepted: All nationalities are accepted.
If you want a stable schedule packed full of teaching English online to kids from China, then VIPX is a brilliant option. Students can sign up with the same teacher for a whole semester, meaning you know who you’ll be teaching when. It’s less flexible than some teaching platforms but the payoff is a more secure income and work pattern. Why not give it a try and see where it takes you?
Expected Salary: You can earn between $15 to $22 per hour.
Required hours: To teach English online for VIPX, you’re required to open at least 15 slots per week and to commit to a minimum of 6 months.
Experience needed: Experience is preferred but it’s not essential as long as you have a bachelor’s degree and TEFL qualification.
Nationalities accepted: Fluent English speakers from the UK, US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa can apply.
ONLINE TEFL COMPANIES FOR EXPERIENCED TEACHERS WITH A DEGREE
If you’ve got a TEFL qualification AND a degree AND teaching experience, go straight to the top of the class. You can pretty much take your pick of jobs and can expect to earn a higher wage than newbie teachers. Take a look at these fabulous options.
If you’re from the US or Canada, working for VIPKid is a great way to teach English online. You can earn an amazing salary and teach a mixture of teenagers and children – plus teaching materials are provided. Count us in!
Expected Salary: You can earn between $14 to $22 per hour.
Required hours: VIPKid has now removed their minimum hour requirement, meaning you can work as much or as little as you choose – but you will definitely get more work if you open your schedule for peak teaching slots.
Nationalities accepted: Only teachers eligible to work in the US or Canada can apply to work for VIPKid but you can be based anywhere in the world.
If you’re an experienced teacher and love the idea of high-quality, one-to-one classes, DaDa may be perfect for you! This company is on a mission to be the best online international school in China – plus its pay is pretty decent too.
Expected Salary: You can earn between $15 to $25 per hour. You’ll normally start at the lower end of this scale and then increase your rate based on the hours you work plus performance. You can also earn a range of bonuses for achievements such as converting students from trial classes and recruiting other teachers to the platform.
Required hours: To teach English online for DaDa, you’re required to work for at least 10 hours per month – but it’s up to you when you teach them, so you can build a timetable that fits around your life.
Nationalities accepted: DaDa only accepts native English speakers but you can be based anywhere in the world, as long as you have a stable internet connection.
If you’re a TEFL teacher from the US or Canada, QKids is a fantastic option. This interactive platform includes games and animations, making it perfect for teaching kids. Even better, all your lessons are pre-set in the app, so you can spend minimal time on preparation and still earn a competitive hourly rate. Amazing!
Expected Salary: You can earn between $16 to $20 per hour.
Required hours: When you teach with QKids, you’re required to sign up for six months and your class schedule is then set weekly.
Experience needed: You need at least two years of teaching experience to work for QKids, as well as your TEFL qualification and a bachelor’s degree in any subject.
Nationalities accepted: US and Canadian passport holders can apply. You also need to be based in the US or Canada when you teach.
Whether you fancy teaching Chinese kids or adults, iTutorGroup has the students for you. This well-respected platform delivers both junior classes for 5 to 18 year olds and adult classes for those aged 18+. iTutorGroup provides teaching materials and support for tutors, making your life super simple.
Expected Salary: iTutorGroup works on a pay scale structure, where the more you teach, the more you can earn. This means salaries vary significantly – expect anything from $5 to $24 per hour.
Required hours: If you want to teach English online with iTtutorGroup you’re required to work at least 6 hours per week. You can set your own schedule to ensure the hours you work to suit you.
Nationalities accepted: All nationalities are accepted but you must be able to speak English at an idiomatic level.
Whales English offers some of the best job security around for online TEFL teachers, plus fabulous teacher support, great wages, and a super-supportive community. It’s a tad less flexible than some of the other platforms as you need to commit to a fixed schedule to give continuity to the classes – but on the upside, you know when you’re working and you can form great relationships with your students.
Expected Salary: You can earn between $18 to $27 per hour with Whales English.
Required hours: To teach online with Whales English, you need to sign up for a minimum 12 months’ contract and commit to teaching during peak hours. Within that, however, you can choose the days and hours you work – which can be either weekdays, weekends, or a blend of both.
Experience needed: You must have a minimum of one year’s teaching experience to work for Whales English, plus a bachelor’s degree and TEFL qualification.
Nationalities accepted: To apply for Whales English, you need to be a native English speaker from the UK, US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada – but you can teach from anywhere in the world.
GOGOKID is a great option for US and Canadian teachers (or anyone eligible to work in those countries) who love the idea of delivering one-to-one lessons to children in China. Lesson materials are provided, leaving you to deliver fabulous lessons.
Expected Salary: You can earn between $14 to $25 per hour with GOGOKID. Your rate will increase as you teach more classes and get good feedback from students.
Required hours: GOGOKID asks teachers to sign up for a minimum contract of 6 months. Teachers set their own schedules, so there are no required teaching hours. However, GoGo Kid strongly recommends that you open up slots during peak hours if you want to have a decent number of students.
Experience needed: As well as a bachelor’s degree and TEFL qualification you’ll need teaching experience to work for GOGOKID – but this can be from any relevant setting.
Nationalities accepted: You need to be eligible to work in the US or Canada to apply but you can actually teach from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a solid internet connection.
31abc is another online TEFL company that’s focused on teaching Chinese children aged 4 to 12. After a trial lesson, students are allocated a set online English teacher for the classes – which may continue for a year or more. This means 31abc is less flexible than platforms that let you change your schedule each week but, on the flip side, it gives you greater job security plus the opportunity to really get to know your students.
Expected Salary: You can earn between $7 to $22 per hour. You start off with a base salary at the lower end of the scale but can then top this up with bonuses based on the successful delivery of your classes, with an extra bonus also available if students sign up following a trial class.
Required hours: To teach English online with 31abc, you need to commit to at least 2 hours per day for three days per week. This can be either Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Experience needed: You’ll need at least one year’s experience, a bachelor’s degree, and a TEFL qualification.
Nationalities accepted: You need to be a fluent English speaker from the US, Canada, or the UK.
START TEACHING ENGLISH ONLINE TODAY
There’s never been a better time to teach English online so why not apply today? Remember, if you’re not successful with one company, don’t give up. There are tons of fabulous online teaching jobs out there – you just need to find the one that’s right for you. And if you need an extra helping hand, give our fabulous TEFL jobs team a call. They simply love matching fabulous TEFL teachers to amazing online TEFL jobs.
You’ve got this!