The new VIPKid incentive pay is based on a completed class structure. Essentially, the more classes you teach, the more incentive pay you can make. Most online ESL companies want you to teach more for them and so they are incentivizing you to be faithful to them and give them most of your available slots. VIPKid is rewarding teachers for teaching more classes.
What is the new VIPKid Incentive Pay?
VIPKid has always had a very standard, simple to understand incentive pay. The VIPKid incentive pay used to consist of a $1 participation and $1 finished classes incentive. VIPKid teachers were able to earn $2 / class for each of those incentives. In December 2019, the VIPKid incentive program changed for new teachers only.
Current teachers, as of May 2020, will not be on the new incentive program. Current teachers will still earn the participation and finished class incentive of $2/ class. The new VIPKid incentive pay is going to give teachers who teach a lot of classes more money and for those that don’t teach a lot of classes, it will take longer to achieve a higher incentive pay.
What about my VIPKid base rate pay?
Your VIPKid pay/salary is a base rate per class that all teachers receive automatically. Your base rate is established after your VIPKid interview. Your pay will be your base pay plus your incentives and any other money earned that month.
VIPKid Incentive Pay Chart
(aka Finished Class Tier)
How does the VIPKid incentive structure work?
Your Tier: As of December 2019, All new teachers will either start on Tier 1 or Tier 2. This will dictate how much you will receive for each bracket of classes you teach. Your tier is also dictated by how many classes you have taught. The more classes you teach, the faster you will climb into the next Tier. For example, someone who has a lifetime total number of taught classes of 500 would be on Tier 4.
Extra Incentives per Class: After you know what Tier you are on, you can see how much incentive you are paid for your taught classes. If you on Tier 4, you are paid:
$0.80 for classes 1-20
$1.20 for classes 21-40
$1.60 for classes 41-60
and so on…
This can be confusing, so let’s look at a sample pay.
Sample VIPKid Incentive Pay
In this VIPKid incentive pay sample, the teacher is making a base pay of $7.50 / class and is on Tier 2 because they have taught 132 classes in total.
They get a different amount for each bracket of taught classes (refer to diagram above) and the total incentives are added to the total base pay for a total paycheck amount of $1193.20.
Here is an incentive payment calculator that you can use to help calculate your own incentives for the month or potential incentives based on the numbers you put into the spreadsheet.
Just make a copy of the document and then it is yours to use!
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Other VIPKid Incentives:
Trial Class Conversions:
VIPKid pays $5 / student who signs up after taking your class. This only applies to trial students who are taking a free class before signing up. It is important to give great classes to these students and let them know what a great platform VIPKid is to learn English.
Use props, rewards to ensure that the student is having fun! There is less emphasis on finishing all of the slides and rather a focus on helping them to feel successful in the class and have a good time speaking English with you.
VIPKid Referral Program:
The VIPKid referral program is a great way for teachers to make money by recommending their friends and family to teach for VIPKid. Currently, VIPKid pays $100 for each teacher referred once they pass the entire VIPKid application process and teach their 1st class. The teacher will need to use your referral link or add your code before the demo lesson.
Other VIPKid Incentives:
From time to time, VIPKid has other incentives such as the PPT incentive, Activity incentive, and Booking Request incentives. To find out more about these incentives, check the VIPKid weekly updates and also the VIPKid portal to learn more.
Looking for another company?
There are lots of options in the online teaching industry and you can find another company that pays better or can supplement your current income. Check out these other companies to find ways to diversify your online teaching income!
Amazing calculator, thanks!
Thank you so much Alane!
The first tier is .40 though! Other than that thank you for the information. I am looking forward to getting past.40
No, Tier 1 is 0.80 for the 1st 20 classes. Where do you see it is 0.40? Thanks for leaving a comment 🙂 I hope you get passed Tier 1 quickly too!
This is basically a pay cut if you’re only available to work the same amount of hours before the incentives were changed.
Thanks for replying! Yes, that is true…unless you can teach a lot more – it is a paycut.
So this is why I’m being paid less per completed class after 5 years 😉
No, you are not being paid less per completed class. Your base rate doesn’t change just the incentives. This changed 6 months ago but only for the bonuses. You can make more if you teach more 🙂
I’m tier 7 and teach 100 classes a month and it’s still a pay cut for me.
Yes, you will certainly make a little less at 100 classes but it’s the incentive so I try not to look at it as a paycut, more as an adjustment to their bonus structure which can pay more if you teach more, but for most there will be a small decrease unfortunately. Lots of other options out there for you though that pay more!
Sarah Hobbs says
Do the number of classes start over each month? So in order to reach the maximum incentive amount, you’d have to teach over 10,000 classes a month?
Hi Sarah, No, that is the lifetime # of classes which determines your tier (left column) – to get the max incentive you need to teach 180+ classes / month
Hi, does this new pay incentives apply to old teachers or just new teachers? I see in your post that it will only effect new applicants but my husband has been doing vipkid since 2018 and looks like he is getting the new incentives. Since he only does it part time on the side he gets paid less now. Just wanted to see if it’s the case for you as well and if your incentives were changed.