Online Instructors Pay

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by CocoGrover, Sep 8, 2005.

  1. CocoGrover

    CocoGrover New Member

    After receiving my MBA I will begin teaching an online class (one per quarter) on entrepreneurship. The school is a private RA university, B&M, non-profit, offering an online BA. The course will be offered in their adult learners school, not the business school.

    I won’t be doing it for the money but I am kind of interested in a range of pay for a single class, 12 week session. Any ideas? Thanks
  2. Gregory Gulick DO

    Gregory Gulick DO New Member

    Do you mind if I ask how you landed the job? I have recently sent CV's to a number of distant learning institutions and I'm just starting to hear back now. I was curious if you went through a centralized site or advertised yourself in some way?

  3. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator

    A school I teach for has 12 week sessions, the pay is $1200 per course.
  4. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator

    Keep an eye on;
  5. -kevin-

    -kevin- Resident Redneck

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  6. Anthony Pina

    Anthony Pina Active Member

    I am a full-time university administrator, but I teach part-time for two universities:

    At one school (a state unviersity), it is $2750 per course for faculty with doctorates and $2500 for faculty with masters. This school operates on the semester system (16 weeks).

    At the other school (a private non-profit university), it is $300 per student per course, so if I had 10 students enrolled, I would make $3,000. This school operates on the quarter system (11 weeks).

    Pay varies widely by school. Most community colleges pay their faculty less than universities (but not always). A colleague of mine teaches for Walden University and, apparently, Walden pays singificantly higher than University of Phoenix.
  7. John DeCarlo

    John DeCarlo New Member

    I get $190 per student left after the final withdrawl date for a 16 week course. If the course is new and I design it I get an additional 2,500.
  8. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator

    I should add that I teach, simply because I enjoy teaching. Any compensation is secondary to me, although I certainly don't refuse it. :)

    I and my wife have set-up a distinct savings account at our local bank, where all teaching proceeds are deposited. I purposely didn't ask for an ATM card, a PIN number, or Internet access to the account, so everything deposited/withdrawn requires a personal visit to the bank. That way, I'm very unlikely to tamper with that account. :)
  9. mourningdove

    mourningdove New Member

    The salaries vary widely. Here are some of mine.

    A. 8 week semester - $1600 (as independent contractor)
    B. 6 week semester - $1500
    C. 15 week semester - $2,600
    D. 8 & 15 week semester - $120/student
    E. 6 week semester - $1400

  10. Rob Coates

    Rob Coates New Member

    Re: Re: Online Instructors Pay

  11. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    My employer, Keiser College, pays $1,500 per course for instructors with a Master's degree and $1,800 for instructors with a doctorate. All courses here are four weeks long. On campus courses usually have three four-hour sessions per week.

  12. tcnixon

    tcnixon Active Member

    Smart. Very smart.
  13. oxpecker

    oxpecker New Member

    I get $3,650 per 15-week 3-credit graduate course.
  14. little fauss

    little fauss New Member

    Where do you teach? That's pretty good pay.
  15. oxpecker

    oxpecker New Member

    I don't think it's very good. I can have up to 30 students, so it's similar to mourningdove above with $120/student.

    (mourningdove and oxpecker -- both birds. Maybe there's something in common?)
  16. little fauss

    little fauss New Member

    Well then I don't suppose it is. I'm teaching a DL video course (with once-a-month resdencies) at a CC this semester. There are only 5 students. I won't make much--only about $800--but it will be with minimal effort. Just one three hour class a month plus minimal grading and exam prep--no online duties. I could easily teach a couple dozen at a time just like it. So I guess in perspective, that three or four grand for 30 students is quite a load.
  17. oxpecker

    oxpecker New Member

    With a 30-student class, I probably spend an average of about 10 hours a week (for 15 weeks). This is for a course that I've taught many times before, so I have course material and even a lot of my comments pre-written.
  18. mourningdove

    mourningdove New Member

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    I don't teach at all of these each semester ;) . It actually depends on the school. Some require a lot more work. One requires 6 day participation on the newsgroup/week and email answered within 24 hours. At lease an hour/day for each class plus extra to work on syllabi, grade papers, and post grades, etc.


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