VIPKID – Salary, Hours, Requirements & How To Apply


VIPKID is the industry leader in online teaching. They were founded in 2015 and have rapidly grown from a small company of a few hundred teachers to more than a network of 50,000+ teachers located around the world. VIPKID is a little different than other teaching websites in that they operate like a marketplace of teachers where the parents book you directly instead of the company placing you.

For quality teachers who make a good first impression via their introduction video and then deliver in the classroom a quality experience for the student can make it easy to go full time with VIPKID. Particularly if the teacher is located in South East Asia or Europe where the time zone is a better fit for teachers.


Let’s cover what VIPKID online teaching job is like.

  • $14-$18 per hour base pay. Teachers get a completion bonus as well as a bonus for teaching a minimum amount of classes per month (45).
  • Flexibility with no minimum! You can absolutely take a week of for vacation and it won’t affect your booking rates.
  • Curriculum is provided for you. You will be required to have applicable teaching props.
  • A supportive community of 50,000 teachers. There are internal forums for VIPKID as well as Facebook groups and meetups.
  • VIPKID classes are 1 to 1.
  • Class time is for 25 minutes. After class your expected to leave student feedback. You have 12 hours to submit feedback before you’re penalized for being late.

Do you teach the same students?

If the parents like you, it’s not uncommon to see the same group of students week to week. But again, it depends on your avialbilty as well as the students and if the parent books you.

What about the parents? The parents book you so is there any interaction with them?

No, the parents book you but the only thing you’re required to do is teach the lesson. It’s great. Once

In order to maximize the number of classes you could get scheduled, we recommend you to be available for at least 7.5 hours (15 time slots per week at 30 minutes per time slot) during Beijing peak times.

Peak Times

As you’re teaching students after school the time for online teaching based on Beijing time is: Monday-Friday 6-10pm, and Saturday-Sunday 9am–10pm. You can get booked during non peak hours but this time after school is the most in demand.


The requirements for teaching English online with VIPKID are as follows:

Be a US or Canadian citizen

Have a bachelors degree at a minimum

Have experience working with kids for at least 1 year.

VIPKID also has technical requirements for teaching English online. They are:


VIPKID pays a base rate of $7-9 an hour per 25 minute class. This base pay is based on your qualifications and performance in the interview.

You also get an additional bonus for completing class as as well as teaching a minimum of 45 classes per month. This ends up being a $2 bonus to your base pay. So for your average teacher with VIPKID, though their base pay may be $8 an hour, they are actually getting $10 per 25 minute class which results in a $20 an hour pay rate.

You can also receive a $2 “short notice” bonus if you open a class and it gets booked within 24 hours. This is how top VIPKID teachers make a lot of money as this $2 bonus is PER class.

If you’re aggressive with short notice you could easily be getting $25 an hour per class.

Minimum $7-9 per class This is decided on your interview and qualifications
Participation Up to $1 You get a bonus for simply teaching class on time.
Finished Class Up to $1 If you teach more than 45 classes per month, you get $1 bonus per every class


There used to be a 7.5 hour minimum with VIPKID, but they no longer enforce this requirement. You can teach as much or as little as you like week to week. You simply open hours a week in advanced and parents book you.

The ideal day to open hours for the following week is Sunday each week. For actual class time for US based teacher here:

Peak Times:

TIME ZONE MON – FRI  Daylight Savings
EST 5 am – 9 am / 6 am – 10 am
CST 4 am – 8 am 5 am – 9 am
MST 3 am – 7 am 4 am – 8 am
PST 2 am – 6 am 3 am – 7 am
HAWAII 12 am – 4 am 1 am – 5 am

For the weekend, the peak time is 5 pm starting on Friday going into Saturday morning depending on your time zone. VIPKID has peak time and peak peak time. Peak peak time is the same on the weekends as it is during the week.

The only difference is that you’re able to get booked more on the weekend as students are not in school. However, please note that if your US based these hours will typically be night time hours. But if your located in Europe or you’re teaching abroad, then the weekend is a great opportunity for you to teach.

Hiring process

If you pass the requirements to be an online teacher, VIPKID will conduct a short interview with you. If you pass the interview you’ll be required to film yourself teaching a mock class or you can have a mock class with an instructor.

Please have good lightning, a nice place to teach that has an appropriate background and a good internet connection. Also review the VIPKID applicant performance indicator.

Is it worth it?

Getting hired by VIPKID is difficult. The process from start to finish takes a few weeks. But once you’ve taught numerous classes with them, the lessons become easy and second nature. Allowing you to do minimum prep for each class. When first starting, you need to review and prepare but after you’ve taught the same lesson over and over you’ll start to have mastery over the VIPKID curriculum.