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The average cost for an algebra tutor is $40/hr. You are likely to spend between $25 and $55 per hour. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated August 1st, 2017

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In-home and online algebra and math tutors help students develop math skills and learn how to study. Costs vary depending on location, the specific math subject or focus area, the grade level, how often you want tutoring sessions and other factors. Algebra tutors typically charge more if they have more experience and popularity. Algebra tutors for children with special needs are generally more expensive. Ultimately, the best tutor will have the necessary skills as well as a good rapport with the student. Be sure to check the credentials and reviews of these professionals, and ask for quotes before hiring someone.


Most private algebra tutors charge by the hour. For example, rates for Tutor A Team in Chesapeake, Virginia, start at $45 an hour. Unlike corporate learning centers, private tutors generally don’t charge extra fees and they usually work without contracts. Some private tutors provide study materials, while others require students to purchase these items.

Subject and grade level

Prices can vary depending on the math subject at hand. For example, Tutoring by Tisa of Atlanta charges $50 an hour for basic math through algebra ll and GED prep, and $60 an hour for precalculus, statistics and chemistry. Some tutors, such as Dr. K. Advanced Learning Academy in San Francisco, break out pricing based on grade levels.

Flat rate

Some tutors charge a flat rate for all levels of math. Tidewater Tutor of Chesapeake, Virginia, charges $40 an hour for up to two students, regardless of grade or experience level.


Some tutors offer discounted rates when customers hire them for more than one day per week. For example, Mathedmaven Tutoring of Johnson City, Tennessee, charges $48 for the first hour each week, and $36 per hour for additional time during the same week. We Lift You Up Tutoring of Boca Raton, Florida, offers a 10 percent discount when students pay monthly after establishing a schedule.

Standardized tests

Professional math tutors can help students prepare for a standardized tests, such as the SAT, ACT, GED or PSAT. Make sure the tutor has direct experience with that test before hiring. Tutors often specialize in specific tests and set rates based on the particular test.


Tutors in large cities where the cost of living is higher usually charge more than those in smaller towns. In addition, some tutors who have to travel to meet with students may charge a travel fee.

Cost-saving strategies

Form a group with other students. Tutoring by Tisa charges just $20 an hour for each additional student up to three students. She also offers online tutoring at $10 less than the hourly rate for in-person tutoring. Ask potential tutors if they’ll work over Skype or GoToMeeting for a lower rate.

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