What Are Typical Orton-Gillingham Tutoring Rates?

Looking for the inside scoop on Orton-Gillingham tutor prices? You’ve come to the right place. Orton-Gillingham tutor rates vary primarily depending upon the experience level of the tutor, the location, and whether you are working with a tutor online or in-person.

Not All Reading Tutors Are The Same

The term “reading tutor” can be used to describe anyone who is teaching reading to individual students. It includes everyone from college students looking to earn some extra cash, to masters level specialists with years of experience in the subject. The most obvious differences are in education level, experience, and certification. Not all reading tutors are created equal!
Orton-Gillingham is the gold standard for teaching reading, and is especially helpful to students with dyslexia. Reading programs that are not Orton-Gillingham-based lack the scientific research and efficacy of OG. They may rely on ineffective reading strategies such as guessing, or “looking at the picture”. Students with reading issues need to learn explicitly and with constant guidance from an experienced specialist. 

The Most Experienced Orton-Gillingham Tutors Charge More

The most experienced reading tutors are not merely college students looking to earn some money. They typically have master’s degrees in education and are often certified as Orton-Gillingham tutors by programs accredited by the IDA – the International Dyslexia Association. As part of their training and certification, these tutors have been observed by experienced certified tutors, or “fellows,” for months or years. In addition, these tutors have years of experience working one-on-one with students of varying skill levels and complicated reading diagnoses.

These more experienced tutors are more effective and, not surprisingly, charge more.

Location, Location, Location

There is also a great deal of discrepancy among Orton Gillingham tutoring prices in different locations. The highest rates are found in cities like New York and Los Angeles — major U.S. cities with high costs of living.

Working With An Agency Can Be More Expensive, and Online Can Be Cheaper

The range in costs also differs depending upon whether you are working with an agency, or an individual tutor directly. Agencies typically split the fee between the agency and the individual tutor, so they often charge more. Individual tutors can sometimes be more cost effective because there is no agency “middleman”.  In addition, online tutoring can be cheaper because tutors do not have to figure in travel time to get to students’ homes or schools.

Wide Range of Costs for Orton-Gillingham Tutoring

So how much does Orton-Gillingham tutoring cost? The most experienced tutors in the New York area, for example, can be more than $200 per hour, while inexperienced OG tutors in small cities and rural areas can charge as little as $30 per hour. And you’ll find a lot of tutors at different education levels and experience levels in between. Recently, The Reading Guru conducted the nation’s first national study on Orton-Gillingham / Science of Reading tutoring costs, and discovered how prices differ in the 25 largest metro areas in the U.S. If you want even more info on costs, and average costs in your city, you can read the full study here. I hope this post helps you understand the differences in educational levels among Orton-Gillingham tutors and dyslexia tutors, and what they cost.

If you are looking for a highly experienced, certified individual tutor to work with, and would prefer the convenience of online one-on-one Orton-Gillingham tutoring for your child, I hope you will consider working with me, Joanna Brown, or my colleagues at The Reading Guru. Please click here to learn more.

About The Reading Guru

Joanna Brown, founder and CEO of The Reading Guru, is a master Orton-Gillingham reading tutor with more than 15 years of experience providing personalized, one-on-one reading instruction. Joanna earned her M.S. in Elementary Education and Literacy from Bank Street College of Education in New York City in 2011. Joanna is certified by the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) as a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist (C-SLDS). She earned this certification through training at the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) as well as with the digital, multisensory training program, Lexercise. Joanna also has training with the Orton-Gillingham based, multi-sensory program Preventing Academic Failure (PAF). She and her team use an individualized, tailored personal approach with students and have consistently achieved outstanding results. For more information about The Reading Guru, click here.

Joanna Brown, The Reading Guru

Joanna Brown

Joanna Brown, M.S. Ed, C-SLDS, is a master reading teacher with 15 years of experience, and has helped hundreds of children crack the reading code. She offers one-on-one, live, online, individualized Orton-Gillingham-based reading tutoring to students of all ages and skill levels, worldwide, including those with dyslexia.

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