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How much can a Driving Instructor earn? Most people who are thinking of training to be e a Driving Instructor want to know this! The answer will depend on many things, the two most important being how many hours you want to work and what price you charge. If you are looking into Training to become a Driving Instructor, ask your potential Training providers for realistic figures. (It's always tempting to look on the too optimistic side). Here are two scenarios. The figures are approximate and don't take into account any extra benefits on the one hand or costs on the other

Driving Instructor earnings with a large national driving school franchise (like BSM).

You will net approx £23 per lesson after petrol.
If you take 4 weeks holiday per year and one week's worth of days here and there for public holidays, that's 47 weeks... and assume you have no time off sick!
If you work 35 lessons per week (approximately 42 hours in total allowing for travelling between lessons, phone call and admin time).

Then 23x47x35 = £37835. Sounds great?! We haven't taken off the expenses yet!

If your franchise is £380 per week for say 50 weeks, that's £19,000. Total earnings = £18,835.

Driving Instructor earnings with a smaller franchise driving school

Similar weeks and hours worked.

Say £175 per week. Lessons charged at £19 (net £17.50 after petrol)
17.5x47x35 = £28,787 Minus franchise 175x50 = 8750

Total earned = £20,037


The main alternative is to work for yourself as an Independant Instructor. The advantages are flexibility and the fact you don't have to give a cut to someone else. Disdavantages are you have to bear all the costs of advertising, insurance, maintenance yourself. However, this should be the most profitable option.

The DIA reckon however that to earn the national average wage you will need to charge in excess of £28 per lesson!


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