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How much do driving instructors earn?

Being a driving instructor has a range of benefits associated with it. The freedom to choose your own hours and be your own boss, the ability to balance your work and personal life, as well as the fact that driving instructors are currently in high demand which means you’ll be able to work and earn as much as you want!

But aside from that, it’s worth knowing what you’re going to earn. The good news is – being a driving instructor can be a very rewarding career, for both you and your bank account.

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How much does a driving instructor earn per hour?

The Annual UK Driving Instructor review revealed that RED driving instructors earn an average of £30.14 per hour.

How many hours does a driving instructor work each week?

There is no maximum amount of hours that you can work per week as a driving instructor. At RED, we simply ask that you are sensible with your decision making. The nature of the role requires that you give students full attention and care, this means it is important that you are well-rested and alert at all times.

The Annual UK Driving Instructor review was conducted by the industry’s watchdog FBTC in December 2021, found that on average, independent driving instructors work 26.2 hours per week, compared to RED driving instructors who on average choose to work 30.5 hours per week (over four extra hours of work per week).

What’s the average weekly income for a driving instructor?

The same study revealed that on average, independent driving  instructors are earning £787 per week compared to RED driving instructors that earn £919 per week.

RED driving instructors earn 17% (or £132) more each week than independent instructors.

What’s the average yearly income for a driving instructor?

Based on the figures above, multiplying the average hours worked by the average weekly salary across a 50-week year, a RED driving instructor’s average earnings are £45,950 annually.

The top 34% of RED driving instructors achieve an annual gross income of £50,000 or more.

How can I earn more as a driving instructor?

The first idea that springs to mind for generating extra earnings is more hours and a higher cost. This is not necessarily required. Whilst you are welcome to work as many hours as you choose depending on availability, there are other smart strategies you can adopt in order to maximise your earning potential.

  • Localise your student base– by spending less time travelling between locations for lessons, you can instead utilise the time saved by pencilling-in extra lessons that are nearby to one another
  • Keep up professionalism– if you maintain a reputation as a reliable, trustworthy instructor you will become in-demand for students meaning that you will never struggle to fill your diary
  • Franchise with RED– under our franchise your earnings are secured as 100% of our customer base pre-pay, for lessons, meaning there’s no monetary loss for no-shows. You will also attend a two-day business seminar which will teach you how to manage and maximise earnings

What other benefits do RED driving instructors get?

Earnings aside, there are a number of other benefits that RED driving instructors can expect:

  • Full-franchise car (approval not subject to credit check) – this can be driven by named family members if approved by RED
  • Full diary from the moment you begin to franchise- driving instructors are in demand more than ever
  • Pupil pre-payment– no concerns around collecting payments, haggling or no-shows


*The Annual UK Driving Instructor review was conducted in December 2021 by FBTC, a specialist accountancy services provider to the driving instructor industry.



Looking to become a driving instructor and start earning as fast as possible? Joining our fast track programme could be perfect for you. With RED you can earn as you qualify on a Trainee Licence and our flexible fast track option gives you the option to speed things up and help to fit the training in with your busy schedule

Our qualified RED Trainers provide up to 80 hours of specialist training, and our fast track option is delivered at the same price as our classic route, with the benefit of being able to get a 100% refund on your training costs when you become a RED Driving Instructor.

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