Teachers Pay Teachers: A Guide To Getting Started (2023)

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started On Teachers Pay Teachers

For decades, teachers have been silently creating amazing content for their classrooms. No outlet existed for them to share with other educators in the country, state, or even their own area. Then Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) came along and changed everything! The hard work you put into your lesson plans, printable worksheets, and homework assignments can now be monetized as a nice side hustle or full time job, depending how far you go with it.

What is TpT?

If you haven’t checked it out yet, Teachers Pay Teachers is a website for teachers, by teachers. It’s a marketplace to sell worksheets and printables to other educators throughout the country. As a seller you simply create a worksheet one time, and then collect payouts over and over again. It’s a great way to make extra money from the work you are already doing for your own classroom.

A Successful TpT Example

NJ Teachers’ Lounge readers may remember that we recently highlighted a teacher who is making a good side income with her YouTube channel and TpT account. Hillary Seides of Teaching Without Frills is a great example of an educator who really enjoys helping students and equipping teachers through her work online. If you didn’t see our interview with her, you can check it out here: https://plymouthrockteachers.com/teacher-behind-teaching-without-frills-youtube-channel/.

Without further ado, let’s get started. Here’s what you need to do…

Getting Started

Creating an account on TpT is simple and free. Once you sign up you can begin adding your products and earning money. In this guide I am going to walk you through exactly what to do to make an account, get started selling, plus provide you with tips for how to create great content.

Step 1: Sign up

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To sign up, simply choose the option that best fits your needs. To start out, you will probably want to stick with the basic seller account, which is free. This gives you access to the TpT membership, allows you to sell your products, and lets you view data and reporting for your products. The premium seller account is a great option for teachers who are already making money on TpT and want to spend less in fees for each transaction.

Step 2: Create your basic seller account

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You will need to enter your name, email address, create a username and password, select the grade you teach, and your location.

Step 3: Enter your personal information

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This screen will ask you for your address, phone number, PayPal email address, and the year you were born. Then simply click “register” to go on to your new back office and to choose your teacher store name.

Step 4: Fill out your profile

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Now is the time to choose your teacher store name. Take your time and really think this through. Choose a name you like and will stick with. This can be your name, your blog’s name, or any name you like. Creating content for TpT is a great way to also promote your blog, if you have one. Creating one is not as difficult as it sounds. I have outlined a few tips and tricks on this here: https://www.virtualfreelanceguide.com/creating-a-blog-portfolio/.

If you have a blog or YouTube channel into which you are planning to incorporate the store, then it would be wise to name it the same name. For example, if your YouTube channel is “Teaching My Way,” you probably want to name your store the same name. That way you can use your current branding and seamlessly relate it to your current audience.

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Whatever you name your store will become the URL used to view the products you have for sale. You can refer to the red circle in the graphic above. I named my store “My Sample Store” and my new URL that I could share is “www.teacherspayteachers.com/store/my-sample-store.” The reason it’s so important to choose a name you like enough to stick with long term, is that because changing your name will change the link. If you have already promoted your store on Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube, blogs, and any other social network, those links will be invalid if you change the name.

Next, you will need to add in a personal quote. I recommend browsing through TpT to see what other sellers are doing, but be original. Just a simple one-liner is all you need.

The third item to decide is the order in which your products will show on your store page. Teachers Pay Teachers allows you to choose what shows up first. For example if you have best sellers (items that you sell the most of) you may want to list those first because they have great reviews. As a new store owner just starting out, that may not be the best option. The other choices are: most recent, rating, price, or alphabetical. You really can’t go wrong with this, especially at the beginning. Choose the one that works best for you.

The last few areas are all about you. These will vary depending on your teaching background, skills, experience, etc. The selections are as follows:

K12 Subject Areas for TpT


Art history, cooking, dance, drama, graphic arts, instrumental music, music, music composition, visual arts, vocal music, other (arts), other (music)

English Language Arts

Balanced literacy, close reading, creative writing, EFL – ESL- ELD, ELA test prep, grammar, informational text, literature, phonics, poetry, reading, reading strategies, short stories, spelling, vocabulary, writing, writing essays, writing expository, other (ELA)


Autumn, back to school, black history month, Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanza, earth day, Easter, end of year, Halloween, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, spring, St. Patrick’s Day, summer, Thanksgiving, The New Year, Valentine’s Day, winter, women’s history month


Algebra, algebra 2, applied math, arithmetic, basic operations, calculus, decimals, fractions, geometry, graphing, math test prep, measurement, mental math, numbers, order of operations, place value, statistics, trigonometry, word problems, other (math)


Aanatomy, archaeology, astronomy, basic principles, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering, environment, forensics, general science, physical science, physics, other (science)

Social Studies

African history, ancient history, Asian studies, Australian history, British history, Canadian history, civics, criminal justice – law, economics, elections – voting, European history, geography, government, middle ages, native americans, psychology, U.S. history, world history, other (social studies)


Career and technical education, character education, child care, classroom community, classroom management, coaching, computer science – technology, critical thinking, early intervention, family consumer science, for administrators, for all subjects, gifted and talented, handwriting, health, instructional technology, international baccalaureate, library skills, life skills, occupational therapy, oral communication, physical education, physical therapy, problem solving, products for TpT sellers, professional development, religion, robotics, school counseling, school psychology, special education, speech therapy, student council, study skills, test preparation, tools for common core, vocational education, other (specialty)

World Language

American sign language, Arabic, Chinese, en Francais, Gaeilge, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, other (world language)

For all subject areas

For educators who are not K-12 teachers, you will select either university discipline or adult education that is appropriate for your skill set. The next question is about the grade level you teach which has selections for preschool, higher education, K-12, homeschoolers, etc.

Lastly, the remaining information is up to you to decide how much (if any) you add to your store profile. This is where you can list your experience, teaching style, honors/awards, your education history, and any additional biographical information.

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Step 5: Upload your store photo

Before you hit save on your profile and begin uploading your first product, you need to upload your Teachers Pay Teachers store photo. This can be a photo of you, your logo, or anything relevant to your teacher store. A wonderful free tool that you can use to create your logo is Canva. Simply go to www.canva.com and select a free account. You will then see the option to create a logo. This totally free program is also a great tool to use for a blog if you decide to create one. You can make graphics for social media, ebooks, email marketing campaigns, etc.

Step 6: Create your very first product

There are many ways to create content for your Teachers Pay Teachers store. Two of the easiest ways are by using PowerPoint or Publisher. Since you most likely already have content to use because you’ve created worksheets for your own students already, then you can simply save your file as a secured pdf, or recreate it using the tools I just mentioned.

A few things to keep in mind when designing your products…

Font is not only important, it is essential. Having a great looking font will sell your products for you. Be creative. Before using any graphics or fonts make sure you are using ones that can be used for commercial use. That is the key phrase you are looking for. If they are not allowed to be used for commercial use, you could end up with a big problem down the road.

There aren’t too many guides out there to help you with creating content. One really great (and free) guide is by Erica Bohrer from EricasAdventures.com. Erica is a teacher, blogger, and contributor on TpT. As a highly rated contributor she has many wonderful tips to share on her blog.

If you’re wondering what kind of money someone can make from a $3 printable product, the answer is a lot! Erica said, “With the extra money I make from TpT, I don’t flinch about buying supplies for my classroom. I have the best classroom library around. Other teachers come to me to borrow books! I love that I can help them, too.” A few months ago, the Plymouth Rock Teachers’ Lounge did an article about great summer jobs for teachers. You may remember we listed TpT as one of the options. The amount of money you can make is pretty ridiculous. The top seller has made over $2MM, while nearly 200 teachers have earned over $50,000. (Read the full article here: https://plymouthrockteachers.com/upgrade-your-summer-job-9-ideas-teachers-should-consider/).

Tips for creating your content on Teachers Pay Teachers

  • Only use fonts and graphics that are allowed to be used for commercial use.
  • Give credit where credit is due on all of your products – listing out fonts, graphic sources, etc.
  • Your products should all contain a cover page, disclaimer, sources/credit, and then the actual printable.
  • Create products you would use in your own classroom.
  • Be original and do not attempt to copy another TpT seller.
  • Blogging is a great way to get more traffic to your teacher store.
  • Save your product as a secured pdf so that it cannot be manipulated or changed.

The biggest question you may be asking yourself right now is, how in the world do the sellers get those cartoon looking characters for their products? No, they aren’t amazing at Indesign (though some may be). There are several places to get really awesome cartoon-like graphics that you can use. The first is the TpT back office. After you create your account you will have access to fonts and graphics on the TpT platform. Take advantage of those as they are completely free to use.

A second option is on TpT as well, but it’s not free. You can actually purchase graphics from other sellers. It’s a nice way to support your fellow teachers and also get amazing graphics you can use again and again. Some educators have created their entire store around helping other sellers, which is always an option for you if you are really creative and good at making graphics.

Pricing Your Products

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Choosing a price for your product will require you to research your competition. If you made a one page math worksheet for first graders, look at other elementary math worksheets to see how much they are selling for. You have complete control over the price of your product, but remember you also have to pay TpT a seller fee for every transaction. See the above screenshot to see what those fees are.

Should I Form a Business and Get an EIN?

As a seller on Teachers Pay Teachers you are not an employee. At the end of the year TpT will send you a 1099 for any income earned on the platform. Regardless of how much money you earn, creating an organization like an LLC or corporation is not necessary. You are always welcome to do so, but you can submit all of your earnings and tax write-offs as a sole proprietor. Many times sole proprietors get a TID/EIN that they can use for their business so they don’t have to give out their social security number. You can easily do that by going to the IRS.gov website. It is free to do so, and you can get one instantly.

Speaking of taxes, make sure you keep good records for everything you purchase for your seller account, teacher store, blog, etc.

TpT Seller Tax Write-offs

  • Your home internet
  • Blog fees – hosting and URL (domain name)
  • Graphics and fonts
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Paid version of TpT, if you decide to use it
  • Part of your house if you have a home office

Teachers are some of the hardest working people on the planet. You spend so much time creating math worksheets, holiday printables, and word searches for your students. Now, you can also monetize your hard work by placing those worksheets and printables for sale on Teachers Pay Teachers. Take advantage of this easy way to earn money for the work you already do. As you create your store, one way to get ratings and reviews is to offer a free product or two that people can download. Once you’re established you can remove those free items whenever you decide to do so. What are you waiting for? Go sign-up now!

Jenna Garvinhas over 12 years experience as a freelance writer, blogger, and virtual assistant. She makes a living working from home and has even created a website to help train others who are looking to do the same. Her website Virtual Freelance Guide was created as a way to share her knowledge of those three great career opportunities with others.


Can you really make money on Teachers Pay Teachers? ›

The first question everyone asks is: “can I really make money selling on Teachers Pay Teachers?” The answer is YES. It is a great way to start up a small business and earn extra income for teachers. I won't sugarcoat it though, you will have to put a lot of hard work into it.

How much do people make on Teachers Pay Teachers? ›

Although you only make 55% of what you sell as a basic seller with a free account, you need to build up your resource offerings and make sure you're going to make a little money before you pay the membership fee.

Is teachers pay teachers a good company to work for? ›

Is Teachers Pay Teachers a good company to work for? Teachers Pay Teachers has an overall rating of 3.0 out of 5, based on over 83 reviews left anonymously by employees. 42% of employees would recommend working at Teachers Pay Teachers to a friend and 38% have a positive outlook for the business.

How much does TpT take from a sale? ›

There is no annual fee for this type of account, and sales made through the TPT Marketplace are split 50/50. Publisher Members are also able to participate in the TPT School Access Catalog as eligible (see the link in the table above).

What sells the most on Teachers Pay Teachers? ›

Top 5 Best Selling TPT Teacher Tools 2022
  • Parent Reminder Notes. Author: Teacher to the Core. ...
  • End of the Year Awards. Author: Teaching With a Mountain View. ...
  • STEAM Bins. Author: Brooke Brown – Teach Outside the Box. ...
  • Digital Brag Tags Bundle #1. Author: Lucky Little Learners. ...
  • Teacher Planner | Digital & Printable Editable Binder.
Mar 21, 2022

Is it worth it to sell on TpT? ›

Selling on TpT won't make you money in a hurry.

If you have an urgent need for cash – NOW – then starting a TpT store is not the way to do it. Selling on TpT is a real business, not a get rich quick scheme. If you have no interest in starting or growing a business, selling on TpT is definitely not worth it.

What type of teacher gets paid the most? ›

When you are looking for the best-paid teaching jobs for your area of interest or specialized skill, then you may consider working as a professor in a college or university. A college professor prepares course material, teaches students in a classroom environment, and grades student work.

What is the lowest teachers get paid? ›

The state with the lowest average teacher salary in the US is Mississippi, at around $48,000 a year.

What is the golden rule of teachers? ›

1. Respect yourself and your colleagues. 2. Respect students and parents.

Why is Teachers Pay Teachers not working? ›

Potential web browser issues - Update your browser of choice to the latest version if it's not fully updated. TPT tends to work best when your web browser is fully up to date. If that doesn't help, try using TPT via a different browser. TPT supports Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.

Why do teachers not make a lot of money? ›

Teachers get paid so little because education is underfunded in the United States. This equation has other factors, but this is the prime reason. The professional group of teachers has not experienced a salary increase in quite a long time.

What is happening with teachers pay? ›

Changes to teacher pay. In July 2022, the government accepted the recommendations from the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) for most teachers to receive salary increases of 5% from September 2022.

Where do starting teachers get paid the most? ›

Highest-Paid Teachers By State
3New York$89,000
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Dec 4, 2022

What percentage of teachers are happy with their job? ›

About 60% of teachers are happy with their careers.

With only 28% saying they rated their pay at either four or five out of five stars. The average U.S. public school teacher's salary is $65,090, while the average salary across all occupations for people with a bachelor's degree is $67,860.

Are teachers happy with their salary? ›

In both traditional public and charter schools, 45 percent of teachers agreed they were satisfied with their salary.

Can you sell on TPT without being a teacher? ›

Nope! We encourage everyone to use TPT for any resources they may find useful for various projects, classes, etc. You can sign up for TPT via this direct link.

Do TPT purchases expire? ›

If you purchased resources on TPT, you'll find them right on your My Purchases page — the resource files have no expiration date and you can access them as many times as you need.

How often do you get paid on TPT? ›

We pay out Seller earnings on a monthly basis. Earnings for each month are sent via Hyperwallet and are expected to arrive around or before the 21st of the month. Depending on the payout method you choose and your bank's processing times, it may take 2-3 business days to see your payment.

Does teachers Pay teachers ever have sales? ›

The Teachers Pay Teachers site-wide sale only happens a few times a year, and it is always a great time to grab resources that are helpful for you and your students.

Can you sell Canva worksheets on TpT? ›

These templates are offered through Canva and allow my students to make these templates fit their branding. If you want to offer customizable templates like that in your TpT store, you totally can! Just be sure you grab the Pro version as it's the only legal way to sell templates.

How much do you get for leaving a review on TpT? ›

When you leave a review, you'll earn 1 credit for every $1 you spent on TPT for that resource. Each credit has a value of 5 cents, so every 20 credits earned equals $1 you can apply to future TPT purchases. We'll round up from 50¢ for you! If you provide a review on a resource priced at $4.75, you'll earn 5 credits.

How much is a TpT school subscription? ›

The basic membership is free, and the TpT premium membership is $59.95 a year. What perks are included in the premium membership, and do they justify the cost? Let's take a look at the chart below and discuss the differences.

Which school district pays the most? ›

#1. Scarsdale Public Schools, Scarsdale, NY ($107,100)

This small district recognizes the value of their teachers which is evidenced by the average salaries landing at the top of any district in the country.

Which state pays the most for elementary school teachers? ›

The states and districts that pay Elementary School Teachers the highest mean salary are New York ($87,700), California ($86,470), Massachusetts ($83,790), Washington ($83,010), and Connecticut ($82,140). How Much Do Elementary School Teachers Make in Your City?

At what age do most teachers retire? ›

According to the California TRS website, the median age most teachers retire is at 61.9 years. The median service credit they accrue is 25.5 years. Under this formula, these teachers receive an average monthly benefit of $4,088.

Is Disney plus free for teachers? ›

Welcome, Educators

All our resources are free and always will be.

What is the best state to teach in? ›

Overall ranking of best and worst states for teachers in 2022
RankStateOverall score
1New York3.80
4New Jersey4.77
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May 31, 2022

What are the 5 C's for teachers? ›

Instead of teaching the same lesson plan to an entire class, educators should focus on the 5 Cs—collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical and computational thinking—to foster greater learning.

What are the 3 most important classroom rules? ›

Examples of classroom rules:

Treat others with respect at all times. Listen to the teacher when s/he speaks. Ask for help when you need it.

What are the 5 most important classroom rules? ›

List of 30 Classroom Rules
  • Arrive on time for class.
  • Raise your hand to speak or volunteer.
  • Follow the dress code of the school.
  • Do not cheat or copy other people's work.
  • Complete all assignments.
  • Listen to the teacher when being spoken to and answer your question.
  • Respect everyone in the class.
Feb 7, 2023

Why are so many teachers quitting right now? ›

Many of the predominant challenges teachers face, including safety concerns, low salaries, funding deficits and declining mental health, are not new issues — but the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has intensified existing problems within the profession.

Why are all the teachers quitting? ›

Other factors impacting teacher retention include heavy workload, low pay and escalating living costs, with some 80% of survey respondents saying it was difficult to find affordable housing close to where they teach. Many also cited a lack of support from district administrators.

Why can't teachers get fired? ›

Teacher tenure is a policy that restricts the ability to fire teachers, requiring a "just cause" rationale for firing. The individual states each have established their own tenure systems. Tenure provides teachers with protections by making it difficult to fire teachers who earn tenure.

Are most teachers in debt? ›

According to a 2021 study, 42 percent of educators, including students planning on entering higher education faculty positions, took out at least $65,000 in student debt. Faced with low wages in their early career, it takes teachers much longer to pay off their student debt, allowing it to grow with interest.

How to make 6 figures as a teacher? ›

How to make more money as a teacher
  1. Find opportunities to earn supplemental money at your school. ...
  2. Do research on your location's pay rates. ...
  3. Earn an advanced degree. ...
  4. Take advantage of professional development opportunities. ...
  5. Transition to an administrative career. ...
  6. Offer tutoring options.
Mar 8, 2021

Is it hard to make a living as a teacher? ›

And so you wonder, do teachers make enough money to live comfortably? Yes, in general, K-12 teachers in the U.S make enough money to live comfortably depending on how they are accustomed to living. Other factors include standard of living, geographic location, family status, and saving habits.

Will teachers pay go up September 2022? ›

Yes. The pay increases came into effect in September 2022 and therefore, once the salaries have been approved, pay packets will reflect the new salary plus backdated pay to cover the months between September and the date the new salary comes into effect.

Will teachers get a pay rise in 2022? ›

The pay awards vary by profession. The new pay scales for teachers and school leaders for 2022-2023 have been confirmed by the Department for Education. Teachers across the country will benefit from pay increases of between 5% and 8.9% which will be backdated from 1st September 2022.

What percentage of new teachers quit? ›

Overall, more than 44 percent of new teachers leave the profession within five years.

Can anyone join teachers pay teachers? ›

Nope! We encourage everyone to use TPT for any resources they may find useful for various projects, classes, etc. You can sign up for TPT via this direct link.

Is it free to join teachers pay teachers? ›

Joining TPT is free! Once you sign up, you have access to browse over 3 million resources — many of which are completely free for you to download. If you're a Seller, you can choose between two account levels, Basic and Premium.

How can a first year teacher make money? ›

There are also many other opportunities to increase your teacher salary:
  1. coaching after-school athletics.
  2. advising after-school clubs.
  3. becoming a department head.
  4. becoming a mentor for new teachers.
  5. helping with after-school tutoring programs.
  6. administering and grading placement exams.
  7. teaching summer school programs.

How much is the pay for Teach First? ›

The average salary for a Teach First Teacher is £28,251 in London, UK.

Who pays the best for teachers? ›

In 2021, the average K-12 public school teacher nationwide was paid $65,090. Average teacher pay was the highest in New York at $87,738, followed by Massachusetts and California. In three states — Mississippi, Florida, and South Dakota — teachers made less than $50,000 on average.

Can parents use Teachers Pay Teachers? ›

Yes! TPT has a large homeschooler community — and there are thousands of resources tagged for homeschool instruction.

Can I train to be a teacher and get paid? ›

The programme is fee free. Being able to earn a salary while you train, as well as receiving a discount on travel within London. Gain more experience working in a school before you qualify, so you are more prepared for life as a newly qualified teacher.


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