How Much Can an ADI Earn?

Driving Instructors can earn £1,200 or more per week.

This is based on 30 hours of work and rates of £40 per hour.

BUT – in the interest of clarity, you must understand there are pros and cons to being a Self Employed ADI.

>> PROs:

Flexible schedule: As a self-employed ADI, you can set your own working hours and days, allowing you to balance your work and personal life.

Be your own boss: You have the freedom to make decisions about how you run your business, and you don’t have to answer to a supervisor or manager.

Unlimited earning potential: As a self-employed ADI, your earnings are directly tied to the number of hours you work and the hourly rate you charge. This means that you can potentially earn what you are willing to work for.

Choose your clients: You have the ability to select the students you work with, which can lead to a more enjoyable work experience and a better overall fit for both you and your clients.

Develop your own teaching style: You can create a personalised teaching approach that works best for your students.

>> CONs:

Inconsistent income: As a self-employed ADI, your income may fluctuate depending on the number of students you have and the hours you work, making it harder to budget and plan for expenses.

No employee benefits: Being self-employed means you won’t have access to benefits such as health insurance, sick leave, or a pension plan, which can be challenging for long-term financial planning.

Business management: As a self-employed ADI, you’ll need to handle your own business administration tasks, such as managing your schedule, and handling finances. This can be time-consuming and may require skills you haven’t developed yet.

Costs and expenses: You’ll be responsible for covering all of your own expenses, including vehicle maintenance, fuel, insurance, and any required teaching materials or equipment.

Legal and tax responsibilities: As a self-employed individual, you’ll need to navigate the legal and tax obligations that come with running a business, which can be complex and time-consuming.

In summary, being a self-employed ADI offers both opportunities and challenges. It’s important to weigh these pros and cons carefully before deciding whether this career path is right for you.

ADI Earning Table

Driving Instructor Income

Month Hours Worked Monthly Income (£)



Being a driving instructor comes with several costs that must be considered. Some of the common expenses include:

  • Vehicle costs:
    • Purchase or lease of a suitable car
    • Vehicle maintenance, repairs, and servicing
    • Fuel expenses
    • Dual control installation and maintenance
  • Insurance:
    • Motor insurance specifically designed for driving instructors (covering both personal use and driving tuition)
    • Public liability insurance to protect against claims from students or third parties
    • Income protection insurance to cover loss of earnings due to illness or injury
  • Certification and licensing:
    • Fees for obtaining an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) license, which includes the costs of taking the required tests and examinations
    • ADI license renewal fees (every 4 years)
    • Continuous professional development (CPD) courses to stay up-to-date with industry regulations and best practices
  • Franchise Costs:
    • Costs associated with the Franchise, such as the weekly fee and deposit for the headboard.
  • Teaching materials and equipment:
    • Visual aids, handouts, or books for teaching students
    • In-car accessories, such as L-plates, mirrors, and roof signs
    • Any technology or software required for teaching or scheduling, like a tablet or scheduling app
  • Business administration costs:
    • Accounting and tax preparation services
    • Record-keeping and bookkeeping software or tools
    • Mobile phone and internet costs related to running the business
    • Professional association fees:
      • Membership fees for professional organizations or associations, which can offer resources, networking, and support for driving instructors

    These costs can vary depending on factors such as location, vehicle choice, and the scale of your business. It’s important to research and budget for these expenses to ensure the financial success of your driving instruction business.

    We can advise on all aspects of the costs involved.