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Instructor compensation includes:

  • Conference registration fee waiver
  • Honorarium
  • Travel and lodging expenses
  • Bonus for high attendance

For specific details, contact your Course Program Coordinator or Education Services at education@spie.org. Your Instructor Agreement (contract), which lists the exact payment terms, will arrive 4-6 weeks following confirmation of your course at an SPIE event. Your payment, as designated on your contract, will be sent approximately 3-4 weeks following the presentation of your course.

Travel and Lodging

Course instructors are responsible for making their own airline and hotel reservations. For information on the official event hotel, please see the Hotel and Travel webpage for the event which you are teaching. You are encouraged to make your reservations as early in the process as possible. In the event your course is cancelled due to insufficient advance registration, SPIE will reimburse you for nonrefundable airfare and/or hotel expenses up to the expense reimbursement amount stated in your instructor agreement.

Government employees

If you are employed by a government agency that does not allow you to accept payment for your service as an instructor, let us know so we can prepare a contract without financial terms for you.


To encourage instructors to help SPIE promote their courses, we are glad to offer a bonus to those whose courses attract a large audience.

Tax Information

First time instructors will need to submit an IRS W-9 form before we can issue payment. If you are a non-U.S.-based instructor, additional forms may be necessary.

See the Taxability of Payments.PDF for information.

For tax related questions contact Jane DeNeui.

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