Second Jobs for Teachers? Educators More Likely to Need Supplementary Income

Making ends meet means second jobs for teachers. Is it time for a pay raise?

Teachers are working second jobs and not being enticed to work in urban areas. Is a pay raise necessary? (Photo: John Raedle/Getty Images)

Nov 8, 2012· 1 MIN READ
Andrew Freeman is a California native with a degree in history from UCLA. He is particularly interested in politics and policy.

The end of the school day means time to travel to their second jobs, for teachers.

According to a new study from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the sad truth is that teachers are more likely than non-teachers to work multiple jobs. The report provides a variety of reasons why educators, who on average make $56,039 per year, might need to seek a supplementary income.

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Teachers, according to the study, were more likely to be married and have dependents. Whereas 45 percent of non-teachers were unmarried with no dependents, only 35 percent of teachers were in the same category. The responsibility of having to provide for others makes additional income appealing.

The study also found that STEM teachers were more likely than other teachers to work a second job.

Earlier this year, President Obama announced that he wants to spend $1 billion dollars to hire more STEM educators who would be enticed by receiving an additional $20,000 on top of their salaries.

Findings from the report suggest that we may need to do more to entice STEM teachers.

As Sarah D. Sparks says in Education Week, "This data adds a complicating factor to districts looking to beef up teacher training or change work hours as part of school improvement programs."

At the Democratic National Convention, Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s speech stressed the importance of our education system's ability to prepare all of our children for the jobs of tomorrow. In July, Obama said, "If America is going to compete for the jobs and industries of tomorrow, we need to make sure our children are getting the best education possible. Teachers matter, and great teachers deserve our support."

How can we make second jobs for teachers a thing of the past? Let us know your solution in the comments