In the past 26 years, the percentage of teachers working extra jobs has increased both during the school year and during the summer months, according to the findings of a Sam Houston State University professor.

David Henderson, professor of education, and his son, Travis Henderson, coordinator of staff development for the Windham School District, compiled the data and presented it to the Texas State Teachers Association.

According to the results, compiled through surveys sent out every two years since 1980, 33 percent of the teachers work a second job during the school year and 42 percent work a second job during the summer. In 1980, those percentages were 22 and 30, respectively.

Sixty-seven percent of teachers surveyed believe moonlighting during the school year is detrimental to the classroom.

The results showed it would take an average of a $6,811 salary increase for moonlighting teachers to quit their extra jobs. The teachers surveyed make an average of $4,952 moonlighting and $2,712 working their summer jobs.

While 33 percent of teachers surveyed work another job during the school year, an even higher percentage said they are seriously considering leaving the teaching profession.

“Forty-six percent of Texas teachers said that they were seriously considering leaving,” Henderson said. “Fifty percent of the teachers quit in five years. For some of them, it’s pregnancy and moving, but some of them get fed up and have no support and things like that.”

According the Hendersons’ research, 36 percent said money was their reason for considering a career change and another 36 percent said it had to do with working conditions, like stress burnout, paperwork and hassles. Nine percent said it has to do with student issues, like discipline, motivation and academics.

One of the most shocking revelations to Henderson was the number of hours teachers spend working outside of the classroom. The average teacher spends 12.4 hours working after class is over, and that number was as high as 13.8 in 2000 and 2004.

Although the number is slightly down, Henderson said it is still a lot of time when you break it up into daily increments.

“Teachers spend over 12 hours outside of the classroom,” he said. “When you divide that by five, that’s two and a half to three hours every night, grading papers and doing stuff outside of school.”

Henderson is hoping that through his research, he will be able to paint a profile of the average Texas teacher.

The average teacher, he said, is a 43-year-old female elementary school teacher making $42,654 a year. She is married to a working spouse, has a bachelor’s degree, teaches in a suburban district and has 12.4 years of experience.