Here's What Jill Biden Earns as the First First Lady to Work Outside the White House

Dr. Jill Biden made history on Tuesday by becoming the first American first lady to continue her full-time career outside of the White House when she headed back to campus to begin a 13-week semester of teaching at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).

Dr. Biden, a longtime educator and supporter of community colleges, was clear throughout President Joe Biden's campaign that she intended to hold onto her full-time career in addition to prospective White House duties, regardless of the rigorous demands the two jobs would put on her time. "Teaching isn't just what I do, it's who I am," reads the first lady's bio on the White House website.

The role of the first lady is not in itself an elected office. Nevertheless, the job comes with a demanding set of expectations including diplomatic, ceremonial and hostessing duties. A first lady is also expected to choose and dedicate herself to a particular cause during her time in the East Wing. Former First Lady Michelle Obama's cause was combatting childhood obesity, for example.

The first lady has an office, a chief of staff and all the trappings of a full-time job. Yet, the title comes with no salary.

Jill Biden
Dr. Jill Biden made history on Tuesday by becoming the first American first lady to continue her full-time career outside of the White House when she headed back to campus for a 13-week semester of teaching at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Above, Dr. Biden visits with educators on September 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware. Alex Wong/Getty

For her role as an educator, however, Biden–whose students call her "Dr. B"—will be paid a salary of $85,999 for the nine-month 2021-2022 school year, according to her faculty employment contract, first obtained by College Fix and seen by Newsweek.

Biden, who has been on the faculty at NOVA since 2009, will spend the current semester teaching four three-hour classes per week. She will be on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays and will follow masking and social-distancing mandates laid out by her employer and the state of Virginia.

The first lady, who is often listed as "staff" or "Tracy, J" in the NOVA course catalog, will be teaching College Composition I, which according to the NOVA class descriptions, "introduces students to critical thinking and the fundamentals of academic writing."

Her course load will also incorporate English Composition Readiness II for students who need extra help, NOVA's Dean of Liberal Arts, Jimmie McClellan, told The Washington Post.

On Monday, the first lady's press secretary, Michael LaRosa, tweeted a link to The Washington Post article about her history-making return to work, writing, "As the 'Teacher in Chief,' as her peers have called her, she's also the one person in the White House who is heading back out to the front line of the pandemic."

"She is looking forward to teaching and communicating in person rather than through the screen," LaRosa told CNN.

"As the "Teacher in Chief," as her peers have called her, she's also the one person in the White House who is heading back out to the front line of the pandemic."https://t.co/PxzUUHoplZ pic.twitter.com/Q10WYeWunk

— Michael LaRosa (@MichaelLaRosa46) September 6, 2021

Biden continued to teach throughout her time as the second lady of the United States. She also taught at NOVA via Zoom during the spring 2021 semester. However, now that she will be teaching in person in Virginia twice per week, she officially holds the title of the first first lady to work outside the White House full-time.

Newsweek reached out to the office of the first lady for comment but did not hear back before publication time.