Jill Biden has a rather nice job.

The wife of the vice president supposedly refused a position at a 4-year college in favor of teaching at a community college in the DC-area. Since 2009, she’s been an English professor at Northern Virginia Community College.

It turns out that’s a pretty good job. According to an article by Kaustuv Basu and Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed:

The couple’s 2011 tax returns indicated that Jill Biden made $82,000 teaching at Northern Virginia Community College. The figure came as a shock because Biden has been identified regularly as an adjunct.

Biden’s pay, however, reflects her promotion to associate professor, college officials said, which comes with a heavier teaching load than her old adjunct gig.

Well yes, but that $82,000 is a pretty good figure even for a full-time professor. The average associate professor of English, in contrast, earned $62,077 for the 2010-11 school year.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer