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Is it still my 2nd job if it pays more than my primary job?

May 18th, 2017 at 01:04 pm

I've been referring to my urgent care position as my 2nd job. It's relatively new as I've only been there a year and I've been in my practice for 17 years so I consider that my primary job.

However, since going part time at urgent care and reducing my hours at the office in February, the numbers have shifted. I anticipate that for 2017, about 58% of my income will come from the "2nd job" and only 42% from the "primary job".

So would you still call it your 2nd job if it provides the majority of your income? In terms of hours worked, the jobs are pretty even so I can't use that criteria.

Or would you just drop the terms all together simply and say you have 2 part time jobs?

8 Responses to “Is it still my 2nd job if it pays more than my primary job?”

  1. Dido Says:

    Does one of the jobs provide your benefits (health care, retirement plan, etc)? If the first job provides those and has longer duration, I'd probably call it my primary job even if the income was less.

    My two cents.

  2. disneysteve Says:

    Nope. The "2nd job" provides my benefits: health and dental insurance, 401k, life insurance, professional license reimbursement, continuing education allowance, etc.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    It's up to you. But I can see how you might consider your newer job your primary job now.

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    Do you need both jobs to meet expenses and any goals you have for savings, retirement, paying off debt?

  5. veronak Says:

    I agree with CCFree, it's up to you but I too see how the second job would actually be considered your primary job.

  6. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Primary. And when are you switching full time?

  7. disneysteve Says:

    "And when are you switching full time?"

    No plan to go FT there. What I'm working through in my head (and on paper) is remaining PT, leaving the other job, and then having the time to pick up more per diem shifts. I only need to average 10-12 hours/week per diem to make it work. That shouldn't be a problem at all, especially since there are 3 new sites opening within the next year which will only create more per diem opportunities.

  8. terri77 Says:

    I say whichever job provides the most income & your benefits is your primary job.

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