To help you determine if subbing with Swing is the right fit for you, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers.
Each of our school partners sets their own pay rates -- and as a Swing sub, you’ll know the pay for an assignment before you accept it.
That way, you decide what rate you are willing to work for.
Here are ballpark pay ranges for some of our regions:
- Bay Area (CA) $150 – $225
- Los Angeles (CA) $160 – $190
- Orange County (CA) $160 – $175
- San Diego (CA) $150 – $160
- Washington D.C. $135 – $145
- Inland Empire (CA) $120 – $140
- Central Valley (CA) $130 – $140
- New Jersey $115 – $130
- Illinois $100 - $110
Why should I become a substitute teacher with Swing?
There are several great benefits to being a substitute teacher with Swing:
- We pay weekly
- You can easily accept assignments with our text-based notification system or on our online platform
- We connect you with a wide range of teaching opportunities, at public, charter, and private schools
- You can work as much or as little as you want — there’s no minimum commitment required
- Our dedicated support team understands how hard you work and is here to answer your questions, help you succeed, and do our best to make your experience as a substitute teacher a positive one
- You’ll get cool perks, like invitations to special celebrations with fellow subs, access to the Swing Sub Lounge (a supportive online community of subs), and more
What are the qualifications to be a sub?
Although requirements vary by school and region, all substitute teachers with Swing need to pass a background check and hold a bachelor’s degree (in any subject).
Do I need to be certificated or have some sort of teaching permit or credential to work?
It depends on the region and the school. Many schools do submit requests for non-certificated subs. However, having a credential or permit significantly increases your opportunities and options.
Swing offers a range of resources to help you obtain your permit, including reimbursement for most permit-related expenses.
If I work with an agency or school/district can I also work with Swing?
Yes! We prioritize flexibility for our substitutes — we’d love to have you even if you also work with an agency or school/district.
Why should I work with Swing rather than just one school or district?
- You set your own schedule — you work as much or as little as you want
- You get paid weekly with the flexibility of direct deposit or being sent a check
- Onboarding takes only 1-2 weeks
- We offer a number of cool perks, including bonuses, special events, reimbursement for permit costs, and more
Who are your partner schools?
Swing subs have access to our expansive network of partners, which includes a range of public, charter, and private schools. Sign up to receive a list of schools in your region.
We currently work with schools in California, Arizona, Texas, New Jersey, New York, Washington D.C. and Illinois, but check back often to see if we have expanded into your region.
Is there an opportunity for full-time work?
Swing doesn’t directly offer full-time employment opportunities for substitute teachers, but schools do use us to fill long-term requests, and some Swing subs have landed full-time positions.
Is there a minimum time commitment required to sub with Swing?
No! You work as much or as little as you want.
Does Swing provide benefits?
Because substitute teachers are independent contractors, we don’t provide direct benefits.
We help cover some costs associated with onboarding requirements. These onboarding costs, which we reimburse, include fees associated with background checks, TB tests, and obtaining permits. You will be responsible for your own expenses incurred during your work as a substitute teacher.
Is there a cost to join Swing Education?
No! You’ll never pay anything to work with Swing.
How do I get started?
Spend two minutes filling out an application. We’ll then be in touch with next steps.
How long until I can accept my first request?
If you complete your background check in a timely fashion, you’ll be eligible to accept assignments within 1-2 weeks of your application submission date.
How and when am I notified about jobs?
You are notified as soon as a school issues a request. There are two ways you can see (and accept) requests: via text message or on our online platform.