Landing any job during your teen years is great experience. It’s a sure sign that you are entering the adult world, and you begin to build professional skills. Of course, there’s also money to be made! That’s especially important when things like prom, summer vacation, and college are on the horizon.
However, when you’re a teen, job opportunities are limited, so we took some of the guesswork out for you. Here are some of the best-paying jobs for teens today:
If you love the outdoors and golf, this is a perfect job for you. You can make $50 to $100 in a day, sometimes in cash, and choose your own hours. Plus, all the walking and equipment lifting makes for a great workout! Who knows, you may end up carrying bags for the next Tiger Woods (maybe even Tiger Woods himself).
Think your A+ in math or English is just a mark on the report card? You can apply your knowledge to tutoring youth or your peers. Look into any after-school or recreational programs at your school, other schools near you, or the local library. You can even tutor online! Tutors of any subject usually earn about $10 to $20/hour.
A babysitting role is ideal if you take care of younger siblings or cousins, or if you simply have a knack for entertaining children and keeping them safe. This private sector role can earn you around $12/hour!
4. Pet Sitter
If kids aren’t your thing but you absolutely love animals, then becoming a pet sitter may be your calling. Duties can vary---you may walk dogs or visit pets at their homes to feed them, clean up, and keep them company. You may even board the pet at your home, if possible.
Whatever you do, pet sitting is rewarding for animal lovers. It is financially rewarding for teens too, with an average pay of $12 to $15/hour.
Lawn care is another job suited for you if you love being outside. As a teenager, you won’t have to do anything fancy — just basic tasks like mowing grass, trimming plants, raking, and shoveling snow. For teenagers, average pay for landscaping is around $12/hour.
Lifeguarding is a popular gig amongst teens - with good reason. After all, who doesn’t love hanging out by the pool or beach? Especially during the warm summer months. As a lifeguard, you get paid for it!
However, this role requires responsibility and you have to look out for dangerous situations. You will need a lifeguard certification from the American Red Cross, which can be completed at age 15. The average pay for an entry-level lifeguard is around $9/hour.
These are the folks on the sales floor of a shop — restocking shelves, taking inventory, styling display mannequins, handing out samples, or demoing the latest lotion or fragrance. They usually don’t handle financial transactions, but they’re a huge part of the retail experience. Expect to make around $12.50/hour in this position.
If product merchandisers are the people you see on the sales floor, sales associates are who you see once you’re ready to make a purchase. They’re also there to help if you have any questions about products. They make sure store operations are running smoothly.
This is one of the most popular roles for teens when they first join the workforce, and it’s a great way to build customer service skills. Sales associates earn an average of $11.84/hour when they are first starting out.
Working at a pharmacy is particularly interesting if you aspire to be a pharmacy technician post-college. If not, it’s another good opportunity to build customer service skills. However, because you’re dealing with sensitive information, your job duties can be limited.
You’ll mostly assist patients and perform sales transactions. However, if local and state laws allow, you can perform other duties like print labels or enter patient information into the database. You will likely start out at $10.74/hour.
You already read about taking care of children and pets — now let’s talk about taking care of the elderly and others in need. Teens can become caretakers even without a medical license.
You’ll be responsible for providing meals, giving medication, running errands for the patient, and keeping them company. This job is an excellent way to develop a bond with others. Average pay is about $10.39/hour.
Neat freaks unite! If you’re the type of person that doesn’t mind tidying up a messy space, you can get paid for it by becoming a housekeeper. You can work in hotels, offices, and other spaces. You’ll take pride in knowing that you’re making public spaces clean and presentable.
And for folks like you, there’s just something so satisfying about organizing things! Housekeepers at the entry-level generally make about $10/hour.