7 Summer Jobs With Decent Pay

Photo (cc) by final gather

This summer might be hard on teenagers who are looking for work.

When I was in high school, everyone I knew (myself included) worked for one of the fast-food chains, but the recession changed the game. “Only 16 percent of fast-food industry jobs now go to teens, down from 25 percent a decade ago,” says NBC News.

If you’re in high school — or have a kid who’s looking for a summer job — that isn’t great news, but we have a list of alternatives.

1. Caddie

If you know which club to suggest, don’t mind lugging heavy golf bags, and can keep up a pleasant conversation, caddying can be a summer gig with decent pay. Caddies make both a small hourly wage from the golf course and tips from golfers they work with, which can be lucrative. This job topped Forbes’ list of best-paying summer jobs. According to Forbes, caddies average $16.67 an hour.

2. Baby sitter

If you’re good with kids and don’t mind working weekends, baby-sitting can pay well. However, the rate depends largely on where you live. For example, according to UrbanSitter’s Babysitting by the Numbers infographic, sitters in St. Louis make an average of $9.50 an hour for one child, but sitters in Manhattan make an average of $15.50 per hour. Experienced sitters and those with CPR training often charge more.

3. Lifeguard

Hiring requirements vary, but generally you’ll need CPR and basic first aid training and the ability to pass a speed or distance swimming test. Salary.com says part-time lifeguards make between $16 and $20 an hour on average. Just make sure you check the age requirements before you apply. For example, teenagers 15 years and older can take the Red Cross’ Lifeguard Certification course, but the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation requires all lifeguards to be at least 16 years old.

4. Pet sitter

When I go out of town, I don’t mind paying more for a pet sitter to care for my dog at home. If you’re good with animals, are responsible enough to take good care of someone else’s pets, and don’t mind dealing with anxious pet owners, you can make decent money this summer. Sittercity says the average is $14 per visit or a flat $60 rate if you stay overnight, but it varies. For more details, see “6 Tips to Find the Perfect Pet Sitter.”

5. Retail

Department stores, grocery stores, big retail chains and warehouse clubs all need workers to stock the shelves, staff the cash register and help customers. Many of them are willing to hire part-time or summer workers to keep things running smoothly. The job isn’t easy. You’ll spend long hours on your feet and you’ll occasionally run into irate customers, but the pay might be worth it. In 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said retail sales jobs had an average hourly wage of about $10.50.

6. Sell your own wares

If you’re a talented crafter, you can make part-time income selling your wares. For example, one of my friends sells her handcrafted jewelry on Etsy and at local craft fairs. She can make up to $800 at an all-day craft fair. But it takes a large time and money investment to sell your own wares. She spends about half of everything she makes on supplies and devotes at least 15 hours a week to making jewelry and promoting her work on social networks.

7. Food service

Yes. Plenty of restaurants and fast-food chains are still hiring teens. And, yes, you can expect to encounter hard work and sometimes hostile customers. But the schedule will be flexible, and the pay isn’t uniformly bad. For example, NBC News says In-N-Out Burger pays $10 to start and has benefits. And while the federal minimum wage for restaurant waitstaff has been frozen at $2.13 an hour for 22 years, you can make much, much more if you work busy weekend shifts at a dine-in, upper-scale location.

Want more ideas? Check out:

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
5 Ways Retirees Can Lower Their Income Taxes
5 Ways Retirees Can Lower Their Income Taxes

Here’s how to keep Uncle Sam’s mitts away from your nest egg.

15 Things You Should Always Buy at Yard Sales
15 Things You Should Always Buy at Yard Sales

You can save a ton of money — especially if you spot any of these items.

21 Thrift Store Gems You Can Cash In On
21 Thrift Store Gems You Can Cash In On

Here’s what to look for at that overstuffed thrift store — and how you can make money from it.

This Is the Best Age to Buy Long-Term Care Insurance
This Is the Best Age to Buy Long-Term Care Insurance

If you wait too long to apply for coverage, you could be denied. So, when’s the sweet spot to apply?

13 Small Gadgets Under $20 That Make Life Better
13 Small Gadgets Under $20 That Make Life Better

These inexpensive electronics will make your day-to-day life a little easier — and happier.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

Whether you resell it for a big profit or add it to your own wardrobe, this type of clothing is a hidden steal.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again
9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again

The warehouse store offers an enormous selection, but these products aren’t coming back.

This Surprise Factor Can Raise Your Risk of Dementia
This Surprise Factor Can Raise Your Risk of Dementia

Nearly half of U.S. residents may face this threat.

Organize Your Home With These 10 Thrift Store Finds
Organize Your Home With These 10 Thrift Store Finds

Resolve to be clutter-free in 2021 with these secondhand purchases.

11 Laws You Could Be Breaking Without Knowing It
11 Laws You Could Be Breaking Without Knowing It

Seriously? Fibbing about the weather is a crime? This and other little-known legal traps await the unwary.

Is This Treatable Condition Causing Your High Blood Pressure?
Is This Treatable Condition Causing Your High Blood Pressure?

Researchers say too many doctors are overlooking this potential source of hypertension.

13 Things Seniors Can Get for Free — or Almost Free
13 Things Seniors Can Get for Free — or Almost Free

There are many ways to get cheap or free services and goods after reaching a certain age.

These Are the 3 Best Used Cars You Can Buy
These Are the 3 Best Used Cars You Can Buy

These vehicles boast reliability, safety and long-lasting value.

Taking a Multivitamin? Here’s Why You Should Reconsider
Taking a Multivitamin? Here’s Why You Should Reconsider

A new study has bad news for the millions of Americans who spend money on multivitamins.

21 Items to Cut From Your Budget That You Won’t Even Miss
21 Items to Cut From Your Budget That You Won’t Even Miss

Start off the new year by implementing these small-but-smart savings strategies. They’ll soon add up.

Internet Providers Can’t Charge You for This Anymore
Internet Providers Can’t Charge You for This Anymore

Starting this month, your ISP no longer can bill you for this fee.

15 Painless Ways You Can Cut Costs in 2021
15 Painless Ways You Can Cut Costs in 2021

Follow these tips to save, so you’ll have money for things that really matter.

9 Small Expenses That Are Bleeding Your Budget Dry
9 Small Expenses That Are Bleeding Your Budget Dry

Keep more of future paychecks by eliminating these budget-busting unnecessary expenses.

Prepare to Pay More for These 31 Drugs in 2021
Prepare to Pay More for These 31 Drugs in 2021

More than 700 prescription medications have seen price hikes so far this year. Here’s a look at the worst.

5 States Lowering Taxes This Year — and 2 Raising Them
5 States Lowering Taxes This Year — and 2 Raising Them

State personal income tax rates, brackets and deductions just changed in these places.

11 Huge Retirement Costs That Are Often Overlooked
11 Huge Retirement Costs That Are Often Overlooked

Does your retirement budget account for all of these costs?

7 Tricks to Cleaning Your Bathroom Faster
7 Tricks to Cleaning Your Bathroom Faster

These tips can get your bathroom sparkling with little time and no elbow grease.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.