Jobs For Teens

As a teenager, finding a job may seem like a difficult task.  Usually the most frustrating thing about the process is that employers want you to have work experience in order to consider you for a job, but if you've never worked before then you don't have any experience.  But that's okay, this page is here to help you find a job regardless of your age or previous job experience.

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Jobs For Teens By Age

Sometimes it's easiest to look at jobs for teens by age because you might be a little too young for typical job advice.  Below we have listed all of the ages that our website can help, please select your age below.


Jobs For Teens By State

Each state in the United States has many opportunities for teens to become employed.  But finding those opportunities on a state-by-state basis isn't easy.  Because of this, we've listed all jobs for teens by state.  Please click on your state below to get a listing of all of the jobs available for teens. 


What Kind of Jobs Can Teens Have?

In the US, there are a lot of jobs that are perfect for teenagers, but your opportunities mostly depend on your preferences. If you are 11 to 15 years old, it is important to note that you are restricted to apply to most jobs because of state rules and regulations.

If you're 16-19 years old, your job opportunities open up substantially as you can apply to any type of work that's out there, though your inexperience will still play a large part in prohibiting you from really great jobs.  

Jobs for Teenagers 11-15 Years Old

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You Can Put Your Writing Skills to Good Use

If you love writing and you know how to express your thoughts in words, you can create a blog or website that showcases your knowledge about a topic that you like.  This is a great idea because you'll be able to practice your writing skills, but what's even better is the fact that you can make money by using a platform like Google Adsense to place ads on your website.  But first thing's first, you need to click here to open Siteground website hosting and watch this video to understand how create your website. Make sure your parents help, you'll need a credit card to get started.  

Blog ads usually make $.50 to $2.50 per click, so if you drive enough traffic to your blog, you can make a decent amount of money pretty quickly.

You Can Be the Next YouTube Sensation

Thanks to YouTube, you can now show the world your talents and skills. Creating a YouTube channel knows no age (Though you'll need approval from your parents if you're under 13 years old), and it can definitely earn you money in the long run. Plus, if you really have what it takes, you can become a YouTube star and earn a living while doing what you love the most.  Here's some examples of teen YouTube stars to give you inspiration.  

One of our favorites?  Evan from EvanTubeHD who has 2.6 million subscribers talking about games and the toys that he loves...and he's only 10 years old.  According to the article, his family makes millions of dollars from ad revenue.  YouTube videos usually make money based on how many viewers they have, so if you make popular videos you could make decent money pretty quick.

You Can Babysit

If you're 13-15 years old, you may have a good grasp on taking care of younger kids. You can gain extra income by asking your neighbors if they need a hand with taking care of their children. Sometimes they'll say no because you're young, but when they say yes this is an excellent way to make some money.

Typically your pay will be somewhere between $8-$12 per hour.

You Can Set-up a Lemonade Stand

If it’s summer, a lemonade stand can help you make some decent money. You can also sell easy-to-do sandwiches on the side so you would be able to attract more customers, just make sure that the sandwiches won't go bad in the heat! Set-up your stand near areas where people usually play sports or in a park so you have a lot of customers no matter what time of the day.

In terms of how much you'll make, a full day will bring somewhere between $10 - $30 depending on the amount of customers you have.

You Can Offer Tutorial Services

You may still be too young to teach advanced subjects, but remember that there will always be children who are way younger than you who need extra help on the basic subjects you were already able to cover. So, if you have neighbors or schoolmates who hate Mathematics, English and Science, offer them a tutorial service. You can also post advertisements that highlight your specific skills and knowledge to attract more clients.

When you have a tutorial service, you can expect to make somewhere between $10 - $20 per hour depending on how good you are.

Swim and Earn Money

You don’t have to be penniless during summer. If you are a great swimmer, you can definitely put your skills into good use by offering swimming lessons to younger children. Getting paid is only a plus because by offering this service, you are also giving yourself the opportunity to do what you love the most—swim.  If you want to earn more from this job, it is best that you get specialized trainings. Learning how to do CPR is definitely an edge because you can use this skill whenever an emergency arises.

Depending on how many people you get to take your courses, you can expect to earn somewhere between $20 - $50 per person.

Teach Little Children How to Paint

You can use your creativity to earn money. If you continually excel in arts and you know in your heart that you have what it takes to teach art to younger kids, you can surely benefit from it by offering tutorial services. Learning about the simple principles used in painting and drawing can help you attract clients.

With this tutoring you can charge somewhere between $10 to $20 per hour and most people are willing to pay it as long as you're good.

Gardening Can Earn You Dollars

Offering your neighbors help in the garden can also help you save up for the little things you want to buy for yourself. The work is relatively simple, but it can also be time-consuming. If you're under 15 you'll probably do a lot of hard work, but it isn't uncommon to make somewhere between $10 to $15 per hour.

Search Your Neighborhood for Households with Pets

Most people in the US are too tied up with their job, leaving them with little to no time to take their dogs out for a walk or check in on their cats. If you are a pet lover and you are very responsible, you can post an advertisement for dog walking or cat sitting services. The rate usually depends on how long the walk is or how much cat sitting is needed, and the good thing about this is that you can walk or watch two or three animals at a time.  But it isn't uncommon to get $5 to $10 per animal per walk or check-up.

Take Up Simple Cleaning Jobs

Cleaning your neighbor’s garage or attic can help you gain more money during your spare time too. If your parents trained you to handle simple tasks like this, you can apply to your nearby neighbors and earn dollars from it. The job may be a lot of work, but it will pay you a pretty good amount of money as it is usually task-based.  This means instead of an hourly wage, you can just ask for $50 - $100 to get the job done and people may be willing to pay it.

Take Pictures

If you have great skills at photography, you can earn money from it by taking pictures and selling them online. There are a lot of online sites that sell images, and you can contribute to their site by taking high-quality photos. One of the best websites out there for this is iStock photo which will give you 15% for each sale of your photo.  

This could end up being a lot of money if you sell enough of your photos, it all just depends on how many quality photos you take.

Bake and Earn

As a child, you can freely bake at home and sell cupcakes and pastries around the neighborhood. You can also take your baked goods to sporting events and fairs which could easily make you $1 to $2 per treat. What separates this job from the others is that you’d first need to spend on the ingredients of your products. But if there is a festival in town and you know that there’s an occasion you can take advantage of, baking is a great way to make extra money when you need it.  As always, make sure your parents are there to help you out.


Jobs for Teenagers 16-19 Years Old

16 to 19 Year old teenagers are able to do any of the jobs listed in the 11 to 15 year old teenager area, but because you're older it's likely that you have many more skills. In addition to that, once you reach the age of 16, you are able to get a entry level job which will give you a standard hourly wage.  Below is a list of  the different jobs you can get when you're between the age of 16 to 19 years old.

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Creating Websites or Blogs

If you have any interest in creating a website or blog for yourself or others, there are so many awesome options out there that can help you do so with minimal coding knowledge.  You don’t have to be a pro in web design to do this, there are many tools out there that have made this easier than ever.

You can take advantage of pre-designed templates which will help you get the job done in no time and local businesses will love to work with you because you're local and can do it for a pretty low cost.  Smaller websites can earn you anywhere between $200 to $2,500, but it's a good idea to create your first few websites for a $200 or less so that you have clients and a portfolio.  Heck, it's fine to do them for as low as $100 if someone is willing to give you a shot.

We are huge advocates of you creating websites because it's an amazing skill to have for future employers and if you do things right, you may be able to create your own website that makes you money.

Here are a few resources that'll help you out if you decide to go down this road:

FREE Course - Creating Your Own Money Making Website: This course will help you understand the basics of starting your own website and is 100% free.

FREE Guide - How to Start a Blog:  This guide will outline everything you need to do in order to start your own blog in three simple steps.  Very helpful if you've never done it before.

FREE Course - WordPress For Beginners - Build a Live Website From Scratch:  Another free course which will walk you through the WordPress CMS platform.  This is essential as we recommend all website designers use this platform, it's the most widely used and frankly, the best (It's also free).

Top Recommended Resource - Thrive Themes:  If you are an amateur web designer, this is hands down the best tool that you can have.  There's a lot to this recommended resource, but basically it will allow you to make a professional website by dragging and dropping elements with NO coding knowledge at all.  In fact, this website was made with it!  It isn't free, but it's well worth the cost.

You Can Earn from Waiting Tables

Teenagers who are looking for a consistent job can start by waiting tables. This job may not be glamorous, but you can be paid a decent amount as long as you are doing your part in working the hours you were assigned with. Not only will this help you gain experience, but it can also enable you to interact with people on a regular basis and develop your communication skills which is instrumental in sales.  Remember that you primarily work off of tips in this industry, so it pays to be nice to customers.

In a typical restaurant, you can expect to earn somewhere between $75 - $100 per night so long as the restaurant has patrons.

You Can Make Money by Delivering Pizzas

If you don't mind driving around, and you know the ins and outs of your city quite well, delivering pizza is a perfect job for you. The job is easy considering that you just have to deliver the item on time. This job will teach you the importance of punctuality—an important trait all professionals share.

You'll be given an hourly wage as well as tips while delivering pizzas.  On an hourly basis, you'll make somewhere between $10-$15 per hour as long as the place sells a decent amount of pizza.

Repair a Computer and Get Paid

Your love for computers can make your piggy bank fatter especially if you are very knowledgeable on fixing and maintaining personal computers and laptops. If you want to earn cash, advertise yourself as a computer guru and find clients who are looking for a repair and maintenance guy.  You can place job listings on places like Craigslist to get started and also tell others in your personal network what you're starting up to get additional clients.

This can pay somewhere between $50 - $100 per computer on the low end, but can increase quite a bit after that.

Save Lives and Earn Money

If you're a good swimmer, you can give swimming lessons or also work as a lifeguard on the side to earn extra cash. Aside from the excellent swimming skills, you’d also need to make sure that you know how to do CPR. After all, your job revolves around saving lives, so in this case, knowing CPR is not just an extra, it’s a necessity.

As a life guard, you can expect to make somewhere between $9 to $15 per hour.

Earn Money from Car Maintenance and Detailing

Don’t mind getting your hands dirty? Then car maintenance and auto detailing can help you earn more than enough money. With simple tools and the basic knowledge you’d need to fix simple car problems, you can absolutely save up for yourself. You can work on your own time since you’d only have to accept repairs based on your schedule.

The pay here varies greatly, but in a typical maintenance job you can expect to make somewhere between $100 to $200 and for car detailing you can make around $50 to $100 per car.

Lessons for the Musically-Inclined

Your love for singing or playing instruments can surely help you make extra money. Once you use your skill to teach other children, you can earn an hourly rate. The rates for music tutors are pretty good, and what you’ll like the most about it is that you’re earning while you are doing what you're most passionate about. You can advertise yourself online by posting videos on YouTube which feature your talents.  This way, you can make money on YouTube through advertising, and you can push people to your YouTube channel to have them understand how good you really are when they ask for lessons.  Also, if you're really trying to make money with this, consider creating a website or blog and doing private lessons virtually through Skype or Google Hangouts.

You can earn $50 to $75 per hour doing private music lessons, and if you have a website/YouTube channel as well it could tack on an extra $100 to $200 per month.

Be a Graphic Designer

There will always be companies and institutions that need to redesign their brand. If you are skilled at programs like Photoshop, you can print out some of your designs and offer a business proposal to restaurant owners and other local businesses. When pursuing this type of job, make sure that you scour the internet for leads that really need your services.  Good places to look at are Craigslist and Upwork.com.

If you're just doing logos, around $25 per logo is reasonable.  If you're doing more graphic design work, it could be $30 to $50 per hour.

If You Live Near a Farm, Look for Agricultural Work

Work in the farm is a very labor intensive task, and it often requires a lot of manpower. If you have nothing else to do in the summer and you don't mind hard work and long hours, you can always look for extra work on a farm.  Once you reach the age of 16, many of the restrictions on work are gone so there is a lot that you can do.

Typically you'll earn slightly above minimum wage while working on a farm.  Somewhere between $8 to $12 per hour is realistic.

Fast Food Locations

Most fast food places like McDonalds, Chipotle, Subway, etc. are more than willing to hire inexperienced workers.  This is always a great job to start off with and though you may not love the job, it's great to get the experience and understand what it takes to be a good employee.

You can expect to earn somewhere between $8 to $12 per hour with these jobs.  Usually you'll earn the minimum wage for your state.

Retail Jobs

Companies like Target, Walmart, Dicks Sporting Goods, Abercrombie and Fitch, all of these retail stores need associates to help them keep the business going.  Most of the tasks here are relatively simple and it's a low stress job because you'll go in, work your shift, and leave.  

You can expect to earn somewhere between $8 to $12 per hour with these jobs.  Usually you'll earn the minimum wage for your state.

And More...

Truth be told, there are MANY other jobs that those who are 16 and above can work at.  It all really depends on your interests and what your skills are.  We encourage you to consider private lessons or working for yourself because you can charge whatever you'd like and if you're good and have good referrals, people will be happy to refer you to others.


What Industries Hire Teens?

As a teen, it's important to understand that there are many industries that are open to working with you.  All of the companies in these industries will differ, but knowing that there is so many of them will probably give you more confidence that getting a job isn't that difficult after all.

Retail

Perfect for teens that enjoy socializing with the public and working in a team, this industry offers a variety of places to work for such as book stores, clothing stores, convenience stores, department stores and other retail stores. This type of job involves various duties such as inventory, stocking shelves, product demos, handing out samples, customer service or operating a cash register. 

Restaurants

A job in the food industry will provide an opportunity to develop your social skills while earning an income. This job fits sociable teens that enjoy interacting with the community and working as a part of a team. A lot of restaurants and some fast food chains allow their staff to earn tips so there is an opportunity for higher earnings aside from the usual $8 to $12 hourly wage. Food service jobs are not only limited to wait staff, you can also apply for positions like hosts or hostess, busboy or busgirls, and even cooks.

Amusement Parks

Are you a rollercoaster fanatic? Can’t get enough of cotton candy and corn dogs? Do you want to know how it’s like to dress up as a furry mascot? Then try the amusement park industry!

Admission and game attendant, concession staff, ride technician, janitorial worker and costume characters are just some of the amusement park jobs available in this industry. Most of these jobs require working outside under the sun and assisting the public.

Theme park employees earn about $8 to $10 an hour to start, but the real compensation is in the benefits of being able to enjoy the park whenever you have time off. So if you are pleasant, enjoy working with people, can tolerate noise and heat, this job is perfect for you. Plus, who doesn’t want free ride-all-you-can access in your favorite amusement park?

Summer Camps

Do you have an interest in leadership? For teens that are natural leaders or educators, a summer job as a camp counselor is an ideal pick. This type of job is commonly for teenagers who are 16-18 years old. This also fits those who already have experience with baby-sitting and assistant tutoring.

During the summer season, many young children join both day and night camps; hence there is a need for teenagers who are interested to serve as camp counselors.A counselor’s role may differ based on the skills you possess. One may be a general counselor, those who have skills in painting and drawing can be an artistic counselor, if you are a good swimmer you may use that skill to be a part of the camp’s waterfront and lifeguard team, and if you are naturally a cheerful person, be an all-round camp entertainer.

You'll gain endless new skills and confidence, plus you'll get to be involved in a lot of different activities. It’s non-stop and yes, you’ll get tired, but rest assured that this job will be one of the best jobs you’ll have because you'll be molding the lives of younger children.

Internet

Teenagers spend most of their time navigating the Internet. If you love writing online, developing apps, creating websites or blogs or editing photos, why not put those skills into good use and work online?

The internet offers plenty of cash for any teen that has excellent skills in a certain field. Yes, it may take hours to get work but what could be better than waking up at 10 in the morning and working at home with your pajamas on?

Tutoring

If you are passionate for music or arts, or you're just really good at a particular subject in school, you can put your skills to good use by teaching others.  This job will not only enable you to teach others, but it will also be a pleasurable experience because you are able to transform your talent into cash and really help out others who need it.

Corporate

If you want to gain leverage, you should consider getting an internship or administrative job in your chosen field. Working in this industry will not only be a good source of earnings but can also boost your confidence in job interviews and become familiar with office life.

Job responsibilities include simple tasks like typing, answering phones, filing, copying, creating documents, and running errands for the big boss. This is ideal for older teens that are great with computers. There are only limited positions for this type of job so it helps to start early because great internships and admin positions tend to get filled quickly.

Sales

When you're first starting out, one of the better paying jobs you can get is an inside sales job.  This basically means that you'll make calls all day and try to sell people something over the phone.  While it isn't always enjoyable, if you find a good company that has a good product, you might be able to sell a product or service pretty easily which will be gratifying.

Childcare

Babysitting is one of the most common jobs not just for teens but for everyone. If you generally like kids and you have a nurturing personality, you should consider taking on a summer job as a nanny or babysitter. The demand for this job is very high during the summer season since employed parents need to secure childcare for their young children.  Though this job pays reasonably well, it will require a great deal of patience and skills. Nevertheless, wouldn’t it be pleasant to meet and connect with different kinds of people?Indeed, being a babysitter is one of the most rewarding jobs out there.  

Keep in mind that being just being a babysitter, you could become a part-time or full-time nanny which will be more hours and better pay, but also more responsibility and expectations.

So there you have it—some of the industries that provide endless of opportunities for teens.  Obviously this isn't comprehensive of every industry out there, but it's a good start.

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