17 Jobs That Hire at Age 15 (and Even 14)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated July 12, 2022 | Published August 13, 2018

Updated July 12, 2022

Published August 13, 2018

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As a teenager, a job can be a source of income and also help you gain more independence and experience. In your first jobs, you’ll likely learn valuable professional skills to build a foundation for your career. There are several jobs for 14- and 15-year-olds in a variety of industries.

In this article, we list several jobs for teenagers as well as helpful information about employment so you can find the position that best suits your interests.

How much are 14- and 15-year-olds allowed to work?

Depending on where you live, there may be laws and limitations for the type of work you can perform and the number of hours you can work per week. For example, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the following restrictions for 14- and 15-year-olds in the United States:

  • You cannot work on any job considered hazardous such as mining, logging, any job that requires working with explosives or power saws, ladder work, warehousing or other similar roles.

  • You can work up to three hours per day on a school day and up to eight hours on a non-school day.

  • You can work up to 18 hours total in a school week.

  • You can only work between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (except from June 1 through Labor Day when you can work from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.).

However, there are exceptions to the number of hours you are permitted to work under special circumstances such as if you are participating in a state-sponsored work-study program.

What sort of work can 14- and 15-year-olds do?

Teenagers can work in multiple industries, including retail and food service. Here are a few roles that make great jobs for 14- and 15-year-olds:

In-person opportunities:

1. Barista

National average salary: $13.97 per hour

Job duties: Baristas are typically hired by coffee shops to prepare and serve beverages like coffee and tea, answer questions and help customers choose menu items, use a cash register or other point-of-sale technology and help keep work areas, equipment and customer areas clean and sanitized.

Read more: Learn About Being a Barista

2. Busser

National average salary: $13.22 per hour

Job duties: Bussers work at restaurants and are tasked with clearing utensils and drinkware from tables, wiping down eating surfaces, refilling customers’ nonalcoholic beverages and helping carry food to tables.

Read more: Learn About Being a Busser

3. Caddy

National average salary: $16.92 per hour

Job duties: Caddies are typically employed by golf courses and country clubs to assist players by carrying golf bags, cleaning golf balls, raking sand bunkers, holding flags and consulting players on which club to use.

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4. Camp counselor

National average salary: $14.99 per hour

Job duties: Camp counselors help lead games, hikes, sing-alongs and other camp activities, and learn the basic counselor duties to help prepare them for a senior counselor position once they are old enough (typically 16–18 years old).

5. Cashier

National average salary: $12.52 per hour

Job duties: Cashiers are typically employed by retail stores and fast-food restaurants to receive cash, credit card or check payments, issue receipts and refunds, count money and keep the cash drawer balanced throughout their shifts.

Read more: Learn About Being a Cashier

6. Dog walker

National average salary: $14.12 per hour

Job duties: Dog walkers may be independent or work for a dedicated business. Some dog walkers take one dog out at a time for walks, and others may take multiple dogs on each outing. The duration of each walk depends on the breed of the dog and the instructions from the client.

Read more: Learn About Being a Dog Walker

7. Dishwasher

National average salary: $13.71 per hour

Job duties: Dishwashers work at restaurants and are tasked with cleaning dishes and cookware and placing clean dishes in the serving stations. They may also set tables and perform table bussing duties, depending on the restaurant.

Read more: Learn About Being a Dishwasher

8. Grocery bagger

National average salary: $13.67 per hour

Job duties: Grocery baggers assist grocery store customers by quickly organizing purchased groceries into bags and helping carry bags to customers’ vehicles.

9. Host/hostess

National average salary: $14.43 per hour

Job duties: Restaurant hostesses and hosts are responsible for greeting patrons, leading them to open tables, presenting menus and informing them of specials. They’re also responsible for making sure restaurant sections are balanced to prevent overloading servers.

Read more: Learn About Being a Host/Hostess

10. Ice cream scooper

National average salary: $13.38 per hour

Job duties: Ice cream scoopers greet ice cream shop customers, offer menu suggestions, answer customer questions, provide samples, scoop and serve ice cream products, collect customer payments and maintain ice cream inventory.

11. Lifeguard

National average salary: $14.25 per hour

Job duties: Lifeguards are employed by public and private pools, and are responsible for surveying visitors, making sure everyone adheres to safety rules and, in the event of an emergency, providing immediate care (such as CPR) until medical services arrive.

Read more: Learn About Being a Lifeguard

12. Referee

National average salary: $20.97 per hour

Job duties: Referees monitor and enforce the rules of sporting events, such as basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer and football. Their responsibilities usually include starting or stopping the game whenever necessary and resolving infractions of game standards.

Read more: How to Become a Referee

13. Theater usher

National average salary: $12.15 per hour

Job duties: Ushers are responsible for walking theaters before, during and after shows to ensure customers are following theater rules, cleaning auditoriums and lobbies, and helping handle customer questions and concerns.

14. Tutor

National average salary: $23.99 per hour

Job duties: A tutor’s role is to improve the learning of a student outside of the traditional classroom. A tutor will dedicate one-on-one time to work with students who may need extra attention to succeed in their education. Typically, a tutor will help a student focus on one specific subject, such as math or history.

Read more: Learn About Being a Tutor

Remote opportunities:

1. Remote tutor

National average salary: $23.99 per hour

Job duties: Similar to the responsibilities of an in-person tutor. You can search for tutoring positions on Indeed.com, or reach out to members of your community (friends, colleagues and virtual neighborhood boards) for more informal tutoring opportunities.

2. Virtual office assistant

National average salary: $16.43 per hour

Job duties: Virtual office assistants complete administrative tasks for companies, such as responding to emails, organizing spreadsheets, putting together virtual office activities and more.

Read more: Learn About Being an Office Assistant

3. Remote babysitter

National average salary: $18.64 per hour

Job duties: Many parents are needing to balance caretaking and work in a virtual landscape. Check in with neighbors, family friends and coworkers to understand their babysitting needs. Planning fun and engaging zoom activities to do with kids for a few hours a day can allow parents to focus on work.

Read more: Learn About Being a Babysitter

More employment opportunities

There may be more job opportunities available in your local area. Consider speaking to friends, family, neighbors and local businesses to see if they are looking for any part-time help. More local opportunities may include:

  • Babysitting

  • Amusement park staff

  • House sitting

  • Pet sitting

  • Concession worker

  • Landscaping/lawn maintenance

  • House painting

Try getting creative. Take a hobby of yours and see if anyone in your local community will pay you for your skills. For example, baking, coding and arts and crafts are hobbies that can be turned into paid opportunities. Market your product, skills or offerings to your community by printing out flyers or posting on an app like Nextdoor.

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Whether you’re seeking an opportunity where you can grow your customer service skills, learn more about a specific industry or work in a field where you already have interest and expertise, there are several job opportunities available for 14- and 15-year-olds. By gaining valuable work experience as a teenager, you can develop a skill set that prepares you for a successful future.

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