Being a teenager can be a costly business, but you can’t always go to mom or dad for extra cash.
Whether you want to save money for college or simply pay for your own things, you’ll need a job.
Unfortunately, jobs for teenagers can sometimes appear hard to come by; you’ll need a job that is not only suitable for your age group, but that is flexible enough to fit around your school schedule and after school activities.
However, this is not an impossible prospect, so here we’ll explore 17 of the best jobs that hire 14 and 15-year-old teens.
What Labor Laws Impact Teenagers?
Depending on the area where you live, there could be limitations or laws for the number of hours you can work each week and the type of work you can perform. Here in the U.S., the Fair Labor Standard Act sets the work restrictions for 14 and 15-year-olds.
The FLSA states that you cannot work in hazardous conditions such as logging, mining, or any role that requires power saws, ladder work, or explosives.
As a 14 or 15-year-old, you are also restricted to working a maximum of 3 hours on school days and 8 hours on non-school days. You are also limited to working up to a maximum of 18 hours in school weeks between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm. The only exception to this is between June 1 and Labor Day, which allows you to work between 7 am and 9 pm.
There are some exceptions to the FLSA regulations, particularly with independently owned businesses, and some locations will have a higher minimum age requirement. However, generally, any roles available for teens will need to adhere to these laws, and you won’t need a work permit.
How Much Can You Get Paid?
Your pay as a 14 or 15-year-old-worker will depend on various factors, but you must at least be paid a minimum wage. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, but there are different minimum wage rules for teens. The FLSA states that workers under the age of 20 can be paid a minimum of $4.25 during the first 90 calendar days of work. After this time, the federal minimum wage applies.
The federal minimum wage applies in all states, but some states have a higher minimum wage than stated in the FLSA. In that case, the minimum you earn should be dictated by the state’s minimum wage.
What Companies Hire 14 and 15-Year-Olds?
Fortunately, there are lots of companies that have roles suitable for 14 and 15-year-olds. Many of them are in restaurants or grocery stores. Keep in mind that requirements can vary by location, especially for the businesses that use a franchise model. The franchise owner may have age requirements that are different from the overall company policy.
Chances are there is a McDonald’s location near you. There are more than 14,000 store locations just in the United States. It is possible to start working at McDonald’s from the age of 14 in many locations.
The minimum age for being a crew member at McDonald’s is 14, and this role is divided into Kitchen crew, Maintenance crew, and Counter crew. This will involve taking customer orders, preparing food, and maintaining the cleanliness of the premises. This will help you to develop team work skills with flexible hours to suit your schedule. However, you will not be able to proceed to become a cashier until you are 16.
McDonald’s has an excellent career path, which provides a good long-term strategy to work around school or even college. At 16, you can become a cashier, and at 18, you may qualify to become a shift manager.
If you like chicken, then Chick-Fil-A could be a great option for your part-time job. This is a typical fast food restaurant with more than 2,000 locations in almost all states. Most of the locations will hire teens from the age of 14, and since the restaurants are closed on Sundays, you’ll never need to work on a Sunday.
The jobs for teens at Chick-Fil-A include kitchen staff, where you will be preparing and cooking food. This is a great way to learn how to operate and maintain kitchen equipment, follow quality standards, and learn procedures. However, you may start as a dishwasher. This may not seem like a glamorous job, but you will learn the sanitary and safety standards of the company, which will help you move up to becoming kitchen staff.
Chick-Fil-A has some great perks, even for teen workers. In addition to receiving excellent job training, you’ll enjoy a flexible schedule and get free food and drink if you’re working more than a five hour shift. Chick-Fil-A also offers a 50% employee discount for you and your family members, and there are also scholarship programs.
Culvers has almost 700 locations in approximately half of the USA, and while some locations have a minimum age of 16, most have roles for those aged 14 plus.
The roles for teens include becoming a crew member to serve customers, cashiers, or line cooks. You may also be offered a role as a porter, which involves keeping the restaurant interior and exterior clean and tidy.
In addition to flexible work hours that are well suited for students, you’ll receive your pay every two weeks and enjoy a 50% discount when you’re working and a 25% discount off the clock.
4. Taco Bell
Taco Bell has more than 5,800 restaurants here in the USA, and the company claims to serve over 2 billion customers each year. Over 80 percent of Taco Bell restaurants are owned by independent franchisees, so while generally the minimum age to work there is 16, there are some locations and franchisees that have jobs for 14 and 15 year olds.
Taco Bell offers good pay, a free meal during your shift, and free training. The company also operates the Graduate for Mas program that offers over 300 scholarships and grants to teens.
The restaurant chain Zaxby’s has 500 locations across the country, and while the minimum age for working there is generally 16, some locations may hire 15 year olds for part-time positions. This may involve working as kitchen or counter staff. You’ll be working with kitchen and front of house equipment, but it will teach you team work skills within a fast-paced working environment.
6. Rita’s Italian Ice
If you love ice cream and sweet treats, then you may enjoy working at Rita’s Italian Ice. Generally, the minimum age requirement to work there is 14 years old and positions include cashier, server and ice maker.
Just be prepared to stand for a long period of time, but you’ll enjoy flexible working hours, an employee discount, and being able to work in an air conditioned location in the summer months.
7. Baskin Robbins
Generally, Baskin Robbins is a great place to get a part-time, entry-level job. Crew member positions are available for teens aged 14 and above.
The locations are franchises, so the wages, benefits, and age requirements do vary by location. The average rate for crew members at Baskin Robbins is $9 per hour, but if you have no prior experience, you are more than likely going to be paid minimum wage.
The Bruster’s chain of ice cream parlors primarily operates in Western Pennsylvania, but there are locations in states east of the Mississippi. Generally, you need to be 16 to work at Bruster’s, but there may be roles for 14 and 15-year-old teenagers at some locations.
9. Local Restaurants
While it may take a little more legwork to find a job, it is also worthwhile checking with local restaurants in your area. You may be able to find a job bussing tables, washing dishes, or acting as a host or hostess.
You can expect to earn an average of $9 to $10 per hour, but this will vary according to the specific restaurant. While local restaurants may not have the training programs of the chains, you may enjoy the smaller team dynamic, and you could have access to more hours in the summer break if you want to boost your income further.
10. Giant Eagle
Giant Eagle has more than 400 locations servicing five million customers in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The company has part-time positions available for teens aged 14 and above.
You may be offered a role helping customers with their carts and keeping the parking lot clean and tidy or as a cashier, ringing up purchases, and interacting with customers.
Safeway is the second-largest supermarket chain in North America with over 1,700 locations. At the age of 14 or 15, you’re likely to be employed as a courtesy clerk. This role involves bagging groceries, collecting empty carts, price checks, clean up of spills, and greeting customers. This will help you to develop excellent customer service skills that will help you to build up your resume for jobs later in life.
Publix has more than 1,100 grocery stores in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. The minimum employment age at Publix is 14, but not all stores accept applications from 14 and 15-year-old teens. At age 14 or 15, you may be offered a role as a bagger, floral clerk or cashier.
Winn-Dixie is a subsidiary of one of the largest supermarket chains. Although many of the roles in the store have a minimum age requirement of 18, some stores will employ 14 and 15-year-olds.
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