If you are at the age of 14, 15, or anything under 16, and would love to get a job, then you don’t have to worry, there are lots and lots of options for you and places that will hire you at 15.
Whether you are looking to save for a car, for college, or just to learn the value of a hard-earned dollar, they may be able to apply for a job with these companies that are known to hire teenagers as young as fourteen!
Benefits of Working at a Young Age:
Learning about the responsibility of work
Understanding the value of earning money
Learning to give, save, spend and budget
Earning money for goals such as college or a car purchase
What laws affect the hiring of younger teens?
According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, fourteen is the minimum hiring age for non-agricultural employment with limits on the number of hours minors can work and the types of jobs they can perform.
For 14 and 15-year-old employees, ALL work must be performed outside of school hours and they may not work:
More than 3 hours on a school day, including Fridays.
Over 18 hours per week when school is in session.
More than 8 hours per day when school is not in session.
More than 40 hours per week when school is not in session.
Before 7 AM or after 7 PM on any day, except June 1st through Labor Day, when night-time work hours are extended to 9 PM.
In some states, for jobs that do hire 14 and 15-year-old teens, they may need to obtain a work permit to seek employment. The best way to find out if they’ll need to complete this step is by consulting with their school’s guidance office or your state’s department of labor.
Although some exceptions may apply, teens must generally be paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour (but this will depend on what they do and where they work).
Since McDonald’s has more than 13,000 locations in the United States, it’s pretty likely you have a restaurant (or a few) near you.
This is one of the places that hire at 15. McDonald’s hires people as young as 14, so if you’re fifteen, you may be able to find work at a local restaurant. While the restaurant franchises have varying policies on the age requirements for employees, many hire teens in states that allow it. There are lots of jobs available, like cleaning, cooking, serving customers, or working on the drive-thru.
2. Burger King
Burger King is one of the places that hire at 15., which has more than 7,000 locations in the United States, with 580 locations in Texas alone. Although it mainly hires people who are 16 years old or older, in some states, the company will hire people as young as 14, depending on local regulations.
So, it’s worth checking with Burger King restaurants near you if you’re looking for places that hire at 15. The restaurant will be able to confirm whether or not they hire at 15.
3. Taco Bell
This is one of the places that hire at 15. There are more than 6,000 Taco Bell restaurants in the United States! So, it’s likely that you have a restaurant near you. Many locations will hire at 15 or even 14 years old. The age requirement will vary by state though so check with your local Taco Bell restaurant for details.
Starbucksis one of the places that hire at 15. They accounts for more than 8,000 company-operated and 6,000 licensed stores in the United States. Starbucks is seemingly everywhere, so it’s a good place to look for work as a teenager.
While the hiring age at most Starbucks is 16, in Montana, Starbucks hires employees at 14 years old. So if you live in Montana, you may be able to work at your local Starbucks at 15. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until you’re sixteen.
5. Baskin Robbins
With more than 2,000 locations across the United States, you may be able to find a job at a Baskin Robbins near you. The company hires people as young as 14. You could be responsible for serving customers, preparing orders, cleaning, or restocking.
Ben and Jerry’s
You could find a job with Ben and Jerry’s which has more than 500 locations in the United States. The company hires 14-year-olds, so 15-year-olds can find work with the company too. Tasks could include customer service, restocking, and cleaning.
6. Dairy Queen
Dairy Queen is one of the places that hire at 15. With more than 4,000 locations across the country, you’re likely to find a job near you at Dairy Queen.
With more than 3,000 locations across the United States, you may be able to find a local job at Arby’s. Your responsibilities could include taking orders, serving customers, cleaning, and preparing food.
This is one of the places that hire at 15. There are more than 3,900 KFC restaurants in the United States, so you could get a job at your local restaurant. The store hires teenagers, and you could be responsible for things like customer service and cleaning.
However, you may not be able to do every task in the store at 15 because of safety regulations which restrict the use of some cooking equipment to those who are at least 16 years old.
9. Boston Market
This is one of the places that hire at 15. Boston Market has more than 300 locations in the US. It hires people as young as 15 years old. Just have a check on the site to see if there are any openings or ask at your local restaurant. Jobs could include preparing food, taking orders, and serving customers.
Chick-fil-A has more than 2,500 locations across the country, so it’s worth checking if there are any openings near you. The company is known to hire people as young as 15 years old. The company offers a variety of jobs like dishwashing, serving customers, and preparing food.
11. Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut is one of the places that hire at 15. Now, there are around 6,600 locations across the United States, so again, it’s likely you have a restaurant near you where you could pick up some work.
Rita’s Italian Ice is an ice creamery which has more than 500 locations across the United States. The company hires people as young as 14, so if you’re 15, you could qualify for a job there. Like most of the restaurants on this list, jobs include openings for cashiers and servers.
13. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
This is one of the places that hire at 15. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is a chain of ice cream parlors with more than 160 stores across the United States.
If you have a Bruster’s Real Ice Cream location near you, then you could get a job there. This could include serving ice cream or even making ice cream since the store is known for making its ice cream fresh in its stores.
14. California Pizza Kitchen
Next on the list we have the California Pizza Kitchen. With more than 250 locations in 32 United States and in 10 other countries, you may have a restaurant near you where you could get a job.
Some California Pizza Kitchen locations hire at 15 if it’s permitted under local laws. So, if that’s the case with your local restaurant, you could be hired as a host/hostess. Your job will be to seat guests and deal with waiting customers. Check with your local store to see if they hire at 15.
Subway is another one to check out. With more than 22,000 restaurants in the United States, you’re sure to find one near you. There are three in the town where I live!
Now, for some restaurants, you do have to be 16 to work there, but in some states their minimum hiring age is 15. There are entry-level positions available. You could work as a sandwich artist at your local Subway restaurant.
Culver’s is a fast-food chain that has more than 600 locations across the United Sates. Many of its restaurants are located in the Midwest.
The company hires people as young as 14, so if you’re 15, you could get a job with the company. The type of work you do will depend on the position, but like with the other restaurants on this list, you’ll likely be responsible for things like serving customers and preparing food.
TacoTime is a fast-food restaurant chain that specializes in Mexican food. The chain has more than 200 locations in the United States.
While the minimum hiring age at TacoTime is usually 16 years old, there are exceptions to this in some states. So, in some places the minimum hiring age is 15 years old. Just check with your nearest restaurant for jobs.
Next on the list we have Zaxby’s. There are 913 locations in the United States, with 242 locations, or 26% of all Zaxby’s locations in America, in Georgia.
For many locations, the hiring age is 16 years old. However, in certain locations, Zaxby’s hires at 15. Just check with your local restaurant to determine what the hiring age is for the restaurant.
Winn-Dixie has almost 500 locations across the country with stores in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Most stores have positions available for 15-year-olds. So, check with your nearest location to find out whether or not Winn-Dixie is hiring.
20. Stop & Shop
Stop & Shop has more than 400 stores throughout the United States. The areas it serves include New England, Downstate New York, and New Jersey. If you live in any of those areas, then you may have a Stop & Shop store near you.
There are lots of positions available like grocery clerk, bakery clerk, and floral clerk. Some locations, like stores in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, will hire 15-year-olds. Just call your local store to get more information on the hiring age for certain positions.
21. Giant Eagle
Giant Eagle has more than 200 locations in the United States, with most of its stores being located in Ohio, and others in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Indiana.
Jobs can include working at the deli, shopping cart attendant, bakery clerk, or shelf-stacking. Check with your local store for openings and age requirements for employees.
22. Giant Food
Giant Food has more than 160 locations in the United States, mostly in the Eastern United States, with stores in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia.
The store hires 15-year-olds. You can find a variety of different jobs here, like deli clerk, floral associate, cake decorator, cashier, bagger, and shelf-stacker.
Kroger is a popular grocery retailer with more than 2,700 locations throughout the United States. The company does hire at 15 in certain states where state laws allow it.
Just check with your local store to see what their age requirements are for employees. Now, if you do find work at your local Kroger, roles can include bagger and stocker.
Next on the list we have Publix. It’s a supermarket chain with more than 1,200 locations throughout the country. Most of its locations, more than 800, are located in Florida, where the company’s headquarters are.
It also has locations in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. It hires at 15, with roles available like clerk, bagger, cashier, and service desk clerk.
Next on the list is Wegmans. It’s a regional supermarket chain that has 104 stores across the country. It has stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, and North Carolina.
So if you live in one of those states, you could have a Wegmans store near you. It is one of the largest private companies in the country with 52,000 employees. And, Fortune has named it one of the “Top 100 Companies to Work For.”
You could get a job at 15 at your local Wegmans. The store doesn’t hire 15-year-olds on every department though, so do keep that in mind. Also, the age minimum can be older than 15 in certain states. So check with your local store to find out what opportunities, if any, are available to 15-year-olds.
Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains in the United States. It has more than 260 supermarkets throughout the country with stores located in eight Midwestern states.
States where you’ll find Hy-Vee stores include Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
The minimum age to work at most Hy-Vee stores is 16. However, some stores hire as young as 14 because many Hy-Vee stores are independently operated and are able to set their own policy. Just ask at your local store what the age requirements are for employees.
There are 46 Harvey’s supermarket locations in the United States, so not quite as many as the other stores on this list. But, you could have a store near you. 29 Harvey’s locations, which is 63% of all Harvey’s locations in the US, are in Georgia.
If you have a Harvey’s store near you, then you could find work as a bagger, cashier associate, or grocery associate.
While many stores only hire people who’re 18 years old or older, some stores do hire at 15. Just check with your local Harvey’s store to find out what jobs, if any, are available to 15-year-olds.
You could earn $13 an hour as a house cleaner. Since people are busy, they just don’t have the time to clean their homes themselves. So they hire a cleaner to do it for them.
You could offer a cleaning service to people or even businesses in your area. You can advertise your services on Facebook, for example, or by word of mouth. Since you’re probably used to doing chores at home at home anyway, you might as well make some cash out of it, right?
29. Selling crafts
If you are good at making crafts (unlike me!) then consider selling them at local craft shows or other events, like flea markets. Or just sell them to people nearby. You could advertise your stuff online. As many craft shows are held at the weekend, it’s a great side business to fit alongside school.
Offer babysitting services to your parent’s friends and colleagues. You could ask your parents to tell people they know that you are looking for babysitting work. You could make from $8 to $17 an hour as a babysitter.
You can also find babysitting jobs online, but most are for people over 18 years old. An exception is a site called Bambino Sitters. On Bambino Sitters, you can find babysitting jobs. The site allows people as young as 13 to sign up as a caregiver, but they have to get the consent of a parent or legal guardian.
31. Window cleaning
People always need someone to clean their windows, so offering a window cleaning service to people in your area can be a good option.
Plus, the startup costs for this one are pretty low. You could offer your services to homeowners in your neighborhood, and even branch out to cleaning windows for local businesses. You could earn $15 an hour from window cleaning.
If you have pets of your own, have looked after pets for family members, or just love animals, then you may want to give pet-sitting at try. Pet-sitters take care of people’s pets, like dogs and cats, while they’re out of the house.
All you need to do is show the pet owner that you are responsible and reliable. You can advertise your services to people in your neighborhood, or tell your parents to let their friends, coworkers, and the rest of the family that you are looking for pet-sitting work.
33. Dog walker
You could make $14 an hour as a dog walker. Since people are often busy with work and family, the don’t have the time to walk their dog, and that’s where you can come in an solve their problem, while, of course, making money!
Offer your services as a dogwalker to people in your neighborhood. You could also ask your parents to tell their friends and the rest of your family that you are offering a dog walking service.
If you do a great job, then you could get referrals.
34. Online tutoring
You could offer a tutoring service to people in your neighborhood. Let people know about your service and consider advertising your tutoring services online. You can even consider tutoring online.
35. Pool cleaning
If you live in an area that’s warm and people have a lot of pools, then you could offer a pool cleaning service. It’s a good way to spend more time outdoors during the summer, and you can set your own pay rates, within reason of course!
36. Laundry Service
Why not provide a laundry service to people nearby? Lots of people don’t have the time to do it themselves and would be glad to get the help! You could advertise your services in the paper and in neighborhood Facebook groups. And you could also ask your friends and family to put the word out for you about your laundry service.
37. Errand service
Again, people are busy, and they may not have the time to run errands with work or family commitments. Here’s where you can come in and make a profit!
You could make money doing errands for people such as picking up their dry cleaning or going to the store to pick something up. Let people in your neighborhood know that you’re offering an errand service. You could ask your parents to let their friends and the rest of the family know that you are offering to do errands too.
Consider offering services like graphic design or video editing on Fiverr. Fiverr is an online marketplace where freelancers can make money selling services. You can sell lots of different services through Fiverr, as there are more than 200 categories featured on the site.
The best part is that you can set your own rates for your services. You can charge anywhere from $5 to $10,000 for a service. Fiverr does get a 20% cut of your income though.
39. Start a blog
If you like writing and are passionate about a particular subject, like fashion, photography, baking, or fishing, then consider starting a blog on the topic.
If you don’t have the cash to pay for a domain name or hosting, try WordPress.com (but you can’t use AdSense ads or ads from any third-party ad network on your site) or Blogger.
Both are free. But your domain will include the name of the site, like “www.myblog.wordpress.com” or “myblog.blogspot.com.” If you pay for a domain and hosting, your site URL will be “www.myblog.com.”
Choose a topic, do some keyword research, and upload some great content to your blog on a consistent basis. You won’t make money right away, but you can build up a following and then make money creating sponsored content for brands, affiliate marketing, or with ads on your site.
40. Shoveling snow
Offer to shovel snow for people in your neighborhood. This can be good way to make some extra money. Just advertise your services to people nearby.
41. Car washing
Offer a car washing service to people near you. People always need their car washing, so this can be a good way to pick up some extra cash.
Offer to paint people’s houses – this could be the interior or the exterior depending on your skillset. Just advertise to people in the area.
Some Places To Look Out For Jobs Include:
Small, local grocery stores.
Thrift stores (great if you’re looking for clothing stores that hire at 15)
Laser tag venues
Indoor water parks
Rock climbing centers
Public pools (you could work as a lifeguard)
Family-owned, local restaurants
The best part about working for these types of companies is that they can offer work based on your availability.
What Jobs Pay Most at 15?
Here are some high paying jobs you can do at 15 (figures are from PayScale, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter):