15 Best Jobs for Teens

15 Best Jobs for Teens

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1. Kennel assistant

National average salary: $12.08 per hour Primary duties: Kennel assistants work in animal shelters or veterinary clinics to provide care for dogs and cats. They will clean cages, groom animals, take them on walks, bathe them, give medication and feed them. They may also check-in guests who come to visit the animals or greet 

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guests who are dropping off dogs and cats.

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2. Fast food attendant

National average salary: $12.36 per hour Primary duties: Fast food attendants work in the fast food environment to prepare and serve food or beverages to customers.  They may work behind the counter taking orders from customers in the store or at the drive-thru. Fast food attendants need to know the different 

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ingredients of certain menu items to answer questions customers may have regarding the food. They may also clean parts of the lobby and bathroom areas, including the tables, floors, doors and windows.

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3. Grocery store cashier

National average salary: $12.99 per hour Primary duties: Grocery store cashiers will work behind a cash register to scan customer's items, bag their products, take payments and return change.  Grocery store cashiers may also stock shelves, take inventory and assist customers in finding products.

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4. Car wash attendant

National average salary: $13.20 per hour Primary duties: A car wash attendant washes, buffs and shines cars.  They will clean both the interior and exterior areas of cars in a timely and efficient manner. Other responsibilities include vacuuming inside of the car, throwing away trash, washing the exterior of cars with soap, 

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as well as polishing and drying cars.

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5. Restaurant host/hostess

National average salary: $13.35 per hour Primary duties: Restaurant hosts and hostesses greet customers as they enter the restaurant and lead them to their tables.  They are often responsible for seating guests at the table of their preference while also making sure servers receive a fair amount of customers in 

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each of their sections. Other responsibilities can include answering any customer questions, taking phone calls and making reservations.

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6. Barista

National average salary: $13.75 per hour Primary duties: A barista works in a coffee shop to make coffee-related beverages for customers.  They will follow and memorize specific recipes to create appetizing drinks. Other responsibilities of baristas include greeting customers, answering any questions they 

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may have about the menu, taking inventory and maintaining a clean lobby area for customers.

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7. Lifeguard

National average salary: $13.80 per hour Primary duties: Lifeguards work at pools, beaches or aquatic centers to ensure the safety of guests swimming in the water.  Other responsibilities include scanning the aquatic area to ensure swimmers are following safety guidelines and saving drowning or struggling 

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swimmers. They are trained and certified in proper safety procedures, CPR and first aid. Lifeguards must also pass exams testing their swimming abilities. (Per the Red Cross, the minimum age to graduate from a lifeguard training course is 15 years old.)

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8. Concession stand worker

National average salary: $14.19 per hour Primary duties: Concession stand workers serve at concession stands to provide food and drinks to people at different events.  They will take beverage and food orders from guests, process payments and provide change. Concession stand workers are also in charge of 

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keeping the concession stand area clean and presentable.

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9. Retail sales associate

National average salary: $14.38 per hour Primary duties: Retail sales associates work in a store to greet customers, sell products and answer any questions.  They are also responsible for assisting customers with any needs, exchanging or returning products, taking inventory and making sure the store is clean and presentable throughout the day.

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10. Library assistant

National average salary: $14.92 per hour Primary duties: Library assistants will work with visitors in libraries to help find books and check them out.  They will also assist librarians in taking inventory, shelving books and digitizing printed files or older documents.

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11. Restaurant server

National average salary: $15.22 per hour Primary duties: Restaurant servers write down customers' orders and then serve them their food.  They are also responsible for making sure customers are enjoying their experience and will bring them food, beverages, condiments or other requests. Servers may also escort guests 

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to their seats if hosts aren't available, clean and wipe down tables and prepare customers' checks.

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12. House cleaner

National average salary: $16.65 per hour Primary duties: House cleaners ensure a home or specific rooms in a house are properly cleaned.  Common tasks can include sweeping, vacuuming, washing and drying clothes, dusting, cleaning bathtubs and toilets, wiping down counters and washing dishes.

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13. Dog walker

National average salary: $17.16 per hour Primary duties: Dog walkers walk and care for dogs while their owners are away.  They will ensure dogs receive enough exercise, are safely walked to and from their homes and get food and water. Dog walkers may need to walk dogs in every weather condition at designated times every day.

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14. Babysitter

National average salary: $20.98 per hour Primary duties: Babysitters watch and care for children while the child's parents are away.  They may be responsible for tasks like feeding, transporting and bathing children. Babysitters and nannies may participate in courses to become certified in CPR or first 

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aid practices to provide advanced care to children in case of emergency.

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15. Tutor

National average salary: $24.78 per hour Primary duties: Tutors work directly with students to help them enhance their knowledge in certain subjects.  They will often work with a student struggling in a specific class to better explain complex subjects in simpler terms. Tutors also help students develop better learning 

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methods by studying with them and simplifying their lessons.

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