5 High-Paying Part-Time Jobs

Whether you’re a college student trying to put yourself through school, a stay-at-home parent who would like to bring in some extra income, or a professional who has recently seen wages or hours cut, part-time jobs can really help to bridge the gap between your current income and your needs. However, many traditional part-time jobs can barely feel worth the time and effort once payday comes along.


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Part-Time Jobs that Pay

Skip the opportunities not worth your time. Here are some great part-time opportunities that will help with your bottom line:

1. Tipped jobs. In particular, working evenings and weekends at a popular eatery or bar can be a great job for a personable and outgoing server. Good waiters and waitresses can take home as much as $150 or more in tips on a good night and that is on top of the (admittedly low) hourly wage you earn. In fact, I roomed in graduate school with a girl who worked at a popular campus bar, and she once brought home over $300 in one night’s tips. Obviously, this is not the norm, but it is still possible to do very well as a server.

2. Fitness instructor. If you are a gym rat and consistent fixture at the local yoga or pilates studio, consider getting certified to teach classes and provide personal training. You will need to get official certification in order to teach, but it is well worth it for the fitness buff. Instructors can earn anywhere from $12-$30 per hour for classes, and a great deal more for personal training. If you’re going to the gym you might as well get paid for it!

3. Bank teller. If you have any background with finance or handling money becoming a part-time bank teller can be a great job. Bank tellers generally start between $9 and $12 per hour depending on experience, and nearly a quarter of tellers work only part-time hours. This job would be perfect for a stay-at-home parent with school age kids as you can work “banker’s hours” and still be able to be there for your children after school.

4. Tutoring. College students in particular can help to pad both their resumes and their wallets by hiring themselves out as private tutors. Hour-long tutoring sessions can help either struggling high school students or fellow college students, and you can charge between $10 and $20 per hour.

5. Tax Preparer. If you have a background in accounting (and even if you don’t!) working as a tax preparer can be a great seasonal opportunity. Several companies, such as H & R Block and Jackson Hewitt, offer tax preparation courses to give you the background necessary to help others prepare their taxes. Though you could end up working full time hours in March and early April each year, the work is seasonal and lucrative. Depending on whether you work for a firm or simply freelance, you can earn between $10 an hour (plus commissions) with a major firm and nearly $80 per hour on your own.

These are just 5 ways you can earn some extra income. Check out 40+ additional ideas to generate extra income.

About the Author

By , on Apr 26, 2011
Emily Guy Birken
Emily Guy Birken is a freelance writer, recovering English teacher, and stay-at-home-mom. She lives in Lafayette, Indiana, with her mechanical engineer husband and infant son. Her musings on life and parenting can be found at The SAHMnambulist.

Leave Your Comment (12 Comments)

  1. Dan W. says:

    Fitness instructor? Not so sure about that. Try teaching yoga though I have to agree with Josie, do it because you love doing it.

  2. @Josie: I’m assuming that’s with a gym. What if you went out on your own? How much would you charge individual clients to work out with you in a group?

  3. Josie says:

    I get $35 an hour to teach yoga, but never get back to back classes. So commuting time becomes important. For a one hour class I am away from home for two hours. Also, it cost $2000 for my certification. I love doing it and am not in it for the money. This is not a way to get rich.

  4. americangrizzly says:

    Actually I spoke to a bank teller, and McDonalds and Burger King pay as much as the bank. Fast food, fast finance. But I guess both are part time with the same future perhaps.

  5. @Kay: At worst by breaking even you are still getting paid to exercise (or perhaps your hobby).

    I’ve also seen people do “boot camps? in parks and things like that. They may not have all the credentials they need to have, more of a side thing that goes under the regulatory radar. Whether that is good or not is another conversation entirely.

  6. Kay says:

    Personal training and Group Fitness certifications are expensive to obtain and then maintain. You also have to pay to keep your CPR/AED/First Aid certs up to date. Some gyms require fee’s or “rent” to work in their space. So basically what I’m getting at (as both a personal trainer and previous fitness class instructor) unless you are making top dollar as a part time job, it will take you months to break even.

  7. No Debt MBA says:

    I made $20/hr as a tutor in high school and that was a while ago. $10 seems pretty low to me. I’ve also seen very few openings with tax preparation businesses since the economy took a nose dive. Probably a combination of more demand for the positions and less demand for their services.

  8. @Lucifernando: And what if you took the training and started doing returns on your own on the side?

  9. Lucifernando says:

    I was offered a job at H&R Block. They were paying minimum wage ($8.25 in Illinois). It’s hardly a a great part time job.

  10. @drew, I actually earned $30/hour tutoring, but I wasn’t sure if my experience was the norm. Based on my research, I found that the more conservative estimate was easily earned by tutors no matter the subject or area of the country, so I thought I’d let my article reflect that.

  11. drew says:

    $10-20/hr for tutoring? i charge $40 and find plenty of clients from craigslist. easy way to make an extra $100 a week on average.

  12. Amy Saves says:

    I used to be a tutor.. good PT job indeed!

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