Jobs For Teens in 2024: These Companies Hire 14, 15, & 16 Year Olds!

Is your teen searching for a job and coming up short? The best jobs for teens aren’t as hard to come by as you might think!

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Check out the best jobs for teens – these companies hire as young as 14-year-olds. Plus, find out how much they’ll earn per hour at each!

The following companies may offer jobs for high school students and teens, although it is important to note that the hiring process does vary by store and region. Contact the local businesses in your area to learn more about their individual hiring practices and requirements.

The average rates listed below are based on average reported rates for the hiring positions eligible for teens. They’re not guaranteed and are not a reflection of starting part-time rates. All rates will vary by location and based on experience. 


AMC Movie Theater, one place to find teen jobs for 14 year olds

Jobs for 14 year olds:

AMC Theaters

AMC hires crew members 14 and older at select locations.

Job tasks may include: selling tickets, working concessions, and ushering auditoriums.

Average pay: $15/hr


Bruster’s

Bruster’s hires crew members 14 and older based on state labor laws and local store policies.

Job tasks may include: preparing drinks and ice cream treats, taking orders, and making change.

Average pay: $13/hr


Burger King

Burger King restaurants recently made the news for advertising team member jobs to 14 and 15-year-olds, so check your nearest location for requirements.

Job tasks may include: cleaning the food or stock areas, operating fryers & microwaves, manning the food preparation production line, and assisting in the kitchen area.

Average pay: $13/hr


Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A hires restaurant team members 14 and older at select locations. Some locations wait until 16-18.

Job tasks may include: greeting customers, taking customer orders, assembling sandwiches, and completing transactions on the cash register.

Average pay: $14/hr


Culver’s

Culver’s hires team members 14 and older at select locations.

Job tasks may include: greeting guests, sanitation tasks, and serving meals for the guests.

Average pay: $13/hr


Fareway

Fareway grocery stores hire team members 14 and older for the Grocery Department.

Job tasks may include: stocking shelves, assisting customers, and maintaining a clean and organized store.

Average pay: $14/hr


Giant Eagle

Rumor has it that Giant Eagle hires bakery clerks or shopping cart attendants as young as 14.

Job tasks may include: assisting with groceries, taking special orders, stocking the bakery, and maintaining a clean and organized store.

Average pay: $16/hr


Kroger & affiliates

Kroger & affiliates hire baggers or stockers with a proper work permit as young as 14 years old.

Job tasks may include: assisting with groceries, stocking shelves, and maintaining an organized store.

Average pay: $14/hr


McDonald’s

Select McDonald’s locations hire crew members as young as 14 years old.

Job tasks may include: cleaning the food or stock areas, manning the food preparation production line, and assisting in the kitchen area.

Average pay: $14/hr


Parques Reunidos

Palace Entertainment (owned and operated by Parques Reunidos) hires team members 14 and older for Park Services, Admissions, Food & Beverage Cashier, and Parking Attendant positions.

Job tasks may include: selling and collecting tickets, assisting with lockers, issuing season passes, and greeting guests.

Average pay: $16/hr


Publix

Publix hires cashiers, service desk clerks, and floral clerks 14 and older.

Job tasks may include: greeting customers, bagging groceries, and proper care and presentation of flowers.

Average pay: $13.94/hr


Rita’s Italian Ice

Rita’s Italian Ice hires treat team members 14 and older.

Job tasks may include: greeting customers, knowledge of products, and fulfilling customer orders.

Average pay: $15/hr


Runza

Select Runza locations hire crew members 14 and older.

Job tasks may include: greeting customers, knowledge of products, and fulfilling customer orders.

Average pay: $15/hr


Starbucks

The minimum age requirement to work at Starbucks is 16 except in Montana, where select locations may hire team members who are 14 and older.

Job tasks may include: greeting customers, taking orders, and making drinks and food.

Average pay: $16/hr


Tropical Smoothie

Many independently owned Tropical Smoothie locations hire team members 15 and older, but some locations (e.g., Rockford, IL) are open to hiring 14-year-olds.

Job tasks may include: maintaining a sanitary workstation, cleaning and organizing the kitchen and workspaces, and assembling and serving fresh food and smoothies.

Average pay: $13/hr


Wendy’s

Some Wendy’s locations may hire as young as 14 for customer service and cleaning positions.

Job tasks may include: maintaining clean workspaces and restaurants, greeting guests and taking orders via drive-thru.

Average pay: $13/hr


Winn-Dixie (owned by Southeastern Grocers)

Winn Dixie grocery stores hire teens 14 years and older as baggers.

Job tasks may include: bagging groceries, restocking bags, and assisting customers as needed.

Average pay: $13/hr


hands holding out scoops of ice cream at Baskin Robbins, one of the teen jobs for 15 year olds

Jobs for 15 year olds:

Baskin-Robbins (owned by Dunkin’)

Baskin Robbins hires team members 15 and older at select locations.

Job tasks may include: scooping ice cream, maintaining a clean store, and greeting customers.

Average pay: $13/hr


Boston Market

Boston Market hires team members 15 and older as a dishwasher or front-end assistants.

Job tasks may include: cleaning dirty dishes, stocking clean dishes, and greeting guests.

Average pay: $15/hr


Chuck E. Cheese

Depending on the location, Chuck E. Cheese hires teen check attendants and cast members from ages 15 and older.

Job tasks may include: greeting and stamping guests upon arrival, assisting with group parties, and making sure games are working properly.

Average pay: $14/hr


Goldfish Swim School

At Goldfish Swim School, 15-year-olds may have an opportunity to be a lifeguard. This position will require in-house training and will require each employee to pass the necessary exams as well.

Job tasks may include: displaying leadership, emergency management, and basic life support skills.

Average pay: $16/hr


KFC

Many KFCs hire team/crew members as young as 15.

Job tasks may include: greeting customers, cleaning up after them, or performing other duties related to customer service.

Average pay: $13/hr


Six Flags

Six Flag theme parks hire 15-year-olds for select positions.

Job tasks may include: greeting and assisting guests as needed and inspecting assigned locations for quality, cleanliness, and safety concerns.

Average pay: $13/hr


Taco Bell

Some independently owned Taco Bell locations may hire team members 15 and older, provided they have a work permit.

Job tasks may include: Taking orders or preparing food, assisting in resolving any service or food issues, and maintaining a clean, safe work and dining environment.

Average pay: $13/hr


american eagle storefront

Jobs for 16 year olds:

American Eagle Outfitters

The popular clothing company, American Eagle Outfitters, hires 16-year-olds for select positions, like Brand Ambassador or Sales Associate. Plus, employees receive 40% off merch, which is great if they love sporting AE clothing already.

Job tasks may include: keeping a tidy and stocked store, knowledge of products, and providing customers with an exceptional shopping experience.

Average pay: $14/hr


Best Buy

Best Buy hires employees who are 16 and older for select positions including Cashier, Sales Associate, or Computer Technician with proper experience.

Job tasks may include: 

Average pay: $16/hr


Buffalo Wild Wings

Starting at 16, many Buffalo Wild Wings locations will hire teens for select positions such as host, cook, or cashier.

Job tasks may include: greeting guests, preparing meals for guests, knowledge of menu, and completing orders.

Average pay: $15/hr


Casey’s

The popular gas station and convenience store, Casey’s, has many jobs available to 16-year-olds.

Job tasks may include: greeting guests, running the cash register, ensuring the store is stocked and clean, preparing food items, and operating select food equipment.

Average pay: $15/hr


Chipotle

You must be at least 16 years old to work at Chipotle and we hear they offer pretty competitive rates if you stick with it too. Teens will start at the entry level working the burrito line.

Job tasks may include: Preparing guests’ meals, keeping food stocked, and maintaining a clean working space.

Average pay: $14.50/hr


Cinemark

Cinemark theaters have entry-level crew member positions available to 16-year-olds.

Job tasks may include: selling tickets, working concessions, providing movie information, and ushering auditoriums.

Average pay: $13.50/hr


Claire’s

Some Claire’s locations hire sales associates as young as 16 years old.

Job tasks may include: processing customer payments, running cash registers, knowledge of store merchandise, and greeting customers.

Average pay: $15/hr


Cold Stone Creamery

Age requirements vary by state and location, but many Cold Stone Creamery locations hire crew members starting at 16-year-olds.

Job tasks may include: greeting guests, making the “world’s best ice cream”, and maintaining a clean space and dining room.

Average pay: $14/hr


CVS Health

CVS hires employees as young as 16 for positions such as cashiers, sales associates, and beauty care associates.

Job tasks may include: greeting guests and helping them with product questions, performing cashier duties, and directing customers as needed with product knowledge.

Average pay: $17/hr


Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree stores now hire 16-year-olds for select positions at entry levels.

Job tasks may include: greeting customers, keeping shelves stocked, completing transactions, and answering questions regarding the store and merchandise.

Average pay: $14/hr


Domino’s

Any teen who is at least 16 years old and loves pizza can apply for entry-level team member positions at Domino’s Pizza.

Job tasks may include: preparing food, receiving and processing telephone orders, performing cash register duties, taking inventory, and maintaining a clean environment.

Average pay: $14/hr


Friendly’s

The restaurant, Friendly’s, hires 16-year-olds for multiple positions including ice cream scooper, dishwasher, host, fountain worker, cook, server, and production worker.

Job tasks may include: greeting and seating guests, taking guests’ orders, keeping work spaces tidy and stocked, helping prepare meals, ensure a satisfactory experience for all guests.

Average pay: $14/hr


Hot Topic

Hot Topic stores offer jobs to 16-year-olds such as sales or brand associates.

Job tasks may include: providing a great shopping experience, greeting customers, completing transactions, and knowledge of store merchandise.

Average pay: $14.50/hr


Jimmy John’s

The popular sandwich shop, Jimmy John’s, hires crew members and sandwich artists as young as 16-year-olds.

Job tasks may include: greeting customers, preparing sandwiches quickly and accurately, keeping ingredients and products stocked, and maintaining clean work space and dining areas.

Average pay: $13/hr


Journeys

Sales associates at Journey’s locations can be as young as 16 and they’ll receive a 40% employee discount too.

Job tasks may include: helping to keep merchandise tidy on the sales floor, updating the store with new product and marketing materials, and greeting guests.

Average pay: $14/hr


Little Caesar’s Pizza

The affordable pizza joint, Little Caesar’s, hires crew members and cashiers as young as 16.

Job tasks may include: taking and preparing customer orders, maintaining clean working and dining spaces, and flexibility to work at different stations at any given time.

Average pay: $13/hr


Menchie’s

Age requirements vary by location and state, but many Menchie’s locations hire 16-year-olds and we found the average pay to be pretty competitive too.

Job tasks may include: maintaining clean and tidy working and dining spaces, preparing frozen yogurt orders, and creating the Menchie’s experience with great customer service skills.

Average pay: $17/hr


Panera Bread

Most Panera Bread locations hire daytime team members aged 16 and older.

Job tasks may include:  ringing up orders quickly and accurately, knowledge of the menu, helping customers with questions or requests, and maintaining a clean working and dining space.

Average pay: $14/hr


Popeyes

Most Popeyes locations hire team members starting at 16 years old.

Job tasks may include: cleaning the food or stock areas, greeting guests, operating cooking equipment, preparing food, and assisting in the kitchen area.

Average pay: $13/hr


Regal Cinemas

Regal Cinemas locations hire 16-year-olds for select positions such as cashiers, concession workers, floor staff, and more. Employees even get special perks such as free movies and discounted concessions.

Job tasks may include: selling tickets, working concessions, maintaining clean and sanitary spaces, and ushering auditoriums.

Average pay: $15.50/hr


Target

The popular retailer, Target, sometimes hires 16-year-olds for select positions. Some entry-level positions available for teens are cart attendants, cashiers, sales floor and food service team members, and customer service representatives.

Job tasks may include: collecting and keeping shopping carts stocked and tidy, helping customers as needed, resolving guests’ concerns, and keeping store inventory stocked.

Average pay: $16/hr


Topgolf

Teen golfers will be excited to hear that Top Golf hires 16-year-olds at entry-level positions such as food runners and Topgolf Bay hosts.

Job tasks may include: setting up and providing instructions on how to use Topgolf technology, creating a memorable experience for guests, assisting with food orders, and maintaining a clean and orderly facility.

Average pay: $15/hr


Ulta Beauty

Ulta Beauty stores in select states now hire as young as 16. Available jobs for teens vary from Beauty Advisors to Prestige Beauty Advisors and Task Associates.

Job tasks may include: providing exceptional guest experiences, determining individual needs of guests, conducting cashier tasks, stocking merchandise, and maintaining overall store cleanliness.

Average pay: $16/hr


Walmart

Walmart hires 16-year-olds for select positions such as stockists and cart attendants. However, the positions will vary by store depending on state and local labor laws.

Job tasks may include: taking inventory of merchandise, stocking store shelves, maintaining a clean and orderly store, and collecting and keeping shopping carts stocked and tidy.

Average pay: $16/hr


teen girl working at coffee shop

Still looking for more jobs for teens?

If you’re still looking for jobs that hire teens, another option to consider is Care.com. Parents can create an account and apply for their children as young as 14 years old. From there, you’ll be able to easily check out the available teen jobs in your area that hire 14 and 15-year-olds in their area, including babysitting, pet care, house sitting, and more! Lawn maintenance is another one of the great summer jobs for teens, and in most cases, the household will already have the equipment needed.

Other great places to promote your services include Nextdoor or your neighborhood’s Facebook group. Jobs for Teens HQ is another great resource. You can also filter results for those that are specifically online jobs for teens on Indeed! Some of these online jobs for teens include customer service and virtual assistant positions.

More great job ideas for young teens (and even jobs for 13-year-olds) that require minimal experience & are great for building resumes:


  • Artist (selling handmade art/crafts online)
  • Babysitter
  • Bowling Alley Assistant
  • Busser
  • Camp Counselor
  • Car Washer
  • Cashier
  • Child Care Assistant
  • Concession Worker
  • Dishwasher
  • Dog Walker
  • Fast Food Worker
  • Food Prep Worker
  • Golf Caddy
  • Grocery Store Bagger
  • Harvest Helper at a Farm/Orchard
  • House Sitter
  • Independent Living Retirement Communities
  • Kennel Assistant
  • Landscaper
  • Lawn Mower
  • Library Assistant
  • Lifeguard/Swim instructor
  • Local Attractions
  • Local Pizzerias
  • Mother’s Helper
  • Music Teacher
  • Nursery Worker
  • Office Worker
  • Paper Delivery Person
  • Parks
  • Pet Sitter
  • Plant Sitter
  • Pools
  • Private Sports Coach/Swim Instructor
  • Restaurant Hostess/Host
  • Restaurant Busser
  • Rec League Sports Referee/Umpire
  • Shampoo Assistant
  • Summer Reading/Math Tutor for Elementary School Students
  • Weed Puller or other Yard Work

Signing paperwork

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 specifically, 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.

Fortunately, many great summer jobs for teens hire specifically for periods when your child can work. Lifeguards and summer camp counselors are two examples of seasonal jobs that hire teens.

In some states, for jobs that do hire young teens, they may need to obtain a work permit to seek employment. The best way to determine if they must 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).


Check out this inspiring Hip2Save reader testimony:

a teenage referee, one of the summer jobs for teens

“Due to this ‘Jobs That Hire Teens’ post several years ago, my two eldest started out as sports referees. One as young as 11 and the other at 13. We are a soccer family and since we were spending our lives on the fields we figured, why not?! We were already out there, it was convenient and fully portable.

My eldest (now 19) went out of state and could take his certification with him and referee on his college campus. My next eldest (now 16) decided that certifying as a lifeguard offered a regular schedule and was more lucrative. He became a lifeguard at 15 and was hired by the city in which we live. He is now a year-round employee, can earn sick time, and additional certifications and licenses are covered as well. Additionally, upon turning 18, if he attends a local college and remains employed by the same municipality, the city will reimburse his school fees. If he chooses to head out of state for college, he can apply at his campus pool for lifeguarding.

Our city also has a program that will permit 14-year-olds to be certified as Junior Lifeguards. Check your municipalities, it is well worth it!” – Ava, Hip2Save reader


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