Summer Jobs that Pay the Most

Summer Jobs that Pay the Most

Youth unemployment is currently at 19.6%, the highest for the age group since the government began tracking the data in 1947, CNN Money reports. “This new JEC report makes clear that young workers have been hit hard and are still being hit hard by the Great Recession,” said committee chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.

However, there are some conflicts reports about whether teens may see an improvement in job prospects as their summer vacations begin. According to Forbes, while April’s youth unemployment rate, defined as those aged 16- to 24-years old, was at 18.5%, it was relatively unchanged from March, and down from 19.8% and 19.2% in January and February, respectively, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Consumer spending has been on the rise, and the last three months have seen net hiring gains by the nation’s employers,” says John A. Challenger, chief executive of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. “We should definitely see increased hiring among teens this summer compared to 2008 and 2009.”

Which summer jobs pay the most? Here’s the Forbes list:

1. Caddy

Pay: $50 to $100 a bag for roughly 4.5 hours of work

2. Babysitter

Pay: $10 to $15 per hour (though I know people who charge more for numerous brats!)

3. Pet-sitter

Pay: $10 to $15 per hour

4. Product merchandiser

Pay: $12.50 per hour

5. Sales Associate

Pay: $11.84 per hour (this definitely varies, but it probably also represents the most jobs available)

6. Pharmacy Tech/Associate

Pay: $10.74 per hour

7. Nonmedical assistant/caregiver

Pay: $10.39 per hour

8. Housekeeper

Pay: $10.02 per hour

9. Lifeguard

Pay: $9.85 per hour – and a great tan. Also, you only have to be 15 to take the test.

10. Restaurant server

Pay: $9.80 per hour (though this can be much higher with good tips!)

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