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25 high-paying part-time jobs that leave you with time to spare

Newlywed, new mom and first-time home buyer, Sarah is currently playing out her exciting life in Phoenix, Arizona. She recently gave up her job in finance to stay at home with her baby girl, who between bath time and feeding time, keeps ...

These part-time jobs all come with full-time pay

If you think part-time work is for the moms, the students and the retired folks, think again. These days, ever since the economy tanked a decade ago, the job market has been trying to put itself back together. Most of us are well aware that we have to keep at least a few options open if we want that elusive thing called "job security." Currently, more than 6 million Americans are working part-time as they seek full-time employment -- some people are doing it to gain experience and start out in a new career field, while others are trying to scoop up extra hours to keep dinner on the table.

Whether you need flexibility in your job for personal reasons or just need to get a toehold in a new industry, we can all agree that it’s hard to get by on minimum wage, especially if you’re only able to work part time. It's important to maximize your time and get paid as much as you can in as little amount of time as possible.

Here, we’re sharing 25 part-time jobs that often pay more than minimum wage. Some require degrees but not all!

1. Tutor

Tutors can work in person or even online. Online tutors typically make less, but the job is more flexible since you can work from home. In-person tutors can charge $30 per hour or more.

2. School bus driver

School bus drivers typically work less than 20 hours per week and average more than $15 an hour.

3. Travel agent

Love booking vacations and helping others make their travel dreams come true? If so, consider working as a part-time travel agent. Most are paid on commission, but top earners can make well over $50,000 per year.

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4. Server at a breakfast restaurant

At a busy breakfast restaurant, you’ll average $20 an hour in tips, plus your hourly wage of $4 an hour (or more depending on where you live). Breakfast restaurants close mid-afternoon, allowing you plenty of time to spend with family.

5. Hair stylist

Set your own hours, work in a salon or in the comfort of your own home, all while making an hourly rate of more than minimum wage (average is $10 nationwide) plus tips.

6. Secretary

Secretaries don’t just work full time in an office setting anymore. They can work from home, work part time or work as an assistant to a CEO. Pay can vary from $10 an hour to $25 an hour.

7. Mail carrier

Mail carriers work 20 hours per week, on average, and make $19 an hour or more.

8. Dental hygienist

Though you’ll need an associate’s degree, you’ll make an average of $32 an hour for this low-stress, in-demand part-time job.

9. Makeup artist

Similar to a hair stylist, you can set your own hours, work at a makeup counter or specialize in events, such as weddings or anniversary parties.

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10. Private fitness instructor

You can get your Pilates or yoga license and start teaching private lessons from the comfort of your own home. You can charge $20 per hour or more, depending on your experience and what your clients are willing to pay.

11. Small-business owner

If you’re the crafty type, sell your artwork on websites such as Etsy. Salary varies depending on how many sales you make, but the more you put into your small business, the more you’ll get out of it.

12. Bank teller

Bank tellers start out around $12 an hour, on average. Other perks of the job include benefits, the option to work part time and the option to contribute to a retirement account.

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