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

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

Part-time work used to be reserved for those in the "other" category -- the students, the moms and the retired people who were working just for fun. But with the economy making a slow and steady climb back from the depths that it dropped to a decade ago, the job market is still shaky. Having a few irons in the fire (read: juggling several jobs at once) may be one of the only ways to achieve job security. Considering that more than 6 million of us are working part-time right now as we seek a full-time gig, you're in great company if you've started looking for un-traditional jobs on the road to gainful employment.

Maybe you need flexibility in your job for personal reasons, or maybe you just need to get a toehold in a new industry. Either way, 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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