The "work hard, play hard" mentality has been totally ingrained in us for years — but if we spend all our time working, when the heck are we supposed to play? The good news is there are more part-time jobs out there that pay more than minimum wage than you probably think.
Still, a lot of these jobs do require a ton of skill, and you might need to study or train before jumping in. So, yes, you'll be working hard — but you'll also have more time to enjoy the money you're earning.
Here are 22 part-time jobs that pay better than most.
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 over $40,000 per year.
4. Administrative assistant
Admin assistants 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.
5. Mail carrier
Mail carriers work 20 hours per week on average and make $19 an hour or more.
6. 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.
7. Makeup artist
You can often set your own hours, work at a makeup counter or specialize in events such as weddings or anniversary parties. At companies like MAC, you'll earn an average of $18 an hour.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
A version of this article was originally published in February 2014.
Phlebotomists work in labs collecting blood samples from patients. A state license or certification is required in addition to a high school diploma or GED. Average wage is $15 an hour.
A nanny is a great side job for a stay-at-home mom. You can work as little as one day per week or as much as five days per week; it’s up to you. Hourly rates depend on how many kids you’re watching and their ages, but it’s always more than minimum wage.
Start getting your morning coffee for free by becoming a barista at your local coffee shop or Starbucks. Baristas make slightly more than minimum wage, plus tips.
Yes, you need a master’s degree or higher, but being a psychologist brings in $50 per hour or more, making it one of the highest-paying part-time jobs in the U.S.
15. Freelance writer
Depending on the types of articles you write (length, subject matter, etc.) and the company you work for, you can charge up to $100 per hour. Keep in mind you must work up to this. Most freelance writers start out making much less.
16. Freelance graphic designer
Maybe writing is not your thing but graphic design is. Freelance your work and make around $30 an hour.
17. Interior designer
Get your creative juices flowing and work as an interior designer. Depending on your experience and types of clients, you can easily make upward of $20 an hour.
18. Life coach
A life coach helps others out with decisions involving careers or personal life and earn at least $15 an hour.
Sure, some accountants work long hours in an office, but others easily work from home and only work part-time or only work during tax season. Accounting makes for an incredibly stable job and pays over $20 an hour.
20. Massage therapist
Massage therapists make anywhere between $11 and $58 or more an hour depending on experience and whether or not they work for themselves or in a spa or salon.
21. Speech pathologist
Speech pathologists charge $60 per hour, but even the ones who work in schools can make $30 per hour or more.
22. Physical therapist
You'll need a degree, but therapists can specialize in injuries, sports medicine or children’s development. On average, physical therapists make $30 an hour and work part-time.