Jobs For Teens in 2024? These Companies Hire as Young as 14!

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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!

a lifeguard, one of the jobs for teens near me and jobs for high school students

Do you know a mature and motivated teen hoping to earn some extra spending money?

It’s time to think outside the babysitting box with these companies that hire young teens! Whether your high school student is looking for a job so they can save for a car, put away money for college, or learn the value of a hard-earned dollar, they may be able to apply for a job with these companies that are known to hire teenagers as young as fourteen years old!

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.

teenager at a job interview with papers on table

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

Jobs for 14 year olds:

AMC Theaters

Hires ushers and concession workers 14 and older at select locations.


Hires team members 14 and older based on state labor laws and local store policies.

Burger King

The restaurant typically hires people aged 16 and older. However, Burger King recently made the news for advertising jobs to 14 and 15-year-olds, so check your nearest location for requirements.


Hires team members 14 and older at select locations. Some locations wait until 16-18.


Hires team members 14 and older at select locations.


Hires team members 14 and older for the Grocery Department.

Giant Eagle

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

Kroger & affiliates

Hires baggers or stockers with a proper work permit as young as 14.


Select locations hire crew members as young as 14.

Palace Entertainment

Hires team members 14 and older for Park Services, Admissions, Food & Beverage Cashier, and Parking Attendant positions.


Hires cashiers, service desk clerks, and floral clerks 14 and older.

Rita’s Italian Ice

Hires treat team members 14 and older.


Select locations hire crew members 14 and older.


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

Tropical Smoothie

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


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

Winn-Dixie & affiliates (owned by Southeastern Grocers)

Hires baggers 14 and older.

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’)

Hires team members 15 and older at select locations.

Boston Market

Hires team members 15 and older.

Chuck E. Cheese

Hires kid check attendants and cast members from ages 15 and older, varying on location.

Goldfish Swim School

You must be at least 15 years old for a few positions.


Many KFCs hire crew members as young as 15.

Six Flags

The theme park hires 15-year-olds for select positions.

Taco Bell

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

american eagle storefront

Jobs for 16 year olds:

American Eagle Outfitters

The popular clothing company hires 16-year-olds for select positions, like Brand Ambassador.

Best Buy

Hires employees that are 16 and older.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Starting at 16, you can work at many BWWs!


The popular gas station and convenience store have many jobs available to 16-year-olds.


You must be at least 16 years old to work at Chipotle. Plus, you’ll make $15/hour!


These theaters have positions available to 16-year-olds.


Some locations may hire sales associates as young as 16.

Cold Stone Creamery

Age requirements vary by state and location, but many stores hire at 16.

CVS Health

CVS hires employees as young as 16.

Dollar Tree

The store now hires 16-year-olds for certain positions.

Domino’s Pizza

If your child loves pizza, this chain hires 16-year-olds for select positions.


The restaurant hires 16-year-olds for jobs like Ice Cream Preparer and Ice Cream Scoopologist.

Hot Topic

This store offers jobs to 16-year-olds.

Jimmy John’s

16-year-olds can secure in-store employment at this popular sandwich shop.


Sales associates can be as young as 16.

Little Caesar’s

This affordable pizza joint hires crew members as young as 16.


Age requirements vary by location and state, but many locations hire 16-year-olds.

Panera Bread

Most locations hire daytime crew members aged 16 and older.


Starting at 16 for most locations, you can work at Popeyes.

Regal Cinemas

This cinema hires 16-year-olds for select positions.


The popular retailer sometimes hires 16-year-olds for certain positions.

Top Golf

Teen golfers will be excited to hear that Top Golf hires 16-year-olds.

Ulta Beauty

Stores in select states now hire as young as 16.


The retailer hires 16-year-olds for select positions.

Looking for legitimate work-from-home opportunities? Here’s what’s available!

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 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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About the writer:

Chelsey is a writer & photographer with both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Arizona State University. She holds 3+ years blogging experience not only for Hip2Save, but various other publications in the health, lifestyle, and education field.

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Comments 68

  1. Jervine87

    If you have a local amusement park typically they hire younger teens as well!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the tip!

  2. eva-2

    Many of these businesses say they will hire at 14 or 15, but won’t actually unless you know a manager/owner. Not to say they shouldn’t apply, but keep realistic expectations. In my area they likely won’t even receive a response for their application.

    • Blessed

      I agree. And it’s sad because they should start working at a young age to learn responsibility. Nothing in this world is given to you unless you come from money 🤷🏽‍♀️

    • Christopher Campbell

      Well yes however McDonald’s will hire at 14 if you have an relative that works there also they start to hire at age 15,18 hours a week only weekends if under age 16. 40 hour no overtime when school is not in session.

      However Publix rarely hire part-time so have fun getting a job there.
      -Christopher Campbell

    • Cheri Cole

      Yes, I know for a fact Kroger doesn’t hire until 18.

      • Ashley Tolson

        Everyone at my store is 15/16

  3. lindak

    My son was a lifeguard for the city for several years too. My other son taught swim lessons for the city. The city also hires that age for summer camp

  4. Adele

    I was just talking about this with my almost 18 year old. Her and her friends don’t have jobs. Some have tried, but it seems like businesses in Los Angeles give those jobs to adults. I think it all comes down to who you know.

    • Amy

      I don’t think it comes down to who you know. I think we are in a state where many older people have lost their jobs and companies would rather hire someone to help them pay their bills.

  5. Sandy

    If you know college students or a recent grad, and they enjoy working with kids, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes Center is a FANTASTIC summer job and they pay really well.

  6. Morgan Ross

    I own a small business. If you want your young teen to get a job, do them a favour and don’t get involved. I will not hire anyone who’s guardian does all the talking for them.

    • Rose Deburey

      Hi I am almost 14 and I would like to ask some questions about the work that your offering. If you don’t mind me asking, what type of business do you own? Also what’s the pay and what part would I be working on? Is it online or in person? Where is it located and what times will I be working? If you could answer these questions I’d really appreciate it, thanks!

    • Melanie

      I started Safeway in Seattle at age 15.

    • Linette

      As a parent to any business speaking up for your child is a must. Especially when a child is new to the work field you wouldn’t want your child being taking advantage of….. children see money and that’s not healthy. Knowing the value and experience of the dollar is important. A child can start they own small business simple things like baby sitting, dog walkers, yard attendants or even picking up small kids after school. Teens may not know there rights as teen employees. We do have dishonest people in the work force even as an adult I witness that. Parents stay involved with your children.

      • Ashley

        Playing middle man here. I think it’s important to be involved, 100%. But I also see how children do not learn independence because their parent(s) usually don’t foster that for them and try to remain in control. It’s good to have Mama Bear (or whoever) in your corner, but they also need to learn and will not learn if everything is done for them.

        Essentially what I’m saying is … teach your kids these things that you mention and then it’s a lot easier to keep an eye from the distance rather than feel the need to micromanage every aspect of their lives.

    • Bre

      I also have a small business and sadly I am not contacted by parents of young teens but young adults!

      • Sarah

        Hi, My name is Sarah. I am 14 years old and will be 15 very shortly. This summer I am looking for a job to make some extra cash for college. I know I am only a freshman but what can I say I’m a planner.

        I read over your little blurb and saw that you’re looking for someone who is looking for hard work, not just forced by their parents. That is me, I am self-officiating and if you give me lemons I will make lemonade. My dad is in sales and is always selling people things and so I have grown up with him as a role model. I have lots of ideas and I am even better at getting something done. I am a people person and extremely good at selling things. I know I am only 15 but I am also the oldest of six children and my whole life has been one big obstacle course. I am extremely mature for my age and I am confident that I can give you what you’re looking for. Please let me know if there are any job openings I look forward to hearing from you.

        My email is:

    • Lizzyblackwood1992

      Does that mean you will not also hire anyone with disabilities maybe someone needs to speak for that person

    • Beau Koester

      Where is your small business

  7. Evie

    I know of a developement that hired kids on “the next door” app.
    They hired them to mulch and weed. All showed up for 1 day and would not show up the next to finish the work.
    I worked for companies who hired kids. They did not show up for bad weather and such.
    I would not hire them. Liability problems and no shows.

    • Blessed

      People have to give kids a chance to grow and mature. They won’t learn unless they make a mistake. I think if they have respect, Morals, and are dependable they can learn the rest. Some kids don’t have good role models and just want to do better but don’t know better, when you have people who won’t give them a chance it’s easy for them to give up. I pray any child who wants to work they find a company to except them and grow in …good luck kiddos, you got this, don’t give up, last but not least be your self. If you have to take some trainings before hand do that as well

  8. Emma

    If you guys are looking for jobs as 14 and 15 lots of jobs are hiring with good pay ranking just look up jobs for 14 and 15 year old on google that where I’m currently looking at for a job right now but since your only 14 and 15 you can only work on weekends they wont allow on week days for certain jobs

  9. savahna kolb

    do animal shelters hire 14 years old?

    • Ray

      animal shelters do not pay, it is purely volunteer work. you need to be 16 to be there without a guardian. volunteer work hours do look good on college resumes though

  10. Ariana

    I’m 14 and I want to do amc theaters is it true?

    • Makaila Morgan

      im 15 & it depends on the location. some do & some don’t.

      • Makaila Morgan

        you should call & ask the locations around you.

  11. kemosaf

    Here’s a tip for y’all.
    Usually, big companies won’t hire 14/15 year olds and have very strict rules, you would want to look for a single place (Not a company, just one location), you can discuss with their manager and they’re likely to be more flexible, look at stores at your local mall, they might have some of those.

  12. Blessed89

    To the kids who really want to work, don’t give up someone will give you a chance. If you have to do some trainings before hand do that as well so that you are qualified for the job. If you are in RVA sign up for the mayors youth academy, awesome program that pays well and you get all types of experience with different companies plus they will hire you after the summer is over if you do very well. YOU GOT THIS, BE PATIENT, AND DONT GIVE UP .


    The minimum age 14 years old is right. But here in PA children can start working at Golf Clubs starting 12 years old, caddying, i.e., carrying the heavy golf bags. Shame on the legislators who are the members of those clubs. It’s is true that there are 12 years old children who look like they are already 15-16 at that age, but others at age 12 look like they are 9-10 years old. PA laws need to change to start everybody at 14 years, no exceptions!!!

  14. mer

    My daughter really wanted to work at this age but could not get hired due to lack of experience. She took her food handlers certification (super easy) and was able to add that to her skills and it put her over the edge for the job and was hired. Just an idea

  15. Liz

    In addition to a lack of experience, teens sometimes lack any adult references (not family) that could give them an edge when applying for a job. One way to develop references is to get involved in clubs at school, or volunteer for neighbors, church, a non-profit charity, a summer camp, etc. If you show up, work hard, and have a good attitude, it is extremely likely that your teacher/club advisor, your pastor or church group, your neighbor, etc. would be willing to be listed as a reference on a job application. When my son was 12, I had him volunteering at my office for filing and cleaning up the filing room, as well as volunteering at a charity 5k run to hand out water bottles to the runners. At 13 and 14 he has been a CIT (counselor in training) at a summer camp, and has volunteered to help mulch a memorial garden near home. I am hoping that next summer when he is 15, he can use these experiences to show that he is a reliable worker and use the adults that he has worked with as references , to help him get a job. Best of luck to all you job seekers.

  16. jobs in RAMESHWARAM

    nice post . very nicely written. looking for many more like this

  17. V

    My son is 15 and refs for the YMCA. He asked his coaches from school and AAU to be his references. He had volunteered coaching younger kids, so he put that for his job experience. I only let him work Saturday mornings, because his first job is getting good grades in school, and he plays basketball year round.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing, V! 💕

  18. Dee Dee

    Braum’s Ice Cream & Dairy Stores hires people as young as 14 years old and are very flexible with student schedules. They operate over 300 stores located throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri and Arkansas.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing this opportunity, Dee Dee! 🥰

    • 5pink1blue

      From the north but ALWAYS visit Braum’s when in south. Yum!

  19. Maria

    Coral Bean Café’ in Corpus Christi Texas hires as young as 14.

  20. Marcia Venghaus

    Thanks, I have recently been searching for facts about this topic for ages and yours is the best I’ve located so far.

  21. Brianna

    I am almost 15 where can i work in slater missouri

  22. Kat

    Tropical Smoothie Cafe also hires 15 year olds.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, Kat! Good to know! We sure appreciate the heads up! 🙌💞

  23. massmomma

    Market Basket supermarket is in four New England states (not CT or VT yet) and they hire 14 and 15-year-olds. I see a lot of young people working there. They are family owned and known to be very good to their employees. Recently voted as the #3 supermarket chain in America! They open two or three new stores a year and are now in 60+ locations.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing about the opportunities at that supermarket, massmomma! Great to hear they have an awesome rating and treat their employees well! 🙌❤️

  24. Jessica King

    My daughter is 15 and will be starting to look for a job this summer in NJ. We will see what we can do.
    But I wanted to speak out and say how proud I am of the people who are on hip2save and are teenagers. How awesome to have you all here. I wish I had insight to search for deals at that age. That alone shows such wisdom!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing this sweet comment to other readers, Jessica! 🤗 Wishing your daughter the best in her upcoming job search! ❤️

  25. Hope

    14 is just too young for me unless it’s some type of program with other kids working and someone who is actually providing supervision.

  26. Angela

    In my area, a place that ALWAYS hires 14 year olds- the elementary school. Fourteen year olds can clean the elementary school in the afternoon.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing, Angela! That seems like a great work option for younger teens! 💓

  27. Analisa M.

    The YMCAs in our area hire lots of teenagers especially in the summer for camps, childwatch, and lifeguards. The ones here will allow you to apply as a lifeguard then get the training (paid) if you are not certified yet. All 3 of my kids have been YMCA lifeguards and love it.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing their experience! Good to know that has been a great option! ❤️🙌

  28. cybron23

    what are jobs you can get when you are 14 year old

    • Alli (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey there cybron23 – the very first set of companies listed are ones that start hiring at age 14. The 14-year-old list starts with AMC Theaters!

  29. Jackie

    My first job was at age 15, I worked for Domino’s Pizza answering phones(since legally I wasn’t allowed to get food out of the oven). This was back in 2002. I eventually went on to become the store manager at 19.

    So check the local pizza places around where you live as well

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing your suggestion and work experience, Jackie! So awesome that you were able to work your way to a store manager position in just a few years! 🍕💞

  30. Anastacia Orris

    Nannies should not required to have a level, but many parents do look for some sort of training in the sphere of kids.

  31. Teresa

    The Culvers in my area absolutely hires young teens. My neighbors kid started there at 14.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks, Teresa! Good to know! 🙌

  32. Jen

    Polo clubs around me hire 14 & 15 yr olds to fill divots. My kids had their older friends refer them into an Erickson Living (nat’l company) retirement community near us and were hired once they were 3 months shy of 15.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Very cool. Thanks for mentioning this option near you, Jen! 🤗

  33. rn404

    my son is 15yo and just got on with the local Dairy Queen, a friend of his work there and helped get him on

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Congrats on his new job! 🎉

  34. Tam

    Also look into nursing homes in your area. My 16 year olds were able to get part-time kitchen jobs in nursing homes and the pay was better than local restaurants.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      GREAT tip! Thanks, Tam! 🙌❤️ We sure appreciate the helpful suggestion!

  35. Charlene

    Outpost a organic store they hire young also and they will be part owner of the company

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for commenting with this suggestion, Charlene. Very cool! 💕

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