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Is Your Teen Looking for a Job? These Companies Hire 14 and 15-Year-Olds!

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Think outside the babysitting box with these companies that hire young teens!

Do you have or know of a mature and motivated 14 or 15-year-old teen hoping to earn some extra spending money? Whether they want to 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!


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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, 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 from June 1st through Labor Day, when night-time work hours are extended to 9 PM.

In some states, teens may need to obtain a work permit to seek employment. The best way to find out if they’ll need to 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).


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The following companies may hire mature fourteen and fifteen-year-old employees, although it is important to note that the hiring process does vary by store and region. Contact the local business in your area to learn more about their individual hiring practices and requirements.

Companies who may hire your 14 or 15 year old –

AMC Theaters

Hires ushers and concession workers 14 and older at select locations

Baskin-Robbins

Hires team members 14 and older at select locations.

Bruster’s

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

Boston Market

Hires team members 15 and older.

Burger King

Select states hire team members 14 and older.

Chick-fil-A

Hires team members 14 and older at select locations.

Culver’s

Hires team members 14 and older at select locations.

Dairy Queen

Select locations hire team members 14 and older.

Fareway

Hires team members 14 and older for the Grocery Department.

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.

McDonald’s

Select locations hire crew members as young as 14.

Palace Entertainment

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

Publix

Hires cashiers and clerks 14 and older.

Rita’s Italian Ice

Hires treat team members 14 and older.

Runza

Select locations hire crew members 14 and older.

Safeway & affiliates

Hires baggers with work permits as young as 14.

Six Flags

Hires young teens for part-time work as a skill game operator or to fill roles in food or ice cream trucks.

Starbucks

Minimum age requirement is 16 except in Montana, where select locations may hire team members 14 and older.

Taco Bell

Select locations hire team members 14 and older.

Winn-Dixie & affiliates

Hires baggers 14 and older.


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Still looking for more employment ideas for your teenager?

Another option to consider is Care.com. Teens between the ages of 14 and 17 can create a parent-monitored account and check out the available jobs in their area, including babysitting, pet care, house sitting, lawn maintenance, and more! Other great places to promote your services include Nextdoor or in your neighborhood’s Facebook group.

The following jobs listed below are great for young teens just entering the workforce, as they require minimal experience and are great for building resumes. Also, be sure to think about your specific region, as local attractions, amusement parks (such as Six Flags), delis, pizzerias, car washes, pools, parks, etc. may be willing to hire younger teens, too.

  • Artist (selling handmade art/crafts online)
  • Babysitter
  • 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
  • Lifeguard/Swim instructor
  • Mother’s Helper
  • Music Teacher
  • Nursery Worker
  • Office Worker
  • Paper Delivery Person
  • Pet Sitter
  • Plant Sitter
  • Private Sports Coach/Swim Instructor
  • Restaurant Hostess/Host
  • Restaurant Busser
  • Rec League Sports Referee/Umpire
  • Summer Reading/Math Tutor for Elementary School Students
  • Weed Puller

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Comments 14

  1. Cherryluva

    Mid westerner here, my 16 year old just got a job at A And W last week! When I was 14, I started work as a dietary aide in a retirement home and did that for 3 and a half years.

  2. Kim

    If you have a Marco’s Pizza they hire at 15. Ours has excellent customer service so it was a great place to start for our 15 year old. He learned the correct way to interact with customers and coworkers.

  3. Csandst1

    AMC theaters are closed in NJ. Unlikely they’ll open this summer.

    • Stacy

      FYI-I just received an email from AMC that select ones will open July 15 and all in the US should be open by the end of July

  4. mmlapman

    Thank you for a great reference. Appreciate it.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome!

  5. Carrie

    My 15 year old got a job at Sams Xpress Car Wash in N.C. He researched online and found it to be the only car wash in our immediate area that would hire at 15 year old.

  6. elmer

    i got no job i need one

  7. Melinda

    My 15 yr old just got a job at Papa Murphys Pizza! We have a lot of local restaurants and grocery stores that hire at 15.

    • Athena

      Does anyone happen to know of jobs hiring 14 year olds in or near Higginsville MO? It is important that I get one quickly to help my family.

  8. Tara

    I’m 15 in the Long Island area in NY. There aren’t many places close by that hire at 15. Any recommendations on what I can do to work this summer?

    • aubrey paes

      sure starbucks i really want to get a job… but i havent started one yet….

  9. Ava Garay

    I’m 15 and I want a job I live in Tennessee.. what can I do? I’ll get a job job or even babysit

  10. Anthony

    I really want to find another job any suggestions for a 14 1/2 year old in tennessee

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