8 Age-Appropriate Jobs for 15-Year-Olds

Make money as a 15-year-old with these jobs.

Many 15-year-olds are at a point where they want to earn pocket money. This is where student jobs come into play; they are an excellent way to learn work ethic while making some money on the side.

But here’s the catch: local governments limit the number of hours that 15-year-olds can work per week (may vary from one legislation to another). However, there are many options to make money at 15: you can either work for a family member or get an after-school job in industries like retail and foodservice.

Here are the best options for 15-year-olds based on criteria like salary, flexibility, and fun.

1. Dog walker

Salary: $14 per hour (on average).

Training time: a few hours.

Workload: as much as you want.

Dogs need to walk to get mental stimulation, exercise, and take a “potty break.”

However, many dog owners are busy and do not have the time to walk their own dogs. This is where you can propose your service as a dog walker. It is a great opportunity to make side money while taking a quick walk in the park.

Requirements

  • An extensive amount of hands-on experience with dogs.

Information

  • Salary: $14 per hour (on average).
  • Training time: a few hours.
  • Workload: as much as you want.

2. Yard worker

Salary: $12 per hour (on average).

Training time: a few hours.

Workload: as much as you want.

Yard Workers are responsible for maintaining the grounds surrounding businesses, public buildings, and private homes.

Their job involves spreading mulch, pulling weeds, planting flowers, mowing the grass, trimming bushes, and running the irrigation system.

Requirements

  • Preferred: Knowledge of Horticulture and Agronomy.

Information

  • Salary: $12 per hour (on average).
  • Training time: a few hours.
  • Workload: as much as you want.

3. Pet sitter

Salary: $15 per hour (on average).

Training time: a few hours.

Workload: as much as you want.

Pet sitters take care of pets while their owner is on vacation. Pet sitting tasks include cleaning litter boxes and feeding the pet.

It is a great job for 13-year-olds who love dogs, cats, birds, fishes, and reptiles.

Requirements

  • An extensive amount of hands-on experience with the animal in question.
  • Preferred: pet first aid and CPR training.

Information

  • Salary: $15 per hour (on average).
  • Training time: a few hours.
  • Workload: as much as you want.

4. Lawn mowing

Salary: $19 per hour (on average).

Training time: a few hours.

Workload: at least 5 hours per week.

Lawn mowing is one of the most popular summer jobs.

Many employers hire to mow residential or commercial grounds. Lawnmowers are expected to cut lawn riding mower and edge around walks, flower beds, and walls. Some jobs also involve clearing leaves, applying fertilizer, and other general maintenance work.

Requirements

  • Manual dexterity, physical strength, and stamina.
  • Familiarity with lawn care equipment and tools.

Information

  • Salary: $19 per hour (on average).
  • Training time: a few hours.
  • Workload: at least 5 hours per week.

5. Teen model

Salary: $24 per hour (on average).

Training time: a few hours.

Workload: at least 5 hours per week.

Large companies and small businesses often hire teenage models to advertise their products:

  • Commercial models look like everyday people and promote everything, such as food and household items. This job often requires basic acting skills.
  • Parts models are in huge demand from companies who want the perfect hands, legs, feet, or other body parts to advertise their product.
  • Catalog models have a look that appeals to the target audience. They do not have the same physical requirements as fashion models.

Requirements

  • An impressive modeling portfolio.

If you want to get an edge over your competition, feel free to read our guide: How to Become a Successful Teenage Model.

Information

  • Salary: $24 per hour (on average).
  • Training time: a few hours.
  • Workload: at least 5 hours per week.

6. Doing homework for others

Salary: $16 per hour (on average).

Training time: a few hours.

Workload: as much as you want.

Doing homework for other people can be deemed unethical, especially when completing graded assignments. Make sure answers to homework questions can only be used as a tutoring aid or a reference.

Requirements

  • Good grades in the subject in question.

Information

  • Salary: $16 per hour (on average).
  • Training time: a few hours.
  • Workload: as much as you want.

7. Fast-food worker

Salary: $10 per hour (on average).

Training time: a few hours.

Workload: at least 14 hours per week.

Working in a fast-food restaurant isn’t glamorous, but some fast-food chains (McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, etc.) hire 15-year-olds for entry positions.

Requirements

  • Preferred: customer service experience.

Information

  • Salary: $10 per hour (on average).
  • Training time: a few hours.
  • Workload: at least 14 hours per week.

8. Babysitter

Salary: $18 per hour (on average).

Training time: a few days.

Workload: as much as you want.

Babysitters are responsible for the safety and well-being of children when their parents are away.

Sitters can also take on additional responsibilities (helping with homework, cooking, recreational activities, etc.).

Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Preferred: Child care training and/or experience
  • Preferred: Driver’s license (some parents want you to pick their kids up from school)
  • Preferred: CPR and First Aid certification

Information

  • Salary: $18 per hour (on average).
  • Training time: a few days.
  • Workload: as much as you want.