According to AOL Jobs, some 8 million Americans live off part-time jobs. With unemployment still over 8 percent, landing a full-time job can often be daunting. Many consumers are juggling more than one part-time position to make ends meet. Below are some part-time jobs that pay decently.
Not all jobs pay alike
First, let it be said that not every employee working in these fields makes top-dollar. But like anything else, with accumulated experience and a good reputation come greater rewards. Some of these jobs also will require training and/or certification.
This is one of those jobs that requires certification to find good-paying employment. But every business needs a bookkeeper, and in these tight economic times, the job is farmed out more and more often. In some cases the job can be done mostly from home, and has flexible hours. According to Investopedia, full-time bookkeepers earn up to $38,000 a year. Part-time workers can earn a sizable piece of that, depending on the hours worked.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher
Here is a job with travel potential. Workers in this profession often find work in distant countries. Or, staying closer to home, ESL teachers work at colleges, public schools and community centers. According to AOL Jobs, domestically, these positions pay an average of $18.10-$30.50 an hour.
This is seasonal work that generally involves long hours but requires limited training. A painter working full-time can earn up to $31,000, says Investopedia.
This is hard physical work at times, and can involve long hours and seasonal slow-downs. But its great for those who like to be outside and to work with their hands. Many landscaping professionals are also entrepreneurs, working for themselves.
According to Squidoo, part-time sales associates for some higher-end retailers earn as much as $12-$30 an hour. Some positions even come with benefits, such as insurance and 401(K) retirement options. The higher-end positions however require a groomed presentation and excellent people skills.
School bus driver
The job of transporting our children to and from school is a position of great trust, so, even though it requires only a few hours a day, the pay can be quite high for a part-time position. Also, most get the summer off to pursue other sources of income. Nationally, according to AOL Jobs, it pays from $12.40 to $16.70 an hour, and requires a commercial driver’s license and a clean record.
Waitresses and waiters
Servers generally have little say in the erratic hours they work, and though the wages can be very low, there is the lucrative addition of tips. Often, they bring in more than the actual salary. Nathan Laurie, head of “Jobpostings Magazine,” said:
“With tips, you can make anywhere from $150 to $300 a night, depending on where you work.”