Off-campus jobs are usually paid better and can often provide experience relevant to the student’s course
PayScale, a salary listings website, searched through its vast database of 40 million salary reports and
picked highest-paying jobs suitable for students: all jobs are part-time, require fewer than 32 hours a
week and don’t require a degree.
9. Restaurant host, hostess
Hosts greet visitors and keep tables full of courses and snacks. A median hourly wage is $10.70 per hour,
and the busiest shifts fall to nights and weekends so you won’t miss classes. In some cases, you can
even expect tips. And free food from the kitchen is a big perk.
10. Office clerk, administrative assistant
Though this job can be dull, it will give you an insight into the office work and a potential career. A
median salary is $10.70 per hour. It’s a good way to gain experience in the company you’d like to work
for after graduation.
Tutoring is a flexible job, as you set your own schedule. You can concentrate on subjects you enjoy and
earn at least $10.70 per hour. You can tutor kids after their classes, which means you won’t miss yours.
12. Tax Preparer
A perfect option for business students. Tax preparer assists accountants with clients’ finances, helps to
keep them in order. You’ll need robust organizational skills and will master the spreadsheets. The
average hourly rate at this position is $12.20 per hour.
13. Bank Teller
Bank teller earns $11.60 per hour on average. Tellers work with customers and perform routine financial
transactions, like loan payments, withdrawals, deposits, etc. After this job, you’ll be an expert of
balancing the checkbooks.
If you are going to pursue a career in medicine after graduation, working as an orderly will be a right
choice. You’ll get an insight into the medical field, make valuable connections and gain real-life
experience. Night and evening shifts make the job perfect for full-time students, who have classes
during the daytime. A median hourly wage is $11.45 per hour.
Are you good at math? If so, a bookkeeper job is a perfect fit. Bookkeepers run cash registers, help
customers with special requests, maintain records related to cash accountability. A median hourly salary
is $12.70 per hour.
16. Dental Receptionist
Dental Receptionists make $14.10 per hour on average. An ideal job if you are interested in dental care
career. It can be difficult to combine full-time studies with dental receptionist job, but it is perfect
for part-time students, attending night classes.
17. Massage Therapist
You can earn $22.00 per hour as a massage therapist. Quite an impressive income as for a side job. But
you’ll need to complete a certificate course.
There is a wealth of options beyond PayScale’s list. Check for positions at local businesses. You can
work as a sales associate at the boutiques (perk: clothes and accessories discounts), take a job at a
local bookstore or bike shop and you’ll be able to study during downtime. You can get free classes at a
local yoga or fitness studio working at a front desk associate position. You can earn $12.80 per hour
babysitting. It’s a great side job option. You’ll have extra time for studies during kids’ naps. Go to
sites like SitterCity and UrbanSitter to search for nanny job opportunities near you. Food service jobs
off-campus as a server or a waiter provide fast cash and tip. You can also start your career as a
freelancer while completing a degree. Global freelance platforms like Fiverr or Upwork have tons of
freelance work opportunities.