10 Part-Time Jobs With the Best Pay

Part-Time Jobs With Full-Time Pay (Almost)

For all the improvements in the labor market to date, many workers are still stuck working part-time jobs when they’d prefer to be working full-time. More than 8 million Americans worked part-time jobs in February because of economic reasons beyond their control, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data. That’s close to 1 million fewer than the number of involuntary part-time workers at the peak of the recession in 2009, but it’s still nearly twice the number who did so before the recession began in 2007. But just because you are working a part-time job doesn’t mean you can’t still earn full-time pay – or close to it. The salary comparison website PayScale.com provided MainStreet with a list of the best paying-jobs for workers who put in less than 30 hours a week, based on salary surveys from the previous 12 months. While the average salary for part-time jobs in this time period was just $11.90, PayScale found several positions that pay more than $20 and some that pay close to $30 an hour. What’s more, several of these positions could easily serve as stepping stones to full-time careers in industries like teaching and health care. After all, even if your first priority is making money, you should always keep in mind how your current position can help advance your career. Photo Credit: Unlisted Sightings


10. School Bus Driver

Median hourly pay: $14.50 Median hours worked: 26 Photo Credit: Getty Images


9. Makeup Artist

Median hourly pay: $17.70 Median hours worked: 20 Photo Credit: Getty Images


8. Tutor

Median hourly pay: $19.90 Median hours worked: 8 Photo Credit: Getty Images


7. Dance Teacher

Median hourly pay: $20.10 Median hours worked: 8 Photo Credit: Getty Images


6. Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor

Median hourly pay: $20.30 Median hours worked: 6 Photo Credit: Getty Images


5. English Teacher for Speakers of Other Languages

Median hourly pay: $22 Median hours worked: 17 Photo Credit: Getty Images


4. Licensed Massage Therapist

Median hourly pay: $25.50 Median hours worked: 20 Photo Credit: Getty Images


3. Personal Trainer

Median hourly pay: $28.30 Median hours worked: 20 Photo Credit: Getty Images


2. Flight Attendant

Median hourly pay: $28.40 Median hours worked: 20 Photo Credit: Getty Images


The Best-Paying Part-Time Job: Pilates or Yoga Instructor

Median hourly pay: $28.50 Median hours worked: 6 Photo Credit: Getty Images


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