9 of the best part-time jobs for retirees

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Published January 8, 2019|2 min read

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Retirement doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stop working. Whether you want to turn a side hobby into a steady source of income or haven't saved quite enough to fully retire, continuing to work past retirement age isn’t unusual. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that workers over 55 will make up almost 25% of the labor force in 2024, up from 19.5% in 2010.

For retirees looking for a new source of income, a part-time job may be a good bet. Whether you are looking for a side hustle or change in career, here are some of the top part-time jobs for retirees, ranked by median wage.

6. Ushers, lobby attendants & ticket takers

Median annual wage: $20,820 Education level: None needed Projected job growth through 2026: 8,800

5. Cashiers

Median annual wage: $21,030 Education level: None needed Projected job growth through 2026: -30,600

4. Retail worker

Median annual salary: $25,820 Education level: None needed Projected job growth through 2026: 25,000

3. Crossing guard

Median annual wage: $27,630 Education level: None needed Projected job growth through 2026: 6,300

2. Library assistant

Median annual wage: $29,050 Education level: High school diploma or equivalent Projected job growth through 2026: 18,800

1. Funeral service workers

Median annual wage: $56,850 Education level: Associate's degree Projected job growth rate through 2026: 2,900

Other career options for retirees

Looking for flexibility after retiring? Freelancing may be for you — more than 16% of those over 65 are self-employed, compared with just 1.81% of those ages 16 to 24. Though freelancing gives you the autonomy to be your own boss and pursue your own goals, it also can lead to cash-flow problems. It’s important to budget.Freelancing jobs include selling art, photography or writing. Here are four of the top freelancing jobs, ranked by median wage.

4. Tailor or seamstress

Median annual wage: $28,600 Education level: None needed Projected job growth through 2026: -4,500

3. Photographer

Median annual wage: $32,490 Education level: High school diploma or equivalent Projected job growth through 2026: -8,300

2. Craft or fine artist

Median annual wage: $49,160 Education level: Postsecondary education recommended, but not required Projected job growth through 2026: 3,100

1. Writer & author

Median annual wage: $61,820 Education level: Bachelor’s degree Projected job growth through 2026: 10,000

If you are preparing for retirement, it may help to take a look at your current savings while considering work after 65. If you are looking for more ways to save, here are five ways to build your nest egg in five minutes.

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