College students: These 8 part-time jobs pay more than you’d expect


Anna Baluch

Anna Baluch

Blog author Anna Baluch

Anna Baluch is a freelance personal finance writer who enjoys writing about personal finance topics including mortgages, retirement, insurance, and investing. Her work can be seen on LendingTree, Business Insider, Experian and other well-known publications. Anna lives in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio and holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing. You can contact her on LinkedIn.

Published August 9, 2019 | 3 min read

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As a college student, you're likely in need of some extra cash. After all, you have tuition, books, living expenses, and entertainment to pay for. The good news is that there are a variety of part-time jobs that often pay more than you’d expect. These eight part-time jobs can help you gain some valuable work experience and fund your life while you’re earning a degree.

All pay information is based on PayScale and Glassdoor.

1. Tutor

Are you well-versed in a certain subject, like chemistry or Spanish? If so, consider helping other students and making money through tutoring. You may be able to land a tutoring gig at your college or even online. It’s common for college tutors to charge anywhere between $15 to $20 an hour. That rate may increase if you’re tutoring a particularly unique or complex subject.

2. Server

If you have great people skills and don’t mind working some nights and weekends, you can make excellent money as a server. Since restaurants are flexible and usually allow students to work around their class schedule, you shouldn’t have any problems fitting serving into your schedule. Minimum wage for tipped workers differs state to state (we have a guide here). But, most students can expect to earn the standard 15-20% tips on meals.

3. Virtual assistant

Looking for a home gig that pays well? Consider becoming a virtual assistant. You’ll complete various administrative or technical tasks for others such as entering data, updating websites and making travel arrangements. There’s something for everyone and the tasks usually vary, so it’s unlikely that you’ll get bored. On average, virtual assistants make $15.69 per hour.

4. Bank teller

Many banks and credit unions hire college students on a part-time basis and pay around $11.69 per hour. If your major is finance, accounting or a related field, or you just have an interest in personal finance, a job as a bank teller can get your foot in the door and eventually lead to a higher level position once you graduate.

5. Uber or Lyft driver

Ride-sharing has become incredibly popular over the last several years, especially in college towns. If you have a dependable, fuel-efficient car and like to drive, you can make money driving for Uber or Lyft. You’ll be able to drive as little or as much as you’d like and earn around $15 per hour.

And if you're an Uber or Lyft user, here's how to save on the ride-sharing services.

6. Front desk staff member

The fitness and hospitality industry, as well as a variety of other businesses, often hire front desk staff to greet and check in guests, answer questions and provide great customer service. You can make up to $16.69 per hour and may be able to do your homework or study for upcoming tests during slow times.

7. Dog walker or pet sitter

If you’re an animal lover, you can’t go wrong with a side gig as a dog walker or pet sitter. This job provides much more flexible hours, as pet sitters are usually only hired when owners are out of town.

You can promote your services on social media sites or post ads throughout your neighborhood at places like libraries and coffee shops. There are also online services like Wag and Rover that employ part-time walkers and sitters. Walkers can make up to $30 for one walk and sitters can make up to $50 per day.

8. Customer service representative

Customer service representatives are hired by all types of businesses including insurance agencies and retail stores. If you’re organized and enjoy helping others, you may thrive as a customer service rep.

You’ll likely be the first point of contact for customers and communicate with them over the phone, in person, or even online. You may answer questions, take orders or resolve complaints. You are likely to earn anywhere between $10.01 to $25.83 per hour.

Looking for more side hustles? We have a list here.

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