20 High Paying Part Time Jobs by Inspired Budget

When you need extra cash but don’t have lots of time, working part-time is the best solution. These high-paying part-time jobs are the best ones out there! You won’t find any survey companies that require you to spend hours on the computer and get paid $5!

Sometimes, you just need a part-time job. Whether you are looking to pay off debt faster or you don’t have full-time hours available, you probably want to find a job that pays you more than minimum wage.

It might seem frustrating to find something that pays well and doesn’t require full-time availability, but these opportunities are out there. 

These part-time jobs pay well above minimum wage and most of them are entry-level as well. Keep reading and learn which ones will pay more for experience and which ones might have the best hours for your schedule.

Note: This list is not exhaustive. There are tons more part-time jobs that pay really well out there. It might take a bit of digging, but this list gives you a great starting point.

1. Food Server

Being a waiter/waitress is a tough job to put an hourly wage on since it depends on how well people tip and how busy the restaurant is. I feel like there are ALWAYS restaurants looking for good help. According to Indeed, the average hourly wage for food servers in the US is $11.77. Not bad!

If you need something with a dependable income or set hours, this might not be for you.

2. Private Tutor

Most private tutors earn around $22 per hour. Lots of parents will hire private tutors for kids who are struggling in a specific subject in school. If you have a college degree you are already pre-qualified, you just have to find the jobs.

I personally have experience with being a private tutor and would earn anywhere from $30-$50 per hour! I loved the flexibility of this part-time job and highly recommend it!

3. School Bus Driver

According to PayScale, the average hourly rate for bus drivers is about $16! The hours are pretty fantastic – just morning and afternoon runs.

The only downside is the noise and potential behavior issues. The upside is that you only have to endure all of that for a short time. This position also tends to be in high need.

4. Virtual Assistant

Depending on your skills and experience, you could earn anywhere from $10-20 per hour (or more) as a virtual assistant. People hire virtual assistants to do things like organize editorial calendars, update websites, and organize e-mails.

There are lots of Facebook groups where entrepreneurs hire virtual assistants. Finding work is something my friend Abbey teaches in her course.

Abbey has shared some amazing free goodies to you to help you figure out if you can make being a virtual assistant work for you.

Free “How to Become a Booked Out Virtual Assistant” training.

Free Virtual Assistant Checklist and Starter Kit

5. Customer Service Rep

It might not be the most glamorous (or enjoyable) job on this list, but being a customer service rep will definitely pay the bills. You don’t need any experience or education either. Average pay is about $14 per hour, which is well above minimum wage. Sometimes these people work from home, which could help if you need a remote job.

6. House Cleaner

You will earn a lot more money as a house cleaner if you work directly for the homeowner instead of for a company. Independent house cleaners can earn upwards of $50 per hour.

This is the perfect job to pick up when you need the extra cash. Start out asking friends if they know anyone that needs a house cleaner. Spread the word on social media, and you’ll find the work.

7. Mail Carrier

The USPS hires people part-time to sort mail and deliver mail. They pay an average of about $17 per hour, depending on where you work and how much experience you have. This could be a fun job if you enjoy a dependable job where you will know exactly how much you’ll make each week.

8. Social Media Assistant

A social media assistant is a lot like a virtual assistant, except it is focused entirely on social media. This is often a remote, freelance job and pays around $10-15 per hour, depending on experience.

Some of the duties might be:

  • Creating social media graphics
  • Scheduling social media posts
  • Planning social media editorial calendars
  • Growing social media audiences

9. Content Writer

If you enjoy writing, then become a freelance writer or content writer. This is typically a freelance job, so you’ll set your own pricing.

Some writers will charge per project or article and some charge per word. Depending on your strength as a writer and how much experience you have, you could earn about $20 per hour.

Become a copywriter to help earn extra money. This is a great option for a part time job

10. Real Estate Agent

To be a real estate agent, you’ll have to pass an exam and become licensed first. After you are licensed, you can work as often or as little as you want. Real estate agents only earn money if they sell a house, so it’s tough to determine an hourly wage.

Here’s how to determine how much you could earn.

If you sell a $150,000 house for a 3% commission, you just earned $4,500. However, remember this involved lots of hours looking at other houses and time writing up and explaining contracts. Even so, just selling one house a month is a nice part-time job!

11. Fitness Instructor

Do you love aerobics or weight-lifting? You could work very part-time in a gym and teach a few fitness classes! If you are licensed to teach specific classes, you could earn an hourly wage of about $20.

12. Bank Teller

The average pay for a bank teller will vary depending on where you live. This job requires attention to detail. If that’s you, you can earn anywhere from $12-15 per hour. The best thing about this job is that you never have to worry about how much you’ll make each week; it’s a dependable job.

13. Personal Trainer

Personal trainers are another “be your own boss” job. They are typically hired directly by people, although some can work part-time at their local gym. If you are a fitness buff, you could earn around $25 an hour or more.

14. Interpreter or Translator

Are you multilingual? Work as a translator or interpreter! You could earn $25 per hour and only accept as many jobs as you want. There are lots of places that offer certification and training, but if you know the right people, you might not need that.

15. Lawn Care Team Member

Those people that work outside trimming and mowing lawns are making a nice wage. The average hourly pay is $20 an hour! Plus, you get to work outside – which is a huge perk on nice days. If you own your own lawn care company you can earn even more. Then, you can offer to shovel driveways in the winter.

16. Dog Walker/Pet Sitter

There are apps like Wag where people can find pet sitters and dog walkers. If you are able to network and get your name out there, you can bypass the app and work directly for people, earning around $14 per hour.

Become a dog walker to make extra money with this easy part time job.

17. Nanny

You’ll earn more money as a nanny if you have CPR certifications and child education training. The more experienced nannies are earning about $15 per hour—or more.

A part-time nanny fills in when the full-time nanny needs time off or can’t work. They also work for people who don’t want to commit to a full-time nanny but still want someone that is more qualified and trained than a babysitter.

18. Freelance Graphic Designer

You don’t need a college degree in graphic design to earn a really nice wage- you just need to be really talented at it. If you have a knack for using Photoshop or Illustrator, then you can charge top-dollar for your skills. Creative and masterful graphic designers can earn $30-50 per hour.

If you are still trying to hone your skills, you might charge less, but you can still earn around $12 an hour at least.

19. Professional Home Organizer

Does organizing and cleaning a room bring you joy? Then set up your own home organizing business! You can become a certified professional organizer and turn it into a full-time job. Or, you can take just a few projects on whenever you need the extra cash.

Professional organizers earn around $37,000 a year, depending on how much they work and how qualified they are.

20. Photography

Even if you don’t want to turn into a professional photographer, you can still earn a nice bit of money on the side with your camera. Take a few family photos whenever you need a little extra income or set up a home studio and take photographs and sell them to stock photography sites.

Food and recipe websites also pay for food reshoots. Gifted photographers can earn $25-50 per hour.


How To Find High-Paying Part-Time Jobs

A lot of high-paying part-time jobs are for independent contractors or freelance jobs.

First, learn about what you want to do and gain the skills necessary to earn a higher wage. Then, start networking. Put the word out that you are looking for a part-time job. Let people know what you do and start advertising your skills.

Another way to find high-paying part-time jobs is to network with other people in your field. So if you want to make content writing your side hustle, chat with other writers. There are supportive communities out there where people help others hone their craft.

Finally, you need to really become skilled at what you do. You’ll earn so much more money – even part-time – when you have mastered your craft. If you are a photographer, have some stunning photographs to show. If you enjoy writing, learn how to write for SEO (search engine optimization).

The more skills you can add to your job, the more money you will make.

Don’t Forget To Save For Taxes

If you have a part-time job that isn’t through a traditional employer, then you’ll want to open a separate savings account to save for taxes. You’ll have to pay taxes on the money that you make. The last thing you want is to end up with a large tax bill during the year that you didn’t expect! Make it a habit to immediately save for upcoming taxes every single month. A good rule of thumb is to tuck away 30% for taxes if you’re an independent contractor, however I highly suggest speaking with a tax professional to make sure you’re on the right track!

Write A Budget For Your New Income

Earning extra money can be exciting! You might be tempted to immediately run off to your favorite store and spend money on what you want. However, it’s still important to add this part-time income to your budget.

completed budget

Chances are you can use this part-time income to get ahead on bills, save money, or pay off debt. You can still splurge a little with your part-time job income, but don’t forget to use some of the money responsibly. Your best bet is to learn how to write a budget that you can stick to!

Final Thoughts

Even part-time jobs can pay well! You just have to have marketable skills that are in-demand. With enough networking, education, and hard work, you can supplement your income nicely without having to put in tons of hours.