Are you a young teen looking for gainful employment? In this article, we reveal the national and local grocery stores, restaurants, theaters, amusement parks, and resorts that hire 14-year-olds and 15-year-olds. A teenager can head to these businesses in order to earn money during a summer job, after-school job, and/or weekend job. Since local store policies may vary, it’s a good idea to speak to your local store management to make sure that they’re able to accept your application and consider hiring you.

In This Article:

  • Limitations to Working as a Minor

  • Grocery Stores That Hire at 14 and 15

  • Restaurants That Hire at 14 and 15

  • Theaters, Amusement Parks, and Resorts That Hire at 14 and 15

  • Other Ways to Earn Money

Limitations to Working as a Minor

There are a few limitations to working as a minor. These rules apply to all stores, regardless of industry:

  • The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour for most employees though minimum wage can be as low as $4.25 for the first 90 days or until the age of 20 is reached, whichever is first.
  • You cannot work for more than three hours on a school day or 18 hours in a school week.
  • You can only work between 7 AM and 7 PM (extending to 9 PM between June 1st and Labor Day to accommodate summer employment).
  • For more information on the Department of Labor’s rules for grocery stores hiring minors, go here.
  • For more information on the Department of Labor’s rules for food service places hiring minors, go here.

Keep in mind that individual state governments may have different laws (such as a higher minimum wage — for instance, the minimum wage in Massachusetts is $11 per hour.

Places That Hire at 14 and 15

More details can be found below the table.

Grocery Stores That Hire at 14 and 15

Typical positions available for a 14 to 15-year-old at a grocery store are stocker and front end associate (bagging groceries and bringing in carts). The list below includes locations where we could confirm, through speaking to a customer service representative, that the business (or at least some of its locations) hires 14 and 15-year-old employees.

Giant Eagle

Harvey’s

Hy-Vee

  • Minimum age requirement: 14 years old, though most stores may not hire until age 16. We confirmed with a live chat representative on Hy-Vee’s website that each Hy-Vee store is independently owned and operated, so check with your nearest location.
  • Jobs available: Courtesy Clerk
  • Learn more about careers with Hy-Vee.
  • Find your nearest Hy-Vee using the store locator.
  • Find out more about how to apply at Hy-Vee.

King Soopers

Kroger

Publix

Safeway

Wegman’s

Winn-Dixie

Restaurants That Hire at 14 and 15

Fast food chains are known for hiring teenagers to do simple tasks such as food prep or scooping ice cream. Starting wage is typically minimum wage. Because these locations are franchised, minimum age hiring requirements will be subject to each franchise owner’s discretion. Please contact your nearest location to confirm its minimum hiring age. If you don’t see your favorite restaurant on our list, contact the manager to determine if he or she will hire a 14 or 15-year-old.

Baskin Robbins

  • Minimum age requirement: 14 years old
  • Jobs available: Varies by location and franchise
  • Read more about careers with Baskin Robbins.
  • Find a Baskin Robbins near you using the store locator.
  • Find out more about how to apply by visiting your local Baskin Robbins franchise and filling out an application in the store.

Ben & Jerry’s

Boston Market

Bruster’s

Chick-fil-A

  • Minimum age requirement: 14 years old
  • Jobs available: Varies by location
  • Read more about careers with Chick-fil-A.
  • Find your nearest Chick-fil-A using the store locator.
  • Find out more about how to apply at Chick-fil-A by visiting a location near you.

Culver’s

Dairy Queen

McDonald’s

Rita’s Italian Ice

Runza

Starbucks

Theaters and Amusement Parks That Hire at 14 and 15

The list below includes locations where we could confirm, through speaking to a customer service representative, that the business (or at least some of its locations) hires 14 and 15-year-old employees.

AMC Theatres

Canobie Lake Park

Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

Incline Village Recreation Center

Lagoon

Palace Sports and Entertainment

Six Flags

Wild Rivers Waterpark

Other Ways to Earn Money

Just because you may be too young to be hired at your favorite business doesn’t mean you can’t earn money. What skills do you have that others would be willing to pay you for? Here are some ideas if you are ready to embrace freelancing/entrepreneurship:

  • Babysitting – Are you good with children? My first paying job was at the age of 13 babysitting for a single mom’s 9-year-old. All I had to do was keep him entertained while she was at work and I earned $100 a week.
  • House cleaning – This is probably not a good choice if your parents harp on you to keep your own room clean. But if you’re a neat freak and like keeping things clean, get paid for it by cleaning the homes of your parent’s friends or your relatives.
  • Pool services – Do you live in a subdivision with a community pool or in a neighborhood with homes that have swimming pools? Offer your pool cleaning services.
  • Lawn services – If you can push a lawn mower and use a rake and you enjoy being outdoors, this could be the perfect job for you. Even consider shoveling snow.
  • Tutoring – Have you been complimented on your English or math skills? Are you a whiz at algebra? Parlay those skills into cash by becoming an after school tutor for students who are struggling in subjects where you excel.
  • Car washing – Go door to door in your neighborhood and ask if there are any cars that need washing. I prefer to have my car hand washed but I never have time to do it. I’m sure many people feel the same.
  • Dog walking – You most likely know which neighbors have a dog by its pesky barking whenever it’s outside. Find out if that dog’s owner needs her dog walked. Adults are busy with our jobs, kids, and after school activities that we don’t have time to take care of all the things we’d like. Take advantage of that fact and charge money for it.
  • Garage or Yard Sale – When I was a kid, I always begged my parents to let me hold a garage sale. I’d help my mom clean out the basement and closets and I’d organize and price everything the night before the sale. It was an easy way to make a couple hundred dollars in one morning.

In Summary

Because of state and federal restrictions surrounding the hiring of young workers, some businesses shy away from hiring teenage employees. However, with persistence and ambition, you can either find a job at an established business or create your own job by charging for your skills and services. Now that you know what places hire at 14 and 15, you can now apply, get that job, and begin earning money!