In this article we uncover the places that hire 14 year olds and the jobs that hire 15 year olds. These are national brands (or at least large regional brands) that gladly hire teens. These are for sure businesses where a teenager can head to in order to earn money during a summer job, after-school job, and/or weekend job.

Though before we get to this list, there are a few limitations to working as a minor. These rules apply to all stores, regardless of industry:

  • The current minimum wage is $7.25 for most employees.
  • Minimum wage is $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).
  • For more information on the Department of Labor’s rules for grocery stores hiring minors, click here.
  • For more information on the Department of Labor’s rules for food service places hiring minors, click here.

Keep in mind that individual state governments may have different laws. Franchises also set their own requirements when it comes to minimum hiring age requirements.

Grocery Stores

Typical positions available for a 14 to 15 year old at a grocery store include stocker (placing cans on a shelf) and front end associate (bagging groceries and bringing in carts). Entry level positions will most likely start at the minimum wage of $7.25. The list below includes locations where we could support and confirm the business hires 14 to 15 year old employees. Don’t see your favorite grocery store on our list? Contact the store manager to see if your favorite store hires 14 to 15 year old workers.

Bi Lo



King Soopers




Restaurants and Food Outlets

Fast food chains are known for hiring teenagers to do simple tasks such as food prep or scooping ice cream. 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. Starting wage will most likely be the minimum wage of $7.25. 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. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.

AMC Theatres



Rita’s Italian Ice


Businesses That Are Rumored to Hire at 14 or 15

The list below includes places that are rumored to hire 14, 15 year olds but the companies don’t have any information published online neither confirming or denying this. You will certainly want to call or stop in at your nearest location and inquire with the hiring manger before completing an application and discuss what types of jobs for which you’d be appropriate.

Boston Market

Cub Food


Farm Fresh

Piggly Wiggly




Shop n Save

Six Flags


Willy’s Mexicana Grill


Other Options

Just because you may be too young to be hired at your favorite restaurant or store doesn’t mean you can’t be ambitious and earn money. What skills or interests or hobbies do you have that bring value to someone who would pay you money?

  • 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.

Places that Hire 14 and 15 Year Old Employees – Conclusion

Because of state and federal restrictions surrounding the hiring of young workers, some businesses may 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 you know what places hire at 14 and 15. You can now apply, get that job and begin earning money!!!

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