Are you a young teen looking for gainful employment? In this article, we reveal the grocery stores, restaurants, theaters, amusement parks, and resorts that hire 14-year-olds and 15-year-olds. A teenager can head to these businesses for part-time work in the summer, after school, or on weekends.

Because policies at chain stores vary because of franchises and state laws, it’s always a good idea to check with your local store’s management to make sure that they’re able to accept your application and consider hiring you. If you’re a 14- or 15-year-old hoping to work at a clothing retail store, you may have to hang on for another year or two — we couldn’t find any clothing retailers that hire employees younger than 16.

That said, here’s everything you need to know about finding a job at 14 or 15.

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Limitations on Working as a Minor

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

To find out if your state has set minimum wages to something other than the federal minimum, check out this state by state minimum wage map by the U.S. Department of Labor. 29 states currently have rates higher than the federal minimum, and two have set rates lower than the federal minimum.

Pay for 14- and 15-Year-Old Employees

As a working teenager, don’t expect to start at more than minimum wage — most available positions available will pay only that. The highest minimum wage in the country is in D.C., where it’s set to $12.50. A handful of states, including AZ, CA, CT, MA, OR, VT, and WA, have set their minimum wage above $10. AK, AR, CO, DE, FL, HI, IL, MD, ME, MN, MT, NE, NJ, NM, NY, NV, OH, RI, SD, and WV have all raised theirs above minimum wage by smaller amounts. And in the rest, expect the federal minimum, $7.25.

But not all jobs for teens pay dismally. For example, the following positions tend to pay above the minimum wage, though the exact hourly rates vary widely depending on what your area’s minimum wage laws are:

  • Life guard
  • Babysitter
  • Pet sitter
  • Golf caddy

Table of All Places That Hire at 14 and 15

See the below table for employers that hire teenagers ages 14 and 15:

 

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 at least some of the company’s locations hire 14- and 15-year-old employees.

1. Giant Eagle

2. Giant Food

3. Harvey’s

4. Hy-Vee

5. King Soopers

6. Kroger

7. Publix

8. Safeway

9. Stop & Shop

10. Wegman’s

11. Winn-Dixie

Restaurants That Hire at 14 and 15

Fast food chains are known for hiring teenagers to do simple tasks like food prep or scooping ice cream. The starting wage for these positions is typically minimum wage.

At franchised locations, 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.

12. Baskin Robbins

13. Ben & Jerry’s

14. Boston Market

15. Bruster’s

16. Chick-fil-A

17. Culver’s

18. Dairy Queen

19. McDonald’s

20. Rita’s Italian Ice

21. Runza

22. 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 at least some of the company’s locations hire 14- and 15-year-old employees.

23. AMC Theatres

24. Canobie Lake Park

25. Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

26. Incline Village Recreation Center

27. Lagoon

28. Palace Sports and Entertainment

29. Six Flags

30. Wild Rivers Waterpark

Places That Don’t Hire at 14 and 15

So your not left wondering about an employer that didn’t make the above list, here are the places we have confirmed don’t hire 14- or 15-year-olds. Most start hiring at 16 or 18.

  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Aeropostale
  • Albertsons
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Banana Republic
  • Barnes & Noble
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Charlotte Russe
  • CVS
  • Food Lion
  • Forever 21
  • Gap
  • GUESS
  • H&M
  • Harris Teeter
  • Hollister
  • HomeGoods
  • Hot Topic
  • JCPenney
  • Justice
  • Kmart
  • Kohl’s
  • Levi’s
  • Marshalls
  • Meijer
  • Old Navy
  • PacSun
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Target
  • T.J.Maxx
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Walmart
  • Walgreens

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 or entrepreneurship:

  • Babysitting — Do you like kids? Babysitting is a great way to earn money. Ask family friends if they need a babysitter, or put up posters at school or around town.
  • House cleaning — House cleaning is a great job for those who are naturally inclined to keep their things tidy.
  • Pool services — If you live in a neighborhood where people have pools, offer to clean pools. People will usually already have skimming, vacuums, and chlorine, so you’ll just need to supply the labor.
  • 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. In the winter, switch to 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. Many people may prefer to have their cars hand-washed, but not have the time to do it themselves.
  • 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 and don’t always have time to walk the dog as much as they should. Take advantage of that fact and charge money for it.
  • Garage or Yard Sale — Garage sales are great if you have a lot of old stuff that you can part with. Take your inventory and set your prices, its a great way to make some extra cash one weekend. Don’t forget to advertise!

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!