34 Retail Stores That Hire at 17 (And Which Positions You Can Get)

You may be inching toward 18 and the legal title of ‘adult,’ but you’re still a minor and are therefore limited to the types of jobs and job settings where you can work. But fear not! There is a host of retailers that are anxious to hire 17-year-olds. Sure, you’ll likely hold an entry-level or basic position, but it’s a great first step in the workplace. Read on to learn about the limitations to working at 17 and which stores are able to hire you. Retail jobs for 17 year olds are out there…

Working Limitations at 17

As a minor, you are limited by the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Hazardous Occupations Orders, which bans anyone under the age of 18 from performing hazardous jobs.

Some of the hazardous jobs banned by the DOL for those under the age of 18 include:

  • Manufacturing or storing explosives
  • Driving a motor vehicle or working as an outside helper on motor vehicles
  • Coal mining
  • Forest fire fighting and forest fire prevention, timber tract, forestry service, and occupations in logging and sawmilling
  • Using power-driven woodworking machines
  • Roofing, or work performed on a roof
  • Using power-driven hoisting apparatus or metal-forming, punching, and shearing machines
  • Jobs that would expose you to radioactive substances and ionizing radiation
  • Manufacturing brick, tile, and related products
  • Working in wrecking, demolition, and ship-breaking operations

Minimum Wage Laws at 17

In most circumstances, you must be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Exceptions can apply, depending on where you work. For instance, some states set their own minimum wage requirements, so you could make more per hour, depending on the state in which you reside.

But here’s the catch: Young employees are often subject to different minimum wage requirements. At 17, your employer can pay you the youth minimum wage, which the federal government sets at $4.25 per hour. Until you reach age 20, any time you start a new job, your employer can pay you the youth minimum wage for the first 90 consecutive calendar days (not work days) of your employment. Some state and municipal governments have their own laws regulating or prohibiting the youth minimum wage, so check your local employment laws to see if this applies to you.

Retail Stores That Hire at 17

1. Aeropostale

2. American Eagle Outfitters

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Sales associate, stock associate
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age for working at American Eagle Outfitters is 16, and was verified by contacting the company.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

3. Banana Republic

4. Barnes & Noble

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Bookseller, maintenance clerk (positions may vary by location)
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age for working at Barnes & Noble is 16, and was verified by contacting the company directly. Learn more about Barnes & Noble careers.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

5. BJ’s Wholesale Club

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Stock/cart retriever, member services, cashier, recovery clerk
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age for working at BJ’s Wholesale Club is 16. Learn more about positions at BJ’s.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

6. Charlotte Russe

7. CVS

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Cashier, sales clerk, pharmacy tech apprentice
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age for working at CVS is 16.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

8. Food Lion

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Various associate positions (sales, grocery, bakery, etc.)
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age for working at Food Lion is 16, and was verified by contacting the company directly. However, specific positions for teens may vary by location. Contact your local store for verification.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

9. Forever 21

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Sales associate
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age for working at Forever 21 is 16, and was verified by contacting the company directly. Learn more about working at Forever 21.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

10. Gap

11. Giant Eagle

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Cashier, parking lot attendant, customer service, courtesy clerk, stock clerk, fuel station attendant
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age for working at Giant Eagle was verified by individual job descriptions on the Giant Eagle website. Though each Giant Eagle can set their own age requirements though most hire at 16. Be sure to ask your desired location about their age requirements.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

12. Giant Food

13. Harris Teeter

14. Harveys

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Bagger, various associate positions (grocery associate, cashier associate, bakery associate, etc.)
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age to work at Harveys is 15. This information was verified by contacting the company directly.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

15. HomeGoods

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Sales/merchandise associate, coordinator
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age to work at HomeGoods is 16, and was verified by specific job descriptions on job listings. To apply, find a location near you, download their job application form and hand it in to the store manager.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

16. Hot Topic

17. Hy-Vee

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Courtesy clerk, checker, produce clerk, kitchen clerk, stocker, floral clerk
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age is 16 though each store has the right to set their own age requirement so be sure to contact your desired location.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

18. JCPenney

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Sales associate, merchandise associate
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age to work for JCPenney is 16, and was verified by contacting the company directly.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

19. Justice

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Style advisor
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age to work for Justice is 16.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

20. King Soopers

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Courtesy clerk, grocery clerk, floral clerk, stocker,
  • What else you may want to know: You must be 15. This information was verified by contacting the company directly.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

21. Kohl’s

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Customer service associate, sales associate, freight associate
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age to work at Kohl’s is 17, and was verified by contacting the company directly. Contact your local store for an exact list of positions available for 17 year olds, as they may vary by location. Learn more about Kohl’s hiring process.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

22. Kmart

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Cashier, customer service associate
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age to work at Kmart is 16, and was verified by contacting the company directly.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

23. Kroger

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Cashier, bagger, grocery clerk, produce clerk, meat clerk, deli clerk, bakery clerk
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age is 14 at most locations but each location has the ability to set their own age. Be sure to contact your desired location and inquire. This information was verified by contacting the company directly.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

24. Marshalls

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Merchandise associate, backroom coordinator
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age to work at Marshalls is 16, and was verified by specific job descriptions on job listings. To apply, find a location near you, download their job application form and hand it in to the store manager.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

25. Meijer

26. Old Navy

27. Publix

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Bakery clerk, grocery clerk, produce clerk, front service clerk, floral clerk, cashier
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age requirement to work specific positions at Publix can be found on the company website. You can start working certain jobs at Publix at 14. Learn about the application process.
  • Find a location
  • You must apply in person

28. Safeway

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Courtesy clerk, stocker, production clerk, cashier, fuel station attendant, food clerk
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age to work at Safeway is 14, but specific positions have higher age requirements.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

29. Target

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Cashier, cart attendant, sales floor team member, backroom team member
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age to work at Target retail stores was verified by the job application process. You must be 16 to work in stores and 18 to work in distribution centers.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

30. T.J. Maxx

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Merchandise associate, coordinator
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age to work at T.J. Maxx is 16, and was verified by specific job descriptions on job listings. To apply, find a location near you, download their job application form and hand it in to the store manager.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

31. Walgreens

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: customer service associate, beauty advisor, photo specialist
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age to work at Walgreens is 16, and was verified by contacting the company directly. Learn more about jobs at Walgreens.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

32. Walmart

33. Wegmans

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Customer service associate, cashier, parking lot attendant
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age is 15 and was verified by the individual job descriptions. Though, as with many stores, each location has the right to change their age policy. Be sure to contact your desired location and inquire.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

34. Winn-Dixie

  • Positions available for 17-year-olds: Bagger, cashier associate
  • What else you may want to know: The minimum age is 15 and this was verified by contacting the company directly.
  • Find a location
  • Apply online

In Summary

Now you know the retail stores that hire at 17. The good news is that at 17 years old, you only have one more year until you are free to work without limitations. Until then, check out the variety of retail opportunities above, or any other occupation not declared hazardous by the Department of Labor. Retail jobs for 17 year olds do exist!

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