7 Part-Time Jobs That Pay Up To $40 An Hour

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For some 8 million Americans, part-time jobs are a way of life. Many are cobbling together several part-time gigs while they search for that elusive full-time job. Some, though, prefer part-time work because it offers flexibility and time off for other pursuits, including raising kids.

But whether you are looking for part-time work out of choice or necessity, you probably want to find one that offers some personal satisfaction and good wages. With the help of PayScale, AOL Jobs has a compiled a list of the seven best part-time jobs. Some require little training, and many pay more than $25 an hour.

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One caveat: The wages shown for each position represent a range of amounts paid to the 25th and 75th percentiles of workers who've been operating in their fields for five to eight years. In other words, a quarter of workers within a given job description earn less than the reported low wage, while the rest earn less than the reported high wage.

Also, PayScale notes that the range of wages shown are national numbers. If you live in a metropolitan area, you'll probably earn far more -- sometimes twice as much -- than what's listed here.

1. School Bus Driver

After the first day of school.
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Hourly Wage Range: $12.40 to $16.70, nationally. (As noted, pay is often higher in urban markets, such as New York City, where the hourly median wage is $29.50.)

Median Weekly Hours Worked: 26

What you'd do: No surprises here -- school bus drivers transport children to and from school and related special events. Depending on several factors, including the distance to be traveled on a given route and when school starts, part-time school bus drivers may start work early in the morning -- 6 a.m. or earlier isn't unusual. Others work the afternoon "shift," picking up children from school and bringing them back home. Weather, heavy traffic and unruly children can make the job challenging at times, though one perk that many school bus drivers enjoy is summer break, giving them two to three months to pursue other jobs or interests.

What you need to get started: A commercial driver's license is usually required, and certain hearing and vision requirements must be met.

2. Makeup Artist

AFP/Getty ImagesA makeup artist prepares a model backstage before an event.

Hourly Wage Range: $14.70 to $23.50

Median Weekly Hours Worked: 20

About the Job: Makeup artists enhance performers' and consumers' appearance through the application of cosmetics, which may include knowledge of period styles to reflect actors' roles. They work in a wide variety of settings, including theaters, broadcast studios, amusement parks, as well as boutiques and department stores. States with a significant show business industry -- New York, California and Nevada -- have the highest numbers of workers employed in this profession. Ohio and Texas, with numerous large media markets and amusement parks, also rank high.

What you need to get started: Most makeup artists complete formal training that requires a high school diploma and may include obtaining an associate degree in cosmetology or bachelor's degree in theater. Some states also require cosmetologists and makeup artists to be licensed.

3. Tutor

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APTutor working with a student on a set of math problems.

Hourly Wage Range: $12.70 to $27

Median Weekly Hours Worked: 8

What you'd do: Think of a tutor as a personalized teacher, who typically works one-on-one with students who are are having difficulty comprehending a specific field of study, such as language or math. The job requires patience and a willingness to listen. It also requires organization, an attention to detail and the ability to show up on time.

What you need to get started: There are few industry standards that apply to tutors, who generally gain expertise in a field of study through their own achievements, such as a high school diploma, an associate degree or a bachelor's degree. Certification is available through numerous organizations, such as the College Reading & Learning Association and the American Tutoring Association.

4. Dance Teacher

APDance teacher watches students at a rumba rehearsal.

Hourly Wage Range: $15.30 to $24.50

Median Weekly Hours Worked: 8

What you'd do: Teaching dance often involves working one-on-one with students to help them master the techniques in different styles of dance -- jazz, ballroom, Western swing, tap, children's -- though instructors frequently work with large groups. Settings vary and include dance halls or studios, classrooms, restaurants, retirement communities, resorts and even cruise ships. It requires a willingness to work with people and patience in dealing with students struggling to learn.

What you need to get started: Education and training requirements vary, however, part-time dance instructors typically require two years of teaching experience.

5. English Teacher for Non-Native Speakers

DENVER,CO--Master teacher, Lindsey Erisman, left, works with students, karen Hernandez, 6-years-old, center, and America Garcia,
Denver Post via Getty ImagesTeacher works with students at an English Language Acquisition class in Denver.

Hourly Wage Range: $18.10 to $30.50

Median Weekly Hours Worked: 17

What you'd do: Teaching English as a foreign language can be rewarding but also challenging. Students may be reluctant to learn or find English to difficult to master. For instructors, that means being well prepared with lesson plans, a knowledge of how to inspire and motivate struggling students and a degree of patience. Public and private grade and high schools, college campuses and community organizations are typical settings. Demand for English as a second language, or ESL, instruction is such that qualified teachers can land a job in virtually any country in the world.

What you need to get started: Generally, a bachelor's degree is required; a certification specializing in teaching ESL is also available from numerous institutions, including many colleges and universities.

6. Flight Attendant

DENVER COLO, MAR 09, 2006--United Airlines flight attendent, Kathy<CQ> O'Connor<CQ>, points to the other near by exits, Thursday
Denver Post via Getty ImagesFlight attendent points to the other near by exits on a United Airlines flight.

Hourly Wage Range: $26 to $34.80

Median Weekly Hours Worked: 20

What you'd do: Though viewed by some travelers as little more than airborne waiters and waitresses, the primary responsibility offlight attendants is the safety of passengers aboard aircraft, which often includes reminding them about what is and isn't allowed during flight. There are perks, of course, which may include travel to many destinations and pay that's near the top for part-time work. Downsides include dealing with stubborn or unruly passengers, frequent downtime, and working in an industry that has gone through major layoffs in recent years.

What you need to get started: Many major airlines require flight attendants to have a college degree. A professional appearance and an outgoing personality are also key to landing the job.

7. Pilates or Yoga Instructor

AFP/Getty ImagesA teacher gives advice during a session of Bikram yoga.

Hourly Wage Range: $20.20 to $39.90

Median Weekly Hours Worked: 6

What you'd do: Yoga and Pilates instructors typically work with groups of students in the movements and techniques unique to each exercise. One-on-one training is common, too. As with other teaching professions, it requires a degree of patience with those students struggling to learn. One benefit is relatively high pay for a part-time profession -- and all that teaching helps keep you fit, too.

What you need to get started: Both exercise techniques require months or even years of practice before practitioners can begin teaching. Numerous certification programs are available for both disciplines.

David Schepp

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David Schepp has spent more than a dozen years covering business news for the electronic and print media, including Dow Jones Newswires, BBC News, Gannett Co., and most recently at AOL's DailyFinance. Nearly 10 years ago, he started writing a weekly People@Work column, looking in depth at issues facing workers in today's workplace. The syndicated column appeared in newspapers and websites nationwide before it made its debut on DailyFinance in 2010. Schepp now continues that tradition at Aol Jobs, covering the jobs beat and providing readers insight and analysis into the nation's challenging employment scene.

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Only one of those jobs was close to $40. Misleading article.

January 21 2014 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No se que decir solo necesito trabajo

December 17 2013 at 6:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

To Heartfelt4--1st off-Love the Kitty--Iam an animal-lover--Were you talking just newspapers or other magazines? I would love doing that--I imagine you do put on quite a bit of mileage depending on how many stores U take in--Say--Am I correct thinking the Newspaper pays you or magazine company? I would love to do more work w/animals than I do--so, would love less than 40 hrs a wk for a job--Im curious how many days a wk YOu have to refill? Is it 7 days a week? w/newspapers I imagine so--but, what if you want a vacation?? Ahh --so many ?? sorry--U do have me thinking on this, tho---& I thank You! U R welcome to send me more animal pics to my email addr: lenae@centurylink.net & any other on this job-U sound like a bright person-
Appreciate it--Lenae & Zoo

October 15 2013 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

y do that if you can have an online job instead..
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August 26 2013 at 12:00 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Dog walker is another one.....

June 04 2013 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Piano teacher is another one.....

June 04 2013 at 10:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

nope. no $40 ph jobs. what's a slacker to do?

May 09 2013 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ok, is it just me? Did anyone see even one job that paid $40 an hour?

May 01 2013 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There's another one that should be up there. On average, it doesn't pay quite $40 an hour but it's great money for the time you put in each hour. Being your own boss as an Independent Contractor, delivering publications to stores and racks. Most of the time you have to use your own vehicle, so you do need a reliable vehicle. You also have to put in your own gas at the time of delivery, but the pay is great. After once you get the route down, you can do anywhere between 15 to 20 stops per hour. You can set the amount of money that you want to get paid for each stop. Most Independent Contractors charge anywhere from $2 to $3 per stop. So, on average, a person can make $30 to $35 an hour easily, and that would include the gas. The time spent at each location averages 3-4 minutes, because you just get the papers out of your vehicle, take them into a designated place in the store, and then go right back out to your vehicle, and go to the next stop. Now, if you decide to stop and do personal shopping while you're out delivering, then no, you can't make good money each hour. But if you're determined to just work and not stop to do personal stuff, then it's great pay. A REAL PLUS side is if you can deliver more than one publication at the same time because then you get paid for each publication. Such as, if I have 2 publications that I'm delivering that day,and they both go to most all of the same locations, that's when I can REALLY make the money!!! The only real downside to this type of work is, you are responsible for all repairs that is done on your vehicle. Plus, you put a lot of mileage on your car. But if you have a reliable vehicle to begin with, you most likely can go years before you need anything major done ( with the exception of the usual, such as needing new tires, new brakes, and keeping up with regular maintenance). And I guess another downside would be, that you are responsible for paying taxes on these contract jobs, plus you are more likely to get into a car accident because you're out there driving 5 times more than the average driver is.

I have 12 different publications that I deliver, and although most of them are not ready to deliver all at the same time, if I can deliver 2 or 3 at the same time, and they are on my regular route, then I can make A LOT of money per hour! This type of job is not for everyone, but for anyone who wants to be their own boss and not have to clock in and out of a job, or work a set amount of hours, this kind of job is great!

March 28 2013 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bullshit article!!

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