There’s nothing like the satisfaction of earning a paycheck, especially for your first job. Lots of places hire teens because of their availability on nights and weekends and over the summer. Earn extra money for your own expenses, save for a car or for college, or help out your family.
Some businesses have a nationwide policy of hiring teens no younger than 16 but make exceptions in states with laws in place for younger teens to work, so check your state’s work requirements and ask managers about their hiring policies.
Check out this list of places that hire 15-year-olds. And then start filling out those job applications.
The fast-food giant is one of the most popular places for teens to get their first job. McDonald’s franchises have different policies but many hire teens as young as 14 in states that allow it.
Safeway offers a variety of jobs for applicants as young as 14. On the Careers page of their website, jobs can be sorted by your age and location.
Boston Market has over 400 locations nationwide and hires counter staff and kitchen crew starting at age 15.
Individual Baskin Robbins franchises hire teens as young as 15 to scoop ice cream. It’s a sweet summer job that will keep you busy.
The grocery chain Vons, a subsidiary of Safeway, hires 14- and 15-year-olds as courtesy clerks and cake decorators in the bakery. The Careers link on their website takes you to Safeway’s job openings page, so Vons encourages applicants to apply to stores in person.
This American casual dining chain has over 600 locations around the country. Culver’s hires teen as young as 14 but some positions have a older age requirements.
Kroger and its subsidiaries hire teens as young as 14 for a variety of positions. You can search on their website or visit your local store in person to find out more information.
Depending on state laws and the availability of positions, Publix hires teens starting at 14 years old.
Subway hires 15-year-olds for entry-level positions.
This giant among amusement parks offers excellent seasonal work for teens. Most Six Flags parks hire 15-year-olds but the minimum age may be 14 in some states.
Depending on state laws, AMC Theatres hires teenagers as young as 14.
Nationwide, Burger King’s hiring age is 16 but they consider applicants as young as 14 depending on work permit requirements and job availability. It may be more beneficial to inquire in person rather than apply on their website.
Owned by AMC, Loews practices the same hiring standards, following state laws on the hiring of 14- and 15-year-olds.
Arby’s hires 15-year-olds as crew members.
Individual Bruster’s franchises may hire 14- and 15-year-olds depending on a state’s work permit policy.
California Pizza Kitchen
Positions at California Pizza Kitchen that are available to those under 18 vary by state. CPK hires teens as young as 15 for host positions and other jobs that don’t require serving alcohol.
The Pool Management Group
The Pool Management Group manages pools and waterparks in nine states and has a minimum hiring age of 15 for some positions. They provide some of the CPR and other training necessary.
Rita’s Italian Ice
At most Rita’s locations the minimum age for hiring is 14, but this may vary. Check with a store manager before you apply.
In most states, Starbucks’ minimum hiring age is 16 but in some states they hire 14- and 15-year-olds, depending on local employment laws.
The minimum hiring age at TacoTime is 15 years old.
The Hershey Company
Most of the jobs with The Hershey Company are located in and around their theme park in Pennsylvania but they have a few other facilities on the East Coast. The minimum hiring age for certain positions is 15 years old.
The minimum age at Wegmans is 15 but some departments have minimum ages of 16 and 17.
Generally, the minimum age is 16 but some Zaxby’s franchises hire 15-year-olds for certain jobs.
Local Rec Centers, Community Centers, and Libraries
Look around your community for opportunities such as lifeguard, camp councilor, or front desk attendant.
Also check out local businesses such as bowling alleys and family-owned restaurants.
And if none of this works for you, start your own business baby-sitting, dog walking, mowing lawns, or any other task your community has a need for.