19 part-time jobs that pay at least $20 per hour

Some of these only require a high school diploma!

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Does your job pay almost enough to fund the lifestyle you want, but not quite? Want to improve your long-term personal finances, living choices, safety net and retirement security?

Many people are making $20 or more per hour working part-time gigs, which is helping them save for a vacation, build an emergency fund or pad their retirement savings.

Or, maybe you want to start a family but don’t want to completely sacrifice your income to work part-time.

This list would also be great to share with a student heading off to college, as it can show them high-paying jobs that have flexible schedules.

This list of 19 part-time jobs that pay more than $20 per hour was created by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics using employment data from across the United States.

They selected jobs that had an average hourly wage of $20 or more (though of course the wage varies depending on location, experience and other factors).

Their approximate hourly pay rate and typical educational requirement is listed next to each job. The BLS job description is also included.

1. Mental Health/Substance Abuse Social Workers

Average hourly rate: $22.37 per hour 

Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.

You’ll likely need a bachelor’s degree for this part-time job.

2. Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses

Average hourly rate: $22.60 per hour

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic nursing care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.

With this gig, you’ll likely need to complete a one-year specialized program at a technical school or community college.

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3. Radiologic Techs 

Average hourly rate: $25.65 per hour

Take X-rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient’s blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.

This job most often requires an associate’s degree.

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4. Executive Secretaries And Administrative Assistants 

Average hourly rate: $20.15 per hour

Provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings.

A high school diploma or equivalent is likely all that’s required for this job.

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5. Dietitians/Nutritionists 

Average hourly rate: $26.56 per hour

Dietitians and nutritionists are experts in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage disease. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.

You’ll need a bachelor’s degree and you’ll likely be required to do an internship or residency program before you can start working.

6. Physical Therapist Assistants 

Average hourly rate: $26.75 per hour

Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with state laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist.

You’ll likely need an associate’s degree for this one.

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7. Respiratory Therapists 

Average hourly rate: $29.35 per hour

Respiratory therapists care for patients who have trouble breathing—for example, from a chronic respiratory disease, such as asthma or emphysema.

An associate’s degree is all you need for this high-paying job!

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8. Adult Basic/Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers 

Average hourly rate: $23.01 per hour

Teach or instruct out-of-school youths and adults in remedial education classes, preparatory classes for the General Educational Development test, literacy, or English as a Second Language.

You most likely need a bachelor’s degree for this part-time gig.

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9. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 

Average hourly rate: $31.73 per hour

Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians. This job requires an associate’s degree only.

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