Does Your Teen Need A Summer Job? Here Are 9 Companies That Hire Teenagers


Getting your first job is a rite of passage for teens to learn about the value of money, hard work and responsibility. Do you have a teenager looking for a job this summer? Here’s what you need to know.

As a general rule, kids need to be at least 14 to get most jobs, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which sets wage, hours and safety requirements for minors under 18.

Some companies set their minimum age higher, and in some states, teens may need a permit to work. You can check with the state department of labor to see if your state requires a permit.

If you know an enterprising young teen who would like an after-school or summer job, there are a number of employers that reportedly hire teenage workers. (Note: Because rules vary by state, you should call your local location to be extra sure about their hiring policies.)

Of course, your teen could also break out the snowblower during the winter or the lawn mower and other yard and garden tools during the summer and make a few bucks that way, too.

But if they’d rather get a taste of what the working world is like, here are nine companies your teens might want to work for. Whether your teen is saving his pennies for a new iPad or a pair of headphones, these jobs can help teach him the value of money and some other life lessons along the way.

1. Publix

Named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, grocery store chain Publix has locations throughout the southern United States.

Publix hires employees ages 14 and up, but does have restrictions on the types of jobs they can hold and how many hours they can work.

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2. Baskin-Robbins

Ice cream giant Baskin-Robbins calls working at one of their stores the “ultimate first job experience” and also offers the opportunity to advance in the company.

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3. McDonald’s

Working at fast-food chain McDonald’s is a popular first job for teens all over the country, so much so that Mickey D’s claims to be “committed to being America’s best first job.”

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4. AMC Theatres

What teen doesn’t love hanging out at their local movie theatre? When you work for AMC Theatres, one perk is free movie tickets. The company hires teens ages 14 to 17, based on the times that they can work as indicated by their school work permits and per state laws.

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5. Safeway

A Fortune 100 company, Safeway has more than 1,600 supermarket locations throughout the United States and Canada.

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6. Six Flags

For the fun-loving teen, working at amusement park Six Flags offers free unlimited admission for the employee and a guest, discounts and exclusive employee events.

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Those between the ages of 14 and 17 can create a parent-monitored account on, where they can apply for babysitting and petsitting jobs.

Another fun option? Working with pets through a dog-walking or petsitting site like Rover.

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8. Dairy Queen

Teens’ friends will love visiting them at work for a perfectly-executed Blizzard or sundae at Dairy Queen, which has more than 6,000 locations around the world.

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9. California Pizza Kitchen

In some states, 15-year-olds can work as hosts at California Pizza Kitchen. Employee meals and dining discounts are certainly a perk!

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