Best Paying Part-Time Jobs

Work Part Time While Earning Decent Money

Best Paying Part-Time Jobs
June 22, 2016

Are you at a station in life where a part-time job is the best option? Maybe you have completed a degree and cannot find steady work in your chosen field, or you’re starting a family and are balancing childcare duties with a career. Perhaps you require the ability to slip out whenever you want to enjoy a sunny day during the week.

Regardless of why you are working part-time, it can be a challenge to find part-time work that pays well enough to make the effort worthwhile. To help you out, CareerCast.com compiled the ten best paying jobs that are either part-time by nature or can be done part-time by choice. We have included them below for your review, in alphabetical order.

Note: Median salaries are as of 2012 and job outlooks are through 2022 as supplied by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

1. Accountant – If you have a background and degree in accounting, part-time work is often available. Accountants are in high seasonal demand around tax season, but they are also in demand to fill in for summer vacations and for stopgap work with busy corporations. Median wages are $30.55/hour with an expected 13% increase in jobs.

2. Computer Programmer – Computer expertise is often outsourced to save money and handle temporary surges in programming or troubleshooting needs. Median wages are $35.71/hour and job openings are expected to increase by 8%.

3. Driver – Delivery truck driver, the entry on the CareerCast.com list, get a median wage of $13.23/hour and a 5% job increase is expected. We think the more lucrative part-time driving gig is with ride-share services like Uber or Lyft though. In both cases, be sure you have the correct license and insurance — the rules are changing state by state.

4. Graphic Designer – Between print and electronic media, the need for good graphic designers is increasing. BLS expects a 7% increase in jobs (which is slower on average than other occupations), but we would not be surprised if that is a conservative estimate. The median hourly wage is $21.22.

5. Management Consultant or Management Analyst – If you have the sufficient background and proven record in management, you can go independent, to help other companies solve their management problems. BLS predicts a crying need, with 19% growth anticipated through 2022. The median hourly wage is $37.79

6. Market Research Analyst – This is a hard job to do on a free-lance basis, but according to BLS there should be opportunities available. A 32% increase in jobs is expected at a median salary of $28.99/hour. This increase is well above the national average and bodes well for job seekers in the field. Generally, you will need a finance background and a thorough understanding of the customer's field.

7. Mover – Got a strong back and time on your hands? Help people move their things for a median wage of $11.04/hour. BLS expects a 10% increase in jobs, which is as fast as the national average.

8. Network and Systems Administrator – Help troubleshoot and upgrade networked computer systems, or handle Internet access and security issues. Companies are almost always understaffed in this area and need skilled assistance. The median wage is $34.88/hour and BLS anticipates a 12% increase in jobs.

9. Editors – BLS reports a $25.90 per hour median wage but a 2% decrease in jobs. Based on what we see on many websites and newspapers, including highly respected ones, perhaps editors should be in even greater demand. If you have an eye for proper grammar and a love of language, this may be for you.

10. Writer – Surely you did not think an article writer would leave this one out? Writers generally work on a free-lance basis, covering everything from blogs to movie scripts to technical documents. The median hourly wage for writers is $26.89/hour, but job prospects are slow with only a 3% increase expected through 2022.

Do not go into part-time work thinking that it is easy. You must be disciplined with your time and resources, and be able to correctly schedule work times and manage deadlines. Your free time may not match your preference.

However, if you can successfully balance work time with family time, then part-time work can be reasonably rewarding and lucrative — and every once in a while, you do manage to cash in on that sunny day when everyone else is at work.


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Daniel Dohlstrom | 10.01.15 @ 17:32
Fantastic info here for those in need or looking for some extra income
Sarah | 10.01.15 @ 17:32
This is a good list of options.
Erin | 10.01.15 @ 17:33
It's interesting to see that there is still some growth in classic jobs like a mover. The technology field is understandably going to have growth for a long time yet.
Zanna | 10.01.15 @ 17:33
Looking for part-time work would be easier if more companies were willing to allow people to work remotely. Still looking here.
Steffanie | 10.01.15 @ 17:33
I knew I should have gotten an accounting degree.
Nancy | 10.01.15 @ 17:34
That's a headline to pull people in!! Who wouldn't want full-time pay for part-time hours. And several of those careers actually look interesting. Thanks for the article.
Elaine | 10.01.15 @ 17:34
Great list for those looking for some extra income.
Jennifer Sears | 10.01.15 @ 17:38
This an article I'll be sharing with a few friends. :)
Carla Truett | 10.01.15 @ 17:38
I would love to find a part time job working from home that pays this good.
Britt | 10.01.15 @ 17:42
These a great options actually.
Katie | 10.01.15 @ 17:45
This is an awesome resource for those looking to add an additional income to their families.. Right now I have five children I provide care for so I will keep this in mind in case I need to supplement my income a bit.
Kailie | 10.01.15 @ 17:46
Some of these I knew, but others I never really considered.
Sara | 10.01.15 @ 17:47
Nice info for those of us who do need a little extra income.
Alec | 10.01.15 @ 17:48
We are thinking about expanding our family so this is a good list of options for me to think about. I'm hoping to find a computer repair job I can do part time or from home!
Kyle | 10.01.15 @ 17:50
This was a great article with wonderful information. I do part time moving jobs here and there when I can find them
Selena Walls | 10.01.15 @ 17:50
Honestly did not realize movers would be on the list.
Bobbie | 10.01.15 @ 17:52
Mght look into a couple of these after hubby retires. Just for some fun money.
Donnie | 10.01.15 @ 17:56
A great article. Will share with my friends.
trish | 10.01.15 @ 17:57
I am looking into getting back into the workforce in the next few years Great source of information!!!
Jo Ann | 10.01.15 @ 18:03
Nice to know if i know someone looking for work i would suggest some of these jobs..
Stokes | 10.01.15 @ 18:06
How many people couldn't use a part-time job in the current economic climate?
Meredith L | 10.01.15 @ 18:14
As a freelance editor and writer I'm always chasing down jobs. Some pay really well and others....well, I compete with sub-par work from elsewhere. I won't name names. I should really hone my graphic design skills. I'm out of practice but I've still got an eye! Thanks for the list.
Kamie | 10.01.15 @ 18:15
Some of these I did not even think about as a part time job.
Tina | 10.01.15 @ 18:15
Great list! Thanks for compiling it.
Ron | 10.01.15 @ 18:17
I no longer work in conmercial radio, but as a blue collar assembly guy, I started doing voice over work on the side to make some extra cash. I am glad I had the gear to do it.
Angie | 10.01.15 @ 18:22
Depending on the area of the country, I think some of the hourly salaries are a bit inflated. This is a great, diverse list, though, and a great way to start some folks to thinking.
Kathryn | 10.01.15 @ 18:27
This is great! I've been considering a second job and one of these might be the one!
Jonathan | 10.01.15 @ 18:53
Soooo where can I apply to be a writer.... lol.
Wanda Langley | 10.01.15 @ 19:08
Thanks for all the great info. I will be passing it on to a couple of friends who are thinking about working part time.
Steven | 10.01.15 @ 19:11
Good information here. Glad to know there are jobs out there still.
Leslie | 10.01.15 @ 19:14
When people hear part-time, they think of low wage entry level jobs. This is a great list of well paying jobs that I never thought were hiring part-time.
Christina | 10.01.15 @ 19:18
Great ideas, but would love more information or links on where to find and apply for these types of roles!
Katie | 10.02.15 @ 18:48
This is an awesome resource for those looking to add an additional income to their families.. Right now I have five children I provide care for so I will keep this in mind in case I need to supplement my income a bit.
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