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17 High Paying Summer Jobs for 15-Year-Olds in NYC

Summer is the perfect opportunity to make some cash, which is why we’ve created this list of 17 high paying summer jobs for 15-year-olds in NYC.

Chances are your parents, like mine when I was your age, are asking that you get a job so you don’t sit around the house all summer. It’s annoying because up until know that’s what summer was created for, but then you realize making money is quite nice because then you don’t have to beg whenever you want to go hang out with your friends. For me, it was worth the time sacrifice even just a little bit. It’s one thing to get a job that just takes up time, but it’s another to get one that pays you well; therefore, we made this list that combines both of those things.

17 High Paying Summer Jobs for 15-Year-Olds in NYC

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In New York, the legal working age is 14, but there are limits on the types of jobs a 14- and 15-year-old can be hired to do. The New York State Department of Labor created a list of jobs 14-to-17-year-olds are eligible for, since they are rather similar. Most teenagers start in informal work, like babysitting, petsitting, and mowing lawns. Formal jobs tend to require someone older or more experienced. There are also limitations on how many hours one in this age group can work, but in the summer it can go up to 40 hours per week.

In order to create this list, we took some suggestions from Forbes, The Balance, and Money Crashers. To rank the jobs on the list, we looked up average pay on Payscale. For more job suggestions, take a look at our list of 16 Part-Time Jobs in NYC for High School Students, but if you’re 15 and looking for a high paying summer jobs for 15-year-olds in NYC, keep reading: