10 Real Summer Jobs Hiring 14-Year-Olds and Up

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy—especially if you’re a teen who just got out of school for the summer. While most teens would love to spend their summer catching up on sleep, swimming, and hanging out with friends, there is also plenty of time for your teen to earn some money during the break from school. 

If your teen is 16 years or older, the world’s their oyster and opportunities for summer employment seem plentiful. The tricky part is when teens YOUNGER than 16 want to find a job. It can feel as though their only options are babysitting or mowing lawns. 

The Fair Labor Standards Act has set 14 years old as the minimum age for employment and limits the number of hours that minors under the age of 16 can work, but there are a surprising number of local businesses who hire those under the age of 16—including jobs hiring 14 year olds. 

Obviously, some hiring practices vary from location to location so please contact the businesses directly to verify their current hiring regulations.

Here are 10 San Antonio Businesses with Jobs Hiring 14 Year Olds and Up

AMC Movie Theaters

Do you have a teen who likes movies? How about air conditioning? AMC Movie Theaters often hires ushers and concession stand workers aged 14 and older.

Baskin-Robbins

Ice cream, you scream, every single teen I know screams for ice cream! Yes, you run the risk of your teen eating their paycheck in ice cream, but Baskin-Robbins hires ages 14 and up.

Boston Market

Famous for rotisserie chicken, if your teen gets a job at Boston Market, consider your dinner plans in the bag. Boston Market reportedly hires individuals ages 15 and up.

Chick-Fil-A

If your teen has impeccable manners and a strong work ethic, they just might be cut out to work at Chick-Fil-A. The Atlanta-based fast food restaurant hires ages 14 and older.

Dairy Queen

Send your little prince or princess to Dairy Queen to get a job mastering the art of the upside-down Blizzard delivery! Dairy Queen hires individuals ages 14 and up.

McDonald’s

McDonald’s has been employing the world’s teens for the past 66 years. The company hires individuals aged 14 and up.

Six Flags

A summer job at Fiesta Texas? I don’t know many teens who wouldn’t jump at the chance to work at our city’s most exciting theme park. The Six Flags company hires young teens for positions such as skill game operator and food and ice cream truck work.

Taco Bell

Yo quiero a job? Send your young teens to Taco Bell to apply for a job at this perennially popular Tex-Mex fast food joint. They often hire ages 14 and up.

UHaul

Have your motivated young teen haul themself to UHaul to apply for a job. The company hires individuals age 14 and up for online customer service positions! Who knew?

Wendy’s

Your teen doesn’t have to don red pigtails to get a job at Wendy’s, but an affinity for a Frosty is probably a bonus. Wendy’s has jobs hiring 14 year olds and up.

The only catch with allowing your teen younger than 16 to work is getting them to and from work everyday. Without a drivers license, this can be tricky, so be sure to make a plan for your teen to use a bike or public transportation to get to and from their job. Enlist the transportation help of a grandparent or neighbor, or see if they can schedule their work hours at times when you are able to shuttle them to and from. Having a rewarding job at a young age can bolster a teen’s self confidence, give them some guidance and keep them busy—all things that most teens can use! 

Jenny is a 40-something, married mother of two (Anna, 2007 and Jack, 2009), who migrated to the Hill Country after doing a 14 year stint in Houston. When Jenny isn’t walking her slightly neurotic (and completely beloved) rescued Weimaraner, she enjoys writing, making to-do lists, and folding laundry (and sarcasm). Jenny holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi, and completed graduate coursework in Guidance and Counseling. She is a freelance writer who writes a weekly pet column for a Houston newspaper, and is a contributor at Dog Friendly San Antonio, New Braunfels Monthly and San Antonio Woman, as well as assorted other publications. You can also find her on Instagram (introvertsguidetosobriety). Favorite Restaurant: Bohanan's Favorite Landmark: The Alamo (duh) Favorite San Antonio Tradition: Wurstfest (not technically SAT, but closer to Jenny's stomping grounds).

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