Top 5 Summer Jobs for Max College Cash

With the start of fall classes looming near, high school grads are scrambling for quick cash this summer to help cover everything from tuition and books to food and housing. While unpaid summer internships can be a great transcript booster for those students with last-minute admissions concerns, some summer gigs can actually help you build your résumé while stacking up big bucks.

Top Five Summer Jobs for Max College Cash

IT/Computer Specialist

Put any computer skills you have to work for both your bank account and your résumé. Inquire with local businesses that could use help designing or maintaining their Web presence this summer, or look into freelance blogging/SEO work. You could just land a long-term position that pays well and allows you to work remotely from campus.

Bank Teller

Many banking and finance jobs start at the higher end of the entry-level pay scale, and such institutions are known for hiring recent high school grads. The experience assisting with financial transactions can also be a big plus for students considering a related field—and since there are banks pretty much everywhere, it’s a skill you can take with you to college.

Service Worker

Service jobs can range from waiting tables to working as a barista or golf caddy. Luxury spending is up from recent years, too, so while the hourly wage often isn’t much to write home about, the tips can be substantial—especially if you’re comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and interacting with a lot of different kinds of people.

Babysitter/Au Pair

Yes, at-home childcare is still one of the most lucrative jobs out there for students. The national average is currently $12.50 per hour for babysitters, nannies, and even pet sitters.

Nonmedical Health Care/Pharmacy Assistant.

Given the ongoing growth in aging populations, health care jobs are in big demand across the country. Many medical assistance and entry-level pharmacy jobs don’t require a college degree, and some offer great hours and wages that are well above the national minimum of $7.25. Check out doctors’ offices, hospitals, and pharmacies in your area for opportunities this summer.

If none of these options appeals to you, there’s still good news: According to Forbes, The average pay among the top 10 jobs is $11.67 per hour, $4.42 per hour more than federal minimum wage. For the teen with 10 weeks available to work, that amounts to earning $4,668 a summer.” So get out there and score some summer cash for college!


This article was written by Hannah Purnell

Hannah Purnell is a staff writer for Hannah writes extensively on the topic of undergraduate studies and the college search process.


  1. Stanley Zimblatt

    This article couldn;t be any more WRONG! Banks are notorious for paying on the low end of the scale, the going rate for babysitter in our area (average income $125,000) is $10 per hour, and entry level health care jobs are minimum wage (ask anybody working in a nursing home).

  2. Hannah Purnell

    Thanks for your comment, Stanley. Much of this info was pulled from Forbes and U.S. News as well as the BLS’s Occupational Handbook, and while I can’t speak to banking jobs in your area, the national average is $11.59 per hour ( Similarly, pharmacy tech jobs that require a high school diploma or equivalent start out at $13.65 per hour (, though, again, that’s on a national average. it’s tough to avoid generalizing to some extent when we’re taking such a high-level view, but I appreciate you adding your thoughts and letting us know what the job climate is like for grads in your area.

  3. Mike

    I corrected one sentence from my previous comment. Add this one instead.

    I am a 17 year old soccer referee. While the summer may not be a high point in the year of soccer. I’ve made $1,670 in the past 10 weeks working 59 games. I made $1,017 during the winter season. When I factor in how work much I actually do, it is, at minimum, $20/hr during the outdoor season. This should be considered.

  4. Baltimore Jameson

    Entry level Lifeguarding at apartment complexes or hotels usually range around $12-$17 in most areas. Large gyms and day camps pay less, but are still around $10-$12/hour. The certifications cost around $350 initially though, and about $25/year to maintain.

  5. Bernadette Walusimbi

    This is a wonderful article and it is good to know that one can get financial aid. I wonder how it applies to overseas students, because at this point I need a job to help me finance my course.

    Thank you


  6. Jim

    This article is great IF you either don’t need financial aid OR your student income amount is below what colleges assume you will earn based of FAFSA and CSS profile. If you earn more than the numbers expected, you will add 50% of earned income over that amount. If you then save it in your name, that’s another 20% counted against you in the EFC calculation. Hardly woth the extra earned in it takes away $.70 per dollar in financial aid. Call your school’s financial aid department and ask how your income impacts your aid package.

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