Jobs for a 16 year-old that pay $10 or more an hour frequently involve providing a personal service such as pet sitting or babysitting. If you have business or technical skills, finding work online that pays well is another option. The key for a teenager who wants to earn more than minimum wage is to take the initiative. Be patient. It takes time to build a list of clients who know you and trust you to do good work.
Golf clubs and resorts hire teenagers with knowledge of the game as golf caddies during the summer. These caddies carry bags for guests, replace divots, rake out sand traps and even offer a little advice on which clubs to use. Golf caddies earn roughly $50 to $100 carrying a golfer's bag for four and a half hours. Start out working at a golf resort or club and learn how to be a caddy on site. Show your employer you're strong, knowledgeable and outgoing.
Baby-sitters earn between $8 and $12 an hour. Sitters watch and care for people's children when the parent needs to leave their child for work or adult-only events. Sitters watch children for anywhere from an hour to several days at a time. High school students will likely only offer services in the evenings and weekends. Anyone can offer to baby-sit, even a 16-year-old. Increase your marketability with flyers and ads, first aid certification and free or low-cost courses in caregiving from the local recreational center.
Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Dog walkers typically make between $10 and $15 an hour. Dog walkers often combine walks for two or more dogs in a neighborhood, which helps increase their hourly wage. They come to a client's home, pick up the client's dog and take it for a walk, also cleaning up any messes as they go along. Most walks average 20 minutes but can last longer depending on the client's needs. Dog walking frequently turns into pet-sitting when a client goes on vacation or ends up in the hospital. Sitters charge rates similar to baby-sitters or a flat fee. You can visit the client's home to care for pets a few times each day or keep the pet in your home for the duration of the job.
The internet is a place where a teenager can earn $10 an hour and sometimes more if she has business or technical skills. Many businesses hire freelance workers to perform routine administrative tasks such as typing, data entry and composing simple emails or other documents. If you acquire computer-related skills, you can find work dong basic tasks like HTML programming. Teenagers who are fluent in a foreign language can get freelance jobs translating documents.