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Highest Paying Summer Jobs for College Students

Yesterday, I wrote about choosing a summer job that will help your future career. But what if you just need to make as much cash as possible? Then look to these highest paying summer jobs, if you can get them:

1. Computer Technology

If you have interest and experience in the world of IT, capitalize on it now! Internet Technology is one of the fastest growing job markets in the world. If you have computer programming or networking skills, you’re in luck.

Many companies will take you on for freelance work. It’s also a great way to build your portfolio and learn the real life skills you will need for a full time position after you graduate. Taking a summer job in the field you plan to go into when you graduate from college helps to build your resume and make contacts in the industry. The average pay for computer technology work starts well above minimum wage at about $15 per hour. You can also freelance for multiple companies at the same time, make your own hours and keep working through school, depending on your schedule and the needs of the company.

2. Bank Teller

The starting wage for a bank teller is above minimum wage. Bank Teller positions usually offer anywhere from $12 to $15 per hour. Working for a bank is a great summer job for college students. The pay is reasonable, the hours are good, and cash handling and customer service are definite resume boosters. Working for a bank says you are trustworthy, and you develop important skills such as money management and customer service experience you can fall back on later in life if necessary.

3. Waiting or Bartending

If you are a hard worker and don’t mind a fluid schedule you should consider a summer job in the service industry as a waitperson or bartender. The basic wage for these jobs is low, but tips are usually high.

Because tips will be your primary source of income, target higher-end restaurants and bars. A word to the wise: declare your tips, and don’t just keep the cash tips in your top drawer. Put your tip money in the bank each week and stick to a budget as it’s easy to overspend if you have a lot of cash.

Being a waiter or a bartender can also be a great secondary source of income. If you work a normal day job in the summer you can pick up a few extra shifts per week at night. A second job greatly increases the amount of money you can earn per week during the summer and makes saving for the school year a lot easier.

4. Child Care

A lot of people need child care during the summer months when the kids are not in school. Most parents are willing to pay extra for a responsible college student who has child care experience. The average pay for is anywhere from $12 to $20 an hour, depending on the number of children you care for. Childcare is a great summer job for college students, provided of course that you like spending time with children!

What about you? Have you worked a summer job that paid really well? Let us know in a comment!

Published or updated on June 2, 2010

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  1. MWB says:

    I can honestly say I’ve had 3 out of 4 of these jobs. Can I add that being a water for a catering business is often much more flexible than a restaurant- and at least in my experience- has a MUCH higher base wage (think $20/hour).

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