7 Places that Hire at 15

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If you’re looking for places that hire at 15, whether you’re a parent looking for your child or you’re the teen looking for work, you’ll want to keep reading to learn about these 7 places.

When I was 15 I landed my first job. It was at a local pizza chain in my city.

In my area you couldn’t start working until age 16 so I had to wait about a week from the time I was hired until my 16th birthday past to start working.  It was really awesome to have my own money.

I had an allowance before and my income from work was about 20X that!

Not a lot of money at all. I was working minimum wage but it was definitely enough to go shopping at the mall, go to movie with friends, go to the carnival and buy popcorn and play games and more. I was more than happy with that!

It’s a wonderful feeling to work for yourself and earn your own money. 

You can start to feel independence financially and start to learn the importance of managing your money, saving, spending, and all this starts at a young age, as a teen. It gives you some great building blocks and a good understanding of finances from the start.

If you’re 15 and looking for a job then you’re high school age.

Think about if you’ll have stable transportation to your job, what hours you can work, how it will impact your school and personal life, and then pick a job and apply!

How to find places that hire at 15?

It’s all in a Google search, to be honest, though it can take a long time to find what you’re looking for. And, you may need to call around to ask hiring managers about the age they staff.

Is it legal to work at 15 years old?

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (U.S.), it states that 14-year olds and older are eligible to work most non-agricultural jobs. 

But, if you’re younger than that, there can be exceptions, like working in your parents business, for example. 

Bear in mind though, that child labor laws will vary based on your area and where you live.

Make sure to do your research and make sure you double check with your state’s minimum age for work.

What is like working as a 15-year old?

It really depends on what you’re doing.

You’ll have a work schedule and you will want to map out your day to include any extracurricular activities and school, making sure it all fits in your workday.

Some 15-year olds work after school while others work weekends only or only seasonally. Or, all of the above.

Figure out what’s best for you and keep this in mind when you pick the job you apply for.

7 places that hire at 15 years old

1. Arby’s

This fast food restaurant chain serves a variety of menu items. My husband put me onto their mozzarella sticks which are the best I’ve ever eaten. And, they’re known for their roast beef meals and sandwiches. You can find Arby’s across the United States and in Canada.

They hire at 15.

As a crew member you might find yourself doing a variety of tasks like:

  • Order taking
  • Food prep
  • Customer service

You can click this ink to learn about their career opportunities.

2. Burger King

Burger King sells burgers and fries along with chicken, salads, snacks, desserts and more. This American restaurant chain is known for their flame grilled hamburgers. A Burger King burger definitely tastes different than any other fast food restaurant burger you’ve had. They make one of my favorite kinds of burgers and the flame grilling really makes a difference in the taste.

Depending on your location you may be able to land a job at Burger starting at 14+.

3. Baskin Robbins

This ice cream shop chain has been a childhood favorite of mine. It was a ritual in my family to go to our local Baskin Robbins every time we’d go to the mall when I used to live in the midwest. I used to be crazy about the bubblegum icecream which has real pieces of bubblegum in it.

Their franchise locations hire at age 14+ and you can find Baskin Robbins locations across the U.S.

Check out their career opportunities.

4. Boston Market

Boston Market hires for thousands of jobs located across the U.S. They have been known to start hiring at age 15.

This place serves:

  • Sandwiches
  • Chicken plates
  • Various entrees

Click here to visit  the Boston Market careers page to check available jobs.

5. Chick-fil-a

One of my favorite fast food places and drawing a cult following is Chick-fil-a.

I first learned of Chick-fil-a from my hometown in Texas. The city I was living in had one location and it was in the mall. They have the tastiest chicken and their cones and milkshakes are top knotch too. They’re different and that’s all I will say. I had a coworker rave about their plain vanilla icecream and I really didn’t know what she meant until I tried it.

They are known for hiring teenagers so this is a good contender for places that hire at 15.

6. Safeway

Safeway is a grocery store chain. I’ve never shopped here but I have heard of it from family and from TV. They hire in a bunch of different positions and have been known to hire teenagers.

Click here to visit their jobs page to learn about available positions.

7. H-E-B

H-E-B is a grocery chain and one of my favorite places to shop for food. I had an opportunity to work here as a teen and I passed it up in favor of a local pizza place that I ended up working at for four years. I regretted it.

H-E-B offers jobs to teens and they have a ton of different careers to get into in their departments like beauty, seafood, produce, sushi counter, and others.ocated in the southern U.S. (Texas) and Mexico.

Click here to check for jobs they’re hiring for.

Is it worth it to work a job at 15?

I think so.

I started working a job just days after I turned 16 and it I really felt like I had a new lease on life. Not only did it keep me busy but I didn’t have to ask my parents for money any more.

I could shop for my favorite clothes at the mall, put gas in my car, get food on the go at lunch time, and more.

If you’re curious about finding more places where you can work at 15, just do a job search online. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and make a call either.

Grocery stores are known for hiring teens, places like Kroger, Aldi, Trader Joe’s and others.

Retail stores like Walmart, Sally Beauty Supply, Ross Dress for Less, and others also hire teens.

Restaurants are a good place to look to. All my friends in high school, myself included, worked at either a restaurant or a grocery store. You can make quite a bit if you work at a place with tip share, too.

And, don’t forget about online jobs.

You can work as an influencer on Tik Tok like Charli D’Amelio or start a YouTube channel. Brands will pay you to talk about their products and you can make money from ads too. Some of these influencer jobs pay very well especially if you have a large following.

You can also start your own business as a teen, doing things like flipping clothes for profit, mowing lawns or washing cars for neighbors, etc.

The sky’s the limit!

Final Thoughts about places that hire at 15

Plenty of places exist online where you can land at a job at 15. Don’t let your age make you feel left out. You too can work as a teenager.

What do you think about these places that hire at 15 we shared? Comment below.







Jenn Leach, MBA

Jenn Leach is a Houston-based MBA with over a decade of experience in the banking industry. She writes at Millennial Nextdoor where she writes finance, money, business, and lifestyle content to help millennials create additional income streams online. Join her on Substack at https://jennleach.substack.com.

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