If you want to get a part time job, this list has some of the highest paying part time jobs for 2020.
Finding a part time job can be a huge help if you want to make extra money to destroy your debt, save up for a down payment on your first house, start investing, or relieve some monthly financial stress.
But there’s a misconception that all part time jobs are low paying. And while that is the case for some part time jobs, there are more and more legitimate part time jobs that pay really well.
Seriously, some of the best part time jobs you’re about to read about pay in the $20-$50/hour range. Many of them are extremely flexible, too, so it’s easier to work them on the side of your day job.
8 of the best high paying part time jobs for 2020
1. Run Facebook ads
After I quit my job as a high school band director to run this site full time, I supplemented my income by running Facebook ads part time. I learned as much as I could about digital marketing and found my first client: the jeweler who sold me my wife’s engagement ring.
It took me about 2-3 hours a week to manage his ads. After adding a few more clients, I was out-earning what I made as a teacher. And I was still working part time on my own schedule.
Running Facebook ads is creating ad campaigns and marketing on Facebook. You’re helping small business owners leverage Facebook’s robust ad platform to run highly targeted ad campaigns.
Big businesses have been doing this for years – they have marketing teams responsible for creating massive ad campaigns. Small business owners just don’t have the resources for that, but many can benefit from having a part time Facebook manager.
Facebook ads quick facts:
- Pay: Facebook ads clients are worth around $1,000-$1,500/month
- Requirements: A degree or certificate isn’t required, but you should have a working knowledge of the Facebook Ads Manager platform
If you’re interested in learning how to run ads on Facebook, I teamed up with my buddy Mike Yanda (a lawyer turned digital marketer whose digital ad agency now brings in $30k/month) to create the Facebook Side Hustle Course.
The Facebook Side Hustle Course teaches you how to get your part time Facebook ad agency up and running by teaching you these three things:
- How to create and manage Facebook ad campaigns using Ads Manager
- How to find business owners who need help running ads
- How to get them to say “yes” to your services
2. Deliver food for Postmates or DoorDash
On-demand food delivery services like Postmates and Doordash are some of the fastest-growing side hustles. These are insanely flexible ways to make extra money – you can schedule time to work in advance or open the app to drive whenever you have extra time.
Delivering food for Postmates and DoorDash pays pretty well too for the work you’re doing: drivers average $15-$20/hour.
Postmates says they deliver “anything, anytime, anywhere.” You might deliver takeout food, grab quick orders from a convenient store, or even deliver PS4 controllers, ping pong balls, or a drum set. Those are all real Postmates orders.
The amount you earn per delivery is based on four factors: pick-up, drop-off, mileage, and minutes in the store or restaurant. There are also incentives to earn more, and new Postmates drivers get a Starter Guarantee – a guaranteed amount if you make so many deliveries in the first few weeks.
Drivers for DoorDash mainly deliver for local and chain restaurants, but in 2020, DoorDash added convenience stores and drugstores, like CVS.
Dashers, what DoorDash drivers are called, are paid based on the Dasher Pay Model: Base Pay + Promotions + Tips = Total Earnings.
Dasher base pay ranges from $2-$10 per delivery and depends on time, distance, and the desirability of the order.
Quick facts about delivering for Postmates and DoorDash:
- Pay: $15-$20/hour and you’re considered an independent contractor
- Requirements: Must be at least 18 years old, have access to a reliable car/scooter/bike, have a valid driver’s license, auto insurance if delivering via car, clean driving record, pass a criminal background check
3. Work as a tutor
Tutoring is a surprisingly high paying part time job, especially if you’re able to do ACT or SAT prep – you can make upwards of $50/hour or more.
Wyzant is a really popular platform for tutors to offer one-on-one virtual or in-person tutoring sessions. You’ll have to apply to list your services on Wyzant and create a profile that explains the subjects you specialize in and why you’re qualified as a tutor.
It’s free to list your services on Wyzant. You can set your own hourly rate, and Wyzant takes a flat 25% of your tutoring fee.
Tutoring quick facts:
- Pay: Subject-specific tutors can earn $20-$50/hour, test prep tutors can earn $50-$100/hour
- Requirements: Professional or academic background in the subjects you’re tutoring, degrees and certificates are highly encouraged
4. Freelance part time
Freelancing means you’re contracting out your services to other business owners or companies, and as long as the work is available, you can work as much or as little as you’d like.
There are a lot of high paying part time jobs for freelancers in a wide range of fields, with freelancers earning a median rate of $28/hour. Skilled services, like programming, marketing, IT, and business consulting make up the majority of freelance work, but you can also freelance in fields like:
- Web development
- Graphic design
- Video editing
- Web design
The highest paying part time jobs for freelancers go to people who already have experience. For example, a brand new freelance virtual assistant might earn $12-$15/hour, but one with several years of experience and advanced skills in marketing or accounting can earn closer to $25-$30/hour.
Freelancing quick facts:
- Pay: Highly dependent on the field, but can range from $15-$100/hour. According to FlexJobs, some of the highest paying freelance jobs are: Accountant $38/hour, PR manager $50/hour, software developer $42/hour, web developer $35/hour, technical writer $45/hour, and graphic designer $36/hour
- Requirements: Degrees and certifications vary by job, you will most likely want to set up an LLC for your business, and create a website so potential clients can find out more about your services
5. Part time package handler for UPS
The average pay for UPS package handlers isn’t much – it averages $14/hour. But what makes this one of the best part time jobs is that it comes with benefits, which is a huge perk. There are also part time supervisor positions that pay upwards of $20/hour and include benefits.
To qualify for benefits through UPS, you must work 225 hours or more in any three-month period, but fewer than 400 hours. Benefits include:
- Medical care and hospitalization
- Behavioral health
- Pharmacy and prescription drugs
- Dental care
- Vision care
- Hearing care
UPS package handlers can also earn up to $25,000 for their college education. 70% of full-time UPS employees start as package handlers. This includes UPS drivers who, according to Glassdoor, average $80,000/year.
UPS package handler quick facts:
- Pay: $14-$20/hour plus benefits and sign-on and/or retention bonuses based on the location
- Requirements: Be able to lift up to 70lbs, high school diploma or GED, able to work in 3 to 4-hour shifts Monday-Friday
6. Drive for Amazon Flex
Amazon Flex outsources deliveries for Prime Now, Amazon Fresh, and Amazon Restaurant. Flex drivers use their own vehicles and schedule their hours in 3-6 hour blocks.
Amazon Flex isn’t available across the U.S. – Amazon only hires for these part time jobs when there’s a need for more drivers. This is actually a good thing – otherwise, you’d be competing with too many other drivers for time slots.
The way this part time job works is that you drive to an Amazon fulfillment center, open the app to find out what you’re delivering, load the packages in your vehicle, and use the app to get directions for delivery.
Amazon Flex quick facts:
- Pay: Amazon Flex drivers make $18-$25/hour
- Requirements: Smartphone with GPS and scanning capabilities, midsize 4-door sedan/truck/SUV/van, vehicle insurance, pass a criminal background check, clean driving record
7. Music teacher
Back when I was doing everything I could to quickly pay off my student loan debt, I seriously considered working as a part time music teacher. There were always parents looking for music lessons outside of school.
These are high paying part time jobs for anyone who can teach guitar, piano, and violin – these are the three most popular instruments.
To get started, I recommend contacting local schools and passing along your contact information. You should also let your inner circle (friends, family, social media) know that you’re teaching lessons so they can pass the word.
Music teacher quick facts:
- Pay: You can make $25-$50 for half an hour lessons and $45-$75 for hour-long lessons
- Requirements: Should be competent on the instrument you’re teaching, have patience with your students, be able to clearly communicate, and you will need high-level credentials (like a degree in music) if you want to teach high-level lessons
I had no idea how much referees made until pretty recently – $25-$35/hour – and what’s really cool about this high paying part time job is that it’s a good one for high school and college students too.
Referees should have experience playing the sport they’re reffing, and knowing the rules of the game is a must. Most of these part time jobs have you work weekday evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday – just think about when club, high school, and little league sports play.
You can find refereeing jobs by contacting the community and athletic centers in your area. You can also contact your state’s high school sports association. Google “[your state] high school sports association” to find the contact info.
Refereeing quick facts:
- Pay: $25-$35/hour
- Requirements: The biggest requirement is understanding the rules of the sport, but experience playing is really helpful
The final word on high paying part time jobs
In my opinion, the best part time jobs are ones that are super flexible and have the potential to become a full-time income. Running Facebook ads fits that bill, and there are several students in our Facebook Side Hustle Course that make an extra $5,000/month on the side of their full-time job.
Delivering food for Postmates and Doordash is a solid part time job if you’re looking for something with a lower commitment and a lot of flexibility. Both of those companies are actively hiring, and I recommend signing up for both to increase your earning potential.
Just know, part time jobs don’t have to be lowing paying gigs – many legitimate options pay really well for the work you’re doing.