The upcoming holidays reveal the true impact inflation has had on the average American. According to economic research by Indeed, 33% more people are looking for seasonal employment on Indeed this year compared to last year. Unfortunately, retailers are bracing for a slower holiday season, so demand for seasonal workers is down 8.2%. The share of job postings indicating an urgent need for help fell from 10% to 6%.
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But even with more people looking for fewer gigs during the holidays, there’s still plenty of winter work to do that pays at least $15 an hour. If you’re looking for a little extra cash to get you through the holidays and help you start the new year in good financial shape, the following jobs have vacancies that need to be filled.
Seasonal Retail Sales Associate
Indeed indicates that the national average retail vacation worker pays $15 an hour. Other top job sites list averages a bit higher or lower, but $15 is definitely up for grabs.
Target announced it was hiring 100,000 seasonal workers from its recently increased company-wide minimum wage range of $15 to $24 an hour. Indeed, says Nordstrom averages $17. Several retail giants – like Hobby Lobby, Best Buy, Costco and CVS – recently raised their starting salaries to $15-$18.50, although it’s unclear if this will apply to workers. seasonal in all cases.
You know what the job entails. When you do your Christmas shopping, the sales people are the people on the other side of the checkout counters or in the aisles who fill the shelves and wait to answer your questions.
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Holiday decorating is either something you have to do or something you love to do. If you fall into the second group, ZipRecruiter says you can earn an average of $16 per hour by putting your passion to work.
A Google Jobs search reveals the many types of places that require skilled and creative holiday decorators to help decorate hallways. Retailers are hiring decorators to get their stores in the holiday spirit. Hospitals and airports hire them, as do businesses and individuals hosting parties or who don’t have the time or inclination to decorate. In other cases, interior design companies hire seasonal holiday decorators.
Everything on Amazon
In September, Amazon announced it was raising its minimum wage to between $16 and $26 an hour, depending on location and position. The average hourly wage for transportation and customer satisfaction jobs rose from $18 to over $19 per hour.
The company’s seasonal job board currently has vacancies for Sort Center Warehouse Associates starting at $18.25 to $21.50. Fulfillment Center Warehouse Associates earn over $16 and up to $19.25 for Delivery Station Warehouse Associates.
There are many other seasonal positions currently open that pay $16, $17 and more per hour.
If you have a knack for using tape, scissors, wrapping paper, ribbons and bows to turn merchandise into perfectly wrapped gifts, there’s a well-paying side hustle with your name on it.
According to ZipRecruiter, seasonal gift wrappers earn an average of $17 per hour. Google’s job listings show a wide range of potential work environments. Retailers like Bloomingdale’s and Williams Sonoma are hiring in-store gift wrap, but there are also openings at small businesses, local wine shops, auto groups, hospitals, malls and warehouses.
Personal vehicle delivery driver
If hauling boxes in a big company truck or van doesn’t appeal to you, you can deliver packages full-time in your own car. UPS personal vehicle drivers wear the famous maroon uniform as they earn an average of $21 an hour paid weekly, plus mileage reimbursement and, in some locations, a phone allowance.
If you opt for Amazon Flex, you’ll still be able to deliver in your own vehicle, but you’ll be working as an independent contractor — and the average driver can expect to earn between $18 and $25 an hour.
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Pay rates are correct as of November 8, 2022 and are subject to change.
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