(WXYZ) — Summer vacation is a few weeks away and when schools out, work picks up –at least for some.
But according to Forbes magazine, only around 40% of teens work summer jobs. That's down from more than 60% from the early 90s. Summer jobs are a great way to earn work experience and cash.
In our Thursday's Top 7, we're bringing you the best paying summer jobs.
At number 7 on our list is lifeguard. The job pays well, but it can be stressful. You actually are counted on to save lives just like the life guards here at the Livonia Community Center. The pay isn't bad either. In metro Detroit, most jobs pay between $10-15 an hour.
Lifeguard Sarah Mcbain says, “During the summer it’s a really fun job. You get to be outside and connect with the community.”
Like kids? Being a babysitter can have you sitting on a nice chunk of cash at the end of the summer. In addition to earning $10-15 bucks an hour, students can set their own hours, too. It comes in 6th.
5. CONSTRUCTION WORKER
Believe it or not construction work can be a wonderful summer gig. Teens 16 and up can often get jobs as laborers. The work is hard, but the pay can reach $20 an hour. Enough to land in 5th.
4. MOWING LAWNS
If a teen has access to a lawn mower and trimmer, they can start their own business mowing lawns. Work fast to maximize earnings. Make your clients happy for repeat business and a steady income of $20 an hour.
3. YOUTH SPORTS REFEREE
If you like kids and sports, put on the pinstripes. Pay can be $20 to $50 a game. And a doubleheader means a nice score!
2. GOLF CADDY
Being a golf caddy can be fun and well paying. Carrying two bags for a full 18 holes can earn a caddy about $50 to $100 bucks. Plus tips! Meadowbrook County Club here in Novi also has scholarships available for eligible college-aged caddies.
The top spot goes to tutors. They're in high demand over the summer. Families hire tutors to help their kids catch up in difficult subjects, prep for SAT & ACT, or to avoid the dreaded summer slide. Tutors can earn anywhere from $20 to $40 bucks an hour.