The Highest Paid Hourly Jobs
Some people think that jobs that pay by the hour pay less than salaried jobs, but that is not always the case. A number of full-time hourly jobs offer sizeable salaries and good benefits. Many people prefer hourly jobs because they allow for flexibility, and often allow workers to leave their work at the office.
Here are 15 of the most popular, high paying hourly jobs. These jobs are some of the most popular hourly jobs today, based on the most common job searches on Indeed.com. The wage data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2017 estimates. The average incomes listed are the mean hourly wages for each occupation.
Administrative Assistant / Secretary
Secretaries and administrative assistants perform clerical and organizational tasks for an organization. They work in nearly every industry, including law, medicine, and government.
Pay depends on the industry and the complexity of the secretary’s tasks. For example, executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants, who work for top executives, can earn up to an average of $27.60/hour.
Average Administrative Assistant Salary: $18.21/hour
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Dental assistants work in dental offices, performing a variety of tasks ranging from patient care to record keeping to some lab work.
Some states require that dental assistants graduate from an accredited program and pass a state certification or licensing exam, while other states only require on-the-job training.
Most dental assistants work full-time, but many choose to work part-time. Some dental assistants work evenings or weekends, depending on their offices’ hours.
Average Dental Assistant Salary: $18.09/hour
Financial clerks perform various administrative duties for banks, insurance companies, and other organizations.
Specific financial clerk jobs range from bank tellers to bookkeepers to payroll clerks. Most clerks require a high school diploma and on-the-job training, although some specialized clerks require a college degree in business or economics.
Average Financial Clerk Salary: $18.60/hour
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Construction laborers perform a number of tasks at construction sites, ranging from preparing construction sites to unloading materials to operating machinery. Construction workers may help build buildings, tear down buildings, construct roads, or dig tunnels or shafts.
Some construction laborers are self-employed, while others work for a construction contractor or company. Most construction workers require brief on-the-job training, although some construction workers engage in apprenticeship programs that offer technical instruction.
Some laborers earn certificates in special skills such as concrete finishing to learn to perform more specialized work, which can earn them more money.
Average Construction Laborer Salary: $16.080/hour
Customer Service Representative
Customer service representatives interact with customers of an organization, answering questions about the organization’s products and services, and handling customer orders, returns, and complaints.
They may interact with customers in person, or via phone or the internet. Reps can work in almost any industry, ranging from retail to finance to insurance.
Many reps work part time, and may work morning, evening, or late night shifts. These jobs are well suited for people who need a flexible work schedule.
Average Customer Service Representative Salary: $15.81/hour
Delivery Services Truck Driver
Delivery services truck drivers pick up, transport, and drop off goods within a small geographic area, such as a county or city. Some drivers, known as light truck drivers, bring goods from a distribution center to various delivery locations.
Some drivers also serve as sales workers; they recommend products to their customers as they make deliveries. Drivers require a driver’s license, and typically receive brief on-the-job training.
Delivery Services Truck Driver Average Salary: $14.06/hour
Bus drivers transport people to places such as school, work, and special events. Some (such as transit bus drivers and school bus drivers) drive regular routes, while others transport clients going on chartered trips.
A driver’s pay and schedule vary depending on the specific job. Transit bus drivers can earn up to $18.46/hour, but they may have to work weekend or evening shifts.
School bus drivers earn an average of $14.93/hour, but they only work when school is in session.
Average Bus Driver Salary: $15.87/hour
Phlebotomists collect blood samples from patients. They are part of larger medical laboratory teams in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and diagnostic laboratories. Phlebotomists must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
Some states require that phlebotomists have a state license or certification as well. There are a number of other positions within a laboratory team, but phlebotomist positions, in particular, are currently in high demand.
Average Phlebotomist Salary: $16.19/hour
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Assemblers and fabricators construct various products ranging from engines to aircrafts to toys. They may also be responsible for testing the quality of the finished products. Assemblers typically work in manufacturing plants.
Most assembler positions require a high school diploma and some on-the-job experience. However, some of the more specialized positions require more formal education through technical schools; these positions tend to pay more money. For example, aircraft assemblers (who require technical knowledge) can earn an average of $26.64/hour.
Average Assembler and Fabricator Salary: $15.31/hour
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Medical assistants perform a variety of clinical and administrative duties in health practitioners’ offices. Tasks may range from helping with patient examinations to scheduling patient appointments.
Medical assistants typically must have a high school diploma and on-the-job training, but there is no required licensure or certification. Like phlebotomist positions, medical assistant positions are currently on the rise.
Average Medical Assistant Salary: $15.61/hour
Grounds Maintenance Worker
Grounds maintenance workers take care of the health and beauty of various outdoor environments and indoor gardens. There are a number of types of grounds maintenance workers. Landscapers, for example, create or improve existing outdoor spaces, and groundskeepers maintain existing lands.
Some workers make more than others. For instance, tree trimmers and pruners can earn an average of $17.53/hour. Most grounds maintenance jobs are seasonal, and are particularly busy during the spring, summer, and fall.
Average Grounds Maintenance Worker Salary: $13.51/hour
Retail sales workers sell merchandise such as clothing, furniture, and cars. Most salespersons do not require a formal education, but some employers prefer salespersons with a high school diploma or G.E.D. Many salespersons work part time, and many work weekend and holiday shifts. Many salespeople receive a commission for selling goods, which increases their overall payment.
Average Retail Salesperson Salary: $11.24/hour
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Custodians clean and maintain order within a building or specified area. Custodians may work in schools, office buildings, hospitals, or a number of other buildings.
Some janitors are also responsible for performing small repairs, such as fixing leaky faucets. Most janitor positions do not require formal education; janitors typically learn through on-the-job experience.
Average Custodian Salary: $12.02/hour
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Bartenders serve drinks in bars, restaurants, wineries, or breweries. Many bartenders work part time, and most work evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Although bartenders are paid by the hour, with tips included, the number can amount to much more.
Average Bartender Salary: $10.43/hour plus tips
Waiters and waitresses take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons. They may work in restaurants, bars, hotels, or other food service places. Waiters and waitresses may work part time or full time. Many waiters work part time, and many work evenings, weekends, and holidays.
A waiter earns an average of $10.01/hour directly from their employer, but he or she can earn much more with tips.
Average Waiter/Waitress Salary: $10.01/hour plus tips
More Information: Bureau of Labor Statistics - National Employment and Wage Data