These 15 Jobs For Busy Retirees All Pay More Than Minimum Wage

Retirement can be a lot of things. Some retirees consider it a new lease on life, taking advantage of more travel, family time, and enjoying the heck out of simply not working. On the other side of the fence, some retirees find themselves yearning for social interaction, more brain invigoration, and a little extra cold hard cash to burn. Additionally, science has come around to realize the physical, mental, and emotional benefits associated with continuing work in even a small capacity are immense.

If you’re a retiree wondering how to make a little side cash while also fulfilling your need for added social and mental stimulation, look no further. Here are 15 perfect part-time jobs for busy retirees, and they all pay at least $14 per hour. 

1. Nonprofit program coordinator

woman packing a clothes donation box

You can help organize nonprofit programs. | LuminaStock/iStock/Getty Images

  • Median hourly pay: $29

There is no better time to get involved in the efforts that inspire you than right now. Generally speaking, a nonprofit program coordinator puts their focus into the fundraising, organization, and community outreach aspects of the nonprofit. So if there is a program in your area that really sparks your interest, get involved.

Next: If socializing is your goal, this is the perfect gig for you.

2. Uber or Lyft driver

A person uses the UberX app

You set your schedule. | Martin Ollman/Getty Images

  • Median hourly pay: $20

The beauty of being an Uber or Lyft driver is that you choose when you want to work. If you wake up one morning and feel like hopping in the car, you can. If not, you can sit in your jammies and keep sipping your cup of joe. Particularly, if you’re more of a social butterfly, this job is perfect for you. You’ll meet individuals from all walks of life, and if you want, you can learn a bit about your riders’ story.

Next: Get paid to stay fit and active

3. Yoga instructor

Yoga posture

It’s will be a lot of work, but it could be worth it. | natalie_board/iStock/Getty Images

  • Median hourly pay: $25

Now before you scoff at this, give me a chance. Becoming a yoga instructor is much easier than you may know. A 200-hour yoga teacher training will prepare you for instructing your own classes. From restorative to yin, the avenues for various yoga disciplines seem practically endless these days. Plus, if you enjoy travel, go ahead and book that 200-hour training somewhere like Bali or Aruba.

Next: Toot toot, all aboard the magic school bus

4. School bus driver

Yellow School Bus from the back as children get in

A good school driver can make an impact on kids. | Steven_Kriemadis/iStock/Getty Images

  • Median hourly pay: $16

If serving your local community reigns top of your list, look into becoming a school bus driver for your local district. The pay is decent, and you’ll have the opportunity to impact the youth of your area. Furthermore, you’ll get to home in on your expert driving skills.

Next: Who doesn’t need an assistant these days? 

5. Personal assistant

Calendar Events Plan Planner Organization

Your job could be to manage their daily calendar. | scyther5/iStock/Getty Images

  • Median hourly pay: $14

The job description for a personal assistant can take many forms, so choose wisely. Many managers and executives are searching for personal assistants to help manage their daily affairs, but busy and wealthy households are in need as well. And if you looking to keep the workload minimal, the household option may be best. Put an ad in your local classifieds, and you may be surprised by how many bites you get.

Next: This business is more lucrative than you think

6. Tutor

Mature tutor teaching young man on the computer

Use your expert knowledge to help others. | samotrebizan/iStock/Getty Images

  • Median hourly pay: $15

Students need tutors, and it’s doubtful much will change in that realm. If your professional background lends itself to capably tutoring students, put an ad in the classifieds. Another option is to visit some schools in your area and leave a business card. When teachers identify students needing special attention in a certain subject, they’ll have your information on hand.

Next: Listen up, bookworms!

7. Librarian

Female mature librarian

You could also become an assistant librarian or a clerk. | Wavebreakmedia/ Getty Images

  • Median hourly pay: $30

If you’re a bookworm, becoming a librarian could be right up your alley. And if you don’t meet the credentials for becoming a librarian, there is always the option of becoming a library assistant and clerk. While the pay is lower, you’ll still get to enjoy being surrounded by eager minds and beautiful books.

Next: Put those accounting skills back to work

8. Bookkeeper

Mature man doing finances in home office

If you have a business or accounting background, this could be for you. | Siri Stafford/iStock/Getty Images

  • Median hourly pay: $17

Part-time bookkeeping is the ideal job for a retiree with a business or accounting background. Typically, the hours are flexible and the work can sometimes be done from the comfort of your own home. For the most part, posting transactions, completing payroll, handling accounts, and balancing the ledger are the extent of a bookkeeper’s job duties.

Next: Telling people how to run their business never felt so good

9. Business consultant

Consultant is explaining solutions

Pass on your skills to others. | BernardaSv/iStock/Getty Images

  • Median hourly pay: $20

Let’s face it, after all those years you spent streamlining your business, you have a wealth of knowledge to share. And the odds are you can quickly identify how a business can improve its operations to bolster its bottom line. Starting a consulting business of your own is a great way to keep your creative juices flowing, while also helping another business reach its potential.

Next: You don’t have to quit what you love just because you retire

10. Freelance writer

man typing on laptop

Freelance writing allows you flexibility. | iStock/Getty Images

  • Median hourly pay: $25

The love of writing never really goes away. And if you spent your career writing, there is absolutely no need to hang your hat just yet. Freelance writing is lucrative and a fantastic opportunity to put your focus into articles and stories that really excite you. Furthermore, your local newspaper or another online publication could also be hunting a skilled part-time writer.

Next: Options are nearly endless with this one

11. Customer service representative

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There are tons of jobs available. | BrianAJackson/iStock/Getty Images

  • Median hourly pay: $16

It’s true. The options for customer service representatives are practically endless. Positions in the field are open in brick and mortar stores, as well as remote positions focusing on receiving inbound phone calls from customers.

Next: Travel perks included

12. Cruise ship call center representative

A senior stands on the rear deck of a cruise ship

Work in the call center or on the boat. | jeffclow/iStock / Getty Images Plus

A slightly different take on the customer service representative, cruise ship call centers assistant travelers and those inquiring about all aspects of the cruise experience. To boot, many cruise liners will offer travel perks for employees. Furthermore, if you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, there are ample positions available for retirees on cruise ships.

Next: Wilderness and adventure seekers unite.

13. National park visitor assistant

Take a job assisting at national parks. | iStock/Getty Images

  • Median hourly pay: $14

Many traveling retirees opt for positions with the national parks here in the U.S. Whether you opt for a full-time or part-time role, the national park system is chock full of employment opportunities for retirees. And if being on the move excites you, there are loads of retirees living in RVs and traveling the country.

Next: When you can’t get enough of the grandkids

14. Professional nanny

Little girl with her mature babysitter or nanny

This is a rewarding job for those who love kids. | LuckyBusiness/iStock/Getty Images

  • Median hourly pay: $16

Retired teachers and caregivers, nannying may be the perfect retirement gig there is. Caring for children can be one of the most rewarding jobs out there, and opting for a part-time job doing so will pay you pretty well. Plenty of families in your area are looking for a ‘mother’s helper’ or part-time sitter, so check the classifieds or put an ad out there.

Next: Tax season is oh so lucrative

15. Tax return prepper

Tax Preparation Gets Underway Ahead Of April Deadline

Take advantage of the fact that pretty much everyone hates doing their taxes. | Tim Boyle/Getty Images

  • Median hourly pay: $19

Whether you are a professional accountant or just have a knack for tax preparation, it’s never a bad time to put your skills to good use. And considering the majority of Americans despise the process of preparing and filing their own taxes, seasonal tax preparation could be the ultimate supplemental income.

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