Four Excellent Hourly Jobs

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Earning a salary isn’t a requirement for an excellent income. There are plenty of high paying jobs that pay an hourly wage. These positions have their advantages, especially when overtime kicks in. All of these jobs have the potential for part-time or full-time hours, so it can be an excellent job choice for a wide variety of people. Have a look and start applying today!

1.)  Dental Assistant

Dental assistants have a different role than hygienists. They focus more on the administrative side of office operations, and also assist in lab work. They might answer phones, help with patient records, or even escort patients to the correct area of the office. There are many technical degrees you can earn to become a dental assistant, and most states will require on-the-job training upon completion of this program. The average hourly wage for dental assistants is $16 per hour, but in larger metropolitan areas they can earn anywhere from $20 to $30 per hour.

2.)  Bartender

Bartending is a great job and it can serve many purposes. Some people bartend part-time for supplemental income; others work full-time. In order to be a successful bartender you need to be fast, charismatic, and knowledgeable. Knowing how to make popular drinks efficiently will help you earn more tips. There are many ways to become a bartender, and today the most popular is attending a bartending class to learn the basics. You could also take a job as a bar back / waiter and focus on learning how to bartend. It doesn’t usually pay a great hourly wage, but coupled with tips it can be a high-paying job. The average tips can vary greatly from bar to bar. At smaller and less busy establishments you might earn an extra $20-$50 per day. At a popular bar in a major city, it could be $100’s of dollars.

3.)  Bus Driver

There are many types of bus drivers, and where you work comes down to personal preference. They work for cities, colleges, hospitals, schools, or private charter companies. Some even work in the entertainment industry. Most bus drivers are part-time workers, although there are definitely full-time opportunities. Working for a city can be an excellent job, because the benefits and retirement packages are great, and usually the hourly wages are very competitive. In order to become a bus driver, you need a CDL with a school bus (S) or passenger (P) endorsement. Check with your local DMV. The average salary for city / transit drivers is $36,000 per year. School bus drivers make less at $28,000 per year, but most work part-time hours. Driving a bus can be an excellent career and most positions pay hourly.

4.)  Truck Driver

Truck driving can be an excellent career, but it’s definitely not for everyone. There are several ways to land this type of job, and the most common is attending a certified truck driving school which usually costs between $3000-$6000 and lasts several months. Ask about paying all cash up front, because some of these schools will provide a discounted rate. After you finish up classes, you take a written exam / road test to earn the CDL. There is also the option to work for a company that will pay for your classes, but if you take this route you need to research. You’ll need to sign a contract to work for at least two years, and most of the jobs are over the road. This means being away from home for weeks at a time, and moving freight incredibly long distances. Despite these drawbacks, it can be an excellent career, and if you buy your own rig there is six-figure income potential. Moving freight is expensive, and companies charge a premium for these services. If you earn your CDL without the help of a company, don’t jump at the first driving gig. Pick a place you wouldn’t mind working at for 20+ years.

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Matthew Welch is an SEO strategist, content marketer, blog manager, and sports enthusiast from Boston, MA with a collegiate background in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Connecticut.

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