50 Great Jobs for Retirees

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SENIOR MANAGEMENT

Sometimes retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Maybe it's boredom, loneliness, or just too much time on your hands — or the money runs short. There are plenty of reasons a job — especially part-time, flexible, and perhaps remote work — can start to look good to a retiree. And there are plenty of jobs that seniors can pursue (with median hourly wages, where applicable, from PayScale).

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ACCOUNTANT

Median Hourly Pay: $19.28
Accounting skills and experience don't just go away at retirement. Payroll, tax advice, or as-needed consulting can be done part-time. Accountemps has guidance for taking on temporary or part-time accounting jobs.

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ANTIQUE RESELLER

Median Hourly Pay: N/A
There's money to be made buying and selling antique furniture, maybe doing some refurbishing along the way. Knowledge, experience, and contacts can make a difference in profits, and online sales channels such as Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy help move merchandise.

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ARTIST

Median Hourly Pay: Varies
Pottery, needlepoint, painting, sewing, and other arts and crafts shouldn't be confined to gifts for friends and relatives. Consider selling at fairs (particularly around the holidays) and on websites such as Etsy, ArtFire, and others.

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AUTHOR

Median Hourly Pay: N/A
Writing can be creatively rewarding, and there many options for inexpensive self-publishing. Amazon is one of the most high-profile and has a simple how-to guide from its Kindle Direct Publishing group.

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BABY SITTER

Median Hourly Pay: $10.14
Especially for parents and grandparents, taking care of other people's kids should be easy and familiar. Retirees near tourist attractions such as Disney World can explore "fairy godmother" hotel child-care services.

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BEAUTICIAN

Median Hourly Pay: $9.56
Styling hair for everything from corporate events to weddings takes someone with patience, skill, and strong nerves — people paying to look great can be quite picky. A makeup artist can charge a higher rate, according to PayScale, which puts the median pay at $17.25 an hour.

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CUSTOMER SERVICE REP

Median Hourly Pay: $13.23
Ideally, customer service should be more than just listening to complaints — it can be more like detective work to help resolve issues.

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DELIVERY PERSON

Median Hourly Pay: $13.40
Driving packages and documents around can be less work than driving people around. One interesting option for part-time delivery is with Amazon, which promises flexible hours and pay rates from $18 to $25 an hour.

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DIRECT SELLER

Median Hourly Pay: N/A
Avon, Tupperware, and Mary Kay still use "sales consultants," but they are not the only game in town. When exploring "multilevel marketing," in which people are encouraged to sell to relatives and friends and sometimes recruit them to sell, look to the Federal Trade Commission for guidance on how to ensure the work is legitimate.

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DOG WALKER

Median Hourly Pay: $13.27
Dog walking doesn't just pay — it adds fresh air and exercise into the mix. Put up fliers in local coffee shops, community centers, pet stores, and animal shelters to bring in work, or sign up with Rover.

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EDITOR

Median Hourly Pay: $20.05
Work editing and rewriting other people's work can come from Craigslist, Indeed, or a number of other sources and sites, and involve anything from real estate brochures to restaurant menus or small newspaper ads.

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EXPERT

Median Hourly Pay: N/A
Ever wonder where websites that answer questions get their information? Many employ people part-time to find the answers. JustAnswer pays for expertise answering questions in specific areas — up to $706 a week on tech issues, according to the site.

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FAST FOOD WORKER

Median Hourly Pay: $8.25
No one's going to get rich working in a fast food restaurant, but it's one way to make some extra money working part-time.

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FOCUS GROUP MEMBER

Median Hourly Pay: N/A
For as long as there has been market research, there have been focus groups. These days, many focus groups don't meet physically; the work is done online, making some focus groups little different from online surveys. Focus group sites worth a look include Focus Pointe Global, SIS International, and Luntz Global.

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GARAGE SALE CONSULTANT

Median Hourly Pay: Varies
You can run your own garage sale a few times, but after a while there won't be much to sell. To make a part-time job out of it, use your experience to help others. The money you can make depends on your ability to negotiate every last cent for a pair of wooden salad tongs that would otherwise go to Goodwill.

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FLORAL ARRANGER

Median Hourly Pay: $11.78
Florists work with beautiful products all day, make people happy — or at least feel better — and get to use their creativity. It helps if applicants walk in with some knowledge of plants and flowers, innate talent, and customer service and time management skills.

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GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Median Hourly Pay: $16.47
Design brochures, websites, menus, and other products for individual clients, or do work delivered online through sites such as Creative Market and Big Cartel.

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HANDYPERSON

Median Hourly Pay: $20.38
Are friends and relatives always coming around for help with odd jobs such as building fences or fixing furniture? Get the certifications, licenses, and insurance described by the Association of Certified Handyman Professionals and start making money off those skills.

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HOME HEALTH CARE AIDE

Median Hourly Pay: $10.50
These health-care workers look after people in their homes — typically working with elderly patients or those with disabilities, doing everything from checking vital signs to helping with physical therapy.

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HOME STAGER

Median Hourly Pay: Varies
This is a good job for someone with interior decorating skills who can handle tight deadlines and is good at working with others. Home staging typically involves partnering with real estate agents to help them inexpensively redecorate for-sale homes. The Staging Diva has tips for getting started.

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HOUSEKEEPER

Median Hourly Pay: $10.61
Some find a zen-like peace in cleaning. Part-time house cleaning can be lucrative, with flexible hours, and work might be just as easily found independently as by visiting websites for housekeeper recruiting such as Care.com.

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HOUSE INSPECTOR

Median Hourly Pay: $18.80
Home inspection requires training, and can be tough. Done properly, it may displease the homebuyer, seller, or both. But it can make a real difference in people's lives at an important moment.

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HOUSE SITTER

Median Hourly Pay: $12.29
Offering to take care of people's houses while they are away means often staying somewhere new, but not all placements pay — some people look at it more as a way to save money, since they're not paying rent, and travel. Explore the possibilities on sites such as House Sitters America.

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LANDSCAPER

Median Hourly Pay: $14.72
If mowing the lawn and trimming the trees in the yard seems more like fun than a chore, it can be a route to making a little extra money. Compensation for taking care of a few lawns and gardens in the neighborhood depends a lot on location.

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LIBRARIAN

Median Hourly Pay: $18.49
Working at a library generally involves listening to people describe the kind of information they want and helping them sift through possible sources — like a human search engine. The work is usually quiet and suits those who enjoy working with people.

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MEDICAL RECORDS CLERK

Median Hourly Pay: $12.77
Those paper forms that must be filled out at a doctor's office are just some of the complex sets of information health-care professionals need to have quickly and accurately entered into electronic record storage systems.

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MENTOR OR JOB COACH

Median Hourly Pay: $12.79
To stay close to a profession without the hassle of a full-time job, consider mentoring or career coaching someone just starting in the business. LinkedIn has advice on becoming a career coach.

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MODEL

Median Hourly Pay: $26.77
Modeling isn't just for teenagers. After all, the magazine, website, and TV ads featuring those vigorous-looking older people don't use kids in makeup and wigs. To find out more, visit the websites of agencies specializing in senior models.

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MUSICIAN

Median Hourly Pay: $45
Musicians working local dances, weddings, or live-music nights at bars and restaurants may not make a ton of money, but they get to make music and be paid for it. Despite the relatively high hourly rate, PayScale says musicians and singers generally make less than $40,000 annually (reflecting the limited number of hours typically booked).

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NEIGHBORHOOD CHAUFFEUR

Median Hourly Pay: $12.52
You don't have to sign up with Uber or Lyft to help people in the neighborhood with transportation, whether they be young parents wanting to get kids to after-school activities, seniors who can no longer drive, or others who don't own a car. Sites such as Monster can be a resource for finding clients.

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ONLINE INSTRUCTOR

Median Hourly Pay: Varies
OnlineCollege.org has a guide to get people started teaching online, and the National Education Association has advice on teaching secondary school students online. Sites such as Udemy and Teachable allow instructors to create their own courses and earn money based on their success.

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PARK RANGER

Median Hourly Pay: $15.12
Fresh air, scenery, and wildlife — sound like an appealing workplace? Some park ranger jobs require a degree in a related field such as forestry, and sometimes emergency training as well.

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PERSONAL CHEF

Median Hourly Pay: $20.60
For people who enjoy cooking, a gig as a part-time personal chef may be a good fit. Cooks must be able to accommodate personal needs and tastes and meet deadlines.

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PET SITTER

Median Hourly Pay: $12.69
Like house-sitting, a lot of pet-sitting opportunities offer a place to stay instead of money. But with so many owners who spoil their pets like children, there is money to be made by building up clientele and courting word-of-mouth referrals, especially.

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Median Hourly Pay: $25.62
Photographers who do weddings, baptisms, graduations, and baby showers need specialized equipment as well as skills and experience, but selling work to stock photography websites such as Shutterstock and iStock is an easy way to get your feet wet in the industry.

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POSTSECONDARY INSTRUCTOR

Median Hourly Pay: $22.21
It's not only university professors with master's degrees who can create and teach college classes. Community adult education centers and community colleges often use people with bachelor's degrees and life experience.

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PROJECT MANAGER

Median Hourly Pay: Varies
If most of your career has been spent managing projects, don't leave that behind entirely. Stay connected in your industry and offer your services for contract project management work. The website Upwork can help find work.

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PUBLIC SERVICE

Median Hourly Pay: Varies
Give back with public service. The part-time compensation for serving on a school board or city council counts for more knowing you're doing something worthwhile for the community.

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RECRUITER

Median Hourly Pay: $16.86
Sites such as LinkedIn and Monster advertise jobs and find applicants, but there is no substitute for experienced people who know what a company needs. Recent retirees may be in the perfect position to help recruiters and headhunters. PayScale has insight into what it's like to work in recruiting.

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REPAIR PERSON

Median Hourly Pay: $14.14
For those who understand how things tick, literally as well as figuratively, there's money to be made fixing everything from watches and clocks to lawnmowers and sewing machines. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sees modest growth in the sector through 2024.

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RESEARCHER

Median Hourly Pay: Varies
Research assistant is a good job for people who love finding and evaluating information. LinkedIn reports more than 5,000 open research assistant positions in towns and cities nationwide in academic and corporate settings. Pay can depend a great deal on qualifications, experience, and sector.

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SKI PATROLLER

Median Hourly Pay: $14.74
Yes, retirees can still be winter resort ski patrol members. The job often comes with perks such as a heavily discounted ski pass, on top of knowing you're helping keep people safe and providing aid when there's trouble.

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STREET PERFORMER

Median Hourly Pay: Varies
There's more to busking than having an instrument, a pleasant singing voice, and patience — street performing is legal and safe only in certain places, and a permit might be needed. In New York City, using a "loudspeaker, megaphone, or stereo in a street performance" requires $45 for a sound device permit. Balloon animal artists, magicians, and sketch artists can do this, too.

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SWIMMING INSTRUCTOR

Median Hourly Pay: $11.52
Being a part-time swim instructor and lifeguard is a way to get paid to stay in shape and meet community members.

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TAX PREPARER

Median Hourly Pay: $12.20
If you've spent another tax season being asked by friends and relatives for help, you probably have the skills and experience to be paid for it. Anyone can be a tax preparer, so long as they have a preparer tax identification number from the Internal Revenue Service.

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TOUR GUIDE

Median Hourly Pay: $11.91
Being a tour guide is a good way to explore a community and share knowledge. It takes work, study, perseverance, and being good with people. One way to ease in is by volunteering at a local museum, art gallery, zoo, or aquarium.

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TRANSLATOR

Median Hourly Pay: $19.89
Writing or speaking another language is a huge asset in many sectors, including tourism, government services, and business services. The BLS shows strong growth for translation through 2024.

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T-SHIRT DESIGNER

Median Hourly Pay: N/A
Creative types can find a number of easy, low-cost ways to get into clothing design. Using websites such as Teespring and Teechip, it's simple to get shirts (as well as other clothing items) custom-made for you to sell. Zazzle and Etsy can take a designer even further.

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TUTOR

Median Hourly Pay: $17.28
There are lots of tutoring services in need of people, including Kaplan, Golden Voice English, and Chegg.

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VOICEOVER TALENT

Median Hourly Pay: $40
If you believe you have the pipes to do voiceover work, such as for audiobooks or training videos, VoiceBunny has advice. Although the median hourly rate is very respectable, PayScale lists the average annual pay at below $35,000.

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