Top 5 High-Paying Jobs for College Students

Paying for college ain’t easy as people think. Most college students work at least a part-time job while in school, sometimes for a little extra spending money, but many times to pay for those hefty tuition bills or foot the rent bill or pay for the groceries. Although feeding free time on your school schedule is kinda harder and getting a job that pays well is even harder.

Here are five great jobs for college students that pay a healthy wage, many of which are super flexible, or even totally remote.

5 High-Paying Jobs for College Students
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Waiter / Waitress

If you’re someone who has great customer service skills, a job as a server at a restaurant could be great for you. While the base pay for servers is usually minimum wage or lower, working nights and weekends at a high-dollar restaurant can earn you solid money in tips.


Are you a night owl? Do you function better when the sun is down? Maybe a job that works the swing shift is better for you! Study up on your craft drinks and land a job slinging high-end cocktails and you could make some solid cash. Also check out hotel bars, which can land you clientele with deep pockets. Bartenders make an average of $12.00–$16.00 per hour.


Transcriptionists might listen to audio and write down what’s being said, or they might even watch movies or TV and transcribe the dialogue (not a bag gig, eh?). Sites like TranscribeMe , Quicktate , and Rev will connect you to transcription work, you’ll just need to pass a test that demonstrates you can type quickly and accurately. You can expect to earn $10–$25, depending on the company, job, and your skill level.

Data Entry Specialist

Data entry is a great job for college students because the work can be done from just about anywhere, anytime, all you need is a computer and internet access. Clickworker and the Smart Crowd are sites where you can find data entry work that can average you $14–$17 per hour.

Fitness Instructor

You might be surprised to find out that fitness instructors make an average of $23 per hour ! While you’ll likely need training or certifications to lead workout classes, many gyms and fitness studios are willing to teach employees all they know about staying in shape and maintaining good health as long as they’re dedicated to teaching other people. You could also check the fitness center at your university to see if they offer training courses for instructors, or even if they’re hiring.

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