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America’s High-Paying, Hourly Jobs

Kelly Strain | Oct 13, 2020

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hourly workers make up three-fifths of all wage and salaried workers. Yet, it is a common stigma that hourly work isn’t as good as salaried employment. 

We live in a different job market today than ever before. It can be difficult to find a full-time job due to the global pandemic and resulting economic recession. The good news is that hourly, temporary, project-based work is a great alternative. There are a number of hourly jobs that offer competitive pay – and increased flexibility, giving you the ability to spread out your interests, gain additional work experience, or explore new skills.

In addition, working in the gig economy allows you to be your own boss and set your own schedule. Not sure where to start? Check out the list below to see which hourly gig jobs can make you the most money.

High-Paying, Hourly Jobs

You’ve probably considered picking up one of these hourly jobs at some point in your life – or maybe you already have! Take a look at how much money you could be making. 

1. Handyman

A handyman is a Jack (or Jill) of all trades. They have a wide range of skills and can fix just about anything, typically around the home. The top projects seeking handyman workers include gutter repair, painting, lighting maintenance, installation, appliance repairs, plumbing leaks, and drywall repairs. We are seeing spikes in these types of residential requests as we enter the fall season. 

Average Pay: $60-70 per hour 

2. Carpenters

From framers to contractors to woodworkers, each carpentry task is different. Carpenters work indoors and outdoors on a variety of construction projects, from installing kitchen cabinets to building bridges providing an opportunity to specialize in an area that most interests you. Many carpenters genuinely love the work they do, enjoy building with their hands and creating useful structures. 

Median Pay: $23.24 per hour 

3. CDL Truck Drivers 

A driver with a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is able to drive specialized commercial motor vehicles like school buses, tractor-trailers, delivery trucks, and more. With the growing popularity of delivery services, there are considerable opportunities in this field. Hourly pay is going up as demand outpaces the qualified truck drivers looking for work, landing this gig amongst the top of our list! 

Median Pay: $21.76 per hour 

4. Construction Worker 

Construction workers perform many tasks that require physical, manual labor – cleaning and preparing construction sites, pouring concrete, loading and unloading building materials, operating heavy equipment and machinery, and more.  Some construction laborers are self-employed, while others work for a company. Currently, there is a shortage of skilled construction workers and these essential workers are in demand to keep up with contracts. 

Median pay: $17.31 per hour

5. Customer Service Representative

Customer service representatives are the critical link between customers and companies. They interact online, over the phone, or in person, putting out fires by resolving complaints and keeping customers informed and happy. Customer service representatives work most commonly for online retailers,  just ensure you have patience! 

Median Pay: $16.69 per hour

6. Dog Walker 

Are you an animal lover? This might be the gig for you. A dog walker picks up the dog from their home, walks the dog for the allocated time, and returns him or her back home. You can occasionally walk more than one dog at a time doubling or even tripling your earning potential. 

Average Pay: $14.86 per hour

7. Landscaper 

Landscapers, gardeners and yard workers are responsible for maintaining the grounds of businesses, parks, and homes. These seasonal workers are in high demand for leaf cleanup, snow removal, tree trimming, planting, mowing and more. 

Median Pay: 14.85 per hour

8. Warehouse Worker 

COVID-19 has driven consumers online and brought e-commerce to the forefront due to store closures and safety concerns. The warehousing industry plays an integral role in meeting this online shopping demand and as consumer activity spikes, warehouses and distribution centers become busier. Warehouse worker responsibilities may include packing, sorting, and shipping orders or managing, unloading and retrieving stock.

Average pay: $13.77 per hour

9. Food Server

These food industry workers greet restaurant patrons, take orders, and deliver meals. They are responsible for delivering a pleasant dining experiences, whether at a five-star steakhouse or local diners. You may work nights and weekends, but when you take into account tips, this job becomes more lucrative earning well over the minimum wage.

Median pay: $11.00 per hour (plus tips)

Benefits of Hourly Pay 

Thinking about trying hourly work? When it comes to pay, there are benefits to consider when evaluating earning an hourly wage vs. a salaried one.  

Extra Pay for Extra Hours 

If the gig runs over, you are paid for those extra hours. You have the potential to earn extra income, when you put in the hours. When the gig is over, you are off the clock and able to jump to the next task, hobby, or gig at hand. 

No Contracts 

You are not bound by a contract. If you find another gig with higher pay, you have the ability to pursue it and earn additional income while working the same job and/or same amount of hours. 

Instant Pay 

Forget having to wait for a bi-monthly paycheck. Hourly wage earners are able access earned wages on a daily basis. This can come in handy for unexpected expenses that pop up between traditional payroll cycles.

Supplement a Full-Time Job 

Making a living is no longer limited to the 9-to-5. Many people are working a 40-hour work week, but still looking for hourly jobs on nights and weekends to supplement their income.  The extra hourly pay can help you pay off student loans, put a down payment on a house or even provide a cushion for holiday spending when needed. 

How to Find an Hourly Gig

Whether you freelance as a side hustle to bring in some additional income or you do it full-time as your main source of income, gig economy apps can help. Find gigs from food delivery to construction to residential home projects by downloading the Get Gigs app for free

You can create a profile and start applying for jobs in minutes. We recommend adding a welcoming headshot and completing all sections of your profile: including skills, work history, references, education, training and certifications to make your profile stand out. Most hired Get Gigs workers have 10+ skills added to their profile. The result? More gigs. 

As the gig economy gains momentum, it is becoming more competitive as more and more people explore working in it. Are you ready to find your next gig? 

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