12 Seasonal Jobs Hiring at $15 per Hour or More
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If you’ve participated in the seasonal job market in the past, you’re probably acutely aware of employer desperation when it comes to filling roles to meet holiday demand.
This year is setting up to be no different. In fact, it’s likely to be one of the best years — for workers — on record.
“They’re pulling out every stop they can think of. They’re raising wages. They’re offering an increased number of jobs with benefits. They’re offering flexible schedules. They’re literally offering entry-level job seekers the opportunity to go to college and have it paid for,” says Ian Siegal, CEO of ZipRecruiter, in regards to employers chasing after workers in the already competitive, pandemic-riddled job market.
Macy’s and Amazon have gone as far as to offer sign-on bonuses as high as $3,000 just to log hours over the next few months.
If you’re out of a job, looking for more hours, or simply searching for new opportunities, you’ll be happy to know that the holiday season – coined the “hiring season” – is just around the corner.
From traditional seasonal jobs at retailers like Kohl’s and Macy’s, to packing and delivery oriented jobs with shipping companies like FedEx and UPS, all the way to online jobs with tech giants like Amazon and Radial (eBay’s parent organization) – large companies are offering perks beyond just a high base salary to lure in potential workers.
12 Companies Hiring Seasonal Workers at $15 Per Hour (or More)
Target announced it is hiring an additional 100,000 new team members for its over 1,700 stores, distribution centers, and fulfillment centers across the world.
There are job openings in logistics, sales, cashiering, inventory management, and food services (some locations have cafe’s on-site).
Employees receive a 10% discount on Target merchandise and get 20% off wellness (grocery-oriented) purchases. Target’s On Demand initiative also aims to allow workers with inconsistent schedules to pick up hours more flexibly.
Seasonal workers also get access to free mental health and virtual doctor visits during their employment period.
Current Openings: 100,000
Pay: $15.00 per hour (higher in select areas)
Apply: Search Target Job Openings
Like their giant commerce competitors, Walmart has upped the pay ante by offering a needed 150,000 seasonal workers an average wage of nearly $17 per hour (up to $34 per hour) to help with their retail, curbside and online positions. With nearly 5,000 locations, 90% of Americans live within 10 miles of a store — meaning your daily commute doesn’t have to present as a lump of coal this holiday season.
Associates have realistic pathways towards career advancement — 75% of salaried store management began their careers as hourly employees — and Walmart currently offers 100% tuition and book reimbursement through their Live Better U program.
If you transition to a full-time role, additional perks include:
- Paid time off
- No-cost counseling
- 401(k) with a 15% match up to $1,800 yearly
- Parental leave and more
Current Openings: 150,000
Pay: $15 per hour and up
Apply: Search Walmart Job Openings
UPS hires package handlers, drivers, and “driver helpers” to help with the holiday rush. That rush applies to hiring too, as UPS says they’re looking to go from application to “hired” in 30 minutes or less for the 2021-2022 holiday season.
According to a company spokesman, “over 74% of seasonal workers wanted their temporary position to turn into a long-term job” — a huge positive for someone looking for lengthier opportunities.
With pay starting between $15 and $22 per hour, temp employees can further boost their earnings by electing to participate in the company’s Earn and Learn program, which pays up to $1300 every 3 months towards an employee’s higher education expenses.
Current Openings: 100,000
Pay: $15 to $22 per hour (certain locations offer weekly bonuses of $100 to $200)
Apply: Search UPS Job Openings
Teletech helps larger retailers by providing tech support throughout the holidays with a network of work-from-home assistants.
They’re currently looking for about 450 work-from-home customer service representatives to help large e-commerce retailers track, fulfill, and troubleshoot orders.
Current Openings: about 450
Pay: $18.00 per hour and up ($19 per hour once licensed)
Apply: Search Teletech Job Openings
J.C. Penney’s is looking to add around 25,000 new cashiers and sales associates to their 875 retail stores in the United States. They’re also hiring operations associates to help with backroom inventory and merchandise replenishment.
Perks are location-dependent but include up to a $3 per hour “Premium Hour” boost for high-demand periods, 25% employee discounts on merchandise, and unlimited $300 bonuses for referred employees.
Current Openings: 25,000
Pay: Up to $17.00 per hour (with Premium Hour incentives)
Apply: Search JCPenney’s Job Openings
Kohl’s is getting in on the seasonal action and opening its doors to about 90,000 new sales, freight and distribution associates. Kohl’s sales associates typically help stock merchandise, provide customer service, fill online orders, and assist with credit operations.
Their freight and distribution associates typically help with order packaging and delivery.
Kohl’s also announced a new bonus program this season for associates who work with Kohl’s through the holidays. Employees will be eligible for bonus payments from $100 to $400. Associates also receive a 15% store discount and get paid weekly — a convenient perk for those needing near-immediate cash flow.
Radial is looking to fill over 27,000 open positions in its fulfillment and customer service centers. Workers help source and send the surge of orders the company is expecting over the holidays.
Wages for Radial’s seasonal workers are location-dependent but start at $15 per hour and go higher from there, according to a company spokesman. They provide some of the highest-paying seasonal jobs available. Employees will also have the opportunity to be brought on as permanent team members.
Current Openings: 27,000
Pay: $15 per hour and up
Apply: Search Radial Job Openings
8. Williams Sonoma
Looking to trade your time for a little bit of money and a hefty discount on products you love? Williams Sonoma has a deal that will be pretty hard for some kitchenware lovers to pass up. Williams Sonoma Inc, the parent company for popular brands such as the Pottery Barn and West Elm, is hiring up to 7,000 for its seasonal work-from-home positions.
According to the company website, perks include:
- 40% Discount on most merchandise
- Monthly performance bonuses up to $500
- $250 bonuses for referring friends and family
- $300 bonus for perfect attendance during the holidays
- Fun contests/rewards and recognition programs
- Paid Training from the comfort of your home
- Overtime, overtime, overtime
- Opportunity to convert to benefited status within 90 days!
- Pay = $15.00/hr
Expect these jobs to go fast.
Current Openings: 7,000
Pay: $15 per hour + several bonus opportunities
Apply: Search Williams Sonoma Job Openings
FedEx is looking for 90,000 new packagers and drivers this holiday season. They’re additionally looking for 500 roles in data science and IT. If you think you can handle a warehouse or brave the elements, or have computer smarts, FedEx is positing jobs with wages up to $19.50 per hour for all shifts (morning, day, evening, and overnight, with premium pay for full-time workers).
Select customer service and courier gigs also offer sign-on bonuses between $1000 and $2000.
Current Openings: 90,000
Pay: Up to $19.50 per hour + incentives
Apply: Search FedEx Job Openings
Mac’s is looking to fill nearly 100,000 seasonal jobs between their retail storefronts, fulfillment facilities, online chat jobs and over-the-phone customer service roles, and nearly 1,000 support staff for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and other holiday events.
Notable perks include:
- Up to 20% merchandise discount
- Flexible scheduling
- Regular, optional overtime shifts
- $500 employee referral bonus
- Additional $2 per hour weekend bonus program
- Path to Growth Incentive
- Quarterly bonus offered to qualifying colleagues
Current Openings: 97,000
Pay: Up to $15 per hour (with incentives)
Apply: Search Macy’s Job Openings
It’s no surprise that one of the world’s largest companies is looking for some serious manpower this time of year. Specifically, they’re looking for help filling 40,000 new corporate and tech jobs and 125,000 full and part-time fulfillment and transportation jobs.
“Seasonal roles offer an average starting pay of $18 per hour, sign-on bonuses up to $3,000 and an additional $3 per hour depending on shifts in many locations, plus the opportunity to transition to long-term careers,” according to the hiring announcement.
While Amazon has caught flak in the past for their hiring and pay practices, the new wage and bonus offerings are amongst the highest we’ve seen for seasonal workers, especially those interested in continuing work after the holidays.
Current Openings: 165,000
Pay: $18 per hour and up
Apply: Search Amazon Job Openings
1-800-Flowers, alongside companies like FTD, are looking for customer service associates to help with the surge in holiday flower requests. Employees would be helping fulfill, track and troubleshoot the large volume of orders coming through during the Christmas, New Years, and Valentine’s Day season (no need to worry about a crash course on becoming a florist although those positions are open too).
Temporary employees with good track records and great attendance are often invited to stay on as permanent team members.
Current Openings: 10,000
Pay: $15 to $17 per hour depending on the position
Apply: Search 1-800-Flowers Job Openings
“Temp” Jobs Can Lead to Full-Time Opportunities
Many of the seasonal jobs posted are temporary (to help with the holiday rush) while others help fill vacant full-time positions; many have great benefits.
Having your foot halfway in the door, even in a temporary role, is a great way to secure a more permanent position and advance your career.