10 Escape Rooms Across the U.S. Now Hiring Game Masters to Lock People Up
Customer service jobs can all feel pretty similar. You’re behind a counter, answering questions, ringing something into a cash register…
You can develop some great skills and earn money, but it’s not exactly an exciting field.
… Unless you work for an escape room.
What is an Escape Room?
Escape rooms invite any group of people -- families, co-workers, bachelor parties or friends -- to get locked in a room. The goal? Get out of the room by working together and solving puzzles.
You usually have about an hour to do it.
As a game master, you’ll be responsible for meeting and greeting customers and explaining game rules. You’ll monitor the room via security cameras while they play, and offer hints when they need it.
Your job would also include resetting props in the room between groups and some basic cleaning in your down time.
Pay varies around the country, but it’s a decent part-time job. We talked to one Penny Hoarder who is a full-time game master in Tampa, Florida, and she earns $10 an hour.
She also says the job has no drawbacks compared with other customer service jobs.
These can be fun part-time jobs for college students, actors or anyone who loves puzzles and wants to earn a little extra cash.
You should have customer service experience and enjoy talking to people, but otherwise the position doesn’t typically require previous related experience or education.
If you’re interested, read our full article on what it’s like to be a game master. And check out these 10 escape rooms hiring around the country.
1. FLEE the Ultimate Real Life Escape Game -- Seattle, Washington
Pay is $12 an hour plus tips for a minimum 20 hours a week.
2. Room With a Clue -- Honolulu, Hawaii
You’d work fewer than 20 hours a week, and the company doesn’t specify pay in its listing.
3. Expedition Escape -- Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania
4. Enigma Escape Rooms -- Los Angeles, California
Actors in an escape room perform the story in full costume for guests. For example, you might be a zombie for a Halloween-themed game.
This company doesn’t list pay, but actors tend to get paid more than game masters. You could earn $25 to $30 per game (about an hour of work) to dress up and play a character.
5. Novus Escape Room -- Kansas City, Missouri
6. Bend Escape Room -- Bend, Oregon
7. Zero Hour Escape Rooms -- Duluth, Minnesota
This midwestern escape room is looking for a part-time game host/hostess to work nights and weekends. Pay is $10 an hour.
8. Can You Escape? LI -- Mineola, New York
9. No Escape Room -- Buffalo Grove, Illinois
10. Escapology -- Saint Peters, Missouri
You should be at least 18 years old to apply, but it prefers you be at least 21.
Your Turn: Have you ever been to an escape room? Would you work one of these part-time jobs?
Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).