Retail can be synonymous with minimum wage — and unpleasant working conditions to boot. I, for one, am glad my income never relied on my (non-existent) shirt-folding abilities.
However, many of us get our starts in the workforce in retail positions, or end up working several retail jobs at once to make ends meet while still keeping flexible hours.
I’ve worked as a barista and at a bookstore — fairly stereotypical English major jobs — and while my paychecks weren’t huge, I could fit my hours around my college schedule and didn’t have to do anything heinous.
But what if you could get the benefits of retail work — fairly achievable employment even with little or no work history, flexible hours and being paid hourly — with an actual livable wage?
Business Insider and Glassdoor teamed up to create this list of the best-paid hourly retail jobs. Some of them may surprise you. (Hint: head to the grocery store!)
1. Target Warehouse Worker: $19.40 an Hour
If you’re strong enough to lift heavy things, you can make about $40,000 a year working 40 hours per week in Target’s warehouse.
Plus, with all that heavy lifting, you can save money by ditching your gym membership!
2. Safeway Grocery Clerk: $16.34 an Hour
Although it doesn’t sound like the most exciting job in the world, working a cash register and bagging groceries pays big at Safeway.
And it’s not all bad! You’ll interact with lots of people every day. You might even learn a thing or two about how to grocery shop on a budget from frugal customers or just by seeing the prices of different items so frequently.
3. Trader Joe’s Artist: $13.64 an Hour
Got some artistic talent? Trader Joe’s pays the folks who create their hand-drawn signs almost $14 an hour!
Plus, you get a discount on groceries, according to Glassdoor — a very budget-friendly perk.
4. Bloomingdale’s Sales Associate: $12.25 an Hour
Are you interested in fashion? Good at striking up a conversation with a stranger or advising friends which shoes go best with that dress?
Put your prowess to work at Bloomingdale’s, and make more than $25,000 per year working full time — $10,000 more than you’d make working 40 hours at minimum wage.
5. Ann Taylor Sales Associate: $11.74 an Hour
Ann Taylor’s high quality, affordable business wear is a staple in my closet. If you already have an office job, this would make an ideal side hustle: Score a 50% discount on the stuff you’re already wearing to work!
If you’re looking to make the most out of your hours, be sure to check out the full list over on Business Insider.
Your Turn: Does your hourly retail position pay well? Where do you work?
Jamie Cattanach is junior writer at The Penny Hoarder and a native Floridian. She’s passionate about learning, literature, chocolate and finding ways to live the good life as cost-effectively as possible. You can send smoke signals (or, you know, friendly greetings) to @jamiecattanach on Twitter.