Companies That Hire High School Students

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There are restrictions on the hours teenage employees can work. Limits include the number of hours per day, the times during the day when students can work, and the amount of hours that can be worked each week when school is in session and during the summer. Here’s information on the hours teens can work.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state law determine the limitation on work for teenagers (14 – 17 years old) under what are known as Child Labor Law and youth employment statutes.

There are no restrictions for ages 18 and older.

In addition to federal and state laws, employers often set age limits when hiring new employees. For smaller companies, the age you need to be eligible for consideration for a job may be listed in the job posting. Check for restrictions before you apply.

Many bigger companies list the minimum age job applicants must be. Here’s a list of some of the top companies that hire high school students along with the age requirements for being hired.

Companies That Hire High School Students With Age Requirements

Companies With Minimum Age Requirements of 16

  • Adidas (16)
  • Aeropostale (16)
  • American Eagle (16)
  • Applebee's (16)
  • Banana Republic (16)
  • Barnes & Noble (16)
  • Bed, Bath and Beyond (16)
  • Best Buy (16, 18 some positions)
  • BJ's Wholesale Club (16)
  • Burger King (15, 16 some positions)
  • Chick-fil-A (16)
  • Claire’s / ICING (16)
  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (16)
  • CVS (16)
  • Domino’s Pizza (16, 18 some positions)
  • Dunkin Donuts ((16, 18 some positions)
  • Freddy's (16)
  • Gap (16)
  • Gap Outlet (16)
  • Giant Eagle (16)
  • Jamba Juice (16)
  • Justice (16)
  • KFC (16, 18 some positions)
  • Legal Seafood (16)
  • Marshalls (16)
  • Maurices (16)
  • McDonald’s (16)
  • Old Navy (16)
  • Panera Bread (16)
  • Papa Johns (16)
  • Petco (16)
  • PetSmart (16)
  • Pipelime (16)
  • Pizza Hut (16, 18 some positions)
  • Pot Belly Sandwich Shop (16)
  • Publix (14, 16 some positions)
  • Rebook (16)
  • Six Flags (16)
  • Staples (16, 18 some positions)
  • Subway (16)
  • Taco Bell (16)
  • Target (16, 18 Distribution Centers)
  • The Fresh Market (16)
  • TJ Maxx (16)
  • Walmart (16, 18 some positions)
  • Wawa (16)
  • Wendy's (16)
  • YMCA (15 - 16, 18 some positions, check with your local Y)

Companies With Minimum Age Requirements of 18

  • Amazon
  • FedEx
  • Macy’s
  • Starbucks
  • UPS

How To Find Job Listings

To find job listings at these employers, search Google for the company name, then visit the Careers/Jobs section of the website to apply. You can also search using the company name and your location to generate a list of open positions.

Exceptions to Minimum Age Requirements

Keep in mind that age limitations may vary based on state and local laws, and on the job for which you are applying, so check the requirements before you apply. Also, businesses that serve or sell alcohol and cigarettes may have different age requirements.

Getting Working Papers

If you are under age eighteen, you may need to obtain working papers (officially called Employment / Age Certificates) in order to legally be able to work. Requirements vary by state. The best place to find out if you need working papers is your school guidance office.


Here’s information on working papers and how to get an Employment/Age Certificate. Get your certificate prior to starting to look for a job. It will make the process easier if you’re ready to get hired.

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