Children age 14 can work in various jobs as long as the jobs are not deemed hazardous by the U.S. Department of Labor. Besides newspaper delivery, babysitting, working in a family business or on a family farm, which is what 13-year-olds can do, 14-year-olds can enter the job force and earn a W-2 wage.
Children who turn 14 years old can apply for jobs in grocery and retail stores. They can do nonhazardous jobs such as stocking selves, cleaning, cashiering or straightening stock on shelves and racks. They can assemble orders, price items and bag orders, and carry goods to customers' cars.
Offices and Movie Theaters
Offices can have 14-year-olds clean, greet guests, operate business machines or work in mail rooms. They can run errands by using public transportation, bicycling or walking. Theatres can have them sell tickets, check doors, clean, work concessions or do yard maintenance, so long as no power equipment is used.
Restaurants and Gas Stations
Restaurants can hire 14-year-olds to wash dishes, clean dining areas, bus tables or help prepare food. Kitchen help can include prepping kitchens for food-service operations or changing cooled oil from deep fryers. Gas stations hire them for cleaning inside and outside, stocking, window washing or detailing cars, and cashiering.
Amusement Parks and Baseball Parks
Baseball parks hire 14-year-olds to work on the fields collecting bats, grooming the infield between innings, operating scoreboards, working concessions and cleaning. Amusement parks employ 14-year-olds for cleaning the grounds, ticket sales and assisting with the rides.
Hours of Work
Children who are 14 can work between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., except when school is not in session, when they can work at late as 9 p.m. Children cannot work more than three hours a day during the school year, but can work eight hours a day when there is no school. A child cannot work more than 18 hours in one week when school is in session or more than 40 hours a week when school is out.
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