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Almost 50,000 Summer Jobs up for Grabs Across America


Top summer destinations include California, New York and Texas; Massachusetts, New York and Florida most lucrative hot spots

America is living up to its land of opportunity moniker this year, with 46,653 summer jobs still available post-Memorial Day, just waiting to be filled by part time and student employees.

Research conducted in May 2018 by job search engine, Adzuna analyzed almost 3.5m jobs currently advertised on to identify the volume, sector and location of this year’s seasonal opportunities.

The research found 46,653 summer jobs still open despite the season already being officially underway. The top five states for short term job seekers represent almost 30% of the total opportunity pool with 13,427 jobs available but job seekers in Virginia, Michigan and Massachusetts might struggle to find work, offering only 3,700 open roles across all three states.


Number of summer vacancies 2018



New York








Despite term time almost being over, teaching roles account for over 20% of advertised seasonal positions as parent demand for summer schools and part-time tutors soars. A result of working parents, roles in social care including babysitting represent over 10% of open roles. Positions in PR, advertising and marketing, healthcare and finance round out the top five most prolific seasonal sectors for recruitment.

Highest Paying Summer Jobs

Amongst the highest paying roles available this summer, the research found, were temporary healthcare or nursing roles, with opportunities listed as highly as $378 per day. Caring roles dominate the most lucrative opportunities with social care salaries coming a close second at an average of $308 per day.

Although opportunities are thin on the ground, successful candidates in Massachusetts can find themselves earning the equivalent of $76K per annum over the summer season, more than any other location in the US. New York follows closely behind at $75,593 but there are still big rewards for the sunseeking seasonal worker with Florida opportunities averaging $75,248. Workers in Pennsylvania and Ohio stand to earn least over the summer, advertising average salaries of just $32,372 and $21,911 respectively.

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, commented:

“For students, or those soon to enter the full-time workforce, summer work experience can provide not only a lucrative way to while away the holidays, but also a chance to flex their job hunting muscles and show employers the kind of value they can add in their chosen career.”

Quirkiest Summer Jobs

FInally, for job seekers looking to part from the more traditional employment path, the research also examined unusual roles available this summer, from jobs ranging from Happiness Managers and Fun Supervisors to Furniture Assemblers to help out with those flat pack garden furniture emergencies.  The average salary rates ranged from $20,000 to $100,000.

Particularly noteworthy positions include:


Number of summer vacancies

Average Salary

Happiness Manager



Professional Organizer



Furniture Assembler



Mother’s Helper



Traveling Phlebotomist



Ambassador of Fun



Sand Coordinator