CareerBuilder Survey Finds Strong Hiring Environment for Summer Jobs in 2018

June is here, and that means that teenagers around the country are either on summer vacation or looking at a clock and counting down the days. While many students will be enjoying the vacation, some will be looking for opportunities to make money and gain experience with a summer job. A recent survey from CareerBuilder suggests that the summer of 2018 will have many opportunities for young people (and others) to find good paying part-time summer jobs.

The job website CareerBuilder had The Harris Poll conduct a survey with a representative samples of 1,012 hiring managers and human resource professionals in the private sector along with 1,117 full-time workers across industries and company sizes. Their analysis found that 41 percent of employers plan to hire seasonal workers for the summer, which is on par with last year.

Most Summer Jobs Will Pay Above Federal Minimum Wage

Contrary to popular belief, summer jobs aren’t just minimum-wage positions. According to the survey, the majority of employers hiring this summer (87 percent) plan to pay $10 or more per hour on average, which is almost 50 percent higher than the current Federal minimum wage. In the CareerBuilder survey, 56 percent of potential summer employers said they expect to pay $12 or more per hour and 25 percent plan to pay $15 or more per hour.

“Employers are grappling with a tough hiring environment, and summer workers are reaping the benefits,” commented Irina Novoselsky, president and COO of CareerBuilder, in a press release announcing the survey results. “Employers are becoming more competitive with pay and offering more long-term employment opportunities to summer workers. It’s a great way for workers to add new skills, build up their resumes and expand their professional networks.”

Summer Jobs Availability Varies By Region and Age Group

Of course, the market for summer hiring varies by region. According to the CareerBuilder survey, employers in the Northeast (47 percent) lead the rest of the country with plans to add seasonal workers for the summer, followed by the West (41 percent), the South (39 percent), and the Midwest (37 percent). This is something to keep in mind when considering what kind of pay to expect from a summer job. Someone looking for a part time job in Seattle or Los Angeles can expect a higher pay offer than someone in a small, rural town.

It’s also important to realize that summer jobs aren’t just for students. The employers surveyed by CareerBuilder were catering to a wide range of demographics when choosing their potential summer workers. Nearly three out of four (73 percent) of The Harris Poll respondents said they plan to recruit college students, 39 percent said high school students and one in four (26 percent) said they were looking for retirees. And though this won’t help you if you aren’t already a veteran, two in five of the employers in the survey who plan to hire (41 percent) are looking to hire veterans for their summer positions.

Summer Jobs Statistics By Industry

Though summer jobs are often associated with outdoors work or physical labor (e.g. lifeguards, landscaping, etc.) the survey again shows reality to be far more diverse. When broken down by industry, the CareerBuilder survey found that employers in corporate and office settings were planning to do the most hiring. Their survey reports that employers are hiring seasonal help in the following areas:

  • Customer Service: 25 percent
  • IT: 25 percent
  • Office Support: 25 percent
  • Engineering: 18 percent
  • Manufacturing: 16 percent
  • Sales: 15 percent
  • Construction/Painting: 10 percent
  • Research: 10 percent
  • Banking: 9 percent

6 Tips for Landing Summer Jobs or Internships (from

With so much potential for summer positions, CareerBuilder offered some advice for potential job seekers.

  1. Apply NOW. Employers start recruiting for summer help early, but opportunities are still available.
  2. Take the opportunity seriously. Don’t look at this as just a temporary gig. Summer jobs are a great way to get your foot in the door with an organization and learn new marketable skills. Let the hiring manager know up front if you’re interested in a permanent role down the line – it will help you stand out as a candidate.
  3. Be flexible. A willingness to work different shifts increases your chances of getting hired.
  4. Dress the part. Dress appropriately when you meet the employer. If you’re applying for an office job, a t-shirt and cargo shorts probably isn’t the ideal interview attire. If you’re going to apply to a job in a retail clothing store, make sure to wear clothes from that store.
  5. Don’t ask about the discount. Summer discounts are great, but you don’t want the employer to think that’s the only reason you want the job.
  6. Show you’re excited. A little enthusiasm can go a long way especially when employers are assessing whether you can provide good service to internal or external customers.

For more information about employment, check out this recent article with 14 interesting statistics about the job market and employee trends.

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