Jobs for Teens at Restaurants

restaurants jobs for teens

Restaurant Jobs and Hourly Wages

Job Positions Entry Level Avg. Wages
Dishwasher Yes $10 per hour
Server / Waiter/Waitress Yes $5 per hour
Host / Hostesses Yes $9 per hour
Restaurant Manager No $13 per hour
Cook No $11 per hour

Minimum Age Working at Restaurant

According to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the child labor regulations, minimum age to work at restaurant is 14, children under 14 years of age may not legally work in a restaurant.

Work Limitations by Age

14 & 15 Year Olds

  • May only work outside school hours. Read more about jobs for 15 years old for hour and time limitation.
  • Being a cashier, busser, waiter, cleaning service including the use of vacuum cleaners and floor waxers.
  • Food Prep works using dishwashers, toasters, milk shake blenders, warming lamps, and coffee grinders.
  • Cooking on electric or gas grills, but not over an open flame.

16 & 17 Year Olds

  • May work unlimited hours in any occupation other than those declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor.
  • May not operate, feed, set-up, adjust, repair, or clean power-driven meat processing machines (meat slicers, meat saws, patty forming machines, meat grinders, and meat choppers), commercial mixers and certain power-driven bakery machines.
  • May not drive on the job or serve as an outside helper on a motor vehicle on a public road, except 17-year-olds who meet certain
    specific requirements may drive cars and trucks that do not exceed 6,000 pounds gross vehicle weight for limited amounts of time as part of their job.
  • May load, but not operate or unload, certain scrap paper balers and paper box compactors under certain specific circumstances.

18 Year Olds or Older

Once an employee is 18 years old, he or she is no longer subject to the federal child labor provisions.