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NEW YORK (
MainStreet) -- For all the
improvements in the labor market, many workers are still stuck working part-time jobs when they'd prefer to be working full-time.
More than 8 million Americans worked part-time jobs in February because of economic reasons beyond their control, according to the latest
Bureau of Labor Statistics data. That's close to 1 million fewer than the number of involuntary part-time workers at the peak of the recession in 2009, but it's still nearly twice the number who did so before the recession began in 2007.
If you're looking for a part-time job that really pays the bills, these are good bets in everything from driving a school bus to teaching yoga.
But just because you are working a part-time job doesn't mean you can't still earn full-time pay -- or close to it. The salary comparison Web site
PayScale.com provided us with a list of the best-paying jobs for workers who put in less than 30 hours a week, based on salary surveys from the previous 12 months. While the average salary for part-time jobs in this period was just $11.90, PayScale found several positions that pay more than $20 and some that pay close to $30 an hour.
What's more, several of these positions could easily serve as steppingstones to full-time careers in industries such as teaching and health care. After all, even if your first priority is making money, you should always keep in mind how your current position can help advance your career.
10. School bus driver Median hourly pay:
$14.50 Median hours worked:
269. Makeup artist Median hourly pay:
$17.70 Median hours worked:
208. Tutor Median hourly pay:
$19.90 Median hours worked:
eight7. Dance teacher Median hourly pay:
$20.10 Median hours worked:
eight6. Fitness trainer or aerobics instructor Median hours worked:
$20.30 Median hourly pay:
six5. English teacher for speakers of other languages Median hourly pay:
$22 Median hours worked:
174. Licensed massage therapist Median hourly pay:
$25.50 Median hours worked:
203. Personal trainer Median hourly pay:
$28.30 Median hours worked:
202. Flight attendant Median hourly pay:
$28.40 Median hours worked:
20The best-paying part-time job: pilates or yoga instructor Median hourly pay:
$28.50 Median hours worked: