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19 Part-Time Retirement Jobs That Pay Well

Emily Brandon

Part-time jobs for retirees

Taking on a part-time retirement job doesn't have to mean low pay and uninteresting work. Many older workers perform important and essential jobs while maintaining a flexible schedule. At age 65 and older, over a third (35%) of employees work in part-time positions of less than 35 hours a week, typically because they don't want to work full time, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. With the right education and credentials, you might be able to transition into a lucrative and rewarding part-time position. Here are some part-time jobs for retirees that often pay more than $20 per hour.

Nurse practitioner

Nurse practitioners can conduct physical exams, prescribe medications, order medical tests and diagnose health problems. They typically work in physicians' offices or hospitals. Most nurse practitioners have a master's degree, although some earn a doctor of nursing practice or Ph.D. These advanced-practice registered nurses can command a high median salary of $54.78 per hour. The BLS projects a 31% increase in nurse practitioner positions by 2026.

Speech-language pathologist

Speech-language pathologists often work in schools or hospitals to help children and adults with medical disorders or developmental delays speak and communicate more clearly. Speech therapists earn a median of $37.26 per hour, and the field is expected to grow by 18% over the next decade. A master's degree is generally required to become a speech-language pathologist, and most states have licensure requirements.


Clinical, counseling and school psychologists study human emotions and behavior and recommend interventions to improve outcomes. Some psychologists work with patients, doctors and social workers in a health care setting, while others collaborate with students, teachers and parents at schools or set up a private practice. Psychologists earn a median of $37.99 per hour. The BLS projects the occupation will grow by 14% by 2026.

Occupational therapist

Occupational therapists help injured or disabled patients recover skills they need for everyday life and employment. They often work at hospitals, physicians' offices or schools. Occupational therapists must earn a master's degree and meet licensing and continuing education requirements. The BLS expects 24% growth in the field between 2016 and 2026. The median pay for occupational therapists is $40.51 per hour.

Registered nurse

There were more than 2.9 million registered nurses in the U.S. in 2016, and the BLS projects that the country will need about 3.4 million by 2026. High demand for registered nurses to help care for an aging population has kept wages high. Nurses earn a median of $34.48 per hour. A bachelor's degree and specialized training may be required for some positions.

Laboratory technologist

Medical and clinical laboratory technologists analyze fluid and tissue samples to diagnose medical conditions such as diabetes or cancer. They typically work in hospitals, doctors' offices or laboratories. A bachelor's degree is typically required to become a medical laboratory scientist. The pay for employees is a median of $25.16 per hour. The field is expected to grow by 13% as the U.S. population ages and requires more diagnostic medical services.

Dental hygienist

Dental hygienists work in dentists' offices to clean teeth, take X-rays and educate patients about maintaining good oral health. An associate degree in dental hygiene is generally required to enter the field. More than half of dental hygienists work part time, and they earn a median of $35.97 per hour. The BLS projects that those in the aging baby-boom population, who have kept more of their original teeth than previous generations, will increase demand for dental cleaning services by 20% over the coming decade.

Diagnostic medical sonographer

Diagnostic imaging workers operate specialized equipment to conduct tests for doctors that are used to diagnose medical conditions. An associate degree or a hospital or college certificate program is often required to learn how to use the imaging technology, and ongoing education might be required to keep up with new innovations. The field is expected to grow by 17% over the next decade as the population ages and uses more medical diagnostic services. The median pay for diagnostic medical sonographers is $32.25 per hour.

Management analyst

Management consultants analyze how a business works and propose strategies to make the company more efficient, usually by increasing income or cutting costs. A bachelor's degree and several years of work experience are typically required to become a management analyst. The median pay for management analysts is $40.20 per hour, and frequent travel may be required to visit client offices. The BLS projects a 14% increase in demand for management analysts by 2026, particularly for analysts who specialize in health care and information technology consulting.

Respiratory therapist

Respiratory therapists assist patients who are having difficulty breathing, perhaps due to asthma, undeveloped lungs or disease. They generally need an associate degree, but those with a bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy may have an edge in getting hired. The median hourly pay for respiratory therapists is $28.98. The BLS projects that a 23% increase in respiratory therapists will be needed to help older patients cope with pneumonia, respiratory emergencies and respiratory problems due to smoking and air pollution.

Physical therapist assistant

Physical therapist assistants help physical therapists provide care to patients, often by assisting with exercise, massage or stretching. They are often responsible for preparing for each patient's therapy and recording the progress of treatments. The median pay is $23.12 per hour, and an associate degree is typically required for this position. The BLS projects a 31% increase in physical therapist assistant jobs by 2026 to help the aging baby-boom generation recover from health conditions including heart attacks, strokes and mobility-related injuries.

Dietitian and nutritionist

Dietitians and nutritionists advise people or organizations about food and lifestyle choices that promote health or prevent disease. They often work at hospitals, nursing homes or for the government, and a bachelor's degree and an internship are typically required. The BLS projects 15% job growth over the next decade as dietitians and nutritionists are called upon to help manage an increasingly obese population. The median pay for dietitians and nutritionists is $29.02 per hour.

Radiologic technologist

Radiologic technologists take diagnostic images for doctors, such as X-rays or MRI scans, which can be used to help detect conditions including cancer and Alzheimer's disease. An associate degree is required to become a radiographer, and some people go on to specialize in certain types of imaging. Ongoing training might be required to keep up with innovations in imaging technology. The median pay for radiologic technologists is $29.44 per hour.


Librarians work at public libraries, schools and colleges to help people find and analyze information. They typically need a master's degree in library science. Most librarians work full time, but it may be possible to negotiate a part-time or flexible schedule. Librarians earn an average of $28.39 per hour.

Adult literacy teacher

Adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers provide assistance with essential skills, such as reading, writing and speaking in English. They typically work at community colleges and public schools, and may help adults to earn a high school equivalent diploma. Part-time schedules are common, and classes may be held in the mornings or evenings to accommodate work or caregiving schedules. Adult literacy teachers earn a median of $25.79 per hour.

Licensed practical nurse

Licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses perform basic nursing tasks, such as changing bandages and checking blood pressure, under the direction of a registered nurse or doctor. They earn less than registered nurses but still bring in a median of $22.23 per hour. Typically, a one-year educational program culminating in a licensure examination will allow you to transition into the field. Most licensed nurses work in nursing homes or hospitals.

Social worker

Mental health and substance abuse social workers help people cope with mental, behavioral and emotional issues and other life challenges. Travel and evening work might be necessary to visit clients. A bachelor's degree is required to become a social worker, and a master's degree and two years of supervised experience is needed to become a clinical social worker. The pay is a median of $23.79 per hour. Employment is expected to grow by 16% by 2026 as people increasingly seek treatment for mental illness and substance abuse and more drug offenders are sent to treatment programs.

Insurance sales agent

Insurance sales agents market and explain various insurance policies to potential customers. They typically need to be familiar with multiple types of insurance, including property, life, health and long-term care insurance, but may specialize in a specific type of insurance. Employers generally require insurance sales agents to have a high school diploma, but a bachelor's degree can be helpful. The median pay is $24.33 per hour. The BLS expects employment to increase by 10% in the next decade, with those selling health insurance having the most opportunities.

Executive administrative assistant

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants can earn more than $20 per hour for part-time work. They generally perform clerical and administrative duties, such as preparing documents and scheduling appointments, and only a high school diploma is required for most positions. However, the employment of executive administrative assistants is declining due to one assistant now supporting multiple managers and executives increasingly scheduling their own travel and meetings.

These part-time retirement jobs pay well:

-- Nurse practitioner.

-- Speech-language pathologist.

-- Psychologist.

-- Occupational therapist.

-- Registered nurse.

-- Laboratory technologist.

-- Dental hygienist.

-- Diagnostic medical sonographer.

-- Management analyst.

-- Respiratory therapist.

-- Physical therapist assistant.

-- Dietitian and nutritionist.

-- Radiologic technologist.

-- Librarian.

-- Adult literacy teacher.

-- Licensed practical nurse.

-- Social worker.

-- Insurance sales agent.

-- Executive administrative assistant.

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