Off-hour retail jobs

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Throughout America, the traditional work day is defined as 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Now, that's not to say that your supervisor will never ask you to come in an hour early, or stay a few hours late to get things wrapped up on your latest assignment. Still, most Americans with regular hours are free to have their own personal space from dinner time until they wake up at 6 or 7 the next morning.

That said, some people find jobs with off-hours -- either early in the morning or late at night -- to be attractive. It can be a good way to earn extra money and to stay busy. Many off-hour jobs fall into the service industry, but there are options for those who opt to stick in the business of retail.

Here are a few of those options:

1) Stocker

Stockers are needed at a variety of different retail shops, though they're employed most commonly at large retail and grocery stores. They work early in the morning to ensure that all the necessary merchandise is available and properly displayed. The duties of a stocker include taking inventory of all sold products, unloading merchandise from trucks, unpacking that merchandise, and transferring it to a shelf or other display area. Stockers are also responsible for inspecting the new and existing inventory, and reporting if it is damaged or not in proper condition for sale.

What they earn: The average salary for a stocker is $31,517, according to CBsalary.com. The 25th and 75th percentiles of salaries fall between $27,188 and $45,304, respectively.

2) Jewelry designer

Jewelry design can serve as a nice complementary job, as designers have the freedom to perform their craft whenever they desire. That can mean early in the morning, late at night, or anytime in between. There are different types of jewelry designers; some simply appraise jewelry, while others create their own original designs by cutting, setting and polishing gemstones. Repair of jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings is another common duty.

What they earn: The average salary for a jewelry designer is $46,422, according to CBsalary.com. The 25th and 75th percentiles of salaries fall between $32,935 and $72,408, respectively.

3) Pastry chef

Pastry chefs often work late at night, and sometimes into the early morning. This ensures that the goods they bake are as fresh as possible when their store opens up, usually around 9 a.m., and customers start coming in to purchase their product. Pastry chefs are responsible for requesting the proper food materials, equipment and supplies necessary to make the pastries. While some follow predetermined recipes, others create their own recipes and food decorations.

What they earn: The average salary for a pastry chef is $50,985, according to CBsalary.com. The 25th and 75th percentiles of salaries fall between $36,859 and $65,254, respectively.

4) Grocery cashier

Many grocery stores, especially the big chains, are open until 10 p.m. if not midnight or, in some cities, round the clock. While this gig is often popular among high school and college students as an entry-level job, it can also be a nice and relatively stress-free way for anyone to earn a complementary income.

What they earn: The average salary for an auto body painter is $19,754, according to CBsalary.com. The 25th and 75th percentiles of salaries fall between $15,656 and $25,321, respectively.





Last Updated: 16/05/2012 - 10:17 AM


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