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Summer hiring is up–and so are summer paychecks

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Summer jobs are returning at a faster pace this year and, in many cases, are paying well beyond the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Fifty-three percent of employers offering summer jobs say they plan to pay $15 or more per hour on average, according to a Harris Poll conducted for Summer hires will get $10 or more per hour at 72% of employers, up from 64% in 2014.

Overall, seasonal hiring is expected to take a nice jump this summer. More than a third of private-sector employers (36%) are hiring seasonal workers this summer, up from 30% last year and an average of 21% from 2008 to 2011.

The rebound is good news for college and high-school students, common targets for employers offering internships and seasonal work during peak vacation season. As usual, leisure and hospitality employers will hire lots of summer help, but so will organizations in the finance and tech sectors.

Who’s hiring this summer?

% of employers in each field hiring seasonal workers

Leisure/hospitality   50%
Financial services   48%
IT   46%
Retail   42%
Manufacturing   39%
Transportation   37%
Health care   26%

Source: Harris Poll, May 2015

Many are hiring for customer service (25%) and office support (23%) jobs.

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