Here’s How to Find Amazon Work from Home Jobs

Amazon work-from-home jobs are attractive to many people in need of a new career.

After all, Amazon is the biggest retailer in the world and the company continues to break records (beating Target in terms of revenue with its CEO Jeff Bezos becoming the richest man in the world, and so on).

But does Amazon offer home-based jobs? If so, do they pay well? This post discusses everything you need to know about online Amazon work opportunities:

Types of Full-time Amazon Work-from-Home Jobs

1. Advertising or Marketing Associates
The locations vary, but most of these positions require 75 to 80% virtual work and the rest office-based.
Divisions like Amazon Care and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have these positions. You will be working facing customers, so you have to be knowledgeable about Amazon products and services.
2. IT
Because Amazon is an online company through and through (unlike Target and Walmart whose companies began with their brick-and-mortar stores then adapted their online stores), the IT divisions like software/hardware development, data science, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and many others are some of the MOST important teams of Amazon.
They are the ones who ensure the stores are always up and running, safe for payment, safe from hackers, and continuously upgrading to accommodate new technologies.
3. Fulfillment 
There are VERY FEW work-from-home positions in fulfillment and operations management, since these divisions are the ones responsible for bringing products in and out of Amazon’s warehouses. These employees have to be physically on site.
But if you’re lucky, you’d be able to find positions (check right before peak shopping dates).
4. Healthcare
Amazon is always looking for medical coders, bio-pharma, and healthcare solutions architect. These positions earn around $50/hour or ($150k annually) and work with Amazon’s healthcare partners.
5. Customer Service
At-home call center representatives are in-demand and Amazon providers excellent opportunities for those who wish to join their customer service teams.
Amazon’s customer service reps earn about $16/hour.  Many of these positions are get filled out quickly, so you really need to be on the lookout and be ready with high-speed internet, your own computer and a dedicated phone line.
If you’re lucky to apply to an at-home customer service position, make sure to check for state/location requirements. Even if you’ll be working from home, the job is often only offered to specific states or countries stated on the job listing.

Qualifications for Amazon Work-from-Home Jobs

The qualifications vary per position, so if you’re interested in an HR job, you have to have experience as part of a recruitment team. This goes for any other type of work-from-home job.

Some jobs only require a high school diploma, while others need a college education to apply for the job.

Generally though, here are things you need to prepare for an at-home Amazon job:

  • Excellent communications – Whether you’re part of the IT team or Amazon Care customer service, you need to be able to express your views verbally and in written form.
  • Computer and internet – Your equipment and connection must be able to accommodate your tasks. If not, you have to update your PC parts or internet plans before starting the job.
  • Your home office or a spot conducive to working – You need a quiet place to work, especially if you’re going to be talking to customers and Amazon clients.
  • Technical skills – You’re not going to have tech support to help you troubleshoot computer or app issues, so you should be able to handle operating the basic tools like email programs, chat services, Microsoft Office, and other in-house programs.
  • Love for Amazon – How well do you know Amazon? Are you a customer? Do you know other products aside from the Amazon store? What experiences do you have using Amazon products/services? All these things help you land a job with Amazon.

How to Apply to Amazon Work-from-Home Jobs

All Amazon jobs (whether home-based or full-time onsite) are accessible at amazon.jobs website. You can search the site various ways:

  • By location: Since this guide is about work-from-home Amazon jobs, let’s stick to virtual positions. The jobs may be virtual (and technically can be done from home), but this doesn’t mean you can apply to all of them. If you’re from Japan, there are jobs specific to your country. Same as the US-based jobs that are further categorized into states.
  • By category: If you choose “search by category,” you’ll be able to sort through the positions both office-based and virtual in a particular department. If you’re an IT professional, you should probably check out Software Development, Database Administration, Data Science, Hardware Development, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and so on. Don’t worry, once you’ve chosen the categories that fit your skills best, you can still filter the results and find “virtual” under the location tab.
  • By keyword: If you know exactly the position you want, use the search bar and enter appropriate keywords to begin your search.

Like any job, you’ll need to have your cover letter and resume ready when sending your application.

Most likely, you’ll receive an e-mail for an interview date if they’re considering you for the position. For at-home jobs, expect the interview to be conducted via video chat or over the phone.

5 Things to Expect with an Amazon Work-from-Home Job

  • Location: Not every state is eligible for Amazon work-from-home jobs. You have to check with the recruiter if your location is passable as 100% remote work. And if your state isn’t included, the recruiter should tell you which physical Amazon office you need to travel to about 15% to 30% of the time.
  • Training: Like the job itself, training is done mostly at home but some positions may require training onsite. The training phase should be paid.
  • Salary: Entry-level customer service reps earn about $11 an hour, but the pay is still determined by the position, experience, and other factors.
  • Work hours: The positions above are full-time. Any client-facing position is expected to be available to work during weekends, nights and holidays on top of regular Amazon customer service hours. Some part-time jobs are available, but they’re only posted occasionally and get filled quickly.
  • Seasonal work: Seasonal job positions are posted around August to October in preparation for the busy shopping season months (November, December, January). Note that these jobs are listed as seasonal jobs and that if hired, you’d likely not receive any employee benefits.

Part-time Amazon Work-from-Home Jobs

Aside from the full-time Amazon jobs you can apply to online, there are two other non-traditional opportunities you could check out:

  • Amazon Flex – If you don’t want to get stuck at home and you don’t want to work in Amazon warehouses either, joining the Amazon Flex program gives you a unique option. With millions of orders being processed in and out of Amazon warehouses daily, you could deliver goods to Amazon customers and earn about $18 to $25 per hour. Download the Amazon Flex app to join and receive bookings. It’s similar to Uber, except bike/motorcycle delivery isn’t allowed. Also, prepare to be background-checked.
  • Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) – You can’t replace your paycheck with mTurk, but if you’re looking for quick gigs for extra cash, this Amazon crowdsourcing program could be what you’re looking for.  You’ll be doing simple, but repetitive tasks for cash. Once you finish at least 100 tasks, you’ll be able to earn higher-paying tasks.

Note on Covid19-related, temporary work-from-home Amazon jobs:

Amazon, which had previously set a Sept 7 return date, said employees will now be expected to report to its US offices on Jan 3, 2022.

Of course, this option is only available for tech and corporate workers. Employees who are part of the fulfillment department (such as warehouse workers) are expected to show up on-site to pack boxes, sort merchandise and load and unload trucks at Amazon warehouses.

You can try to apply to traditional office-based jobs on Amazon, but end up having to work from home during the remaining months of 2021 while this mandate continues to be in effect.

Passive Income with Amazon

If you’re not looking for an 8-to-5 job and would rather build a business around Amazon, there are several ways you can do this, such as:

  • Product testing – As an Amazon product tester, you use a product either bought from Amazon or sponsored by an Amazon shop, then give your honest review. Amazon won’t be paying you directly, but you’ll earn from various third-party sites.)
  • Sell products on Amazon – If you wish to really get into Amazon, you could open up a storefront and sell products there. This method isn’t the easiest way to earn from Amazon, especially the dreaded product research phase, but the rewards are definitely worth the trouble.
  • Join the Amazon Influencer Program– If you’re BIG on social media, join this program, recommend stuff to your audience and earn commissions from referral sales. The idea is similar to affiliate programs, except the referrals would come solely from sites like Instagram, Tik-Tok, YouTube, Pinterest and so on.
  • Sell arts and crafts on Amazon Handmade  – This invite-only community lets artists and crafters sell their products on Amazon (which gets a cut every time you sell an item).

And 7+ other ways to earn passive income from Amazon...

In 2020, Amazon reported a net income of $21.33 billion, up from an $11.6 billion net income in the previous year. If you want to get a slice of the pie (even if it’s just an extra hundred dollars a month), start earning from Amazon today right from the comforts of your own home.

35 Companies and Jobs that Pay $15 an Hour in 2021

If you’re looking for a change in career or hoping to add a second job to your weekly schedule, check this list of 100 jobs that pay 15 an hour.

I put together this resource under two categories – work-from-home and on-site jobs.

Of course, not every one of them would suit your skills, work experience or personal preference, but I’m sure you can cherry-pick even up to 5 jobs from this list.

35+ Jobs that Pay 15 an Hour

The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 per hour since 2009.

Although some states like Washington, DC continues to be the only state with $15/hour minimum wage (other states range from $6 to $12 per hour), companies have taken it upon themselves to increase their hourly-wage workers’ compensation. Here are some of these companies:

Food Service Industry

  • Ben & Jerry – This ice cream company has been recalculating its employee wages every year, so that its full-time workers can have a “livable wage.” The company describes paying workers “significantly higher than the national minimum wage,” which it notes has meant an hourly wage of $18.13 in 2020.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – The Mexican restaurant increased its employees’ wages resulting in a $15 average hourly wage starting July 2021.
  • McDonald’s – Not all Mcdonald’s employees would be able to enjoy $15 an hour, but everyone gets to take home an average wage increase of 10% for its company-owned restaurants. Once it rolls out, entry-level wage for crew members would be at least $11 to $17 an hour, while the starting wage for shift managers would be at least $15 to $20 an hour.
  • Starbucks – Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson announced in December 2020 that the company plans to establish a minimum wage of $15 an hour over the next couple of years. He explained to a letter addressed to Congress: “More than 30% of our U.S. retail partners are currently at or above $15/hour, and we continue on our path to ensure all U.S. partners will be making at or above $15/hour within the coming two to three years.”

Jobs that Pay 15 an Hour in Healthcare

  • Aetna – Healthcare company Aetna began paying its U.S. hourly wage workers a minimum of $16/hour in 2015.
  • CVS Health – CVS Health announced on August 2021 that it will raise the minimum enterprise hourly wage to $15 an hour effective July 2022.
  • Cigna – Global health service company Cigna increased its minimum wage for its U.S. employees of $16 an hour in 2018.
  • Walgreens – NOT YET, but drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance announced that it will raise its wages for hourly workers in phases, with the goal of reaching $15 per hour by November 2022.

Retail

  • AldiThis low-priced grocery chain had embarked on massive hiring (with 20,000 workers ready to be hired as preparation for the busy holiday season). The company also increased hourly rates with an average starting pay of $15 an hour for store positions and $19 for warehouse positions.
  • Amazon – Jeff Bezos (the richest person in the world) and his company Amazon (the world’s largest online retailer by market cap) has gotten a lot of flak in the past for overworking its workforce. But in 2018, the company actually made a massive change by increasing employee starting wage to $15/hour across all Amazon and Whole Food stores in the country.
  • Best Buy – Since August 2020, the minimum wage of Best Buy employees has increased to $15 per hour.
  • Costco – The retail company raised its minimum wage to $16 an hour for its U.S store workers (around 180,000 of them)
  • Hobby Lobby – The company was ahead of the “$15 an hour club” – its minimum wage had been $15/hour since 2014. In October 2020, this increased to $17 per hour.
  • Sam’s Club – Sam’s Club raised the minimum wage for workers to at least $15 an hour made effective at the end of September 2021.
  • Signet Jewelers — The parent company of Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared, H. Samuel, Ernest Jones, Peoples, Piercing Pagoda and JamesAllen.com announced in February 2021 that it will raise its minimum wage to $15.
  • Target – During the start of the 2020 covid19 pandemic, the company made a temporary $2/hour increase to all its worker-frontliners, making the starting wage $15/hour. This was formally made permanent in July 2020.
  • Under Armour – The company announced up to a 50% increase in its minimum pay rate for hourly teammates. Hourly rates increased from a minimum of $10 per hour to $15 per hour, which went into effect beginning June 6, 2021.
  • Walmart – The country’s largest private employer announced in February that it is planning to pay its employees $15 an hour, but only increased the wage by $1, making the minimum wage rise to $12, from the $11 hourly base it set in 2018.
  • Wayfair – Wayfair raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour in January 2021. Niraj Shah, CEO, co-founder and co-chairman of Wayfair, said in a press release. “Throughout the challenges of the past year, we rolled out numerous initiatives to support our team including pay premiums, bonuses and a family dinner program. Now, as we enter 2021, we are continuing to build upon our steadfast commitment to our team and their families by increasing minimum pay for all hourly employees.”

Jobs that Pay 15 an Hour in Business, IT and Finance

  • Bank of America – After increasing its minimum wage to $17 in 2019, Bank of America started paying its workers at least $20/hour in March 2020. The bank also plans to raise this amount to $25 per hour by 2025.
  • Charter Communications – This broadband connectivity company has had a $15 minimum wage since 2018. In April 2020, the company announced that it would permanently raise its minimum starting wage to $20 per hour in 2022 with annual increases of $1.50 an hour in 2020 and 2021. As of March 2021, the minimum wage Charter Communications offers is $18/hour.
  • Facebook – The social media giant has been paying its workers at least $15 an hour since 2015. In May 2019, the company said it plans to increase this amount to at least $18 per hour in Seattle and a $20-an-hour wage in high cost-of-living markets such as San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C.
  • Fifth Third Bank – This Midwest-based company, which has locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina — raised its minimum wage to $18 per hour in 2019, positively affecting nearly 5,000 of its roughly 20,000 employees.
  • Google – In 2019, Google began requiring that U.S. vendors and temporary workers receive a $15 minimum wage.
  • Huntington National Bank – Huntington National Bank has raised its minimum wage to $16 an hour, and made improvements to its healthcare and family leave plan.
  • JPMorgan Chase –  The company’s wage increase depended on office locations. It began paying a minimum wage salary of $15 per hour to $16.50 per hour for employees in Chicago, Detroit and Wilmington, DE. Meanwhile, employees in high-cost areas like New York City and San Francisco earn $18 an hour.
  • Santander Bank – In 2018,  Boston-based Santander Bank joined numerous banks in Massachusetts and across the country by raising its minimum wage for employees to $15 per hour.
  • Titanium Wireless – The company announced its wage increase back in January 2021, saying its “minimum wage for every employee — including entry-level — is $70,000 annually.” FYI, $70,000 annually equates to a monthly pay of $5,833, a weekly pay of $1,346, and an hourly wage of $33.65.
  • Wells Fargo – Wells Fargo announced that it would raise its minimum wage to at least $15 for all employees by the end of 2020. The minimum wage is now as high as $20 for employees in high-cost areas.

Entertainment and Travel

  • Boomers Parks – This amusement park chain with locations in California, Florida and New Jersey, has increased its minimum wage to $15 an hour in June 2021.
  • Disney World – In 2018, Walt Disney World reached an agreement with a group of unions to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by October 2021. (Check this list of online Disney jobs if you’re interested in something home-based and non-traditional).
  • Southwest Airlines – The airline company raised minimum pay to $15 an hour for about 7,000 of its employees beginning August 1, 2021. (Want to work from home? Southwest Airlines and other airlines also offer online airline jobs.)
  • UPS – UPS announced a raise to $21 per hour for nightside workers and $20 per hour for dayside workers as they need more package handlers to soften the blow of the increased volume of packages coming into their facility.

Online Work-from-Home Jobs that Pay 15 an Hour

Maybe working on-site isn’t possible for you since an increase in wage overall could also mean a jump in childcare costs. Others enjoyed working from home during the lockdowns and wish to continue doing so.

No matter your reason for trying to find remote or home-based work, you’ll find that there are many online opportunities that pay $15 an hour. Here are just some examples:

  • Apple at Home Advisor  At Home Advisors earn an average of $15 per hour. Your job is to provide answers and resolutions to customer issues within a single live chat or phone call to AppleCare. (Check this link for 30 other similar tech support jobs online).
  • Byron – As a Byron virtual assistant, you get to earn 12-$15 per hour if you’re a US resident and if you have some experience as an executive assistant. (Learn more about becoming a VA here, plus 33 other companies offering VA positions.)
  • American Express – The company hires virtual customer service agents to handle customer-related inquiries by phone. This position pays $16/hour. (Check here for other companies with home-based call center jobs.)

For insomniacs and other people who follow non-traditional sleep hours, this list of overnight jobs features all types of jobs you can work from home at night.

Do You Know of Other Jobs Paying $15 an Hour (or more)?

Did I miss anything?

If you know any other job paying $15/hour (or higher) and is willing to share, please leave a comment below. I’m sure others would love to know about it, too!