How Old to Work at Starbucks?

At What Age Does Starbucks Hire?

Usually 16 to Start

Exceptional benefits, great training, and generous discounts make the ever-expanding Starbucks Corporation an attractive choice for people seeking entry-level employment. Though the coffeehouse generally prefers workers to be at least 16 years old, some locations allow minors as young as 14 to join the Starbucks family. Underage associates may need to work limited hours and hold special work permits depending on the child labor laws in their state. Successful candidates will receive a job offer within a few days of their interviews. Once they begin, they will earn an hourly pay rate that is slightly above minimum wage, as well as weekly tips based on the amount of hours they work.

How Old Do I Have to Be to Work at Starbucks?:

  • Does Starbucks Hire at 17?–  Yes. Starbucks allows 17-year-olds to hold a variety of positions in their stores.
  • Does Starbucks Hire at 16?–  Yes. Sixteen-year-olds are eligible for hire at Starbucks.
  • Does Starbucks Hire at 15?–  Yes. Some Starbucks locations allow 15-year-olds to be baristas.
  • Does Starbucks Hire at 14?–  Yes. Minors as young as 14 can gain employment at Starbucks, provided they comply with state child labor guidelines on work permits and restricted hours.

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Job Requirements

Most entry-level store positions at Starbucks forgo requirements for formal education certifications or previous experience. However, some locations may prefer to hire workers with high school diplomas or GEDs Aspiring workers should possess customer service aptitude as well as the ability to stand on foot for long periods of time and lift up to 40 pounds.

Available Entry-Level Positions

  • Barista – Upon hire, baristas attend several weeks of in-store training in order to learn how to create each menu item. Afterward, they will spend their shifts working either at the cash register or on bar making drinks. Cash register duties include greeting customers, taking drink orders, offering helpful suggestions, retrieving pastries or simple drink orders, and operating POS systems. When working on bar, baristas prepare hot and cold specialty drinks to the customer specifications. Baristas also wash dishes, perform cleaning duties, and ensure work areas remain stocked throughout shifts.
  • Shift Supervisor – In most cases, the organization prefers to promote management from within and offers hard workers the opportunity to take on entry-level shift supervisor roles. Shift supervisors perform similar duties to baristas, as well as several added responsibilities. Their duties include opening and closing stores, placing weekly orders, training new workers, delegating tasks during shifts, and supervising other employees. Shift supervisors must also lead by example and demonstrate positive and customer-focused attitudes.


  • Kiana says:

    Is Florida one of the few states that allows 14-15 year old teenagers to work at Starbucks?

    • bob says:

      Do they hire 15yr olds in Washington

  • Lili says:

    I want to know if I can work at the age of 13

    • Emma says:

      Hi Lili! Unfortunately the legal working age in the United States requires you to be at least 14 to work. Just hang in there for a little while. I’ve worked as a barista for a little over a year and it has been great. I totally recommend that you apply when you can. 🙂

      • Jacob L says:

        Hello Emma. I am almost 14 and live in California, is it possible for me to work as a barista at Starbucks when I turn 14?

    • Jonathan says:

      No, you can not. The minimum age in some states is at 14 but mostly 15.

    • Tristan J LaValley says:

      No, You must be 14 years of age or older to work in the United States.

  • Tyler says:

    Is NY one of these few?

    • djely says:

      Yes, NY is one of them! I just got my work permit.

    • website_manager says:

      It looks like you must be at least 16 to work at Starbucks in Florida.

      Lili, Starbucks will not hire you at 13. Check the child labor laws for your state to see what kinds of jobs you are eligible to work.

      • Emma says:

        Does Starbucks in Pennsylvania hire at 14?

      • Bostyn says:

        Hi, I was wondering if Starbucks hires at 14 in Utah?

  • Nat says:

    Do they hire 14 yr olds at starbucks’s in California?

  • Jennifer Bellmund says:

    Is NC a state they allow 15 year olds to work?

  • Lily says:

    Is Tennessee one of the establishments that hire at 15?

  • Nathaniel says:

    Does Texas’s Starbucks hire at 15?

  • Justin Cogdill says:

    Does starbucks hire at 15 in Texas?

  • Ariana says:

    Does Starbucks hire 15 year olds in Massachusetts?

  • Austin Lima says:

    Hi I am 15 years old and I am home schooled right now and have alot of extra time on my hands I was wondering if I you are hiring at 15 years old.

  • skye says:

    how old do you have to be to be a barista in georgia?

  • mara says:

    Do they hire at 15 in Louisiana ?

  • Brea says:

    Does Starbucks hire at 15 in Ohio?

  • Autumn says:

    Does Starbucks hire at either 14 or 15 in North Dakota?

  • Yaz says:

    Do they hire 15 year olds in Illinois?

  • Serena says:

    Will PA hire at 15?

  • Drake says:

    Will Starbucks hire 14 year olds in Ohio

  • Kyla❤ says:

    Is Colorado one of the states where you can work at Starbucks at the age of 14?

  • Gerson says:

    Does New Jersey allow 14 year olds to work at Starbucks?

  • Sarah says:

    In California can you work at Starbucks at 14 years old?

  • Samantha deS. says:

    What about New Mexico? I just turned 14 and have been looking for places that hire at 14, and Starbucks got my attention.

  • Kaelyn says:

    Can I get hired at 14 in Georgia? Duluth to be exact?

  • Kiara Yvonne Bonifacio says:

    Can I work at Starbucks at 15 yrs. old?

    • Jordyn Harriman says:

      Does Wisconsin allow 14 year olds to work at Starbucks?

  • Emma says:

    What jobs will hire a 15 year-old with a workers permit in CA?

    • Jack says:

      im 14 in maryland can i work at a Starbucks?

  • meghan d says:

    Does massachusetts allow 15 almost 16 year olds to work at starbucks?

  • Alysta says:

    Hi does Starbucks hire 14 year old’s in South Carolina?

  • Madison says:

    Can I be a barista at 14 for Starbucks in Texas

  • Naomi says:

    Can you be 14 and work at starbucks in Arizona?

  • erin says:

    can i work at a Starbucks in Nebraska at 14

  • Talia Purifay says:

    Can you work at Starbucks at 14 In Compton?

  • Blake says:

    Can I work at Starbucks at 14 in Indiana.

  • Leila says:

    can you work at 14 in the uk?

  • Emma says:

    Does Starbucks hire at 14 in Pennsylvania?

  • Bresella Cantu says:

    Can a 14 y/o work there in Missouri?

  • aubrey says:

    Does starbucks in mass hire at 14??

  • Lydia :3 says:

    Can People that are 14 in Oregon be able to apply?

  • Darcel says:

    can you work at 15 in michigan?

  • Ethan says:

    Will Starbucks hire me? I am 14 years old and Live in Washington.

  • Phoenix says:

    Do Starbucks hire at 14 in Prescott az

  • Elliot says:

    Does the Starbucks in Massachusetts hire 14 year olds?

  • melissa says:

    Does Starbucks in Nevada hire 14-year-olds?

  • Carrie says:

    Can you be 15 & work at a starbucks in the uk?

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