There are a lot of benefits to working part-time.
Part-time jobs can be a good way to get your foot in the door at a great company. They leave extra time for you to take care of family responsibilities or pursue an education. But there is a downside; many employers don’t give part-time workers the important benefits that full-time employees get.
Paying for health insurance yourself is expensive — and so is a medical emergency when you’re uninsured. For some, taking a job without healthcare benefits is a big risk.
Luckily, it’s possible to find a part-time job with health insurance. Here are 10 companies that provide employee benefits to employees working less than 30 hours per week.
Out of the 49% of Americans who receive health insurance through their employer, most are full-time workers.
That’s because according to the Affordable Care Act, U.S. employers with 50 or more employees have to pay a penalty if they don’t provide health insurance benefits to 95% of their full-time employees.
In other words, businesses are motivated to provide insurance to people who work full-time.
But if you’re one of the 25 million part-time workers in the country, it can be harder to find jobs with benefits.
Luckily, it’s not impossible. There are quite a few major employers that provide health insurance and other benefits to part-time staff.
Many job seekers focus more on wages than benefits, but health insurance is an important part of your compensation package.
Employer-sponsored health insurance can save you a lot of money, especially if you or a family member have an unexpected health issue. It’s worth taking the time to research whether a job offers benefits.
Here are five ways you can find out.
Most large employers will have a page on their website called something like “Careers,” “Jobs,” or “Employment.”
While not all companies put benefits information on this page, many do. It’s easy to do a quick check of the site before you decide to apply.
Sometimes it’s really that easy — the benefits information is listed right in the job ad. Scroll to the bottom of the job listing to see if it mentions anything about medical coverage.
Glassdoor is a website where people can review the companies they work for.
It’s a great place to find out what real employees get paid, what benefits they receive, the questions they were asked in interviews, and what they think of the work environment.
Under the “Benefits” tab, you can see reviews of the employer’s benefits packages. You can even filter the reviews to only include those from part-time employees.
Some companies have put their own benefits information on Glassdoor as well.
The internet isn’t the only place to get employee reviews.
Talk to people you know who work part-time. There may be employers you’ve never even heard of that offer health insurance to part-timers.
If you’re interested in a specific company but don’t have any personal connections there, try asking the Jobcase Community.
At the end of almost every job interview, the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for us?” While this may seem like the ideal time to satisfy your curiosity about healthcare coverage, it’s not.
In fact, the interview is just about the only time you shouldn’t bring up benefits. That’s because it’s important to show that you’re motivated and interested in the job itself, not just the perks.
But if the interview goes well and you’re offered the job, you should definitely ask about health insurance and other benefits before you accept the offer.
Each employer offers a slightly different part-time benefits package.
Health insurance coverage is one of the most prized benefits due to the high cost of healthcare, but other offerings part-time employees might want to seek out, depending on their needs, include:
All of these employers have numerous available jobs across the country. They often get good reviews from employees, and they offer benefits, including health insurance.
If you’re looking for a part-time job with health insurance, this list is a good place to start.
UPS is a multinational shipping company operating in every state in the U.S.
In addition to delivery drivers, UPS employs warehouse workers, equipment technicians, and more.
UPS is generous to part-time employees, and on their website, they explain why, saying:
“Our unique foundation of promoting from within means that our workforce is comprised of a whopping 50 percent of employees who started as part-time. It's one of the many reasons that part-time employees earn a competitive benefits package.”
If you’re looking for a good part-time job that could turn into a full-time career, consider applying at UPS. Find out more about current job openings by visiting the UPS employment page.
IKEA is a Swedish furniture retailer with locations around the world.
The jobs available at IKEA include retail, warehouse work, foodservice, IT, and more. According to Glassdoor, 78% of part-time IKEA employees would recommend working there to a friend.
All IKEA employees, whether full-time or part-time, hourly or salaried, are eligible for some portion of IKEA’s benefits package.
Those that regularly work at least 20 hours per week are eligible for the full benefits package, including medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, paid time off, parental leave, retirement plan, income protection, and disability insurance.
See what jobs are currently available on the IKEA careers page.
Costco, a chain of big-box stores, is one of the largest retailers in the world. It’s also known as an excellent place to work.
Costco has over a thousand employee reviews on Glassdoor that mention “great benefits.” It’s not just full-time employees getting those perks — Costco offers medical benefits to anyone who works at least 24 hours per week.
For a list of current open positions at Costco, visit the Costco jobs page.
We’ve also written up some tips to help you land a job with this employer.
Many of the reviews of Chipotle rave about the free food that employees get, but fortunately, that’s not the only perk.
Chipotle offers medical, dental, and vision insurance for all of its part-time employees.
Most open positions at Chipotle are in food service, but there are also some office jobs available. To find and apply for Chipotle jobs, visit the Chipotle careers page.
REI is a retailer of sporting goods, camping gear, travel equipment, and clothing. Based on employee reviews, it’s considered one of the top 50 best places to work in the U.S.
There are lots of career options at REI, from retail to facilities maintenance to customer support.
Any employee working at least 20 hours per week qualifies for benefits. These employees can choose from several health insurance plans for themselves and their dependents.
REI also mentions that they offer tools to help employees working less than 20 hours per week navigate the health insurance marketplace.
Learn more about working at REI on the REI careers page.
Starbucks is the world’s largest coffee chain. It has a solid reputation with its part-time employees, with 78% of them saying they would recommend working there to a friend.
Starbucks offers both full-time and part-time employees benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage. For hourly workers, eligibility for these benefits begins once they’ve worked at least 240 hours within a three-month period. That’s an average of just under 19 hours per week.
Get started searching for Starbucks jobs on the Starbucks careers page.
Lowe’s is a home improvement retailer selling appliances, furniture, tools, home decor, and more. According to its website, the company has over 300,000 employees.
Lowe’s offers benefits for part-time work. Although it’s not as comprehensive as the medical plan offered to full-time employees, basic healthcare insurance is available.
According to their website, Lowe’s cares about all-around wellness for its part-time employees.
“We offer all regular full- and part-time associates access to benefits that help them stay healthy — physically, mentally, and financially.”
See all of the current openings at Lowe’s on the Lowe’s jobs page.
JPMorgan Chase is an investment bank and financial services company. It’s a well-regarded workplace, with 81% of part-time employees saying they would recommend working there to a friend.
JPMorgan Chase is often looking for part-time employees for customer service, administrative, and banking roles. The company has benefits available to any employee regularly scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week.
Check out the latest open opportunities on the JPMorgan Chase careers page.
As a company that employs over 1.2 million people, online retailer Amazon always has tons of open part-time and full-time jobs.
Administrative jobs, warehouse (also called fulfillment center) work, and customer support are just a few of the possibilities.
Amazon employees who work more than 20 hours per week receive funding towards health insurance and other benefits, including dental care, vision care, disability, and life insurance.
To help your job application stand out from the crowd, we’ve put together some tips for applying to Amazon fulfillment center jobs.
The various agencies of the U.S. government employ over 2 million people. The jobs available range from part-time entry-level work to positions for experienced professionals
Part-time employees of the government receive the same health insurance as full-time employees, but they pay a greater percentage of the premium.
For example, an employee who works 20 hours per week will receive half of the government contribution towards health insurance that a 40-hour-per-week worker would.
USAJobs is a website where you can find job listings for federal agencies.
Just because you work part-time doesn’t mean you can’t find a job that offers generous benefits, including health insurance. Some of the biggest employers in the U.S. provide health benefits to employees working less than 30 hours per week.
Consider a career with the companies above or do some quick online research to find other employers that offer health insurance.
You don’t have to go far to find great job opportunities — you can search for jobs near you on Jobcase.