Wages for Paper Rounds

Readers Question: I’m a paper girl and I get £5.50 a week, 7 days a week, 2 rounds a day. Am I the only one that thinks this is a joke?

From: Wages of Paper Boys

It sounds a very bad deal. Maybe you could tell your employer you’ve joined a trade union for paper boys / girls and then demand a minimum wage of £2.00 an hour. If you do 7 hours a week, you should be getting £14 a week.

The minimum wage for 16 and 17 year olds is £3.53 min wage 16-17

Also, it might be worth thinking of alternative jobs. Hand washing cars could be quite lucrative. Some people are willing to pay £6 to have their car hand washed and polished. You could offer to do it for £4. Then all you need to do is wash 2 cars a week and you will get more than a 7 time a week paper round.

29 Responses to Wages for Paper Rounds

  1. James May 14, 2009 at 8:07 pm #

    i have a paper round and get £25.50 a week. This is cause i do 2 rounds a day. one worth 15 quid the other worth 10.50. i probably do bout 40 papers a day 7 days a weekin the morning.

  2. aint telling May 19, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    basically ur getin completely ripped off mate i get £25 a week and i work 6 days (all in the morning at 6:45) and it takes me half an hour. I get £4 on week days (mon-fri) and £5 on saturdays (but that takes me about 45 mins because the papers are heavier)
    all the best
    i aint telling
    why the hell did i even write this it was a complete waste of time and effort …. bloody hell …. lifes a bitch aint it…
    oh well !

  3. Fred November 11, 2009 at 2:47 pm #


  4. Joshua Lincon wallace jake March 7, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    ******* what is the latest time in the morning that paper rounds can start??? is 7:30 tooooo latee? cheers ;) please answer **************

  5. Lee from arbroath March 27, 2010 at 8:24 am #

    I’m 33 and remember I used to only get £7.25 a week, that was years ago…. Looks like your gettin well and truelly ripped off. Tell your employer to stop living in the dark ages. It does work complaining, I complained and it went up to £8.25 not much but at the time we all thought it was great, that was a 7 day week, Sundays were the worst for magazines. Good luck

  6. rebecca May 13, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    i think we should get paid £400 per week

    • Katie Clucas November 14, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

      I wish!

  7. Jack August 7, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    i just got myself a paper round, i am getting paid £12 a week. that is a 6 day week and all morning rounds, it takes me around half hour to do each round. do you think this is an ok wage ?
    considering my mate did a paper round about a year ago and wos gettin paid a wacking £24 a week, for a paper round that is GOOD money. im beginning to quistion if it is worth it. do you think i should ask for a raise to £15 ?

  8. Bob August 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    I work 7 days a week for a paper round is this legal or should I have a day off a week?

    • Katie Clucas November 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

      its not allegal but yes u should get a day off!

  9. Alis September 13, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    I do a paper round 7 days a week for £25 per week. The weekdays take about 20 minutes and the weekends take about 40 minutes.

  10. josh m November 15, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    i am 15 and i have had a paper since i was 13.
    i get £7.50 a round and i do 2 rounds a day. it takes me hour and half. for the money im getting its not worth it but christmas is coming up and i will be getting all my christmas tips off all the customers

    • Katie Clucas November 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

      £7.50 is OK (my fiend only gets paid £3.50!:( wen on shopping trips she begs me to go the market because sheis paid so little!

  11. Charlotte December 12, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    hi i turned 13 yesturday and im now lukin for a paer round because ive wanted 1 for ages 2 get sum more cash! i think u sud get more if you hav a mornin 1 however i luv my sleep and wudnt give it up for anythin so wud like a paper round i can do after school. Any ideas where from?

  12. Andy December 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    Hi, im 14 and i earn £26 a week
    i do one round a day consisting of about 30papers
    the round is small and easy
    however, it is in the morning

    i earnt £115 from christmas tips

  13. Andy December 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    on and my round is monday to saturday (sunday off :P)

  14. dawn January 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    my son delivers 28 papers a day 6 days a week for £7 a week its f**king ridiculous he started with 16 papers and shes gradually adding more but the wage is the same talk about child slavery there should be a law about minimum wage for children

  15. Ivy February 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    I am turning 13 in a couple of weeks, and i am hoping to soon get a paper round job to earn more cash, i dont mind working mornings and after school but only weekdays not weekends (i have dance classes), i imagine i would not get much more than £5.00 for that, i am starting to think is it worth it, but my parents are tight (soz mum) and when i go town wiv my mates i can hardly buy anything and my mates r of in jack wills and superdry, i do housework but i still only get £1.50 a week, i really need the cash!!! but from wat i’v heard the effort put in isant really being paid of!!!!!! Help, i need cash!!!!

    • Katie Clucas November 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

      Same here! my mum give s me £1 a week ! Tight (so not sorry mum)! Just tell her how much u need it and u feel left out but that might not work…not with my mum anyway but it works with my gran:)

    • remi rees June 17, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

      ivy that’s only some people i have a paper round and i work 5 days a week and i get 15 pounds and i deliver the express and star and im 14 it depends how far you go and im like that i want to go shopping and all so i would defo go with it but make sure you ask what paper and wage there are going to pay you more than a tenna yh but not less otherwise it will take you ages to buy nice things xxxxx

  16. Paige February 17, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    I am 13 in june and need some extra cash but is it really worth doing a job that has rubbish pay?

  17. Heather March 31, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Hi i have been offered a paper round job and was wondering how much would i get payed for working 7 days a week, mornings, 1 round only? and does my wage depend on how many papers i deliver ?? Thanks for any answers. :)

  18. Olly April 9, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    I do a paper round 6 days a week, mon-sat, every day i walk about 3 miles to do it and i post around 25 papers, i get £17 i dont know if that is an okay price

  19. Fran May 22, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    I really want a paper round because I would like to work for some extra money. Is it a good idea??

  20. molly July 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    i do a round on a sunday morning, it takes me an hour, get up at 7:10 and have a trolley with 23 papers, i get £5.00 i think this is dead good- doesnt waste week time either :)

    • Cammy February 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

      I have to get up at 6:45 I do 25 papers and I only get £4.50..and I fractured my shoulder so it’s extremely soar

  21. Katie Clucas November 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    I think it is a good idea because u can earn money to go towards shopping trips and stuff with ur friends! I may become a paper girl myself!Make sure you get about £4 for 2-3 streets depending on how long they r

  22. tyler May 3, 2012 at 2:26 am #

    if children want the money they would be botherd to do it £14 a week thats a fair deal but it depends on if you WANT IT! I WOULD!

  23. ollic January 18, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    hi! im 15 and do 100 papers once a week for FOUR POUNDS??!?!??!?!?!?? this cannot be fair nor legal i demand a raise! AND HOW THE FEK DID YOU GET £115 TIPS?????????? WHERE DO YOU LIVE????????????