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Tesla Will Pay You To Drive Its Cars This Summer The seasonal position will pay $18 to $48 per hour.

By Emily Rella

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Model X suv by Tesla Motors parked on a side street in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco, California.

Opting in to drive a Tesla could actually pay off — literally.

This summer, Tesla is hiring people to drive its cars around this summer in an effort to record and analyze data about its vehicles.

The "seasonal vehicle operator" position ranges from $18 to $48 and is set to last for three months, with daytime and nighttime shifts available.

As of Monday afternoon, over 2,700 people had applied for the position.

Related: Ford CEO Slams Tesla's 'Silicon Valley' Cybertruck

"The Vehicle Operator role is responsible for capturing high quality data that will contribute to the improvement of our vehicles performance," the listing reads. "This role requires a high level of flexibility, attention to detail, and ability to work in a fast-paced dynamic environment. Day/night shift positions available."

Obligations will range from analyzing and reporting on data, writing drive reports, checking for safety, and providing feedback to Tesla about findings.

Even though the position is temporary and at-will, full-time benefits are still offered including 401K contributions and health insurance.

Related: 'Think Carefully': Musk Issues Stark Warning About New Hires to Tesla Employees

The move is an interesting play for Tesla, which had mass layoffs throughout the course of 2023 so far, most recently with battery production workers at its Shanghai gigafactory.

Tesla is known to pay its employees quite handsomely, with a recent report showing that only five of 184 new hires were given a salary less than six figures.

CEO Elon Musk does not take home a salary or cash bonus.

Emily Rella

Entrepreneur Staff

Senior News Writer

Emily Rella is a Senior News Writer at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, she was an editor at Verizon Media. Her coverage spans features, business, lifestyle, tech, entertainment, and lifestyle. She is a 2015 graduate of Boston College and a Ridgefield, CT native. Find her on Twitter at @EmilyKRella.

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