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The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Alabama For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Back in high school I had the best job you could have in high school, I worked at the local movie theater for minimum wage plus free popcorn and movies. I was happy to make minimum wage back then, but now I couldn’t imagine living on the $5.86/hr I was making.

All of this reminiscing got me wondering, who gets paid the least in Alabama?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Alabama, we decided to use data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify the lowest paying jobs.

After combing through the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we discovered that Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food are the lowest paid people in Alabama.

Here’s a quick look at the 10 lowest paying jobs in Alabama:

  1. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  2. Bus Drivers, School or Special Client
  3. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  4. Substitute Teachers
  5. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  6. Cooks, Fast Food
  7. Personal Care Aides
  8. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  9. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  10. Waiters and Waitresses

For more information on how much the lowest paying jobs pay, read on, or check out this other reading on Alabama:

If you’re interested, you can read more about the Alabama job scene here:

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Alabama

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 686 job classifications in Alabama in order to identify those that get paid the least.

We will update the data annually as it becomes available from the BLS. The most recent data is as of May 2018.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Alabama

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $18,680 $16,190 62,030
2 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $18,720 $16,210 9,520
3 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $18,870 $16,290 580
4 Substitute Teachers $19,110 $16,110 8,280
5 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $19,180 $16,370 4,170
6 Cooks, Fast Food $19,220 $16,370 6,160
7 Personal Care Aides $19,250 $16,360 14,310
8 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $19,300 $16,380 1,240
9 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $19,430 $16,220 2,350
10 Waiters And Waitresses $19,750 $16,210 34,020
11 Childcare Workers $19,920 $16,440 7,490
12 Dishwashers $20,020 $16,520 3,930
13 Umpires, Referees, And Other Sports Officials $20,110 $16,050 40
14 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $20,180 $16,450 9,840
15 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $20,180 $16,420 3,940
16 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $20,360 $16,180 240
17 Cashiers $20,620 $16,500 65,540
18 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $20,690 $16,470 4,220
19 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $20,720 $16,860 790
20 Home Health Aides $20,780 $16,420 4,870
21 Motion Picture Projectionists $21,000 $16,250 30
22 Teacher Assistants $21,190 $16,420 9,210
23 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $21,280 $16,500 2,990
24 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $21,350 $16,360 2,340
25 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $21,550 $16,990 1,960
26 Pharmacy Aides $21,700 $16,690 780
27 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $21,740 $16,830 3,390
28 Bartenders $21,840 $16,420 4,440
29 Cooks, Short Order $21,910 $17,050 2,520
30 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $21,960 $16,750 2,820
31 Food Preparation Workers $22,010 $16,750 8,520
32 Parking Lot Attendants $22,040 $16,600 600
33 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $22,100 $16,550 11,080
34 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $22,710 $16,500 300
35 Crossing Guards $22,770 $16,950 430
36 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $22,820 $17,540 490
37 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $22,930 $17,610 11,700
38 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $23,080 $16,780 120
39 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $23,490 $16,580 4,450
40 Orderlies $23,580 $17,590 810
41 Recreation Workers $23,590 $16,570 5,470
42 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $23,670 $17,170 200
43 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $23,700 $17,030 28,770
44 Graduate Teaching Assistants $23,740 $16,470 80
45 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $23,800 $16,720 1,400
46 Library Assistants, Clerical $23,800 $17,130 1,250
47 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $23,840 $17,550 330
48 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $23,950 $17,130 1,180
49 Sewing Machine Operators $23,960 $17,000 2,840
50 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $23,960 $17,430 1,620
51 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $23,990 $17,140 5,400
52 Cooks, Restaurant $24,080 $17,300 14,930
53 Nursing Assistants $24,110 $18,230 22,590
54 Funeral Attendants $24,170 $17,060 530
55 Floral Designers $24,230 $16,900 640
56 Tour And Travel Guides $24,410 $16,570 390
57 Manicurists And Pedicurists $24,500 $17,490 380
58 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $24,540 $17,880 60
59 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $24,570 $17,540 1,050
60 Fence Erectors $24,600 $17,520 500
61 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $24,800 $16,390 2,480
62 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $24,890 $17,520 440
63 Residential Advisors $25,000 $17,300 2,790
64 Packers And Packagers, Hand $25,010 $17,580 7,520
65 File Clerks $25,300 $17,120 680
66 Couriers And Messengers $25,540 $17,030 1,180
67 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $25,610 $20,770 360
68 Telemarketers $25,640 $17,010 1,820
69 Office Clerks, General $25,800 $17,220 29,780
70 Agricultural Equipment Operators $26,010 $18,100 260
71 Helpers–Carpenters $26,030 $18,520 380
72 Physical Therapist Aides $26,190 $17,530 1,050
73 Receptionists And Information Clerks $26,320 $18,040 13,030
74 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $26,340 $18,020 12,700
75 Protective Service Workers, All Other $26,370 $16,690 1,430
76 Helpers–Production Workers $26,440 $17,680 16,710
77 Security Guards $26,470 $17,060 13,840
78 Concierges $26,500 $19,560 150
79 Tire Repairers And Changers $26,520 $17,560 2,480
80 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $26,540 $20,160 300
81 Community And Social Service Specialists, All Other $26,630 $16,530 210
82 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $26,650 $19,790 520
83 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $26,680 $18,010 21,780
84 Psychiatric Aides $26,680 $20,580 1,750
85 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $26,750 $18,630 850
86 Retail Salespersons $26,770 $16,940 63,530
87 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $26,970 $18,600 1,110
88 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $27,140 $18,170 40,510
89 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $27,160 $17,820 2,490
90 Helpers–Roofers $27,240 $20,570 180
91 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $27,270 $21,000 1,230
92 Counter And Rental Clerks $27,330 $17,440 7,020
93 Psychiatric Technicians $27,390 $17,210 1,150
94 Woodworkers, All Other $27,520 $19,930 350
95 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $27,590 $18,600 1,140
96 Cleaning, Washing, And Metal Pickling Equipment Operators And Tenders $27,780 $18,360 380
97 Tellers $27,830 $20,920 9,630
98 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $27,860 $19,620 300
99 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $27,880 $18,580 440
100 Bakers $28,100 $20,040 1,310
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