These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Alaska

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 Alaska?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Alaska, 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 Machine Feeders And Offbearers are the lowest paid people in Alaska.

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

  1. Machine Feeders and Offbearers
  2. Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
  3. Dishwashers
  4. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  5. Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
  6. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  7. Cooks, Fast Food
  8. Parking Lot Attendants
  9. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  10. Entertainment Attendants and Related Workers, All Other

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Alaska

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 463 job classifications in Alaska 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 2016.

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Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Alaska

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $22,070 $20,280 70
2 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $22,270 $20,280 3,240
3 Dishwashers $23,010 $20,290 1,670
4 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $23,300 $20,280 910
5 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $23,410 $20,280 280
6 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $24,200 $20,290 4,530
7 Cooks, Fast Food $24,260 $20,290 780
8 Parking Lot Attendants $24,400 $20,290 160
9 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $24,950 $20,290 2,540
10 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $25,140 $20,280 110
11 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $25,190 $20,510 50
12 Food Batchmakers $25,230 $20,290 180
13 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $25,540 $20,280 90
14 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $25,700 $20,290 920
15 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $26,180 $20,910 50
16 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $26,420 $20,310 530
17 Gaming Dealers $26,640 $20,290 90
18 Childcare Workers $26,720 $20,600 2,500
19 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $26,940 $20,860 220
20 Cashiers $26,990 $20,610 6,470
21 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $27,080 $20,790 250
22 Food Preparation Workers $27,260 $20,290 4,680
23 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $27,770 $20,680 3,080
24 Manicurists And Pedicurists $27,890 $20,290 90
25 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $28,010 $20,290 70
26 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $28,050 $20,280 50
27 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $28,140 $20,290 400
28 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $28,170 $20,720 1,040
29 Cooks, Short Order $28,400 $21,250 430
30 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $28,570 $20,300 340
31 Tellers $28,730 $20,290 1,290
32 Retail Salespersons $28,810 $20,860 10,470
33 Funeral Attendants $29,070 $20,290 30
34 Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News And Street Vendors, And Related Workers $29,120 $20,280 60
35 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $29,420 $20,290 460
36 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $29,670 $21,810 380
37 Cooks, Restaurant $29,730 $21,700 1,900
38 New Accounts Clerks $29,810 $20,290 50
39 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $29,940 $20,360 310
40 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $29,960 $21,040 680
41 Tire Repairers And Changers $30,150 $22,650 290
42 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $30,730 $21,080 120
43 Tank Car, Truck, And Ship Loaders $30,780 $21,000 80
44 Counter And Rental Clerks $31,010 $21,860 930
45 Waiters And Waitresses $31,230 $20,350 4,260
46 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $31,550 $21,150 4,080
47 Bartenders $31,560 $21,170 1,740
48 Personal Care Aides $31,600 $21,450 4,900
49 Driver/sales Workers $31,630 $20,810 660
50 Packers And Packagers, Hand $31,960 $20,290 910
51 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $32,370 $20,930 6,240
52 Team Assemblers $32,410 $22,570 240
53 File Clerks $32,760 $20,300 420
54 Residential Advisors $32,900 $25,280 150
55 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $33,090 $20,620 160
56 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $33,130 $20,300 310
57 Receptionists And Information Clerks $33,210 $21,230 2,670
58 Automotive Glass Installers And Repairers $33,240 $25,610 130
59 Home Health Aides $33,290 $20,620 1,370
60 Fishers And Related Fishing Workers $33,310 $26,770 40
61 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $33,720 $20,300 510
62 Floral Designers $33,720 $22,120 70
63 Concierges $33,760 $20,300 60
64 Helpers–Production Workers $33,770 $21,040 290
65 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $33,950 $20,300 980
66 Animal Trainers $34,380 $21,720 30
67 Bakers $34,730 $22,440 230
68 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $34,810 $25,010 190
69 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $34,840 $21,330 410
70 Building Cleaning Workers, All Other $35,060 $25,900 110
71 Education, Training, And Library Workers, All Other $35,400 $20,280 640
72 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $35,420 $25,110 60
73 Tour Guides And Escorts $35,690 $22,380 680
74 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $35,690 $20,640 510
75 Psychiatric Technicians $35,750 $21,260 290
76 Social And Human Service Assistants $35,840 $25,880 1,350
77 Cutting, Punching, And Press Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $35,930 $25,140 70
78 Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other $36,260 $25,060 330
79 Helpers–Carpenters $36,440 $25,930 250
80 Interviewers, Except Eligibility And Loan $36,440 $26,930 130
81 Library Assistants, Clerical $36,450 $25,510 250
82 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $36,560 $21,350 50
83 Physical Therapist Aides $36,580 $27,090 30
84 Cargo And Freight Agents $36,800 $25,100 660
85 Customer Service Representatives $36,820 $23,190 3,660
86 Order Clerks $36,860 $26,200 190
87 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $36,870 $21,620 4,930
88 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $36,930 $25,350 160
89 Office Machine Operators, Except Computer $36,990 $20,300 60
90 Data Entry Keyers $37,260 $20,570 240
91 Reservation And Transportation Ticket Agents And Travel Clerks $37,310 $25,710 620
92 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $37,480 $28,250 120
93 Nursing Assistants $37,520 $27,510 1,720
94 First-Line Supervisors Of Food Preparation And Serving Workers $37,750 $22,800 1,740
95 Crossing Guards $38,140 $22,100 180
96 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $38,370 $22,520 520
97 Cooks, All Other $38,370 $27,420 240
98 Travel Agents $39,040 $27,390 140
99 Sewing Machine Operators $39,150 $28,440 40
100 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $39,170 $26,560 960