The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Alaska 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 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 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers are the lowest paid people in Alaska.

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

  1. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  2. Manicurists and Pedicurists
  3. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  4. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  5. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  6. Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
  7. Waiters and Waitresses
  8. Dishwashers
  9. Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse
  10. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

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 490 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 2018.

Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Alaska

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $23,600 $21,380 230
2 Manicurists And Pedicurists $24,670 $20,480 90
3 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $24,750 $21,400 1,900
4 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $24,780 $21,210 620
5 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $24,940 $21,150 1,320
6 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $25,470 $21,050 2,550
7 Waiters And Waitresses $25,610 $21,250 3,970
8 Dishwashers $25,860 $21,400 1,260
9 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $26,030 $21,520 50
10 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $26,180 $21,720 4,010
11 Cooks, Fast Food $26,420 $21,580 880
12 Parking Lot Attendants $26,810 $21,420 70
13 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $26,890 $21,030 380
14 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $26,950 $21,830 420
15 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $27,410 $21,320 90
16 Childcare Workers $27,900 $21,990 1,880
17 Cashiers $28,030 $21,680 6,670
18 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $28,090 $21,530 60
19 Bartenders $28,180 $21,740 2,030
20 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $28,540 $21,440 460
21 Food Preparation Workers $29,550 $21,730 4,640
22 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $29,640 $22,690 2,780
23 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $29,670 $21,750 610
24 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $29,780 $21,730 100
25 Home Health Aides $29,890 $21,720 990
26 Retail Salespersons $30,060 $21,750 10,480
27 Cooks, Restaurant $30,230 $22,420 2,340
28 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $30,300 $21,910 190
29 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $30,320 $22,760 950
30 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $30,340 $21,890 410
31 Tellers $30,710 $21,540 1,240
32 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $31,040 $21,740 390
33 Floral Designers $31,310 $23,460 60
34 Counter And Rental Clerks $31,380 $22,620 700
35 File Clerks $31,650 $21,110 310
36 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $31,890 $22,490 480
37 Helpers–Production Workers $31,900 $21,950 310
38 Driver/sales Workers $32,120 $21,170 530
39 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $32,170 $21,590 550
40 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $32,170 $24,870 120
41 Tank Car, Truck, And Ship Loaders $32,650 $22,660 70
42 Tour And Travel Guides $32,840 $23,950 870
43 Couriers And Messengers $32,840 $26,010 400
44 Tire Repairers And Changers $32,840 $24,220 410
45 Order Clerks $33,140 $23,790 120
46 Cooks, Short Order $33,400 $23,490 280
47 Food Batchmakers $33,680 $22,380 200
48 Residential Advisors $33,720 $27,020 220
49 Personal Care Aides $33,840 $25,190 5,390
50 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $33,880 $23,730 4,890
51 Bakers $33,970 $22,950 250
52 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $34,010 $25,530 50
53 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $34,130 $22,780 5,160
54 Sales And Related Workers, All Other $34,520 $25,110 180
55 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $34,530 $26,130 70
56 Cooks, All Other $34,760 $25,500 110
57 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $34,790 $22,240 60
58 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $34,940 $22,230 370
59 Library Assistants, Clerical $35,200 $24,920 200
60 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $35,240 $26,650 60
61 Receptionists And Information Clerks $35,310 $23,730 2,790
62 Packers And Packagers, Hand $35,870 $24,830 560
63 Automotive Glass Installers And Repairers $35,970 $26,680 110
64 Broadcast Technicians $36,200 $21,510 60
65 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $36,210 $23,470 940
66 Concierges $36,480 $26,990 50
67 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $36,660 $24,310 60
68 Umpires, Referees, And Other Sports Officials $36,900 $20,680 170
69 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $37,070 $28,700 290
70 First-Line Supervisors Of Food Preparation And Serving Workers $37,240 $24,300 1,870
71 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $37,510 $25,290 230
72 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $37,670 $24,840 1,250
73 Helpers–Carpenters $37,890 $25,570 280
74 Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, And Still Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $38,240 $25,900 120
75 Sewing Machine Operators $38,270 $26,010 40
76 Cutting, Punching, And Press Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $38,340 $29,660 40
77 New Accounts Clerks $38,490 $21,540 80
78 Substitute Teachers $38,610 $22,450 1,610
79 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $38,950 $24,410 4,070
80 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $39,050 $21,730 620
81 Data Entry Keyers $39,220 $26,320 190
82 Interviewers, Except Eligibility And Loan $39,250 $28,570 130
83 Customer Service Representatives $39,300 $23,940 3,690
84 Veterinary Technologists And Technicians $39,550 $27,680 210
85 Skincare Specialists $39,570 $23,960 130
86 Cargo And Freight Agents $39,620 $28,640 380
87 Teacher Assistants $39,640 $27,480 4,440
88 Nursing Assistants $39,830 $31,800 1,820
89 Helpers–Electricians $40,130 $26,760 90
90 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers $40,370 $22,910 200
91 Recreation Workers $40,410 $22,940 580
92 Fitness Trainers And Aerobics Instructors $40,580 $22,970 600
93 Dietetic Technicians $40,700 $28,280 60
94 Social And Human Service Assistants $40,720 $27,670 1,150
95 Medical Secretaries $40,820 $28,180 1,650
96 Reservation And Transportation Ticket Agents And Travel Clerks $40,980 $27,090 730
97 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $41,210 $28,440 100
98 Motorboat Mechanics And Service Technicians $42,030 $22,830 180
99 Travel Agents $42,060 $29,940 200
100 Protective Service Workers, All Other $42,150 $27,170 730
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