These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In California

We combed through the data to identify the profession in California that don’t pay all that well.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 3 months ago

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 California?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in California, 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 Cooks, Fast Food are the lowest paid people in California.

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

  1. Cooks, Fast Food
  2. Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
  3. Dishwashers
  4. Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse
  5. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  6. Manicurists and Pedicurists
  7. Shampooers
  8. Forest and Conservation Workers
  9. Amusement and Recreation Attendants
  10. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers

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

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

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How we determined the lowest paid jobs in California

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 694 job classifications in California 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 California

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Cooks, Fast Food $22,940 $20,810 102,780
2 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $22,950 $20,810 9,780
3 Dishwashers $23,190 $20,810 86,200
4 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $23,630 $20,810 182,570
5 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $23,680 $20,810 372,200
6 Manicurists And Pedicurists $23,690 $20,810 20,590
7 Shampooers $23,920 $20,810 790
8 Forest And Conservation Workers $23,930 $19,100 2,130
9 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $24,160 $20,810 44,960
10 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $24,240 $20,810 15,240
11 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $24,290 $20,810 6,960
12 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $24,350 $20,810 47,940
13 Sewing Machine Operators $24,910 $20,810 27,850
14 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $24,970 $20,810 71,460
15 Personal Care Aides $25,150 $20,810 144,310
16 Packers And Packagers, Hand $25,290 $20,810 99,540
17 Cashiers $25,330 $20,810 404,500
18 Food Preparation Workers $25,350 $20,810 108,830
19 Food Processing Workers, All Other $25,350 $20,810 5,230
20 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $25,380 $20,970 1,490
21 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $25,460 $20,810 1,250
22 Parking Lot Attendants $25,580 $20,810 28,030
23 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $25,580 $20,810 8,180
24 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $25,630 $20,810 49,270
25 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $25,690 $20,820 640
26 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $25,710 $20,810 4,590
27 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $25,720 $20,810 8,890
28 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $25,760 $20,810 47,970
29 Cooks, Short Order $25,890 $21,130 20,350
30 Sewers, Hand $25,970 $21,430 1,820
31 Textile Bleaching And Dyeing Machine Operators And Tenders $26,220 $20,810 2,390
32 Shoe Machine Operators And Tenders $26,250 $20,810 120
33 Fabric Menders, Except Garment $26,260 $20,810 110
34 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $26,260 $20,810 2,680
35 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $26,480 $20,810 2,770
36 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $26,620 $20,810 18,580
37 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $26,780 $20,810 2,550
38 Helpers–Production Workers $26,840 $20,810 45,560
39 Gaming Dealers $27,040 $20,810 15,930
40 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $27,100 $20,810 2,860
41 Childcare Workers $27,170 $20,820 58,510
42 Material Moving Workers, All Other $27,180 $20,810 9,540
43 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $27,500 $20,810 340
44 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $27,590 $20,810 5,660
45 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $27,950 $21,040 25,190
46 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $28,010 $20,810 8,950
47 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $28,070 $20,810 99,000
48 Cooks, Restaurant $28,200 $20,890 133,870
49 Agricultural Equipment Operators $28,220 $20,820 7,430
50 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $28,300 $20,810 239,980
51 Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News And Street Vendors, And Related Workers $28,360 $20,810 1,200
52 Bakers $28,410 $20,820 30,330
53 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $28,410 $20,810 1,850
54 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $28,840 $20,810 5,120
55 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $28,950 $20,820 19,730
56 Food Batchmakers $29,160 $20,820 17,180
57 Home Health Aides $29,210 $20,810 25,910
58 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $29,340 $20,820 8,170
59 Motion Picture Projectionists $29,390 $20,820 280
60 Coil Winders, Tapers, And Finishers $29,510 $20,890 1,260
61 Production Workers, All Other $29,510 $20,810 26,240
62 Tire Builders $29,530 $21,610 210
63 Gaming Cage Workers $29,540 $20,820 5,950
64 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $29,600 $20,810 2,510
65 Recreation Workers $29,660 $20,820 47,950
66 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $29,750 $20,820 17,760
67 Tellers $29,780 $22,270 43,510
68 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $29,800 $20,820 317,050
69 Retail Salespersons $29,810 $20,810 440,440
70 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $29,880 $20,820 4,270
71 Tire Repairers And Changers $29,880 $20,810 10,160
72 Physical Therapist Aides $29,930 $21,710 6,300
73 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $29,970 $21,590 11,690
74 Barbers $29,980 $20,820 1,320
75 Telemarketers $30,010 $20,810 13,670
76 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $30,080 $20,810 50,440
77 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $30,140 $20,820 24,830
78 Electronic Equipment Installers And Repairers, Motor Vehicles $30,200 $21,120 1,870
79 Rock Splitters, Quarry $30,280 $21,880 50
80 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $30,350 $20,820 224,110
81 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $30,400 $20,970 4,750
82 Crossing Guards $30,550 $20,810 7,300
83 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $30,560 $20,880 3,340
84 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, And Samplers, Recordkeeping $30,660 $20,810 12,950
85 Woodworkers, All Other $30,680 $20,810 680
86 Security Guards $30,760 $20,820 146,740
87 Cleaning, Washing, And Metal Pickling Equipment Operators And Tenders $30,780 $20,820 2,980
88 Cooling And Freezing Equipment Operators And Tenders $30,890 $21,250 540
89 Team Assemblers $30,920 $20,910 83,860
90 Pourers And Casters, Metal $30,920 $20,820 410
91 Waiters And Waitresses $30,940 $20,810 280,100
92 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $30,940 $21,120 2,630
93 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $30,950 $20,810 2,520
94 Butchers And Meat Cutters $31,120 $20,920 19,080
95 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $31,130 $20,810 27,180
96 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $31,230 $20,820 2,240
97 Tank Car, Truck, And Ship Loaders $31,240 $21,190 360
98 Psychiatric Aides $31,300 $23,660 2,260
99 Molders, Shapers, And Casters, Except Metal And Plastic $31,310 $21,110 4,940
100 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $31,440 $20,870 104,820

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