These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Colorado

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 Colorado?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Colorado, 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 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other are the lowest paid people in Colorado.

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

  1. Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other
  2. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  3. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  4. Cooks, Fast Food
  5. Gaming Dealers
  6. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  7. Dishwashers
  8. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  9. Amusement and Recreation Attendants
  10. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Colorado

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 614 job classifications in Colorado 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 Colorado

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $20,500 $17,780 1,680
2 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $20,700 $17,860 3,190
3 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $20,770 $17,820 7,490
4 Cooks, Fast Food $21,070 $17,950 7,280
5 Gaming Dealers $21,110 $17,850 1,190
6 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $21,310 $17,980 65,140
7 Dishwashers $21,590 $18,160 8,300
8 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $21,620 $17,920 9,430
9 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $22,040 $17,970 7,070
10 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $22,130 $18,030 4,270
11 Motion Picture Projectionists $22,200 $17,960 190
12 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $22,300 $17,940 4,530
13 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $22,380 $18,230 3,060
14 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $22,530 $17,910 400
15 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $22,850 $17,940 640
16 Cashiers $22,860 $18,200 59,540
17 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $22,930 $19,180 640
18 Waiters And Waitresses $22,990 $17,830 52,540
19 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $23,100 $18,160 4,840
20 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $23,150 $18,180 7,410
21 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $23,490 $18,380 16,720
22 Personal Care Aides $23,840 $18,730 23,640
23 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $24,010 $18,390 6,150
24 Packers And Packagers, Hand $24,040 $18,110 6,850
25 Food Preparation Workers $24,140 $18,380 10,540
26 Parking Lot Attendants $24,520 $18,110 1,960
27 Building Cleaning Workers, All Other $24,990 $19,600 480
28 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $25,040 $18,730 5,930
29 Tailors, Dressmakers, And Custom Sewers $25,180 $18,460 70
30 Bartenders $25,400 $17,920 12,560
31 Cooks, Short Order $25,520 $18,170 1,400
32 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $25,910 $18,490 1,400
33 Sewing Machine Operators $26,030 $18,270 1,700
34 Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News And Street Vendors, And Related Workers $26,070 $18,790 100
35 Helpers–Roofers $26,450 $20,460 170
36 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other $26,480 $18,270 2,500
37 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $26,510 $19,430 500
38 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $26,570 $18,750 210
39 Childcare Workers $26,660 $18,600 8,310
40 Cooks, Restaurant $26,690 $19,640 30,270
41 Driver/sales Workers $26,700 $17,920 6,540
42 Food Processing Workers, All Other $26,760 $19,510 980
43 Home Health Aides $27,080 $19,750 13,230
44 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $27,120 $18,690 36,060
45 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $27,260 $20,180 8,210
46 Animal Trainers $27,260 $20,170 210
47 Tire Repairers And Changers $27,260 $20,220 2,830
48 Bakers $27,380 $18,780 3,660
49 Bicycle Repairers $27,520 $19,120 610
50 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $27,550 $18,650 2,290
51 Food Batchmakers $27,670 $19,410 2,180
52 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $27,870 $20,890 120
53 Library Assistants, Clerical $27,990 $19,300 1,520
54 Recreation Workers $28,060 $18,840 6,770
55 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $28,090 $18,110 7,340
56 Orderlies $28,110 $20,570 420
57 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $28,140 $18,180 1,080
58 Agricultural Equipment Operators $28,200 $18,930 150
59 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $28,210 $19,110 2,500
60 Fabric And Apparel Patternmakers $28,240 $18,700 80
61 Telemarketers $28,390 $18,620 6,100
62 Residential Advisors $28,520 $18,840 540
63 Tellers $28,530 $21,240 7,150
64 Helpers–Production Workers $28,540 $18,750 5,120
65 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $28,670 $18,950 32,200
66 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $28,820 $20,430 260
67 Floral Designers $28,880 $18,990 1,100
68 Dietetic Technicians $28,880 $18,300 260
69 Retail Salespersons $29,040 $18,530 83,670
70 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $29,100 $19,640 31,890
71 Funeral Attendants $29,110 $18,850 230
72 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $29,240 $18,180 110
73 Gaming Cage Workers $29,280 $21,670 270
74 Psychiatric Aides $29,320 $18,740 270
75 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $29,350 $21,610 500
76 Crossing Guards $29,440 $21,030 2,180
77 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, And Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $30,130 $21,800 700
78 Nursing Assistants $30,150 $22,250 19,230
79 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $30,170 $19,470 8,440
80 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $30,180 $20,000 23,070
81 Helpers–Electricians $30,190 $21,530 360
82 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, And Samplers, Recordkeeping $30,210 $18,980 940
83 Molding, Coremaking, And Casting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $30,270 $19,880 1,610
84 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $30,380 $17,860 70
85 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $30,570 $21,390 1,300
86 Receptionists And Information Clerks $31,040 $20,750 19,010
87 Concierges $31,040 $22,380 680
88 Helpers–Carpenters $31,060 $25,840 280
89 Couriers And Messengers $31,080 $20,300 1,050
90 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $31,160 $20,650 130
91 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $31,200 $19,440 1,570
92 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $31,270 $21,750 480
93 Occupational Therapy Aides $31,510 $21,960 70
94 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $31,720 $21,450 150
95 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $31,800 $19,500 180
96 Counter And Rental Clerks $31,880 $19,180 13,750
97 Gaming Surveillance Officers And Gaming Investigators $31,970 $21,180 140
98 Security Guards $32,030 $20,860 15,330
99 Healthcare Support Workers, All Other $32,150 $20,960 2,200
100 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, And Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $32,250 $22,170 740

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