The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Colorado 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 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. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  3. Baggage Porters and Bellhops
  4. Gaming Dealers
  5. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  6. Dishwashers
  7. Cooks, Fast Food
  8. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  9. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  10. Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials

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 681 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 2018.

For more reading, check out:

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 $23,650 $21,220 1,850
2 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $23,860 $21,220 8,790
3 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $23,970 $21,220 970
4 Gaming Dealers $24,000 $21,220 1,130
5 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $24,090 $21,220 2,950
6 Dishwashers $24,110 $21,230 9,900
7 Cooks, Fast Food $24,130 $21,230 5,810
8 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $24,290 $21,230 65,670
9 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $24,300 $21,220 5,130
10 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $24,800 $21,230 330
11 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $25,330 $21,230 4,430
12 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $25,330 $21,560 3,270
13 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $25,450 $21,220 10,720
14 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $25,480 $21,220 9,150
15 Waiters And Waitresses $25,510 $21,220 50,390
16 Cashiers $25,860 $21,230 56,710
17 Parking Lot Attendants $26,230 $21,220 2,040
18 Personal Care Aides $26,410 $21,270 27,310
19 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $26,640 $21,430 18,440
20 Packers And Packagers, Hand $26,650 $21,240 8,200
21 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $26,730 $21,230 7,340
22 Cooks, Short Order $26,900 $21,240 1,890
23 Home Health Aides $26,980 $21,830 9,510
24 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $27,130 $22,100 860
25 Food Preparation Workers $27,500 $21,400 12,780
26 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $27,510 $21,230 2,190
27 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $27,510 $21,230 4,930
28 Bartenders $27,520 $21,220 11,390
29 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $27,810 $21,240 6,470
30 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $28,000 $21,840 6,050
31 Food Processing Workers, All Other $28,190 $21,950 1,450
32 Dietetic Technicians $28,660 $21,240 300
33 Childcare Workers $28,770 $21,240 8,620
34 Sewing Machine Operators $28,820 $21,230 1,490
35 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $28,980 $21,350 34,350
36 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other $29,340 $21,230 3,050
37 Cooks, Restaurant $29,490 $22,420 32,910
38 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $29,630 $22,280 9,360
39 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $29,650 $21,220 60
40 Library Assistants, Clerical $29,700 $22,150 1,080
41 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $29,720 $21,230 150
42 Helpers–Roofers $29,750 $22,700 110
43 Gaming Cage Workers $29,860 $21,920 190
44 Teacher Assistants $29,900 $22,480 20,240
45 Telemarketers $29,980 $21,230 4,370
46 Manicurists And Pedicurists $30,180 $21,670 1,600
47 Orderlies $30,380 $22,330 670
48 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $30,400 $23,210 1,100
49 Food Batchmakers $30,430 $22,350 2,270
50 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $30,510 $22,950 890
51 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $30,650 $21,700 2,560
52 Tire Repairers And Changers $30,650 $23,450 2,630
53 Animal Trainers $30,690 $22,030 170
54 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $30,720 $22,610 70
55 Tellers $30,810 $24,030 6,630
56 Retail Salespersons $30,860 $21,260 86,610
57 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $30,900 $22,080 1,870
58 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $30,920 $22,180 230
59 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $31,110 $22,460 320
60 Recreation Workers $31,110 $21,590 6,090
61 Driver/sales Workers $31,140 $21,220 10,440
62 Bakers $31,160 $22,080 3,620
63 Helpers–Production Workers $31,190 $21,230 5,000
64 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, And Samplers, Recordkeeping $31,190 $21,230 1,050
65 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $31,230 $22,230 36,530
66 Residential Advisors $31,420 $21,530 680
67 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $31,550 $21,230 1,170
68 Bicycle Repairers $31,690 $24,900 490
69 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $31,870 $21,550 3,840
70 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $32,010 $22,140 29,280
71 Physical Therapist Aides $32,240 $22,290 460
72 Floral Designers $32,280 $22,450 990
73 Receptionists And Information Clerks $32,360 $22,380 18,240
74 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $32,440 $22,440 230
75 Couriers And Messengers $32,470 $22,800 1,110
76 Nursing Assistants $32,610 $25,420 21,070
77 Barbers $32,670 $22,150 720
78 Concierges $32,690 $23,660 740
79 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $32,800 $24,200 160
80 Sewers, Hand $32,810 $21,240 40
81 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, And Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $32,840 $22,400 530
82 Umpires, Referees, And Other Sports Officials $32,890 $21,410 950
83 Agricultural Equipment Operators $32,890 $22,360 80
84 Occupational Therapy Aides $33,060 $26,590 70
85 Public Address System And Other Announcers $33,120 $22,090 50
86 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $33,140 $23,820 8,700
87 Automotive Glass Installers And Repairers $33,140 $26,630 140
88 Psychiatric Aides $33,460 $26,350 520
89 Semiconductor Processors $33,580 $22,530 1,370
90 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $33,590 $22,740 1,140
91 Healthcare Support Workers, All Other $33,600 $22,830 2,250
92 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $33,890 $22,440 1,130
93 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $33,940 $23,460 22,170
94 Tree Trimmers And Pruners $34,080 $21,220 540
95 Lathe And Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $34,110 $22,160 130
96 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers $34,150 $23,290 6,910
97 Library Technicians $34,380 $22,890 2,820
98 Helpers–Carpenters $34,490 $27,580 420
99 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $34,600 $25,690 110
100 Coating, Painting, And Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $34,710 $24,830 940
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