These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Connecticut

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 Connecticut?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Connecticut, 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 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers are the lowest paid people in Connecticut.

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

  1. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  2. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  3. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  4. Cooks, Fast Food
  5. Baggage Porters and Bellhops
  6. Dishwashers
  7. Manicurists and Pedicurists
  8. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  9. Shampooers
  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 Connecticut:

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Connecticut

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 572 job classifications in Connecticut 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 Connecticut

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $21,490 $19,970 3,430
2 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $21,600 $19,980 1,050
3 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $22,020 $19,980 5,480
4 Cooks, Fast Food $22,070 $19,980 6,380
5 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $22,480 $19,980 180
6 Dishwashers $22,480 $19,980 6,270
7 Manicurists And Pedicurists $22,490 $19,980 2,330
8 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $22,790 $19,980 3,860
9 Shampooers $23,500 $19,980 120
10 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $23,760 $19,980 29,790
11 Cashiers $23,910 $19,980 38,800
12 Bartenders $23,930 $19,970 7,740
13 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $23,990 $20,070 1,670
14 Waiters And Waitresses $24,020 $19,970 28,430
15 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $24,080 $19,990 1,500
16 Parking Lot Attendants $24,080 $19,990 1,440
17 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $24,380 $19,990 680
18 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $24,510 $20,030 750
19 Childcare Workers $25,340 $19,990 8,610
20 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $25,430 $20,150 8,020
21 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $25,440 $19,980 1,660
22 Bicycle Repairers $25,450 $20,070 160
23 Food Processing Workers, All Other $25,670 $20,000 170
24 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $25,740 $20,110 2,220
25 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $26,110 $19,980 100
26 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $26,360 $19,980 740
27 Pharmacy Aides $26,430 $20,810 120
28 Concierges $26,450 $20,380 160
29 Cooks, Short Order $26,530 $20,220 1,840
30 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $26,570 $20,080 2,300
31 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $26,960 $19,980 3,270
32 Personal Care Aides $27,210 $20,350 23,510
33 Home Health Aides $27,490 $20,510 6,900
34 Food Preparation Workers $27,510 $19,980 10,090
35 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $27,800 $20,280 3,510
36 Food Batchmakers $27,810 $20,240 1,090
37 Tire Repairers And Changers $28,000 $20,420 900
38 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $28,410 $20,160 900
39 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $28,620 $20,430 230
40 Helpers–Electricians $28,670 $20,030 450
41 Office And Administrative Support Workers, All Other $28,730 $19,980 6,270
42 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $28,780 $20,100 23,150
43 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other $28,820 $20,500 950
44 Cooks, Restaurant $28,830 $20,610 13,840
45 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $28,940 $19,980 120
46 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $28,960 $19,980 60
47 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $29,270 $20,070 170
48 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $29,490 $20,430 480
49 Tour Guides And Escorts $29,530 $20,120 270
50 Retail Salespersons $29,660 $20,080 51,540
51 Cleaning, Washing, And Metal Pickling Equipment Operators And Tenders $29,660 $20,910 190
52 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $29,720 $20,100 50
53 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $29,800 $19,980 370
54 Camera And Photographic Equipment Repairers $29,910 $25,480 80
55 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $30,010 $22,210 100
56 Bakers $30,120 $20,520 1,450
57 Packers And Packagers, Hand $30,220 $20,120 7,270
58 Molding, Coremaking, And Casting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $30,320 $20,140 1,330
59 Driver/sales Workers $30,350 $19,980 3,270
60 Helpers–Production Workers $30,400 $20,160 2,880
61 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $30,460 $20,340 3,840
62 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $30,880 $21,100 1,120
63 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $30,940 $20,570 250
64 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $31,180 $20,020 880
65 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $31,250 $21,790 60
66 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $31,320 $20,930 23,580
67 Library Assistants, Clerical $31,380 $20,000 1,550
68 Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, And Still Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $31,450 $19,980 350
69 Orderlies $31,470 $22,260 620
70 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $31,510 $19,980 420
71 Helpers–Roofers $31,520 $25,290 100
72 Couriers And Messengers $31,870 $20,160 570
73 Recreation Workers $31,940 $19,990 4,500
74 Sailors And Marine Oilers $32,010 $20,040 80
75 Physical Therapist Aides $32,080 $21,770 540
76 Nursing Assistants $32,140 $24,580 21,180
77 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $32,260 $19,980 420
78 Security Guards $32,310 $21,010 11,610
79 Helpers–Carpenters $32,370 $20,150 170
80 Substitute Teachers $32,450 $20,990 6,890
81 Material Moving Workers, All Other $32,460 $20,040 340
82 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $32,500 $20,350 150
83 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $32,550 $20,930 260
84 Production Workers, All Other $32,610 $21,170 1,660
85 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $32,620 $20,320 30,550
86 Sewing Machine Operators $32,700 $20,470 1,000
87 Residential Advisors $32,870 $21,190 1,990
88 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $32,900 $24,660 60
89 File Clerks $33,010 $20,450 1,120
90 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $33,200 $20,630 370
91 Welding, Soldering, And Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $33,330 $21,230 480
92 Receptionists And Information Clerks $33,440 $22,230 13,290
93 Telephone Operators $33,560 $22,420 210
94 Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, And Kettle Operators And Tenders $33,600 $22,800 100
95 Molders, Shapers, And Casters, Except Metal And Plastic $33,640 $20,020 140
96 Animal Trainers $33,680 $20,620 160
97 Dietetic Technicians $33,770 $20,800 470
98 Tellers $33,790 $25,140 5,140
99 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $33,980 $20,050 5,790
100 Drilling And Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $34,090 $22,160 260