The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Florida 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 Florida?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Florida, 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 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop are the lowest paid people in Florida.

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

  1. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  2. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  3. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  4. Parking Lot Attendants
  5. Dishwashers
  6. Cashiers
  7. Barbers
  8. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  9. Cooks, Fast Food
  10. Food Servers, Nonrestaurant

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Florida

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 730 job classifications in Florida 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 Florida

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $20,970 $17,920 33,980
2 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $21,120 $17,920 226,370
3 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $21,700 $17,960 38,680
4 Parking Lot Attendants $21,850 $17,990 17,320
5 Dishwashers $21,850 $18,260 39,250
6 Cashiers $21,870 $18,110 242,900
7 Barbers $22,180 $18,120 970
8 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $22,540 $18,080 9,200
9 Cooks, Fast Food $22,550 $18,140 14,790
10 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $22,570 $18,020 16,190
11 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $22,610 $18,260 36,440
12 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $22,660 $18,230 2,920
13 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $22,740 $18,290 16,810
14 Gaming Dealers $22,810 $17,820 3,860
15 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $23,300 $18,540 80,900
16 Personal Care Aides $23,390 $18,600 36,810
17 Packers And Packagers, Hand $23,500 $18,360 34,040
18 Shampooers $23,540 $18,180 1,330
19 Childcare Workers $23,590 $18,360 30,070
20 Gaming Cage Workers $23,720 $17,940 460
21 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $23,750 $18,030 7,140
22 Motion Picture Projectionists $23,770 $18,420 700
23 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $24,110 $18,190 32,720
24 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $24,130 $18,530 2,990
25 Food Preparation Workers $24,190 $18,510 62,010
26 Home Health Aides $24,280 $18,680 32,960
27 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $24,520 $18,140 10,670
28 Etchers And Engravers $24,530 $17,740 300
29 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $24,770 $18,480 12,890
30 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $24,890 $19,290 19,640
31 Teacher Assistants $25,010 $18,390 50,440
32 Crossing Guards $25,230 $19,070 4,820
33 Funeral Attendants $25,290 $19,070 2,500
34 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $25,320 $18,480 2,340
35 Telemarketers $25,330 $18,380 21,700
36 Driver/sales Workers $25,330 $18,080 28,850
37 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $25,400 $18,500 9,880
38 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $25,450 $18,600 124,460
39 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $25,540 $19,300 840
40 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $25,630 $18,480 27,710
41 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $25,710 $18,470 5,400
42 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $25,750 $18,690 1,610
43 Psychiatric Aides $25,890 $20,660 4,280
44 Tire Repairers And Changers $25,970 $18,410 6,040
45 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $25,990 $18,950 550
46 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $26,020 $18,950 4,390
47 Bartenders $26,040 $17,860 45,170
48 Substitute Teachers $26,070 $18,050 15,630
49 Waiters And Waitresses $26,120 $17,870 211,860
50 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $26,270 $18,920 280
51 Food Batchmakers $26,500 $18,890 3,940
52 Orderlies $26,540 $20,480 2,240
53 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $26,690 $18,820 7,640
54 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $26,740 $19,140 142,260
55 Retail Salespersons $26,790 $18,310 336,060
56 Nursing Assistants $26,840 $20,740 89,860
57 Helpers–Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, And Tile And Marble Setters $26,860 $19,990 1,980
58 Sewing Machine Operators $27,060 $18,760 5,930
59 Physical Therapist Aides $27,160 $21,320 2,320
60 Manicurists And Pedicurists $27,170 $18,430 2,830
61 Food Processing Workers, All Other $27,200 $20,770 960
62 Library Assistants, Clerical $27,270 $19,310 3,650
63 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $27,280 $19,360 14,970
64 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $27,360 $19,410 360
65 Manufactured Building And Mobile Home Installers $27,450 $21,420 260
66 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $27,450 $18,880 4,970
67 Recreation Workers $27,530 $18,600 18,660
68 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $27,610 $19,740 84,490
69 Helpers–Production Workers $27,630 $19,100 8,200
70 Sewers, Hand $27,720 $20,090 90
71 Residential Advisors $27,730 $19,060 5,260
72 Cooks, Restaurant $27,740 $20,500 110,600
73 Security Guards $27,790 $19,250 85,690
74 Bakers $27,800 $19,290 10,470
75 Agricultural Workers, All Other $27,850 $20,790 290
76 Concierges $27,960 $20,350 6,240
77 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $27,990 $18,950 25,940
78 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $28,010 $19,140 1,320
79 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $28,020 $20,010 4,910
80 Cooks, All Other $28,110 $18,930 1,270
81 Production Workers, All Other $28,220 $18,330 8,690
82 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $28,290 $18,740 17,760
83 Helpers–Carpenters $28,400 $20,630 3,240
84 Dietetic Technicians $28,410 $20,200 1,600
85 Agricultural Equipment Operators $28,420 $20,370 1,310
86 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $28,570 $21,280 6,070
87 Tire Builders $28,620 $21,150 120
88 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $28,660 $20,420 1,330
89 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $28,680 $19,760 6,500
90 Floral Designers $28,680 $20,000 2,850
91 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $28,700 $19,470 20,220
92 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $28,730 $20,160 580
93 Tour And Travel Guides $28,820 $20,020 2,860
94 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $28,830 $19,830 4,190
95 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $28,920 $20,640 3,200
96 Bicycle Repairers $29,000 $21,950 330
97 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $29,060 $20,220 170
98 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $29,080 $19,540 2,430
99 Graduate Teaching Assistants $29,110 $17,540 13,130
100 Receptionists And Information Clerks $29,120 $20,310 82,180
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