The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Illinois 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 Illinois?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Illinois, 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 Illinois.

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

  1. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  2. Cooks, Fast Food
  3. Shampooers
  4. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  5. Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials
  6. Waiters and Waitresses
  7. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  8. Cashiers
  9. Dishwashers
  10. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Illinois

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 716 job classifications in Illinois 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 Illinois

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $21,340 $18,100 22,780
2 Cooks, Fast Food $21,690 $18,090 18,120
3 Shampooers $22,110 $18,140 830
4 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $22,240 $18,430 144,260
5 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $22,530 $18,980 740
6 Waiters And Waitresses $22,900 $17,990 83,910
7 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $22,990 $18,240 5,540
8 Cashiers $23,380 $18,570 143,230
9 Dishwashers $23,430 $18,560 19,730
10 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $23,560 $18,590 14,240
11 Manicurists And Pedicurists $23,740 $18,590 4,730
12 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $23,830 $18,510 18,400
13 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $24,140 $19,050 8,510
14 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $24,220 $18,420 7,270
15 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $24,240 $18,540 8,330
16 Childcare Workers $24,250 $18,570 17,440
17 Bartenders $24,280 $18,100 28,570
18 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $24,390 $18,930 240
19 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $24,450 $19,010 14,070
20 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $24,550 $18,750 8,380
21 Personal Care Aides $24,600 $20,130 50,970
22 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $24,650 $19,430 620
23 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $24,690 $19,070 7,760
24 Cooks, Short Order $24,770 $19,440 6,150
25 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $24,990 $19,000 1,730
26 Food Preparation Workers $25,200 $19,180 32,430
27 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $25,260 $18,950 1,580
28 Home Health Aides $25,370 $21,270 33,990
29 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $25,560 $18,600 690
30 Dietetic Technicians $25,770 $18,680 4,440
31 Recreation Workers $25,810 $18,560 18,750
32 Floral Designers $26,050 $18,830 1,890
33 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $26,210 $19,840 400
34 Motion Picture Projectionists $26,390 $19,160 250
35 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $26,470 $19,850 2,270
36 Psychiatric Aides $26,480 $20,130 1,690
37 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $26,510 $19,970 310
38 Bakers $26,620 $19,290 8,810
39 Packers And Packagers, Hand $26,670 $19,690 51,520
40 Counter And Rental Clerks $26,880 $18,750 11,110
41 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $26,980 $19,680 900
42 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $27,000 $19,500 32,570
43 Funeral Attendants $27,000 $18,780 970
44 Models $27,110 $18,630 90
45 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $27,550 $19,510 19,960
46 Teacher Assistants $27,710 $18,680 60,630
47 Cooks, Restaurant $27,720 $19,830 48,660
48 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $27,830 $18,770 17,870
49 Library Assistants, Clerical $27,840 $18,970 5,950
50 Driver/sales Workers $27,980 $18,230 13,320
51 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $28,000 $19,900 2,620
52 Parking Lot Attendants $28,000 $19,120 5,590
53 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $28,060 $19,630 2,470
54 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $28,270 $20,090 560
55 Cleaning, Washing, And Metal Pickling Equipment Operators And Tenders $28,410 $20,930 680
56 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $28,410 $24,780 130
57 Tour And Travel Guides $28,540 $19,960 910
58 Sewers, Hand $28,620 $20,480 230
59 Retail Salespersons $28,710 $18,820 168,130
60 Protective Service Workers, All Other $28,800 $18,750 6,640
61 Nursing Assistants $28,810 $21,620 61,140
62 Occupational Therapy Aides $28,820 $17,600 2,550
63 Cooks, All Other $28,820 $21,820 1,930
64 Sewing Machine Operators $29,010 $19,800 3,710
65 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $29,170 $19,150 400
66 Couriers And Messengers $29,280 $19,370 2,060
67 Tire Repairers And Changers $29,420 $20,130 3,690
68 Public Address System And Other Announcers $29,430 $18,480 410
69 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $29,520 $19,520 103,660
70 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $29,610 $18,790 6,630
71 Gaming Cage Workers $29,710 $20,420 250
72 Pharmacy Aides $29,760 $19,800 400
73 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $29,770 $19,530 7,980
74 Skincare Specialists $29,800 $18,420 1,970
75 Telemarketers $29,840 $20,070 5,540
76 Tellers $29,860 $21,400 18,530
77 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $29,900 $18,270 15,790
78 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $30,020 $19,320 2,030
79 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $30,140 $20,350 158,670
80 Tax Preparers $30,200 $19,040 3,370
81 Receptionists And Information Clerks $30,210 $19,960 39,890
82 Etchers And Engravers $30,260 $19,140 500
83 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $30,410 $19,960 87,220
84 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $30,480 $21,380 230
85 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $30,640 $20,390 4,150
86 Helpers–Production Workers $30,780 $21,080 14,640
87 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $30,900 $20,080 680
88 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $30,900 $24,760 2,200
89 Butchers And Meat Cutters $30,990 $21,220 7,490
90 Physical Therapist Aides $31,100 $21,300 1,210
91 Bicycle Repairers $31,290 $23,730 180
92 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $31,460 $19,040 260
93 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $31,500 $20,580 24,120
94 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $31,720 $25,010 1,100
95 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $31,740 $20,340 33,710
96 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $31,740 $22,150 710
97 Residential Advisors $32,330 $19,600 2,570
98 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $32,340 $20,910 5,020
99 First-Line Supervisors Of Food Preparation And Serving Workers $32,490 $20,780 28,330
100 Helpers–Carpenters $32,510 $18,950 380
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