These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Illinois

We combed through the data to identify the profession in Illinois that don’t pay all that well.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 3 months ago

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 Cooks, Fast Food are the lowest paid people in Illinois.

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

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

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:

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How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Illinois

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 669 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 2016.

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Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Illinois

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Cooks, Fast Food $20,470 $18,010 18,980
2 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $20,600 $18,070 140,420
3 Shampooers $20,890 $18,140 1,080
4 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $21,080 $17,880 19,410
5 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $21,120 $18,070 890
6 Gaming Dealers $21,510 $17,800 1,930
7 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $21,560 $18,200 14,510
8 Cashiers $21,630 $18,210 127,700
9 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $21,720 $18,250 20,420
10 Dishwashers $21,740 $18,270 16,900
11 Waiters And Waitresses $22,120 $17,990 91,370
12 Manicurists And Pedicurists $22,190 $18,540 3,750
13 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $22,510 $18,340 6,650
14 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $22,540 $18,020 8,330
15 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $22,590 $18,270 4,730
16 Food Preparation Workers $22,690 $18,410 36,610
17 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $22,810 $18,130 8,940
18 Personal Care Aides $22,840 $19,370 43,150
19 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $22,890 $18,260 11,670
20 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $22,900 $18,290 9,540
21 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $22,940 $18,250 8,580
22 Cooks, Short Order $23,130 $19,010 6,260
23 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $23,360 $18,420 730
24 Motion Picture Projectionists $23,400 $18,080 490
25 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $23,450 $18,480 1,180
26 Dietetic Technicians $23,630 $18,010 3,730
27 Childcare Workers $23,830 $18,560 17,200
28 Home Health Aides $23,840 $19,940 38,730
29 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $23,900 $18,170 930
30 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $24,130 $18,540 930
31 Bartenders $24,160 $18,040 26,410
32 Food Processing Workers, All Other $24,240 $19,510 1,600
33 Packers And Packagers, Hand $24,760 $18,300 51,330
34 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $24,820 $18,780 1,400
35 Cooks, Restaurant $24,890 $18,720 43,900
36 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $24,980 $18,540 33,390
37 Cooks, All Other $25,100 $19,520 1,410
38 Parking Lot Attendants $25,310 $18,520 4,510
39 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $25,410 $18,340 540
40 Funeral Attendants $25,460 $18,280 1,220
41 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $25,530 $19,130 710
42 Recreation Workers $25,570 $18,220 21,230
43 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $25,740 $17,850 140
44 Occupational Therapy Aides $25,880 $19,390 1,720
45 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $25,990 $18,770 2,970
46 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $26,030 $18,490 1,500
47 Tour Guides And Escorts $26,240 $18,770 840
48 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $26,360 $18,720 15,500
49 Tire Repairers And Changers $26,410 $18,580 3,120
50 Counter And Rental Clerks $26,420 $18,520 10,660
51 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $26,520 $18,980 3,060
52 Floral Designers $26,770 $18,600 2,190
53 Nursing Assistants $26,830 $20,290 60,090
54 Bakers $26,890 $18,930 7,390
55 Psychiatric Aides $27,020 $18,710 930
56 Protective Service Workers, All Other $27,090 $18,540 5,680
57 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $27,170 $19,030 1,550
58 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $27,180 $19,340 8,110
59 Driver/sales Workers $27,190 $18,070 13,170
60 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $27,280 $18,590 2,150
61 Gaming Cage Workers $27,280 $19,040 380
62 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $27,420 $18,270 17,910
63 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $27,610 $18,320 16,420
64 Sewing Machine Operators $27,710 $20,720 3,350
65 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $27,890 $18,940 105,570
66 Retail Salespersons $27,950 $18,570 186,820
67 Pharmacy Aides $27,970 $19,720 760
68 Tellers $28,000 $20,520 20,870
69 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $28,010 $18,610 1,740
70 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $28,070 $18,890 450
71 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $28,080 $19,210 190
72 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $28,290 $19,790 490
73 Residential Advisors $28,300 $19,150 4,020
74 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $28,320 $21,420 4,910
75 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $28,350 $20,680 100
76 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $28,470 $18,860 145,060
77 Library Assistants, Clerical $28,470 $19,210 6,890
78 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $28,580 $18,890 410
79 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $28,680 $19,480 1,130
80 Telemarketers $28,870 $19,490 7,420
81 Helpers–Production Workers $29,020 $19,490 15,520
82 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $29,170 $18,410 5,480
83 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $29,220 $19,640 490
84 Agricultural Workers, All Other $29,400 $25,720 200
85 Receptionists And Information Clerks $29,460 $19,710 40,010
86 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $29,530 $19,310 3,480
87 Butchers And Meat Cutters $29,810 $19,800 7,650
88 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $29,830 $18,820 86,230
89 Woodworkers, All Other $29,890 $19,200 70
90 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $29,910 $19,170 3,050
91 Food Batchmakers $29,950 $18,600 8,640
92 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other $30,080 $18,990 20,520
93 Coil Winders, Tapers, And Finishers $30,120 $19,130 1,010
94 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $30,200 $19,360 34,450
95 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $30,780 $18,940 820
96 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $30,870 $19,510 810
97 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $30,930 $19,930 2,220
98 Couriers And Messengers $31,050 $19,350 2,490
99 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $31,100 $18,600 220
100 Helpers–Carpenters $31,170 $18,350 450

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