These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Iowa

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 Iowa?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Iowa, 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 Gaming Dealers are the lowest paid people in Iowa.

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

  1. Gaming Dealers
  2. Motion Picture Projectionists
  3. Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants
  4. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  5. Cooks, Fast Food
  6. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  7. Dishwashers
  8. Amusement and Recreation Attendants
  9. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  10. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Iowa

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 619 job classifications in Iowa 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.

For more reading, check out:

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Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Iowa

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Gaming Dealers $18,360 $16,100 1,340
2 Motion Picture Projectionists $18,500 $16,150 70
3 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $18,520 $16,110 250
4 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $18,670 $16,120 1,980
5 Cooks, Fast Food $18,680 $16,110 3,720
6 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $18,690 $16,060 3,520
7 Dishwashers $18,940 $16,230 3,600
8 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $19,030 $16,110 1,910
9 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $19,230 $16,180 40,890
10 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $19,450 $16,170 2,270
11 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $19,540 $16,130 770
12 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $19,900 $16,310 6,770
13 Bartenders $19,980 $16,150 8,070
14 Cooks, Short Order $20,060 $16,260 1,900
15 Cashiers $20,130 $16,360 42,200
16 Childcare Workers $20,410 $16,250 7,850
17 Waiters And Waitresses $20,750 $16,230 24,180
18 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $20,770 $16,430 2,810
19 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $20,930 $16,710 3,890
20 Food Preparation Workers $21,370 $16,430 5,640
21 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $21,490 $16,380 530
22 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $21,570 $16,700 40
23 Cooks, Restaurant $21,740 $16,690 12,060
24 Parking Lot Attendants $21,900 $16,540 940
25 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $21,980 $16,680 10,220
26 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $22,390 $16,510 930
27 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $22,630 $17,240 2,270
28 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $22,720 $16,510 1,800
29 Counter And Rental Clerks $22,830 $16,260 4,040
30 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $22,940 $17,320 30
31 Tour Guides And Escorts $23,190 $16,320 220
32 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $23,220 $17,220 1,670
33 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $23,290 $17,190 210
34 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $23,490 $16,960 1,120
35 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $23,660 $16,580 140
36 Personal Care Aides $23,700 $18,970 16,230
37 Concierges $23,790 $17,940 90
38 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $24,050 $17,220 120
39 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $24,310 $17,020 3,810
40 Telemarketers $24,340 $17,390 2,740
41 Packers And Packagers, Hand $24,380 $17,020 6,410
42 Pharmacy Aides $24,430 $17,340 370
43 Cooks, All Other $24,580 $17,040 180
44 Library Assistants, Clerical $24,730 $16,860 1,640
45 Funeral Attendants $24,750 $17,820 690
46 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $24,890 $17,950 7,520
47 Butchers And Meat Cutters $25,330 $18,060 3,040
48 Recreation Workers $25,690 $17,000 4,140
49 Dietetic Technicians $25,750 $17,130 450
50 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $25,880 $17,750 180
51 Driver/sales Workers $25,930 $16,400 4,070
52 Floral Designers $25,950 $18,520 600
53 Food Processing Workers, All Other $26,050 $17,670 3,540
54 Woodworkers, All Other $26,200 $18,110 130
55 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $26,380 $18,270 820
56 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $26,400 $17,300 23,870
57 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $26,450 $17,160 280
58 Couriers And Messengers $26,500 $17,530 630
59 Residential Advisors $26,530 $16,950 860
60 Retail Salespersons $26,660 $16,720 44,500
61 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $26,920 $17,860 7,860
62 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $26,950 $17,360 3,830
63 Home Health Aides $26,990 $20,630 5,630
64 Building Cleaning Workers, All Other $27,000 $21,040 90
65 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $27,060 $17,180 19,140
66 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $27,070 $16,820 3,360
67 Tellers $27,100 $20,690 8,420
68 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $27,200 $18,810 790
69 Bakers $27,240 $18,330 1,790
70 Slot Supervisors $27,260 $17,860 150
71 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $27,270 $20,850 100
72 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $27,280 $17,780 680
73 Orderlies $27,310 $21,340 230
74 Nursing Assistants $27,310 $21,120 21,460
75 Security Guards $27,420 $17,660 5,890
76 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $27,450 $19,130 780
77 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $27,470 $17,550 2,020
78 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $27,590 $21,340 100
79 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $27,600 $18,070 290
80 Helpers–Production Workers $27,720 $20,290 6,580
81 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $27,800 $18,680 350
82 Gaming Cage Workers $27,820 $19,700 250
83 Photographers $27,840 $17,070 550
84 Musical Instrument Repairers And Tuners $27,950 $17,340 130
85 Telephone Operators $28,000 $20,590 130
86 Crossing Guards $28,050 $21,050 460
87 Skincare Specialists $28,120 $17,980 190
88 Radio And Television Announcers $28,170 $16,950 380
89 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $28,210 $21,260 250
90 Painting, Coating, And Decorating Workers $28,390 $18,660 280
91 Receptionists And Information Clerks $28,470 $19,190 8,310
92 Physical Therapist Aides $28,480 $17,260 330
93 Sewing Machine Operators $28,530 $19,430 860
94 Tailors, Dressmakers, And Custom Sewers $28,560 $21,400 250
95 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $28,740 $19,200 770
96 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $28,780 $21,140 1,210
97 Substitute Teachers $28,960 $22,340 9,540
98 Interviewers, Except Eligibility And Loan $29,310 $21,820 1,500
99 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $29,340 $20,690 1,930
100 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $29,360 $21,260 460
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