The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Kansas 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 Kansas?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Kansas, 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 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop are the lowest paid people in Kansas.

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

  1. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  2. Bartenders
  3. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  4. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  5. Dishwashers
  6. Cooks, Fast Food
  7. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  8. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  9. Waiters and Waitresses
  10. Food Servers, Nonrestaurant

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Kansas

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 636 job classifications in Kansas 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 Kansas

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $18,610 $16,310 4,080
2 Bartenders $19,160 $16,080 4,850
3 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $19,300 $16,200 5,840
4 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $19,560 $16,350 2,030
5 Dishwashers $19,750 $16,420 3,660
6 Cooks, Fast Food $19,760 $16,550 4,760
7 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $19,910 $16,360 34,360
8 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $20,130 $16,330 4,180
9 Waiters And Waitresses $20,140 $16,210 21,200
10 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $20,390 $16,570 2,420
11 Childcare Workers $20,650 $16,530 5,800
12 Gaming Dealers $20,710 $16,560 300
13 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $20,990 $16,300 2,840
14 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $21,120 $16,640 2,430
15 Food Preparation Workers $21,360 $16,870 6,990
16 Cashiers $21,570 $16,610 33,550
17 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $21,710 $16,680 1,160
18 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $21,740 $16,720 7,770
19 Parking Lot Attendants $21,910 $17,040 590
20 Personal Care Aides $21,920 $17,310 21,450
21 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $22,450 $16,840 2,230
22 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $22,600 $16,890 160
23 Legislators $22,870 $16,060 890
24 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $22,890 $16,670 2,350
25 Motion Picture Projectionists $23,010 $16,540 50
26 Cooks, Short Order $23,220 $17,280 850
27 Pharmacy Aides $23,630 $17,030 780
28 Cooks, Restaurant $23,640 $17,050 11,050
29 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $23,670 $18,740 350
30 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $24,190 $17,710 6,110
31 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $24,200 $16,950 420
32 Funeral Attendants $24,450 $17,340 400
33 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $24,500 $18,720 1,340
34 Home Health Aides $24,560 $18,480 2,320
35 Teacher Assistants $24,650 $17,740 19,390
36 Library Assistants, Clerical $25,010 $17,400 1,360
37 Psychiatric Aides $25,130 $17,830 690
38 Manicurists And Pedicurists $25,190 $16,790 830
39 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $25,310 $17,580 1,780
40 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other $25,330 $16,510 460
41 Tour And Travel Guides $25,440 $17,780 140
42 Floral Designers $25,510 $17,350 440
43 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $25,620 $16,310 3,330
44 Bicycle Repairers $25,790 $17,160 330
45 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $25,900 $17,560 19,520
46 Nursing Assistants $26,210 $21,020 22,290
47 Bakers $26,220 $17,930 1,490
48 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $26,490 $21,860 60
49 Recreation Workers $26,790 $17,200 3,580
50 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $26,840 $17,780 3,790
51 Protective Service Workers, All Other $27,000 $17,330 1,200
52 Orderlies $27,130 $21,680 200
53 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $27,160 $20,290 930
54 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $27,240 $18,340 22,410
55 Gaming Cage Workers $27,310 $20,070 130
56 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $27,330 $19,130 190
57 Retail Salespersons $27,390 $17,050 38,040
58 Physical Therapist Aides $27,490 $19,540 490
59 Receptionists And Information Clerks $27,540 $18,240 9,580
60 Packers And Packagers, Hand $27,540 $17,320 6,380
61 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $27,710 $20,680 140
62 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $27,840 $21,610 240
63 Dietetic Technicians $27,890 $20,220 90
64 Telemarketers $27,900 $16,990 1,220
65 Animal Trainers $28,050 $16,830 360
66 Residential Advisors $28,050 $17,500 800
67 Psychiatric Technicians $28,060 $20,460 900
68 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $28,150 $21,440 460
69 Tellers $28,150 $21,060 6,030
70 Tire Repairers And Changers $28,320 $20,860 1,250
71 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $28,450 $17,780 580
72 Sewing Machine Operators $28,530 $19,370 910
73 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $28,680 $20,600 700
74 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $28,870 $18,000 960
75 Production Workers, All Other $28,950 $17,510 1,470
76 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $29,010 $18,140 100
77 Print Binding And Finishing Workers $29,140 $19,180 870
78 Security Guards $29,140 $17,440 6,010
79 File Clerks $29,270 $17,680 790
80 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $29,290 $20,120 5,770
81 Office Clerks, General $29,360 $17,770 17,170
82 Massage Therapists $29,370 $16,730 670
83 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $29,430 $18,680 610
84 Transportation Workers, All Other $29,480 $21,470 190
85 Crossing Guards $29,500 $19,720 270
86 Couriers And Messengers $29,620 $19,890 660
87 Driver/sales Workers $29,980 $17,370 3,520
88 Substitute Teachers $30,040 $20,200 10,360
89 Food Batchmakers $30,310 $20,340 1,060
90 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $30,320 $19,920 8,490
91 Reservation And Transportation Ticket Agents And Travel Clerks $30,420 $18,910 320
92 Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians $30,430 $20,800 150
93 Sales And Related Workers, All Other $30,510 $18,730 580
94 Emergency Medical Technicians And Paramedics $30,520 $18,580 2,640
95 Helpers–Electricians $30,570 $19,100 400
96 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $30,610 $17,350 1,150
97 Opticians, Dispensing $30,770 $22,700 750
98 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $30,780 $23,910 310
99 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $31,050 $25,460 4,840
100 Cleaning, Washing, And Metal Pickling Equipment Operators And Tenders $31,120 $21,960 260
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