The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Kentucky 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 Kentucky?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Kentucky, 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 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food are the lowest paid people in Kentucky.

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

  1. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  2. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  3. Waiters and Waitresses
  4. Bartenders
  5. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  6. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  7. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  8. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  9. Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
  10. Cashiers

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Kentucky

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 669 job classifications in Kentucky 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 Kentucky

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $19,150 $16,300 65,410
2 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $19,320 $16,340 1,470
3 Waiters And Waitresses $19,450 $16,260 31,250
4 Bartenders $19,530 $16,250 4,610
5 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $19,610 $16,400 4,800
6 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $19,620 $16,300 1,320
7 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $20,020 $16,550 3,390
8 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $20,150 $16,450 2,280
9 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $20,190 $16,480 4,090
10 Cashiers $20,420 $16,390 52,660
11 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $20,430 $16,370 3,940
12 Cooks, Short Order $20,500 $16,960 630
13 Dishwashers $20,590 $16,660 3,350
14 Cooks, Fast Food $20,670 $16,740 6,840
15 Motion Picture Projectionists $21,530 $16,660 80
16 Childcare Workers $21,540 $16,610 11,340
17 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $21,650 $16,750 2,830
18 Parking Lot Attendants $21,870 $16,680 510
19 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $22,050 $16,850 10,320
20 Food Preparation Workers $22,340 $16,820 7,500
21 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $22,350 $16,510 40
22 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $22,370 $17,130 1,080
23 Substitute Teachers $22,690 $17,060 290
24 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $22,730 $16,740 3,080
25 Cooks, Restaurant $22,920 $16,980 19,890
26 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $23,160 $17,140 170
27 Sewing Machine Operators $23,530 $16,630 3,120
28 Orderlies $23,960 $18,980 550
29 Bakers $24,010 $16,510 1,270
30 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $24,090 $18,520 300
31 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $24,180 $17,170 4,530
32 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $24,240 $17,860 1,440
33 Home Health Aides $24,460 $18,230 2,680
34 Residential Advisors $24,580 $17,960 4,420
35 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $24,660 $17,180 1,830
36 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $24,750 $16,460 210
37 Cooks, All Other $24,910 $17,650 180
38 Security Guards $24,950 $17,120 11,470
39 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $25,000 $16,750 680
40 Bailiffs $25,170 $17,470 760
41 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $25,380 $18,410 1,960
42 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $25,630 $19,230 10,770
43 Floral Designers $25,680 $16,990 550
44 Retail Salespersons $25,700 $16,860 55,740
45 Personal Care Aides $25,740 $17,310 16,690
46 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $25,840 $20,550 2,070
47 Packers And Packagers, Hand $25,870 $17,910 15,010
48 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $25,940 $17,550 26,330
49 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $26,070 $17,110 140
50 Physical Therapist Aides $26,320 $18,020 980
51 Concierges $26,420 $20,350 90
52 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $26,540 $21,020 170
53 Manicurists And Pedicurists $26,660 $17,810 80
54 Driver/sales Workers $26,680 $16,750 5,200
55 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $26,690 $17,640 30,570
56 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $26,740 $17,020 50
57 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $26,780 $17,660 150
58 Library Assistants, Clerical $26,780 $19,830 1,160
59 Nursing Assistants $26,800 $20,540 24,060
60 Animal Control Workers $26,950 $17,950 250
61 Tour And Travel Guides $27,080 $18,200 680
62 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $27,110 $19,830 1,980
63 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $27,180 $19,980 900
64 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $27,270 $16,790 3,590
65 Teacher Assistants $27,290 $19,010 16,570
66 Tire Repairers And Changers $27,370 $19,680 1,630
67 Receptionists And Information Clerks $27,390 $18,430 16,960
68 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $27,440 $20,100 1,560
69 Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians $27,630 $18,910 300
70 Crossing Guards $27,670 $21,020 540
71 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $27,700 $19,290 1,790
72 Tellers $27,770 $20,790 6,970
73 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $28,010 $18,500 8,120
74 File Clerks $28,080 $18,880 1,040
75 Telemarketers $28,120 $19,120 930
76 Couriers And Messengers $28,300 $19,360 930
77 Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News And Street Vendors, And Related Workers $28,440 $16,790 50
78 Library Technicians $28,450 $17,540 830
79 Counter And Rental Clerks $28,480 $16,970 5,010
80 Production Workers, All Other $28,520 $18,440 4,850
81 Craft Artists $28,610 $21,980 130
82 Order Clerks $29,040 $18,720 1,230
83 Food Processing Workers, All Other $29,210 $21,700 760
84 Pharmacy Technicians $29,270 $20,400 8,470
85 Helpers–Carpenters $29,380 $19,150 240
86 Office Clerks, General $29,520 $17,570 36,580
87 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $29,650 $21,010 850
88 Psychiatric Technicians $29,680 $19,930 500
89 Outdoor Power Equipment And Other Small Engine Mechanics $29,710 $18,540 650
90 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $29,720 $20,460 59,760
91 Data Entry Keyers $29,750 $21,600 1,410
92 Office Machine Operators, Except Computer $29,890 $19,440 430
93 Psychiatric Aides $29,970 $22,050 1,010
94 Recreation Workers $30,000 $17,630 2,490
95 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $30,140 $18,000 920
96 Refuse And Recyclable Material Collectors $30,200 $19,340 1,550
97 Social And Human Service Assistants $30,220 $18,990 4,510
98 Butchers And Meat Cutters $30,340 $18,300 1,650
99 Sales And Related Workers, All Other $30,540 $20,730 940
100 Funeral Attendants $30,670 $18,740 650
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