These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Kentucky

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 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers are the lowest paid people in Kentucky.

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

  1. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  2. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  3. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  4. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  5. Cooks, Fast Food
  6. Amusement and Recreation Attendants
  7. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  8. Dishwashers
  9. Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
  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 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 624 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 2016.

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Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Kentucky

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $18,000 $16,110 1,030
2 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $18,140 $16,080 68,350
3 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $18,260 $16,120 5,580
4 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $18,530 $16,020 1,120
5 Cooks, Fast Food $18,740 $16,150 5,600
6 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $18,760 $16,060 3,820
7 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $18,910 $16,210 2,260
8 Dishwashers $19,040 $16,270 3,820
9 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $19,100 $16,230 3,700
10 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $19,290 $16,110 3,420
11 Cashiers $19,590 $16,270 49,550
12 Waiters And Waitresses $19,930 $16,100 29,370
13 Childcare Workers $20,180 $16,280 12,220
14 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $20,210 $16,340 12,480
15 Cooks, Short Order $20,440 $16,580 1,950
16 Bartenders $20,480 $16,140 4,070
17 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $20,570 $16,080 40
18 Parking Lot Attendants $20,640 $16,570 600
19 Food Preparation Workers $20,880 $16,380 6,930
20 Pharmacy Aides $20,910 $16,680 200
21 Funeral Attendants $21,230 $16,460 440
22 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $21,280 $16,830 520
23 Cooks, Restaurant $21,340 $16,380 16,040
24 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $21,370 $16,400 2,470
25 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $21,650 $16,580 100
26 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $21,740 $16,250 180
27 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $21,840 $16,380 140
28 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $22,060 $16,560 1,980
29 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $22,350 $16,550 1,780
30 Substitute Teachers $22,460 $16,000 140
31 Agricultural Equipment Operators $22,570 $16,570 190
32 Residential Advisors $22,640 $17,000 3,660
33 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $22,970 $16,520 3,970
34 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $23,010 $16,600 1,510
35 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $23,270 $16,630 1,060
36 Floral Designers $23,560 $16,650 570
37 Personal Care Aides $23,580 $17,000 14,740
38 Tour Guides And Escorts $23,740 $16,850 490
39 Orderlies $23,760 $17,220 430
40 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $23,880 $16,690 1,860
41 Packers And Packagers, Hand $23,910 $17,020 11,100
42 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $23,980 $17,100 110
43 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $23,990 $18,550 1,230
44 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $24,010 $16,650 3,560
45 Library Assistants, Clerical $24,140 $17,000 1,600
46 Sewing Machine Operators $24,190 $16,940 2,640
47 Security Guards $24,190 $16,620 11,050
48 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $24,220 $20,220 140
49 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $24,410 $18,140 1,670
50 Physical Therapist Aides $24,410 $17,000 690
51 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $24,490 $18,340 11,260
52 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $24,500 $16,940 24,250
53 Tire Repairers And Changers $24,580 $17,700 1,260
54 Retail Salespersons $24,690 $16,560 57,080
55 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $24,980 $16,460 3,250
56 Bakers $25,140 $17,700 1,140
57 Nursing Assistants $25,160 $19,010 23,930
58 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $25,240 $17,370 9,090
59 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $25,510 $17,660 210
60 Recreation Workers $25,520 $16,650 2,860
61 Manicurists And Pedicurists $25,560 $17,210 130
62 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $25,630 $17,030 60
63 Home Health Aides $25,710 $19,620 2,540
64 Driver/sales Workers $25,760 $16,430 5,490
65 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $25,800 $16,940 28,210
66 Receptionists And Information Clerks $25,900 $17,910 15,160
67 Couriers And Messengers $25,950 $17,630 1,080
68 File Clerks $26,000 $17,260 1,410
69 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $26,020 $18,340 740
70 Tellers $26,260 $19,340 8,650
71 Bailiffs $26,270 $18,330 740
72 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $26,310 $17,830 1,450
73 Psychiatric Technicians $26,430 $17,820 340
74 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $26,510 $17,730 1,950
75 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $26,780 $18,140 1,020
76 Psychiatric Aides $26,810 $19,610 780
77 Tailors, Dressmakers, And Custom Sewers $26,830 $17,900 320
78 Telemarketers $26,850 $18,340 1,380
79 Judicial Law Clerks $26,910 $17,350 50
80 Concierges $27,060 $20,190 60
81 Counter And Rental Clerks $27,090 $16,740 6,080
82 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $27,110 $19,270 240
83 Helpers–Production Workers $27,140 $18,250 8,190
84 Production Workers, All Other $27,330 $18,140 7,200
85 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $27,420 $21,370 70
86 Cooling And Freezing Equipment Operators And Tenders $27,710 $17,780 130
87 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $27,790 $18,520 53,020
88 Office Machine Operators, Except Computer $27,820 $18,210 810
89 Animal Control Workers $27,840 $18,410 230
90 Log Graders And Scalers $27,870 $19,380 80
91 Pharmacy Technicians $27,880 $19,050 8,420
92 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, And Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $27,900 $17,630 910
93 Data Entry Keyers $28,010 $19,930 1,680
94 Food Processing Workers, All Other $28,050 $19,590 710
95 Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians $28,060 $17,130 160
96 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $28,130 $17,410 340
97 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $28,240 $20,490 380
98 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $28,250 $19,820 1,200
99 Metal Workers And Plastic Workers, All Other $28,450 $17,370 330
100 Crossing Guards $28,500 $21,420 440

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