The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Louisiana 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 Louisiana?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Louisiana, 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 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop are the lowest paid people in Louisiana.

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

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

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Louisiana

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 663 job classifications in Louisiana 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 Louisiana

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $18,420 $16,070 4,040
2 Waiters And Waitresses $18,630 $16,210 38,950
3 Food Preparation Workers $18,820 $16,210 35,890
4 Dishwashers $18,860 $16,230 5,790
5 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $19,180 $16,300 5,610
6 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $19,260 $16,330 27,860
7 Personal Care Aides $19,300 $16,300 34,590
8 Bartenders $19,350 $16,300 8,200
9 Cooks, Fast Food $19,440 $16,300 5,310
10 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $19,670 $16,370 1,240
11 Cashiers $19,790 $16,360 70,630
12 Childcare Workers $19,820 $16,380 8,840
13 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $19,840 $16,390 5,670
14 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $20,490 $16,550 14,710
15 Parking Lot Attendants $20,500 $16,410 1,210
16 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $20,860 $16,540 4,120
17 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $20,870 $16,260 1,630
18 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $20,900 $16,530 3,910
19 Home Health Aides $21,080 $16,560 7,940
20 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $21,120 $16,670 1,320
21 Cooks, Short Order $21,270 $16,880 4,580
22 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $21,280 $16,390 550
23 Teacher Assistants $21,510 $16,350 17,110
24 Sewers, Hand $21,740 $16,410 110
25 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $21,920 $16,660 1,570
26 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $21,990 $17,020 5,330
27 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $22,030 $16,700 27,100
28 Manicurists And Pedicurists $22,040 $16,660 1,440
29 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $22,210 $16,600 4,140
30 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $22,250 $16,730 2,570
31 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $22,380 $16,490 1,430
32 Packers And Packagers, Hand $22,420 $16,760 2,640
33 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $22,460 $16,770 130
34 Gaming Dealers $22,520 $16,500 2,850
35 Gaming Cage Workers $22,550 $16,800 760
36 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $22,560 $16,580 1,150
37 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $22,680 $17,060 4,330
38 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $22,680 $17,650 1,010
39 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $22,690 $16,550 4,260
40 Nursing Assistants $22,750 $17,140 20,690
41 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $22,770 $16,950 1,570
42 Funeral Attendants $22,770 $16,720 670
43 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $22,990 $16,420 3,190
44 Cooks, Restaurant $23,230 $17,050 17,110
45 Recreation Workers $23,390 $16,600 2,850
46 Cooling And Freezing Equipment Operators And Tenders $23,490 $16,410 30
47 Food Processing Workers, All Other $23,500 $17,220 1,740
48 Psychiatric Aides $23,580 $16,660 790
49 Orderlies $23,650 $18,000 1,080
50 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $24,020 $16,590 630
51 Tire Repairers And Changers $24,090 $17,130 1,850
52 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $24,230 $18,780 240
53 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $24,280 $17,800 520
54 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $24,310 $17,390 1,650
55 Dietetic Technicians $24,390 $17,140 490
56 Pharmacy Aides $24,400 $17,260 960
57 Crossing Guards $24,450 $17,820 640
58 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $24,480 $17,230 21,400
59 Sewing Machine Operators $24,540 $17,400 550
60 Museum Technicians And Conservators $24,690 $16,190 100
61 Helpers–Roofers $24,810 $17,140 260
62 Foundry Mold And Coremakers $24,830 $16,950 50
63 Couriers And Messengers $24,970 $17,020 1,930
64 Receptionists And Information Clerks $24,990 $17,350 15,800
65 Bakers $25,030 $17,510 1,480
66 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $25,050 $18,000 1,480
67 Etchers And Engravers $25,310 $20,180 110
68 Retail Salespersons $25,420 $16,880 59,050
69 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $25,430 $17,150 2,750
70 Office Clerks, General $25,460 $17,280 37,290
71 Food Batchmakers $25,710 $17,400 530
72 Transportation Workers, All Other $25,930 $17,110 1,490
73 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $26,040 $18,010 8,430
74 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $26,060 $18,330 1,520
75 Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians $26,240 $16,760 400
76 Cooks, All Other $26,350 $17,900 760
77 Counter And Rental Clerks $26,370 $17,180 4,780
78 Veterinary Technologists And Technicians $26,410 $18,710 1,250
79 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $26,860 $19,160 180
80 File Clerks $26,970 $18,170 1,490
81 Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other $27,020 $16,990 560
82 Concierges $27,040 $19,490 300
83 Library Assistants, Clerical $27,170 $20,350 430
84 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $27,180 $19,380 1,870
85 Floral Designers $27,190 $17,370 850
86 Psychiatric Technicians $27,330 $20,470 1,590
87 Tour And Travel Guides $27,430 $17,150 940
88 Physical Therapist Aides $27,620 $16,770 1,460
89 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $27,680 $18,000 47,010
90 Meter Readers, Utilities $27,740 $18,200 1,390
91 Tellers $27,850 $20,020 8,370
92 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $27,910 $18,060 480
93 Driver/sales Workers $28,060 $17,060 3,680
94 Security Guards $28,540 $17,510 17,370
95 Credit Authorizers, Checkers, And Clerks $28,630 $18,650 1,100
96 Animal Control Workers $28,660 $19,500 220
97 Medical Assistants $28,740 $20,040 8,490
98 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $28,780 $21,800 70
99 Public Address System And Other Announcers $28,800 $17,390 120
100 Butchers And Meat Cutters $28,810 $18,990 1,600
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