The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Maine 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 Maine?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Maine, 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 Maine.

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

  1. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  2. Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants
  3. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  4. Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
  5. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  6. Cashiers
  7. Dishwashers
  8. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  9. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  10. Cooks, Fast Food

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Maine

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 576 job classifications in Maine 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 Maine

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $21,450 $20,800 490
2 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $21,770 $20,800 490
3 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $22,430 $20,810 8,550
4 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $22,790 $20,810 580
5 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $23,040 $20,810 4,610
6 Cashiers $23,180 $20,810 14,680
7 Dishwashers $23,290 $20,810 2,130
8 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $23,460 $20,820 500
9 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $23,700 $20,810 1,290
10 Cooks, Fast Food $23,700 $20,810 2,140
11 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $23,830 $20,810 790
12 Graduate Teaching Assistants $23,970 $20,820 610
13 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $24,230 $20,810 880
14 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $24,470 $20,810 70
15 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $24,570 $20,800 110
16 Crossing Guards $24,840 $21,550 630
17 Childcare Workers $25,010 $20,820 2,830
18 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $25,060 $20,810 620
19 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $25,090 $20,820 4,350
20 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $25,440 $20,820 1,890
21 Personal Care Aides $25,490 $21,240 14,880
22 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $25,490 $20,810 1,050
23 Food Preparation Workers $25,690 $20,820 7,890
24 Umpires, Referees, And Other Sports Officials $26,170 $20,820 50
25 Funeral Attendants $26,540 $20,810 180
26 Substitute Teachers $26,580 $21,170 2,260
27 Tire Repairers And Changers $26,790 $21,240 710
28 Pharmacy Aides $26,800 $21,330 100
29 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $26,810 $20,900 900
30 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, And Samplers, Recordkeeping $26,850 $20,810 600
31 Packers And Packagers, Hand $26,870 $21,200 1,960
32 Cooks, Short Order $26,910 $20,820 1,460
33 Food Processing Workers, All Other $26,920 $20,810 320
34 Floral Designers $27,080 $21,850 280
35 Transportation Workers, All Other $27,150 $21,730 240
36 Library Assistants, Clerical $27,220 $20,810 350
37 Home Health Aides $27,380 $21,800 1,750
38 Waiters And Waitresses $27,550 $20,810 12,890
39 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $27,560 $21,020 1,160
40 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $27,780 $22,190 190
41 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $27,880 $21,610 840
42 Coaches And Scouts $27,900 $20,800 1,810
43 Tire Builders $27,960 $22,180 40
44 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $28,120 $21,980 350
45 Orderlies $28,300 $22,160 170
46 Retail Salespersons $28,310 $20,820 20,510
47 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $28,330 $21,010 5,410
48 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $28,450 $20,810 620
49 Tour And Travel Guides $28,570 $21,600 70
50 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $28,620 $21,240 9,500
51 Cooks, All Other $28,670 $20,810 50
52 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $28,680 $20,810 1,070
53 Nursing Assistants $28,710 $22,260 9,580
54 Cooks, Restaurant $28,780 $20,940 5,600
55 Psychiatric Technicians $28,830 $21,890 320
56 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $28,850 $21,440 310
57 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $28,940 $20,810 240
58 Parking Lot Attendants $29,070 $20,820 110
59 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $29,100 $20,850 1,000
60 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $29,110 $20,810 150
61 Bakers $29,180 $20,940 1,040
62 Animal Trainers $29,310 $20,850 50
63 Bartenders $29,320 $20,810 2,790
64 Driver/sales Workers $29,500 $20,820 1,360
65 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $29,520 $20,990 280
66 Information And Record Clerks, All Other $29,550 $20,810 660
67 Residential Advisors $29,750 $22,210 200
68 Recreation Workers $29,790 $20,850 1,210
69 Painting, Coating, And Decorating Workers $29,850 $20,810 50
70 Sewing Machine Operators $29,910 $22,370 520
71 Couriers And Messengers $29,920 $21,180 80
72 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $29,940 $21,160 11,230
73 Counter And Rental Clerks $29,950 $20,810 1,060
74 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $29,980 $22,680 80
75 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other $30,000 $20,810 420
76 Reservation And Transportation Ticket Agents And Travel Clerks $30,050 $22,710 290
77 Proofreaders And Copy Markers $30,060 $22,080 40
78 Tellers $30,080 $24,150 2,520
79 Helpers–Carpenters $30,110 $21,160 400
80 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $30,200 $24,260 30
81 Security Guards $30,200 $21,880 1,920
82 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $30,240 $21,330 630
83 Receptionists And Information Clerks $30,380 $21,840 3,760
84 Psychiatric Aides $30,430 $22,430 560
85 Animal Control Workers $30,450 $20,810 180
86 Telemarketers $30,550 $20,850 1,250
87 Physical Therapist Aides $30,690 $22,570 60
88 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $30,710 $26,020 280
89 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $30,780 $20,820 260
90 Refuse And Recyclable Material Collectors $30,800 $22,200 780
91 Furniture Finishers $30,870 $23,440 110
92 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $30,910 $22,520 1,690
93 Food Batchmakers $30,940 $21,710 280
94 Order Clerks $30,990 $22,340 1,940
95 Dietetic Technicians $31,010 $22,850 90
96 Helpers–Electricians $31,060 $21,820 700
97 Interviewers, Except Eligibility And Loan $31,080 $24,470 840
98 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $31,150 $25,460 230
99 Phlebotomists $31,190 $24,830 660
100 Pharmacy Technicians $31,690 $22,610 2,180
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