These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Maryland

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 Maryland?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Maryland, 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 Shampooers are the lowest paid people in Maryland.

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

  1. Shampooers
  2. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  3. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  4. Dishwashers
  5. Amusement and Recreation Attendants
  6. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  7. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  8. Parking Lot Attendants
  9. Cooks, Fast Food
  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 Maryland:

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Maryland

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 623 job classifications in Maryland 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 Maryland

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Shampooers $19,660 $17,520 1,790
2 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $20,190 $17,570 2,170
3 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $20,270 $17,560 2,340
4 Dishwashers $20,680 $17,570 9,680
5 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $20,730 $17,520 7,300
6 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $20,790 $17,630 48,940
7 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $21,380 $17,660 7,160
8 Parking Lot Attendants $21,630 $17,670 2,820
9 Cooks, Fast Food $21,710 $17,800 7,640
10 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $21,750 $17,630 10,580
11 Cashiers $22,080 $17,670 77,520
12 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $22,550 $17,730 3,170
13 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $22,690 $17,590 9,410
14 Tour Guides And Escorts $23,080 $17,780 380
15 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $23,160 $18,280 290
16 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $23,360 $17,970 4,610
17 Building Cleaning Workers, All Other $23,560 $18,080 1,950
18 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $23,620 $18,240 300
19 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $23,620 $17,820 220
20 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $23,640 $17,820 6,630
21 Waiters And Waitresses $23,780 $17,630 42,360
22 Food Preparation Workers $24,010 $17,800 16,120
23 Cooks, Short Order $24,030 $17,900 4,110
24 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $24,050 $18,140 14,480
25 Food Processing Workers, All Other $24,350 $17,940 1,440
26 Packers And Packagers, Hand $24,640 $17,930 5,510
27 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $24,710 $17,930 4,550
28 Bartenders $24,860 $17,640 10,080
29 Sewing Machine Operators $24,880 $18,000 930
30 Personal Care Aides $24,900 $18,290 14,330
31 Manicurists And Pedicurists $24,930 $18,080 2,170
32 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $24,990 $18,750 1,420
33 Childcare Workers $25,060 $17,950 9,750
34 Home Health Aides $25,080 $19,820 11,740
35 Gaming Cage Workers $25,080 $20,180 80
36 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $25,230 $17,560 400
37 Tire Repairers And Changers $25,320 $17,940 1,640
38 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $25,520 $18,000 90
39 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $25,580 $17,990 2,710
40 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $25,750 $18,280 570
41 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $26,030 $19,290 580
42 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $26,120 $19,290 3,400
43 Cooks, Restaurant $26,260 $18,690 17,940
44 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $26,380 $18,320 590
45 Retail Salespersons $26,410 $17,950 69,470
46 Telemarketers $26,430 $17,900 1,260
47 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $26,600 $18,200 41,550
48 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $27,030 $18,040 39,610
49 Library Assistants, Clerical $27,370 $17,900 1,710
50 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $27,450 $18,550 1,560
51 Crossing Guards $27,520 $19,870 800
52 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $27,560 $21,000 180
53 Physical Therapist Aides $27,610 $18,410 1,590
54 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $27,660 $19,620 950
55 Recreation Workers $27,670 $18,080 5,510
56 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $27,700 $18,110 600
57 Helpers–Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, And Tile And Marble Setters $27,710 $18,290 920
58 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $27,710 $19,830 400
59 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $27,760 $18,680 430
60 Team Assemblers $27,820 $18,260 3,630
61 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $27,850 $18,640 4,770
62 Bakers $27,940 $19,190 3,560
63 Orderlies $27,970 $20,830 1,480
64 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $27,980 $17,850 950
65 Receptionists And Information Clerks $28,090 $18,640 19,490
66 Bicycle Repairers $28,250 $20,120 130
67 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $28,260 $21,220 250
68 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $28,260 $18,410 1,300
69 Foundry Mold And Coremakers $28,430 $21,580 40
70 Cleaning, Washing, And Metal Pickling Equipment Operators And Tenders $28,510 $18,580 170
71 Helpers–Electricians $28,720 $18,710 1,130
72 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $28,780 $18,550 1,060
73 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $28,830 $18,550 1,140
74 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $28,880 $19,040 16,950
75 Residential Advisors $28,940 $19,830 5,120
76 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $29,220 $19,110 710
77 Helpers–Carpenters $29,270 $18,130 1,410
78 Rock Splitters, Quarry $29,590 $21,380 40
79 Fence Erectors $29,690 $20,120 430
80 Nursing Assistants $29,700 $21,820 29,180
81 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $30,120 $19,630 40,360
82 Animal Trainers $30,140 $18,080 290
83 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $30,170 $19,370 4,580
84 Funeral Attendants $30,180 $18,910 520
85 Floral Designers $30,200 $19,180 660
86 Psychiatric Aides $30,290 $22,990 380
87 Cooks, All Other $30,310 $20,960 310
88 Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $30,590 $21,500 190
89 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other $30,630 $18,760 2,880
90 Helpers–Production Workers $30,670 $20,800 3,600
91 Refuse And Recyclable Material Collectors $30,690 $20,050 2,580
92 Tellers $30,720 $21,620 7,900
93 Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News And Street Vendors, And Related Workers $30,910 $21,650 190
94 Food Batchmakers $30,920 $18,240 1,660
95 Occupational Therapy Aides $30,950 $18,560 110
96 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $31,070 $21,700 1,420
97 Painting, Coating, And Decorating Workers $31,080 $18,930 200
98 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $31,350 $17,970 8,560
99 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $31,400 $18,980 3,230
100 Barbers $31,450 $18,100 250

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