The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts?

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

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

  1. Shampooers
  2. Cashiers
  3. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  4. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  5. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  6. Manicurists and Pedicurists
  7. Food Processing Workers, All Other
  8. Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants
  9. Dishwashers
  10. Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Massachusetts

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 696 job classifications in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Shampooers $25,680 $23,720 510
2 Cashiers $26,310 $23,760 75,960
3 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $26,760 $23,710 2,490
4 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $26,780 $23,780 21,330
5 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $26,840 $23,730 70,080
6 Manicurists And Pedicurists $27,570 $23,950 4,650
7 Food Processing Workers, All Other $27,690 $23,940 190
8 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $27,700 $23,530 530
9 Dishwashers $27,730 $23,890 15,020
10 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $27,810 $24,110 3,280
11 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $27,820 $23,750 5,260
12 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $27,860 $23,890 4,660
13 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $27,940 $23,800 3,710
14 Packers And Packagers, Hand $28,170 $23,810 21,360
15 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $28,340 $23,830 1,860
16 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $28,440 $23,730 10,450
17 Cooks, Fast Food $28,620 $23,760 6,330
18 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $29,040 $23,720 760
19 Personal Care Aides $29,080 $25,810 76,850
20 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $29,210 $23,920 6,170
21 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $29,520 $23,730 9,160
22 Food Preparation Workers $29,980 $23,930 15,080
23 Childcare Workers $30,090 $23,870 13,300
24 Retail Salespersons $30,290 $23,820 100,970
25 Parking Lot Attendants $30,660 $24,330 4,110
26 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $30,770 $24,150 3,800
27 Sewers, Hand $30,820 $25,350 120
28 Recreation Workers $30,820 $23,970 9,430
29 Home Health Aides $30,830 $25,630 25,220
30 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $30,930 $23,960 4,800
31 Sewing Machine Operators $30,980 $23,900 2,550
32 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $31,150 $23,730 680
33 Forging Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $31,160 $23,940 670
34 Bartenders $31,170 $23,720 21,380
35 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $31,180 $23,620 130
36 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $31,180 $24,190 180
37 Motion Picture Projectionists $31,400 $23,560 90
38 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $31,560 $23,890 46,490
39 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $31,680 $24,230 100
40 Textile Bleaching And Dyeing Machine Operators And Tenders $31,690 $24,600 230
41 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $31,690 $23,960 4,210
42 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $31,720 $24,300 220
43 Tire Repairers And Changers $31,730 $23,810 1,770
44 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $31,800 $24,530 220
45 Helpers–Production Workers $31,800 $23,980 4,850
46 Waiters And Waitresses $31,920 $23,720 66,250
47 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $31,990 $24,060 190
48 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $32,060 $23,370 760
49 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $32,100 $24,480 11,410
50 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $32,200 $24,240 18,850
51 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $32,410 $23,620 310
52 Cooks, Restaurant $32,430 $24,580 29,880
53 Cleaning, Washing, And Metal Pickling Equipment Operators And Tenders $32,470 $24,240 490
54 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $32,560 $24,560 310
55 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $32,580 $24,220 7,020
56 Couriers And Messengers $32,750 $24,110 2,520
57 Tellers $32,860 $25,120 10,970
58 Food Batchmakers $32,900 $24,140 2,630
59 Receptionists And Information Clerks $32,960 $24,230 20,710
60 Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, And Applicators, Vegetation $33,230 $24,100 360
61 Bicycle Repairers $33,260 $25,710 280
62 Floral Designers $33,270 $24,050 1,190
63 Bakers $33,350 $24,030 4,460
64 Coil Winders, Tapers, And Finishers $33,470 $25,460 260
65 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $33,480 $24,230 370
66 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $33,630 $24,570 660
67 Nursing Assistants $33,630 $26,170 39,100
68 Cooks, Short Order $33,670 $24,260 4,640
69 Psychiatric Aides $33,690 $26,700 540
70 Physical Therapist Aides $33,740 $25,020 800
71 Crossing Guards $33,840 $24,110 1,180
72 Cooks, All Other $33,950 $25,990 210
73 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $33,980 $23,620 320
74 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $34,020 $24,150 39,190
75 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $34,140 $24,190 1,430
76 Cooling And Freezing Equipment Operators And Tenders $34,340 $23,960 110
77 Library Assistants, Clerical $34,460 $23,730 1,970
78 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $34,500 $24,400 860
79 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $34,560 $24,670 1,600
80 Material Moving Workers, All Other $34,730 $24,490 390
81 Coin, Vending, And Amusement Machine Servicers And Repairers $34,770 $23,920 430
82 Tour And Travel Guides $34,890 $24,480 2,030
83 Residential Advisors $34,900 $26,050 6,140
84 Driver/sales Workers $35,010 $23,960 7,910
85 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $35,180 $24,930 150
86 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers $35,220 $24,710 17,200
87 Security Guards $35,290 $24,810 20,820
88 Molders, Shapers, And Casters, Except Metal And Plastic $35,310 $24,570 1,600
89 Helpers–Roofers $35,370 $26,830 160
90 Social And Human Service Assistants $35,390 $25,100 15,230
91 Print Binding And Finishing Workers $35,470 $24,410 940
92 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $35,510 $26,610 390
93 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $35,560 $24,340 54,670
94 Pharmacy Aides $35,630 $26,320 810
95 Teacher Assistants $35,680 $23,790 38,770
96 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $35,950 $25,780 500
97 Orderlies $36,010 $26,540 2,310
98 Sailors And Marine Oilers $36,190 $25,640 360
99 Occupational Therapy Aides $36,190 $24,920 180
100 Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators And Tenders $36,410 $25,560 910
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