These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Massachusetts

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 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop are the lowest paid people in Massachusetts.

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

  1. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  2. Shampooers
  3. Baggage Porters and Bellhops
  4. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  5. Dishwashers
  6. Cashiers
  7. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  8. Manicurists and Pedicurists
  9. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  10. Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

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 619 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 2016.

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Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Massachusetts

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $22,680 $20,800 27,500
2 Shampooers $23,200 $20,810 520
3 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $24,140 $20,810 680
4 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $24,200 $20,810 2,400
5 Dishwashers $24,210 $20,810 14,870
6 Cashiers $24,230 $20,810 72,200
7 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $24,430 $20,810 57,700
8 Manicurists And Pedicurists $24,770 $20,810 4,890
9 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $24,860 $20,810 3,390
10 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $24,890 $20,800 320
11 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $25,020 $20,810 10,280
12 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $25,050 $20,810 4,080
13 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $25,060 $20,950 3,430
14 Cooks, Fast Food $25,110 $20,810 7,080
15 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $25,120 $20,810 8,280
16 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $25,440 $20,810 5,330
17 Packers And Packagers, Hand $26,030 $20,810 16,320
18 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $26,150 $20,800 350
19 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $26,300 $20,810 5,500
20 Food Preparation Workers $26,410 $20,810 17,290
21 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $26,800 $20,810 4,680
22 Material Moving Workers, All Other $27,080 $20,810 490
23 Helpers–Production Workers $27,280 $20,810 8,210
24 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $27,290 $21,030 2,070
25 Childcare Workers $27,610 $20,810 12,560
26 Food Processing Workers, All Other $27,730 $20,810 320
27 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $27,770 $20,820 920
28 Retail Salespersons $28,070 $20,810 107,880
29 Tire Repairers And Changers $28,080 $21,070 1,270
30 Waiters And Waitresses $28,160 $20,810 61,350
31 Tour Guides And Escorts $28,250 $20,810 1,690
32 Personal Care Aides $28,260 $23,900 42,190
33 Psychiatric Aides $28,290 $21,210 1,120
34 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $28,330 $20,810 360
35 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $28,430 $21,010 9,900
36 Crossing Guards $28,570 $20,810 1,400
37 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $28,680 $20,810 4,450
38 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $28,920 $20,810 170
39 Forging Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $28,940 $21,310 690
40 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $28,960 $20,810 48,980
41 Recreation Workers $29,000 $20,810 9,790
42 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $29,090 $20,810 330
43 Cooks, Restaurant $29,120 $21,390 28,100
44 Home Health Aides $29,200 $23,360 27,020
45 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $29,220 $20,820 1,010
46 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $29,270 $21,930 210
47 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $29,560 $21,570 3,760
48 Textile Bleaching And Dyeing Machine Operators And Tenders $29,620 $20,810 440
49 Bartenders $29,620 $20,810 17,680
50 Food Batchmakers $29,700 $21,210 3,110
51 Sewing Machine Operators $29,940 $21,470 2,600
52 Substitute Teachers $29,960 $20,820 8,080
53 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $30,130 $20,810 18,530
54 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $30,230 $20,870 8,470
55 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $30,270 $20,820 470
56 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $30,290 $20,820 300
57 Helpers–Roofers $30,640 $24,830 130
58 Physical Therapist Aides $30,720 $23,650 1,110
59 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $30,840 $22,160 330
60 Sewers, Hand $30,930 $22,630 200
61 Nursing Assistants $30,960 $23,770 38,590
62 Residential Advisors $31,120 $23,230 7,350
63 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $31,180 $21,860 310
64 Tellers $31,360 $23,310 10,110
65 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $31,400 $21,050 36,350
66 Bakers $31,450 $21,890 3,800
67 Security Guards $31,530 $21,640 21,590
68 Couriers And Messengers $31,720 $21,390 2,190
69 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $31,800 $20,820 2,080
70 Pharmacy Aides $31,980 $21,980 740
71 Cooks, All Other $32,000 $23,240 80
72 Agricultural Equipment Operators $32,040 $22,230 50
73 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $32,070 $23,520 430
74 Protective Service Workers, All Other $32,080 $20,810 2,670
75 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $32,110 $21,930 180
76 Receptionists And Information Clerks $32,150 $21,600 20,380
77 Extruding And Forming Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Synthetic And Glass Fibers $32,190 $23,840 150
78 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $32,210 $21,960 640
79 Floral Designers $32,250 $21,910 1,020
80 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $32,260 $21,960 100
81 Helpers–Electricians $32,330 $22,410 1,670
82 Shoe Machine Operators And Tenders $32,370 $22,550 80
83 Library Assistants, Clerical $32,380 $20,810 2,650
84 Driver/sales Workers $32,570 $20,810 9,610
85 Team Assemblers $32,580 $21,370 15,130
86 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $32,650 $22,550 2,340
87 Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, And Kettle Operators And Tenders $32,790 $21,320 280
88 Conveyor Operators And Tenders $32,880 $21,970 190
89 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $33,070 $22,400 330
90 Tailors, Dressmakers, And Custom Sewers $33,180 $20,820 410
91 Animal Trainers $33,190 $21,500 210
92 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $33,230 $22,990 1,680
93 Cleaning, Washing, And Metal Pickling Equipment Operators And Tenders $33,280 $21,100 350
94 Counter And Rental Clerks $33,550 $20,930 7,560
95 Concierges $33,580 $22,810 970
96 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $33,580 $20,810 400
97 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $33,730 $22,560 13,690
98 Pharmacy Technicians $33,810 $22,240 8,700
99 Coil Winders, Tapers, And Finishers $34,070 $25,680 130
100 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $34,130 $21,480 53,960
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