These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Michigan

We combed through the data to identify the profession in Michigan that don’t pay all that well.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 3 months ago

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 Michigan?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Michigan, 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 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop are the lowest paid people in Michigan.

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

  1. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  2. Dishwashers
  3. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  4. Cooks, Fast Food
  5. Shampooers
  6. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  7. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  8. Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants
  9. Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other
  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 Michigan:

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

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How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Michigan

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 650 job classifications in Michigan 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 Michigan

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $19,890 $17,950 11,460
2 Dishwashers $20,280 $17,980 15,210
3 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $20,350 $17,970 114,410
4 Cooks, Fast Food $20,350 $17,990 14,110
5 Shampooers $20,700 $18,020 110
6 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $20,760 $18,020 8,790
7 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $20,820 $17,990 10,180
8 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $20,880 $18,000 570
9 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $20,970 $18,040 850
10 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $21,080 $18,040 3,210
11 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $21,500 $18,160 5,280
12 Parking Lot Attendants $21,600 $18,040 2,850
13 Waiters And Waitresses $21,710 $17,980 79,900
14 Cashiers $21,910 $18,070 92,860
15 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $22,150 $18,140 3,370
16 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $22,200 $18,130 9,010
17 Bartenders $22,290 $17,990 17,640
18 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $22,320 $18,010 3,120
19 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $22,330 $18,290 670
20 Personal Care Aides $22,480 $18,250 37,870
21 Childcare Workers $22,510 $18,140 16,900
22 Cooks, Short Order $22,520 $18,150 4,390
23 Home Health Aides $22,560 $18,230 30,420
24 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $22,570 $17,990 650
25 Tour Guides And Escorts $22,820 $18,170 1,100
26 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $22,920 $18,070 7,770
27 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $22,990 $18,130 6,360
28 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $23,040 $20,190 30
29 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $23,260 $18,310 22,840
30 Library Assistants, Clerical $23,330 $18,140 4,400
31 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $23,580 $18,240 390
32 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $23,650 $18,380 6,250
33 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $23,710 $18,300 4,240
34 Gaming Dealers $23,800 $17,990 3,430
35 Cooks, Restaurant $23,820 $18,310 36,240
36 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $23,940 $18,440 550
37 Food Preparation Workers $23,960 $18,270 20,530
38 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $24,080 $20,000 230
39 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $24,660 $18,450 400
40 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $24,710 $18,420 5,990
41 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $24,750 $18,330 2,010
42 Recreation Workers $24,880 $18,240 11,160
43 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $25,000 $18,400 800
44 Cooks, All Other $25,180 $18,500 370
45 Bakers $25,230 $18,440 5,420
46 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $25,250 $18,410 300
47 Pharmacy Aides $25,270 $18,480 560
48 Helpers–Electricians $25,330 $18,600 600
49 Bicycle Repairers $25,390 $18,740 600
50 Packers And Packagers, Hand $25,530 $18,240 24,600
51 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $25,550 $19,210 2,490
52 Crossing Guards $25,680 $18,270 1,290
53 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $25,780 $18,330 58,270
54 Helpers–Production Workers $25,800 $18,960 20,130
55 Helpers–Roofers $25,900 $18,510 90
56 Substitute Teachers $25,920 $19,750 22,530
57 Physical Therapist Aides $25,950 $19,140 1,620
58 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $26,020 $19,340 1,330
59 Retail Salespersons $26,070 $18,210 147,440
60 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $26,120 $18,390 59,850
61 Concierges $26,240 $18,330 460
62 Couriers And Messengers $26,350 $19,190 2,150
63 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $26,470 $20,430 230
64 Sewers, Hand $26,490 $18,690 140
65 Driver/sales Workers $26,650 $18,140 13,140
66 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $26,660 $18,590 5,020
67 Manicurists And Pedicurists $26,660 $18,330 770
68 Helpers–Carpenters $26,770 $19,620 560
69 Woodworkers, All Other $26,790 $18,820 50
70 Telemarketers $26,940 $18,550 4,490
71 Counter And Rental Clerks $26,950 $18,360 11,790
72 Funeral Attendants $27,010 $18,750 1,420
73 Food Processing Workers, All Other $27,050 $18,810 400
74 Security Guards $27,130 $18,970 24,900
75 Floral Designers $27,210 $18,550 1,160
76 Dietetic Technicians $27,230 $18,850 1,060
77 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $27,310 $19,910 8,830
78 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $27,380 $18,710 560
79 Motion Picture Projectionists $27,430 $18,520 170
80 Tellers $27,440 $20,250 15,550
81 Orderlies $27,460 $20,670 1,580
82 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $27,480 $19,030 30,840
83 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $27,520 $19,150 800
84 Skincare Specialists $27,580 $18,150 1,010
85 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $27,850 $20,560 670
86 Sewing Machine Operators $27,890 $18,630 3,290
87 Residential Advisors $27,930 $19,290 2,060
88 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $27,930 $21,250 370
89 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $27,990 $19,040 710
90 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $28,180 $18,650 2,240
91 Receptionists And Information Clerks $28,190 $19,560 31,230
92 Gaming Cage Workers $28,260 $20,300 590
93 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $28,460 $19,010 71,450
94 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $28,620 $18,920 1,630
95 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $28,640 $20,290 2,640
96 Nursing Assistants $28,750 $21,590 48,570
97 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $28,800 $18,360 10,840
98 Tailors, Dressmakers, And Custom Sewers $28,840 $18,620 1,210
99 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other $28,940 $18,560 4,290
100 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $29,220 $19,750 1,690

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