The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Michigan 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 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. Gaming Dealers
  5. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  6. Shampooers
  7. Cooks, Fast Food
  8. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  9. Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials
  10. Cashiers

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:

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Michigan

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 691 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 2018.

For more reading, check out:

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 $21,460 $19,260 14,380
2 Dishwashers $21,700 $19,350 15,030
3 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $22,020 $19,390 123,890
4 Gaming Dealers $22,180 $19,320 2,960
5 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $22,320 $19,320 10,670
6 Shampooers $22,350 $19,510 110
7 Cooks, Fast Food $22,580 $19,560 10,410
8 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $22,870 $19,290 13,320
9 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $22,990 $19,620 670
10 Cashiers $23,190 $19,470 90,600
11 Parking Lot Attendants $23,280 $19,300 4,380
12 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $23,300 $19,440 3,850
13 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $23,670 $19,400 410
14 Childcare Workers $23,670 $19,500 17,510
15 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $23,710 $19,670 5,530
16 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $23,740 $19,460 660
17 Cooks, Short Order $23,760 $19,510 5,270
18 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $23,830 $19,410 330
19 Waiters And Waitresses $23,920 $19,280 80,880
20 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $23,940 $19,530 3,510
21 Bartenders $24,070 $19,260 17,500
22 Food Preparation Workers $24,080 $19,500 14,630
23 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $24,100 $19,460 8,950
24 Tour And Travel Guides $24,180 $19,550 1,450
25 Personal Care Aides $24,230 $19,840 39,740
26 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $24,390 $19,580 5,130
27 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $24,460 $19,680 180
28 Crossing Guards $24,670 $19,490 1,360
29 Home Health Aides $24,770 $19,670 26,580
30 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $24,770 $19,620 6,550
31 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $24,770 $19,860 25,600
32 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $24,940 $19,550 10,270
33 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $24,990 $19,620 4,750
34 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $25,130 $19,540 2,650
35 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $25,160 $19,530 4,010
36 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $25,220 $19,810 8,090
37 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $25,280 $19,620 410
38 Cooks, Restaurant $25,550 $19,700 37,160
39 Cooks, All Other $25,650 $19,610 420
40 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $26,030 $19,660 460
41 Library Assistants, Clerical $26,040 $19,520 4,180
42 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $26,140 $19,560 440
43 Recreation Workers $26,290 $19,600 12,090
44 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $26,310 $19,880 1,300
45 Bakers $26,430 $19,740 5,800
46 Dietetic Technicians $26,500 $20,150 1,070
47 Bicycle Repairers $26,630 $19,560 760
48 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $26,800 $20,210 3,510
49 Helpers–Production Workers $26,950 $20,620 14,770
50 Skincare Specialists $27,090 $19,510 700
51 Helpers–Roofers $27,150 $19,710 90
52 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $27,230 $19,790 57,850
53 Retail Salespersons $27,440 $19,570 146,550
54 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $27,470 $19,910 430
55 Concierges $27,560 $19,650 600
56 Counter And Rental Clerks $27,570 $19,560 11,610
57 Teacher Assistants $27,570 $19,750 35,700
58 Pharmacy Aides $27,690 $20,100 630
59 Physical Therapist Aides $27,810 $19,940 1,980
60 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $27,830 $19,850 59,060
61 Security Guards $27,840 $19,790 26,110
62 Sewing Machine Operators $27,860 $19,750 2,530
63 Couriers And Messengers $28,110 $20,990 2,240
64 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $28,140 $19,460 870
65 Packers And Packagers, Hand $28,330 $19,600 22,190
66 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $28,410 $20,560 8,560
67 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other $28,450 $19,500 1,820
68 Umpires, Referees, And Other Sports Officials $28,460 $19,320 940
69 Telemarketers $28,480 $19,630 2,220
70 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $28,530 $20,020 5,820
71 Helpers–Carpenters $28,590 $23,030 430
72 Telephone Operators $28,610 $19,860 120
73 Funeral Attendants $28,710 $19,900 1,140
74 Motion Picture Projectionists $28,760 $19,490 60
75 Residential Advisors $28,830 $19,940 2,220
76 Floral Designers $28,840 $19,620 1,210
77 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $28,900 $20,570 100
78 Driver/sales Workers $28,940 $19,460 12,880
79 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $29,080 $19,530 12,870
80 Orderlies $29,130 $21,500 1,660
81 Sales And Related Workers, All Other $29,230 $19,930 1,400
82 Food Processing Workers, All Other $29,280 $21,620 490
83 Gaming Cage Workers $29,360 $21,210 570
84 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $29,430 $20,060 1,100
85 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $29,670 $20,580 30,210
86 Receptionists And Information Clerks $29,690 $20,600 30,440
87 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $29,920 $20,120 1,400
88 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $29,980 $21,130 1,020
89 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $30,050 $20,210 2,100
90 Nursing Assistants $30,130 $23,240 49,760
91 Tellers $30,150 $21,780 15,180
92 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $30,680 $21,470 230
93 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $30,710 $19,250 700
94 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $30,870 $20,720 2,550
95 Religious Workers, All Other $30,930 $19,370 130
96 Healthcare Support Workers, All Other $30,980 $20,160 1,260
97 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $31,060 $20,950 74,030
98 Agricultural Workers, All Other $31,160 $22,010 60
99 Butchers And Meat Cutters $31,270 $19,990 3,350
100 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $31,340 $20,890 540
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