These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Minnesota

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 Minnesota?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Minnesota, 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 Cooks, Fast Food are the lowest paid people in Minnesota.

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

  1. Cooks, Fast Food
  2. Gaming Dealers
  3. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  4. Gaming Service Workers, All Other
  5. Dishwashers
  6. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  7. Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners
  8. Bartenders
  9. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  10. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Minnesota

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 640 job classifications in Minnesota 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 Minnesota

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Cooks, Fast Food $20,240 $19,120 400
2 Gaming Dealers $20,910 $19,150 2,150
3 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $20,980 $19,100 15,060
4 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $21,240 $19,280 40
5 Dishwashers $21,540 $19,270 7,270
6 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $21,620 $19,190 66,370
7 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $21,640 $19,190 840
8 Bartenders $21,900 $19,120 17,270
9 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $22,100 $19,190 4,040
10 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $22,270 $19,230 2,190
11 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $22,320 $19,200 330
12 Waiters And Waitresses $22,350 $19,120 50,230
13 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $22,380 $19,180 6,690
14 Cashiers $22,550 $19,300 63,650
15 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $22,610 $19,190 3,000
16 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $22,760 $19,380 4,730
17 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $22,870 $19,190 6,550
18 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $23,610 $19,200 150
19 Parking Lot Attendants $24,080 $19,450 2,230
20 Cooks, Short Order $24,340 $19,450 1,300
21 Childcare Workers $24,450 $19,320 10,140
22 Personal Care Aides $24,610 $20,420 67,420
23 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $24,960 $19,270 1,710
24 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $24,980 $19,410 290
25 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $25,170 $19,310 6,990
26 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $25,290 $20,060 660
27 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $25,300 $19,260 3,220
28 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $25,350 $19,480 15,390
29 Food Preparation Workers $25,610 $19,490 8,840
30 Cooks, All Other $25,620 $19,390 460
31 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $25,720 $19,520 2,200
32 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $25,730 $19,710 2,060
33 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $25,740 $19,530 580
34 Sewers, Hand $25,760 $19,490 50
35 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $25,840 $19,580 7,430
36 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $25,950 $19,610 1,130
37 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $26,080 $19,990 850
38 Packers And Packagers, Hand $26,170 $19,440 11,840
39 Cooks, Restaurant $26,170 $20,180 25,530
40 Home Health Aides $26,390 $20,770 25,200
41 Driver/sales Workers $26,410 $19,170 8,770
42 Woodworkers, All Other $26,460 $19,390 40
43 Retail Salespersons $26,480 $19,420 84,730
44 Pharmacy Aides $26,540 $19,870 450
45 Helpers–Production Workers $27,060 $19,590 11,000
46 Counter And Rental Clerks $27,200 $19,390 6,090
47 Floral Designers $27,460 $19,570 980
48 Tellers $27,500 $20,860 7,890
49 Gaming Cage Workers $27,600 $19,630 420
50 Tour Guides And Escorts $27,600 $19,760 720
51 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $27,940 $19,440 33,440
52 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $27,970 $20,240 740
53 Tire Repairers And Changers $28,020 $20,260 1,530
54 Sewing Machine Operators $28,060 $20,180 2,160
55 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $28,320 $23,820 4,280
56 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $28,360 $20,840 50
57 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $28,370 $21,000 120
58 Recreation Workers $28,390 $19,340 8,010
59 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $28,470 $19,720 3,030
60 Concierges $29,050 $20,640 460
61 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $29,060 $19,300 9,680
62 Food Processing Workers, All Other $29,270 $19,880 1,700
63 Funeral Attendants $29,330 $20,510 610
64 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $29,460 $20,440 450
65 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $29,620 $19,400 1,890
66 Helpers–Electricians $29,620 $19,630 240
67 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $29,630 $19,600 45,610
68 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $29,660 $19,730 3,920
69 Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News And Street Vendors, And Related Workers $29,720 $25,090 60
70 Receptionists And Information Clerks $29,820 $19,850 17,880
71 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $30,030 $20,140 1,040
72 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $30,210 $20,960 1,170
73 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $30,310 $21,560 5,430
74 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $30,340 $22,300 160
75 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $30,500 $21,340 7,570
76 Nursing Assistants $30,610 $22,240 31,050
77 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $30,750 $20,760 2,480
78 Library Assistants, Clerical $30,820 $19,740 1,150
79 Fiberglass Laminators And Fabricators $31,100 $21,080 230
80 Transportation Workers, All Other $31,280 $19,510 480
81 Bakers $31,420 $21,840 2,900
82 Couriers And Messengers $31,560 $19,350 950
83 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $31,650 $20,170 2,950
84 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $31,750 $20,640 37,830
85 Dietetic Technicians $32,070 $19,670 350
86 Team Assemblers $32,090 $20,150 23,300
87 Material Moving Workers, All Other $32,090 $19,660 250
88 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $32,120 $22,660 370
89 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $32,120 $24,190 330
90 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $32,220 $22,520 210
91 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $32,270 $19,950 15,260
92 Security Guards $32,300 $20,790 10,950
93 Manufactured Building And Mobile Home Installers $32,310 $22,180 30
94 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $32,450 $20,870 10,200
95 Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians $32,540 $21,590 1,520
96 Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators And Tenders $32,610 $20,240 280
97 File Clerks $32,640 $22,420 1,920
98 Manicurists And Pedicurists $32,690 $19,580 1,260
99 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $32,830 $22,060 910
100 Etchers And Engravers $32,920 $25,860 590
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