The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Minnesota 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 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 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop are the lowest paid people in Minnesota.

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

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

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 676 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 2018.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Minnesota

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $23,290 $20,850 14,340
2 Bartenders $23,560 $20,570 16,790
3 Gaming Dealers $23,600 $20,500 2,000
4 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $24,140 $20,850 5,140
5 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $24,320 $20,920 3,430
6 Cooks, Fast Food $24,370 $20,500 2,620
7 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $24,420 $20,290 410
8 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $24,450 $20,850 6,890
9 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $24,540 $20,850 66,060
10 Cashiers $24,820 $20,830 65,840
11 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $25,020 $20,670 7,080
12 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $25,160 $20,820 5,200
13 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $25,260 $20,850 3,550
14 Dishwashers $25,280 $20,860 7,390
15 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $25,400 $20,260 510
16 Waiters And Waitresses $25,540 $20,840 50,490
17 Childcare Workers $25,820 $20,560 11,830
18 Parking Lot Attendants $26,090 $21,150 2,010
19 Personal Care Aides $26,260 $21,590 75,830
20 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $26,270 $20,840 600
21 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $26,320 $20,760 430
22 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $26,460 $20,850 1,170
23 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $26,470 $20,850 3,290
24 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $26,820 $21,180 2,690
25 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $27,030 $20,850 220
26 Cooks, Short Order $27,370 $20,900 720
27 Food Preparation Workers $27,450 $21,200 8,670
28 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $27,660 $21,330 8,020
29 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $27,730 $20,160 90
30 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $27,760 $21,260 730
31 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $27,990 $21,210 16,910
32 Packers And Packagers, Hand $28,170 $21,300 10,250
33 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $28,180 $21,490 3,150
34 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $28,190 $21,900 490
35 Pharmacy Aides $28,190 $21,560 210
36 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $28,200 $20,870 3,250
37 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $28,480 $20,940 880
38 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $28,640 $21,110 5,620
39 Driver/sales Workers $28,670 $20,870 10,180
40 Home Health Aides $28,940 $22,810 22,380
41 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $29,090 $21,250 170
42 Cooks, Restaurant $29,120 $21,540 28,480
43 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $29,150 $20,720 940
44 Retail Salespersons $29,190 $20,840 87,430
45 Recreation Workers $29,390 $20,600 8,330
46 Sewing Machine Operators $29,610 $21,290 2,070
47 Tour And Travel Guides $29,740 $21,650 1,030
48 Gaming Cage Workers $29,740 $21,450 270
49 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $29,830 $22,170 1,480
50 Counter And Rental Clerks $29,970 $20,830 5,360
51 Tellers $30,270 $22,690 8,300
52 Food Processing Workers, All Other $30,390 $22,220 1,040
53 Couriers And Messengers $30,530 $20,790 750
54 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $30,610 $21,340 35,190
55 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $30,690 $20,850 9,950
56 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $30,790 $23,470 80
57 Transportation Workers, All Other $30,810 $22,200 550
58 Bakers $30,930 $22,320 2,510
59 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $30,960 $20,870 760
60 Receptionists And Information Clerks $31,150 $21,140 16,980
61 Concierges $31,200 $22,450 650
62 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $31,380 $25,730 5,060
63 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $31,510 $20,900 1,050
64 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $31,540 $24,740 4,140
65 Material Moving Workers, All Other $31,630 $22,760 140
66 Animal Trainers $31,640 $22,120 290
67 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $31,680 $21,450 46,850
68 Floral Designers $31,730 $21,420 830
69 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $31,780 $20,580 1,420
70 Tire Repairers And Changers $31,820 $22,260 1,870
71 Funeral Attendants $31,990 $21,150 630
72 Helpers–Production Workers $32,000 $22,270 8,400
73 Teacher Assistants $32,120 $21,590 34,800
74 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $32,460 $22,500 2,920
75 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $32,810 $23,170 7,630
76 Occupational Therapy Aides $33,020 $25,790 50
77 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $33,090 $24,730 210
78 Library Assistants, Clerical $33,390 $21,840 1,970
79 Telemarketers $33,400 $21,440 1,840
80 Fiberglass Laminators And Fabricators $33,440 $22,820 240
81 Religious Workers, All Other $33,520 $20,530 120
82 Barbers $33,550 $20,190 390
83 Nursing Assistants $33,710 $26,280 31,640
84 Etchers And Engravers $33,780 $25,780 710
85 File Clerks $33,880 $20,750 1,310
86 Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators And Tenders $34,240 $21,590 200
87 Security Guards $34,240 $22,600 10,700
88 Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians $34,370 $23,120 1,280
89 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $34,400 $21,370 2,290
90 Public Address System And Other Announcers $34,410 $20,540 100
91 Office And Administrative Support Workers, All Other $34,580 $21,340 4,720
92 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers $34,610 $23,650 32,050
93 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $34,660 $20,620 210
94 Legislators $34,690 $20,080 1,100
95 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $34,730 $24,490 520
96 Order Clerks $34,820 $23,270 2,160
97 Gaming Surveillance Officers And Gaming Investigators $34,870 $22,680 320
98 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $35,000 $24,570 770
99 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $35,000 $26,530 460
100 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $35,080 $22,790 43,790
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