The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Mississippi 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 Mississippi?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Mississippi, 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 Mississippi.

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

  1. Cooks, Fast Food
  2. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  3. Gaming Dealers
  4. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  5. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  6. Parking Lot Attendants
  7. Dishwashers
  8. Childcare Workers
  9. Food Preparation Workers
  10. Food Servers, Nonrestaurant

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Mississippi

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 621 job classifications in Mississippi 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:

  • These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Mississippi
  • These Are The 100 Largest Companies In Mississippi

Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Mississippi

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Cooks, Fast Food $18,270 $16,140 12,610
2 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $18,720 $16,090 1,910
3 Gaming Dealers $18,770 $16,380 3,520
4 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $18,940 $16,170 2,290
5 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $19,010 $16,290 2,700
6 Parking Lot Attendants $19,020 $16,540 440
7 Dishwashers $19,090 $16,260 2,400
8 Childcare Workers $19,310 $16,270 6,530
9 Food Preparation Workers $19,310 $16,230 8,440
10 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $19,330 $16,300 3,680
11 Cashiers $19,620 $16,290 42,120
12 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $19,840 $16,440 300
13 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $19,930 $16,460 17,510
14 Teacher Assistants $19,940 $16,170 10,710
15 Psychiatric Aides $19,970 $17,230 3,340
16 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $20,000 $16,460 8,370
17 Bartenders $20,100 $16,230 2,480
18 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $20,210 $16,340 1,900
19 Substitute Teachers $20,320 $16,250 7,480
20 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $20,460 $16,370 7,180
21 Waiters And Waitresses $20,560 $16,380 18,520
22 Personal Care Aides $20,800 $16,650 9,610
23 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $20,950 $16,570 2,960
24 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $21,210 $16,180 1,640
25 Cooks, Short Order $21,340 $16,660 1,610
26 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $21,430 $16,420 820
27 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $21,520 $16,310 6,610
28 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $21,660 $16,830 590
29 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $21,960 $16,320 70
30 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $22,120 $16,540 18,170
31 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $22,140 $16,710 80
32 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $22,180 $17,150 660
33 Cooks, Restaurant $22,340 $16,830 10,520
34 Packers And Packagers, Hand $22,420 $16,880 3,350
35 Library Assistants, Clerical $22,570 $16,810 650
36 Home Health Aides $22,580 $16,850 3,560
37 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $22,680 $16,790 400
38 Concierges $22,870 $16,590 90
39 Physical Therapist Aides $22,870 $16,620 320
40 Orderlies $22,930 $16,990 410
41 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $23,050 $17,320 1,300
42 Nursing Assistants $23,100 $17,380 13,850
43 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $23,140 $16,830 100
44 Cleaning, Washing, And Metal Pickling Equipment Operators And Tenders $23,160 $16,920 40
45 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $23,320 $16,640 1,150
46 Bakers $23,350 $17,080 1,130
47 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $23,350 $17,220 770
48 Tour And Travel Guides $23,450 $16,370 280
49 Crossing Guards $23,850 $16,370 280
50 Food Processing Workers, All Other $23,930 $20,290 850
51 Manicurists And Pedicurists $24,140 $17,920 170
52 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $24,630 $20,600 550
53 Residential Advisors $24,810 $16,820 710
54 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $25,010 $17,240 1,010
55 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $25,040 $17,110 670
56 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $25,150 $18,760 660
57 Statistical Assistants $25,280 $21,280 40
58 Food Batchmakers $25,320 $17,800 1,010
59 Legislators $25,360 $16,460 370
60 Library Technicians $25,500 $17,130 620
61 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $25,500 $17,490 30,900
62 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $25,510 $18,020 2,210
63 Driver/sales Workers $25,560 $16,480 3,440
64 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $25,600 $17,340 400
65 Dietetic Technicians $25,630 $16,860 140
66 Funeral Attendants $25,720 $18,090 270
67 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $25,750 $17,100 18,240
68 Security Guards $25,750 $17,130 10,000
69 Retail Salespersons $25,780 $16,760 36,250
70 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $25,780 $20,150 2,520
71 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $25,800 $16,780 1,320
72 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $25,840 $17,970 720
73 Cooks, All Other $25,860 $18,530 140
74 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $25,920 $17,680 5,430
75 Umpires, Referees, And Other Sports Officials $25,930 $16,850 70
76 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $26,010 $18,070 6,540
77 Recreation Workers $26,170 $16,940 1,590
78 Animal Control Workers $26,190 $18,790 140
79 Couriers And Messengers $26,260 $19,690 460
80 Refuse And Recyclable Material Collectors $26,310 $17,760 990
81 Receptionists And Information Clerks $26,370 $18,520 6,690
82 Tire Repairers And Changers $26,430 $17,570 1,030
83 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $26,500 $21,050 80
84 Cabinetmakers And Bench Carpenters $26,610 $17,480 540
85 Floral Designers $26,870 $17,980 310
86 Police, Fire, And Ambulance Dispatchers $26,930 $19,930 1,380
87 Counter And Rental Clerks $26,990 $16,960 2,900
88 Pharmacy Aides $27,060 $20,580 80
89 Highway Maintenance Workers $27,260 $18,680 2,550
90 Butchers And Meat Cutters $27,350 $17,190 1,220
91 Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators And Tenders $27,380 $17,770 530
92 Tellers $27,380 $20,970 4,310
93 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $27,440 $19,990 80
94 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $27,690 $19,970 430
95 Jewelers And Precious Stone And Metal Workers $27,820 $16,580 100
96 Helpers–Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, And Tile And Marble Setters $27,830 $20,690 70
97 Sewing Machine Operators $27,910 $17,740 4,140
98 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $27,940 $18,600 2,820
99 Production Workers, All Other $28,030 $18,200 1,170
100 Carpet Installers $28,150 $18,030 60
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