These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Mississippi

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. Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants
  3. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  4. Dishwashers
  5. Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
  6. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  7. Psychiatric Aides
  8. Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
  9. Childcare Workers
  10. Food Preparation Workers

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 570 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 2016.

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Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Mississippi

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Cooks, Fast Food $17,960 $16,090 10,920
2 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $18,210 $16,140 100
3 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $18,460 $16,000 290
4 Dishwashers $18,480 $16,170 2,540
5 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $18,640 $16,080 10,740
6 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $18,810 $16,070 19,750
7 Psychiatric Aides $18,840 $16,220 3,570
8 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $18,890 $16,160 2,240
9 Childcare Workers $18,900 $16,170 6,410
10 Food Preparation Workers $18,920 $16,220 9,110
11 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $18,970 $15,970 1,920
12 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $19,030 $16,200 3,010
13 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $19,150 $15,900 470
14 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $19,190 $16,230 1,090
15 Cashiers $19,320 $16,220 38,690
16 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $19,320 $16,030 90
17 Waiters And Waitresses $19,340 $16,130 19,390
18 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $19,370 $16,190 2,810
19 Bartenders $19,570 $16,100 2,430
20 Parking Lot Attendants $19,590 $16,000 380
21 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $19,630 $16,280 7,370
22 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $19,750 $16,360 3,160
23 Gaming Dealers $19,850 $16,020 3,870
24 Personal Care Aides $19,880 $16,500 10,630
25 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $20,100 $16,070 220
26 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $20,130 $16,170 1,630
27 Cooks, Short Order $20,240 $16,370 2,280
28 Substitute Teachers $20,320 $16,080 5,880
29 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $20,370 $16,360 480
30 Home Health Aides $21,200 $16,640 4,470
31 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $21,400 $16,420 16,990
32 Travel Guides $21,410 $18,790 40
33 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $21,560 $16,300 5,260
34 Orderlies $21,560 $16,560 480
35 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $21,610 $16,190 1,090
36 Cooks, Restaurant $21,630 $16,470 9,530
37 Nursing Assistants $21,640 $16,690 13,880
38 Library Assistants, Clerical $21,790 $16,440 690
39 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $21,990 $16,560 490
40 Physical Therapist Aides $22,030 $17,180 380
41 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $22,100 $16,300 840
42 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $22,220 $17,410 480
43 Couriers And Messengers $22,230 $16,750 620
44 Food Processing Workers, All Other $22,390 $17,190 800
45 Packers And Packagers, Hand $22,430 $16,740 4,400
46 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $22,520 $16,330 890
47 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $22,600 $16,800 1,880
48 Dietetic Technicians $22,680 $16,660 240
49 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $22,760 $17,440 800
50 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $22,840 $17,140 7,610
51 Floral Designers $23,070 $16,670 330
52 Pharmacy Aides $23,080 $16,980 190
53 Bakers $23,220 $16,710 840
54 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $23,300 $16,480 90
55 Driver/sales Workers $23,710 $16,510 3,740
56 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $23,860 $16,600 150
57 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $23,880 $16,680 900
58 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $23,900 $16,680 560
59 Motion Picture Projectionists $23,910 $18,040 30
60 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $23,940 $18,320 2,520
61 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $24,000 $17,000 5,860
62 Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians $24,030 $16,440 120
63 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $24,070 $17,520 1,100
64 Animal Control Workers $24,230 $17,220 190
65 Residential Advisors $24,370 $16,780 770
66 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $24,380 $16,500 1,420
67 Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, And Applicators, Vegetation $24,410 $17,030 70
68 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $24,420 $17,040 690
69 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $24,570 $17,050 28,530
70 Locksmiths And Safe Repairers $24,610 $16,390 160
71 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $24,640 $17,200 390
72 File Clerks $24,650 $16,940 930
73 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $24,650 $16,660 17,330
74 Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, And Illustrators $24,680 $16,330 30
75 Security Guards $24,700 $16,700 10,400
76 Tax Preparers $24,820 $16,660 540
77 Crossing Guards $24,830 $16,990 320
78 Helpers–Roofers $24,910 $18,430 60
79 Cutting And Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $24,980 $18,050 460
80 Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators And Tenders $24,990 $18,520 350
81 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $25,000 $19,370 80
82 Tour Guides And Escorts $25,120 $19,620 140
83 Counter And Rental Clerks $25,340 $16,700 2,580
84 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $25,370 $17,650 720
85 Gaming Cage Workers $25,470 $18,020 570
86 Police, Fire, And Ambulance Dispatchers $25,550 $17,880 1,400
87 Receptionists And Information Clerks $25,580 $18,430 6,070
88 Recreation Workers $25,600 $16,680 1,660
89 Funeral Attendants $25,740 $17,250 190
90 Cooks, All Other $25,840 $18,400 230
91 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $25,870 $17,840 680
92 Tire Repairers And Changers $25,910 $18,390 1,300
93 Cabinetmakers And Bench Carpenters $25,950 $19,590 670
94 Skincare Specialists $25,960 $17,810 210
95 Tellers $26,200 $20,470 4,770
96 Word Processors And Typists $26,240 $18,370 300
97 Retail Salespersons $26,290 $16,720 39,600
98 Butchers And Meat Cutters $26,370 $17,060 1,240
99 Cleaning, Washing, And Metal Pickling Equipment Operators And Tenders $26,550 $16,660 80
100 Library Technicians $26,600 $16,800 800

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