The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Missouri 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 Missouri?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Missouri, 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 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers are the lowest paid people in Missouri.

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

  1. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  2. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  3. Cooks, Fast Food
  4. Dishwashers
  5. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  6. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  7. Waiters and Waitresses
  8. Amusement and Recreation Attendants
  9. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  10. Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Missouri

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 700 job classifications in Missouri 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 Missouri

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $19,280 $17,090 2,970
2 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $19,980 $17,190 7,100
3 Cooks, Fast Food $20,800 $17,360 10,350
4 Dishwashers $21,100 $17,510 7,580
5 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $21,110 $17,350 77,770
6 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $21,300 $17,380 7,810
7 Waiters And Waitresses $21,420 $17,150 48,060
8 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $21,520 $17,330 6,970
9 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $21,810 $17,250 6,850
10 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $21,920 $17,410 5,220
11 Cashiers $22,050 $17,430 75,060
12 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $22,120 $17,350 3,220
13 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $22,120 $17,640 5,700
14 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $22,220 $17,350 1,430
15 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $22,250 $17,950 940
16 Library Assistants, Clerical $22,290 $17,440 1,530
17 Food Preparation Workers $22,340 $17,630 14,000
18 Cooks, Short Order $22,440 $17,320 3,570
19 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $22,640 $17,680 21,530
20 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $22,780 $17,930 550
21 Personal Care Aides $23,020 $18,300 60,330
22 Parking Lot Attendants $23,110 $17,350 2,190
23 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $23,300 $17,590 4,620
24 Dietetic Technicians $23,470 $17,360 1,070
25 Childcare Workers $23,490 $17,520 12,930
26 Orderlies $23,760 $18,160 1,430
27 Sewing Machine Operators $24,390 $18,420 3,280
28 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $24,450 $17,520 4,660
29 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $24,460 $17,910 3,850
30 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $24,620 $17,720 430
31 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $24,900 $17,870 13,610
32 Barbers $24,970 $17,970 380
33 Home Health Aides $25,080 $19,070 11,710
34 Manicurists And Pedicurists $25,150 $17,820 730
35 Cooks, Restaurant $25,180 $18,290 28,990
36 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $25,250 $19,260 320
37 Woodworkers, All Other $25,440 $18,880 410
38 Tour And Travel Guides $25,590 $17,970 1,250
39 Transportation Workers, All Other $25,590 $17,540 170
40 Legislators $25,630 $17,040 1,210
41 Bakers $25,660 $18,520 3,870
42 Nursing Assistants $25,930 $18,700 38,560
43 Telemarketers $25,940 $17,570 3,570
44 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $25,980 $18,150 8,060
45 Funeral Attendants $26,360 $19,480 730
46 Packers And Packagers, Hand $26,410 $18,450 9,350
47 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $26,430 $17,840 580
48 Bartenders $26,480 $17,410 11,600
49 Recreation Workers $26,490 $17,440 5,810
50 Floral Designers $26,650 $17,810 2,250
51 Food Processing Workers, All Other $26,700 $21,090 540
52 Concierges $26,840 $18,680 350
53 Cooks, All Other $26,890 $17,910 120
54 Teacher Assistants $27,220 $17,750 19,770
55 Pharmacy Aides $27,260 $17,810 1,010
56 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $27,320 $18,570 36,470
57 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $27,450 $18,670 480
58 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $27,470 $18,790 40,070
59 Receptionists And Information Clerks $27,550 $18,910 14,090
60 Substitute Teachers $27,580 $18,450 10,370
61 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $27,600 $18,220 2,150
62 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $27,630 $20,290 770
63 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $27,710 $18,460 2,380
64 Tellers $27,800 $20,550 11,080
65 Residential Advisors $27,920 $18,340 990
66 Retail Salespersons $28,030 $17,880 82,910
67 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $28,110 $18,980 2,300
68 Psychiatric Aides $28,170 $21,280 1,890
69 Gaming Cage Workers $28,280 $18,630 140
70 Metal Workers And Plastic Workers, All Other $28,330 $19,750 820
71 Material Moving Workers, All Other $28,380 $20,120 210
72 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $28,620 $17,530 7,030
73 Painting, Coating, And Decorating Workers $28,620 $19,670 790
74 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $28,630 $19,810 1,160
75 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $28,840 $20,430 640
76 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $28,840 $19,080 1,360
77 Driver/sales Workers $28,840 $17,580 9,250
78 Sales And Related Workers, All Other $28,870 $18,420 2,310
79 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $28,940 $19,050 1,780
80 Physical Therapist Aides $28,940 $19,080 400
81 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $29,010 $17,610 880
82 Gaming Dealers $29,090 $16,980 1,640
83 Couriers And Messengers $29,120 $19,470 660
84 Tire Repairers And Changers $29,380 $20,370 2,580
85 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $29,640 $20,720 2,300
86 Occupational Therapy Aides $29,890 $18,670 100
87 Library Technicians $29,920 $21,360 1,430
88 Social And Human Service Assistants $29,960 $18,450 3,650
89 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $29,990 $21,150 1,460
90 Cleaning, Washing, And Metal Pickling Equipment Operators And Tenders $30,090 $24,540 680
91 Helpers–Production Workers $30,110 $19,680 6,100
92 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $30,140 $23,370 4,680
93 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $30,410 $18,120 12,260
94 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $30,440 $19,000 5,510
95 Log Graders And Scalers $30,460 $17,360 70
96 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $30,780 $19,830 1,610
97 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $30,790 $20,180 1,560
98 Floor Sanders And Finishers $30,970 $21,360 250
99 Psychiatric Technicians $31,050 $20,850 1,560
100 Graduate Teaching Assistants $31,170 $17,280 1,870
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