These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Missouri

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. Cooks, Fast Food
  3. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  4. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  5. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  6. Dishwashers
  7. Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
  8. Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials
  9. Waiters and Waitresses
  10. Cooks, Short Order

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 642 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 2016.

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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 $18,680 $16,720 3,970
2 Cooks, Fast Food $18,770 $16,740 9,530
3 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $19,580 $16,790 7,490
4 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $19,700 $16,760 73,810
5 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $19,720 $16,800 8,220
6 Dishwashers $20,030 $16,890 8,810
7 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $20,110 $16,820 6,630
8 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $20,180 $16,840 510
9 Waiters And Waitresses $20,180 $16,760 50,330
10 Cooks, Short Order $20,300 $16,870 3,240
11 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $20,340 $16,830 1,780
12 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $20,470 $16,840 6,710
13 Food Preparation Workers $20,550 $16,850 14,100
14 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $20,790 $17,060 4,200
15 Personal Care Aides $20,810 $17,090 42,140
16 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $20,870 $16,910 2,680
17 Parking Lot Attendants $21,180 $17,040 2,130
18 Cashiers $21,240 $16,960 74,790
19 Bartenders $21,320 $16,770 9,910
20 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $21,340 $16,830 7,280
21 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $21,360 $17,010 4,610
22 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $21,390 $17,080 18,010
23 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $21,410 $16,910 730
24 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $21,550 $16,890 550
25 Childcare Workers $21,860 $16,940 12,780
26 Gaming Dealers $21,860 $16,860 1,630
27 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $22,040 $17,000 8,040
28 Orderlies $22,370 $17,270 1,060
29 Telemarketers $22,420 $16,970 7,680
30 Home Health Aides $22,440 $18,000 10,800
31 Sewing Machine Operators $22,640 $16,990 2,090
32 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $22,850 $17,160 14,620
33 Library Assistants, Clerical $22,940 $17,000 2,370
34 Dietetic Technicians $23,030 $17,130 590
35 Cooks, Restaurant $23,120 $17,330 26,100
36 Bicycle Repairers $23,270 $16,910 150
37 Tour Guides And Escorts $23,350 $17,960 920
38 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $23,530 $16,930 3,550
39 Bakers $23,600 $17,140 2,880
40 Packers And Packagers, Hand $23,630 $17,170 10,150
41 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $23,760 $16,760 60
42 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $24,110 $17,500 2,910
43 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $24,350 $17,450 2,020
44 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $24,540 $17,250 780
45 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $24,570 $17,550 43,190
46 Substitute Teachers $24,670 $18,370 11,590
47 Nursing Assistants $24,690 $18,000 39,460
48 Food Processing Workers, All Other $24,730 $18,730 880
49 Tire Repairers And Changers $24,800 $17,670 3,040
50 Concierges $25,100 $18,210 640
51 Physical Therapist Aides $25,140 $17,490 510
52 Funeral Attendants $25,170 $17,470 1,100
53 Woodworkers, All Other $25,230 $17,800 470
54 Tellers $25,240 $18,870 11,670
55 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $25,320 $18,330 890
56 Floral Designers $25,370 $17,310 1,950
57 Recreation Workers $25,380 $17,230 5,470
58 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $25,420 $17,730 1,530
59 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $25,570 $17,880 3,260
60 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $25,890 $17,420 780
61 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $26,080 $20,790 50
62 Receptionists And Information Clerks $26,140 $17,820 14,100
63 Pharmacy Aides $26,180 $17,880 1,010
64 Manicurists And Pedicurists $26,230 $17,410 580
65 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $26,270 $19,810 470
66 Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News And Street Vendors, And Related Workers $26,340 $18,080 240
67 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $26,440 $19,730 4,140
68 Helpers–Production Workers $26,440 $17,540 9,800
69 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $26,560 $17,560 33,940
70 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other $26,590 $17,000 1,760
71 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $26,730 $17,840 140
72 Gaming Cage Workers $26,760 $18,470 250
73 Psychiatric Aides $26,890 $20,750 2,180
74 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $26,940 $18,470 1,590
75 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $27,090 $17,470 1,660
76 Retail Salespersons $27,160 $17,390 82,100
77 Driver/sales Workers $27,460 $17,160 10,640
78 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $27,500 $17,810 4,870
79 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $27,540 $17,690 840
80 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $27,550 $18,210 1,410
81 Tailors, Dressmakers, And Custom Sewers $27,550 $20,850 240
82 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $27,570 $18,790 15,770
83 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $27,600 $19,340 1,140
84 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $27,710 $17,190 6,240
85 Crossing Guards $27,820 $17,010 180
86 Cooks, All Other $27,850 $18,040 190
87 Residential Advisors $27,870 $18,550 1,470
88 Couriers And Messengers $27,980 $19,090 930
89 Molding, Coremaking, And Casting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $28,090 $18,680 3,520
90 Fence Erectors $28,100 $20,750 270
91 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $28,100 $17,590 11,760
92 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $28,180 $19,210 1,720
93 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $28,330 $20,350 2,390
94 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $28,340 $17,130 50
95 Psychiatric Technicians $28,360 $20,610 1,440
96 Social And Human Service Assistants $28,400 $17,880 3,960
97 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $28,560 $20,730 200
98 Metal Workers And Plastic Workers, All Other $28,600 $19,580 1,090
99 Barbers $28,820 $17,560 310
100 Fiberglass Laminators And Fabricators $28,890 $21,130 430
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