The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Montana 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 Montana?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Montana, 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 Graduate Teaching Assistants are the lowest paid people in Montana.

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

  1. Graduate Teaching Assistants
  2. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  3. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  4. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  5. Waiters and Waitresses
  6. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  7. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  8. Dishwashers
  9. Bartenders
  10. Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Montana

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 559 job classifications in Montana 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 Montana

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Graduate Teaching Assistants $18,850 $17,510 650
2 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $19,780 $17,730 1,050
3 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $19,980 $17,980 210
4 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $20,610 $17,810 1,170
5 Waiters And Waitresses $20,990 $17,860 10,260
6 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $21,200 $18,160 260
7 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $21,320 $18,070 630
8 Dishwashers $21,370 $18,080 2,260
9 Bartenders $21,570 $18,060 4,580
10 Umpires, Referees, And Other Sports Officials $22,160 $17,880 30
11 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $22,220 $18,240 680
12 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $22,340 $18,250 830
13 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $22,380 $18,360 12,670
14 Childcare Workers $22,380 $18,320 2,700
15 Cooks, Fast Food $22,550 $18,190 2,020
16 Food Preparation Workers $22,600 $18,280 2,850
17 Substitute Teachers $22,680 $18,250 4,850
18 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $22,860 $18,420 680
19 Cashiers $22,930 $18,360 14,770
20 Parking Lot Attendants $23,000 $18,440 100
21 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $23,130 $17,950 30
22 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $23,650 $18,580 2,000
23 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $24,050 $18,250 30
24 Telemarketers $24,090 $17,650 70
25 Personal Care Aides $24,250 $20,630 5,110
26 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $24,460 $18,520 40
27 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $24,540 $18,670 110
28 Packers And Packagers, Hand $24,770 $18,260 950
29 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $24,790 $19,640 810
30 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $24,850 $18,160 330
31 Cooks, Restaurant $25,230 $19,000 5,690
32 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $25,340 $19,370 70
33 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $25,420 $18,900 6,500
34 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $25,770 $19,130 860
35 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $25,850 $18,300 600
36 Home Health Aides $25,940 $20,590 1,570
37 Library Assistants, Clerical $26,120 $19,030 130
38 Motion Picture Projectionists $26,150 $21,560 100
39 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $26,170 $18,390 660
40 Fiberglass Laminators And Fabricators $26,550 $19,640 40
41 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $26,570 $19,680 1,350
42 Teacher Assistants $26,630 $20,050 3,960
43 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $26,870 $18,130 490
44 Couriers And Messengers $26,870 $18,970 130
45 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $27,000 $19,470 460
46 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $27,060 $19,430 2,430
47 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $27,120 $21,190 130
48 Floral Designers $27,240 $20,650 190
49 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $27,280 $18,890 290
50 Psychiatric Technicians $27,280 $22,110 450
51 Receptionists And Information Clerks $27,450 $19,980 2,040
52 Bakers $27,560 $20,010 890
53 Coaches And Scouts $27,580 $17,950 1,370
54 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $27,670 $19,760 5,480
55 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $27,730 $18,920 30
56 Sewing Machine Operators $27,750 $19,840 350
57 Security Guards $28,080 $19,010 1,430
58 Radio And Television Announcers $28,150 $19,180 200
59 Data Entry Keyers $28,160 $21,570 550
60 Physical Therapist Aides $28,320 $21,370 110
61 Retail Salespersons $28,500 $18,830 15,110
62 File Clerks $28,510 $19,010 460
63 Order Clerks $28,700 $19,100 100
64 Tellers $28,760 $21,980 1,830
65 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $28,790 $18,010 100
66 Music Directors And Composers $29,100 $17,780 160
67 Nursing Assistants $29,110 $22,240 5,760
68 Reporters And Correspondents $29,270 $19,750 290
69 Recreation Workers $29,300 $18,950 1,550
70 Psychiatric Aides $29,350 $25,320 940
71 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, And Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $29,350 $23,160 150
72 Print Binding And Finishing Workers $29,370 $23,350 180
73 Residential Advisors $29,460 $20,350 340
74 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $29,570 $20,520 700
75 Pharmacy Aides $29,580 $20,860 70
76 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $29,640 $19,490 370
77 Tire Repairers And Changers $29,650 $21,760 890
78 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $29,790 $20,030 7,520
79 Crossing Guards $29,900 $20,180 130
80 Funeral Attendants $30,050 $21,290 60
81 Forest And Conservation Workers $30,080 $22,160 80
82 Helpers–Production Workers $30,290 $26,190 160
83 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, And Samplers, Recordkeeping $30,410 $23,440 210
84 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $30,420 $21,060 360
85 Social And Human Service Assistants $30,420 $21,230 1,320
86 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $30,430 $21,000 4,250
87 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $30,560 $20,190 4,340
88 Tour And Travel Guides $30,740 $18,940 350
89 Food Batchmakers $30,770 $22,090 240
90 Molding, Coremaking, And Casting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $30,810 $25,100 320
91 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $30,840 $18,850 2,280
92 Library Technicians $30,920 $20,790 430
93 Transportation Workers, All Other $30,970 $20,810 250
94 Medical Transcriptionists $31,120 $19,060 180
95 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $31,160 $19,570 910
96 Medical Equipment Preparers $31,510 $22,760 280
97 Veterinary Technologists And Technicians $31,580 $23,980 350
98 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $31,580 $20,480 40
99 Interviewers, Except Eligibility And Loan $31,580 $24,200 1,040
100 Rock Splitters, Quarry $31,650 $24,510 120
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