These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Montana

We combed through the data to identify the profession in Montana that don’t pay all that well.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 3 months ago

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 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers are the lowest paid people in Montana.

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

  1. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  2. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  3. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  4. Dishwashers
  5. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  6. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  7. Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners
  8. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  9. Bartenders
  10. Cooks, Fast Food

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:

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How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Montana

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 521 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 2016.

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Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Montana

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $19,050 $17,500 160
2 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $19,810 $17,480 930
3 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $19,900 $17,530 280
4 Dishwashers $20,000 $17,630 1,910
5 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $20,050 $17,610 870
6 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $20,260 $17,500 1,040
7 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $20,390 $17,350 440
8 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $20,440 $17,610 11,050
9 Bartenders $20,600 $17,610 5,340
10 Cooks, Fast Food $20,660 $17,680 3,070
11 Childcare Workers $20,760 $17,600 2,420
12 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $21,070 $17,530 140
13 Parking Lot Attendants $21,190 $17,480 80
14 Food Preparation Workers $21,590 $17,860 3,560
15 Waiters And Waitresses $21,590 $17,480 8,540
16 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $21,710 $17,700 570
17 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $21,730 $17,830 1,010
18 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $21,800 $17,860 70
19 Cashiers $22,070 $17,880 14,750
20 Cooks, Short Order $22,080 $18,110 1,820
21 Substitute Teachers $22,420 $17,980 3,820
22 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $22,470 $18,140 1,790
23 Personal Care Aides $22,730 $19,390 4,740
24 Carpet Installers $23,030 $17,580 100
25 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $23,070 $17,970 700
26 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $23,110 $17,780 450
27 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $23,180 $18,680 710
28 Floral Designers $23,400 $17,810 240
29 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $23,490 $17,790 90
30 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $23,570 $17,640 50
31 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $23,720 $19,360 70
32 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $23,730 $18,000 6,220
33 Motion Picture Projectionists $23,770 $20,370 70
34 Packers And Packagers, Hand $23,880 $17,990 930
35 Home Health Aides $23,900 $20,360 1,340
36 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $24,270 $17,970 250
37 Cooks, Restaurant $24,280 $18,550 4,720
38 Orderlies $24,380 $19,130 40
39 Bicycle Repairers $24,530 $17,900 130
40 Tailors, Dressmakers, And Custom Sewers $24,570 $18,980 40
41 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $24,910 $18,560 1,330
42 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $25,460 $18,240 380
43 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $25,530 $19,090 60
44 Helpers–Production Workers $25,660 $18,460 400
45 Sewing Machine Operators $25,790 $19,960 290
46 Library Assistants, Clerical $25,910 $18,450 130
47 Nursing Assistants $25,950 $20,410 5,560
48 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $25,980 $18,360 5,230
49 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $26,030 $20,410 140
50 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $26,070 $19,340 2,150
51 Recreation Workers $26,250 $17,870 2,090
52 Concierges $26,270 $20,430 60
53 Bakers $26,270 $18,990 800
54 Tellers $26,410 $20,840 2,010
55 Dietetic Technicians $26,740 $20,430 70
56 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $26,840 $18,110 640
57 File Clerks $26,890 $18,620 500
58 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $26,910 $19,210 310
59 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $27,050 $19,550 660
60 Security Guards $27,150 $19,710 1,560
61 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $27,210 $18,030 810
62 Food Batchmakers $27,230 $21,110 230
63 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $27,250 $18,840 50
64 Psychiatric Aides $27,260 $21,710 960
65 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $27,350 $18,560 4,010
66 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $27,420 $18,450 8,190
67 Print Binding And Finishing Workers $27,480 $20,280 170
68 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $27,500 $19,090 1,130
69 Data Entry Keyers $27,660 $19,750 500
70 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, And Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $27,740 $21,130 140
71 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $27,750 $19,600 60
72 Media And Communication Workers, All Other $27,790 $17,930 40
73 Retail Salespersons $27,810 $18,150 15,920
74 Museum Technicians And Conservators $27,870 $17,880 70
75 Office Machine Operators, Except Computer $28,110 $20,840 130
76 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $28,160 $25,980 40
77 Library Technicians $28,170 $18,470 380
78 Receptionists And Information Clerks $28,170 $20,260 2,730
79 Tour Guides And Escorts $28,210 $20,510 120
80 Upholsterers $28,260 $18,000 30
81 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other $28,260 $17,820 380
82 Driver/sales Workers $28,320 $17,710 1,730
83 Counter And Rental Clerks $28,340 $18,140 1,580
84 Social And Human Service Assistants $28,490 $19,340 1,280
85 Telemarketers $28,600 $20,020 350
86 Residential Advisors $28,630 $18,640 190
87 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $28,760 $18,780 120
88 Pharmacy Aides $28,840 $20,130 80
89 Tire Repairers And Changers $28,840 $20,860 970
90 Funeral Attendants $28,920 $22,060 70
91 Manicurists And Pedicurists $28,940 $19,200 200
92 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $29,380 $19,230 170
93 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $29,390 $19,960 4,640
94 Forest And Conservation Workers $29,460 $20,980 40
95 Gaming Surveillance Officers And Gaming Investigators $29,510 $19,980 80
96 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, And Samplers, Recordkeeping $29,520 $19,600 170
97 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other $29,690 $19,590 210
98 Photographers $29,720 $17,950 90
99 Molding, Coremaking, And Casting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $29,790 $18,930 350
100 Team Assemblers $29,840 $19,230 990

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