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The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In New Jersey 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 New Jersey?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in New Jersey, 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 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop are the lowest paid people in New Jersey.

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

  1. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  2. Shampooers
  3. Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
  4. Dishwashers
  5. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  6. Amusement and Recreation Attendants
  7. Cashiers
  8. Cooks, Fast Food
  9. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  10. Baggage Porters and Bellhops

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in New Jersey

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 681 job classifications in New Jersey 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 New Jersey

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $21,800 $18,520 35,460
2 Shampooers $22,370 $18,840 1,860
3 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $22,380 $18,540 10,230
4 Dishwashers $22,630 $18,880 9,480
5 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $23,150 $18,780 45,320
6 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $23,350 $18,640 8,290
7 Cashiers $23,390 $18,760 99,360
8 Cooks, Fast Food $23,410 $19,150 8,800
9 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $23,480 $18,650 2,630
10 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $23,590 $19,570 770
11 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $23,820 $18,710 7,760
12 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $24,160 $18,900 13,310
13 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $24,280 $18,790 10,430
14 Sewing Machine Operators $24,370 $18,590 3,690
15 Food Preparation Workers $24,450 $18,730 32,960
16 Home Health Aides $24,450 $19,650 41,040
17 Manicurists And Pedicurists $24,520 $19,370 7,210
18 Agricultural Equipment Operators $24,560 $20,420 180
19 Food Processing Workers, All Other $24,570 $19,170 990
20 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $24,650 $18,800 480
21 Parking Lot Attendants $24,720 $18,960 4,990
22 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $24,770 $18,880 830
23 Cooks, Short Order $25,030 $18,620 10,760
24 Packers And Packagers, Hand $25,160 $18,950 30,180
25 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $25,190 $19,450 11,920
26 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $25,390 $20,340 3,740
27 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $25,620 $19,020 4,770
28 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $25,680 $18,350 460
29 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $26,020 $19,150 8,360
30 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $26,190 $19,500 20,110
31 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $26,360 $20,040 350
32 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $26,380 $18,620 570
33 Childcare Workers $26,450 $19,170 18,490
34 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $26,700 $19,340 5,570
35 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $27,210 $20,960 280
36 Physical Therapist Aides $27,480 $20,810 3,190
37 Waiters And Waitresses $27,530 $18,930 58,820
38 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $27,750 $19,990 2,110
39 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $27,810 $19,390 2,400
40 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $27,850 $18,980 2,670
41 Religious Workers, All Other $27,930 $18,370 320
42 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $28,120 $20,450 660
43 Helpers–Production Workers $28,400 $18,880 4,660
44 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $28,500 $21,600 200
45 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $28,870 $21,130 320
46 Etchers And Engravers $28,880 $20,850 370
47 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $28,900 $19,200 68,040
48 Tire Repairers And Changers $29,080 $20,010 3,430
49 Fabric And Apparel Patternmakers $29,090 $18,540 230
50 Teacher Assistants $29,150 $19,340 55,130
51 Retail Salespersons $29,180 $19,060 131,210
52 Tool Grinders, Filers, And Sharpeners $29,250 $21,140 30
53 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $29,260 $20,550 8,510
54 Occupational Therapy Aides $29,330 $20,400 110
55 Concierges $29,420 $22,150 1,170
56 Recreation Workers $29,530 $19,270 11,690
57 Motion Picture Projectionists $29,540 $18,970 420
58 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $29,560 $19,270 2,220
59 Bartenders $29,600 $19,420 17,360
60 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $29,830 $19,010 14,090
61 Personal Care Aides $29,890 $21,180 14,470
62 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $29,960 $19,810 1,820
63 Telemarketers $30,120 $20,130 3,440
64 Sewers, Hand $30,200 $22,180 180
65 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $30,280 $19,730 141,660
66 Bicycle Repairers $30,370 $25,610 110
67 Nursing Assistants $30,380 $22,730 56,500
68 Painting, Coating, And Decorating Workers $30,600 $20,940 520
69 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers $30,850 $19,540 11,000
70 Orderlies $31,000 $22,140 2,800
71 Bakers $31,090 $20,470 4,790
72 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $31,200 $19,360 550
73 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $31,420 $19,680 900
74 Tour And Travel Guides $31,560 $19,150 650
75 Substitute Teachers $31,580 $23,650 20,470
76 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $31,700 $20,000 67,380
77 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $31,710 $21,210 1,790
78 Protective Service Workers, All Other $31,730 $19,760 5,970
79 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $31,790 $21,860 100
80 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $31,810 $19,620 2,860
81 Library Assistants, Clerical $31,850 $19,250 2,810
82 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $31,880 $19,450 2,470
83 Cleaning, Washing, And Metal Pickling Equipment Operators And Tenders $31,990 $20,130 660
84 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $32,000 $21,690 400
85 Security Guards $32,250 $20,700 39,000
86 Helpers–Carpenters $32,270 $19,550 770
87 Textile Bleaching And Dyeing Machine Operators And Tenders $32,500 $23,700 170
88 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $32,700 $20,330 28,690
89 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $32,830 $21,280 2,050
90 Office Machine Operators, Except Computer $32,840 $20,540 2,530
91 Crossing Guards $32,920 $19,850 5,740
92 Tellers $32,950 $26,050 13,380
93 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $33,010 $24,860 160
94 Pharmacy Technicians $33,070 $21,480 9,570
95 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $33,090 $22,780 750
96 Receptionists And Information Clerks $33,120 $21,410 54,490
97 Production Workers, All Other $33,160 $19,670 4,300
98 Cooks, Restaurant $33,200 $22,290 20,720
99 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $33,280 $26,060 120
100 Driver/sales Workers $33,410 $19,070 8,680
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