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These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In New Jersey

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. Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
  3. Shampooers
  4. Amusement and Recreation Attendants
  5. Dishwashers
  6. Cooks, Fast Food
  7. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  8. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  9. Cashiers
  10. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers

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

If youÂ’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 640 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 2016.

For more reading, check out:

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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 $20,460 $18,140 30,370
2 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $20,970 $18,240 9,210
3 Shampooers $21,090 $18,200 2,380
4 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $21,210 $18,190 7,640
5 Dishwashers $21,330 $18,320 10,450
6 Cooks, Fast Food $21,930 $18,080 9,300
7 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $21,990 $18,350 4,560
8 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $21,990 $18,220 52,720
9 Cashiers $22,210 $18,360 95,550
10 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $22,260 $18,400 10,710
11 Food Preparation Workers $22,900 $18,410 30,810
12 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $23,060 $18,430 790
13 Packers And Packagers, Hand $23,200 $18,280 31,220
14 Home Health Aides $23,230 $19,100 38,510
15 Barbers $23,430 $18,350 910
16 Parking Lot Attendants $23,600 $18,450 5,010
17 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $23,620 $18,590 9,660
18 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $24,010 $18,590 11,600
19 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $24,230 $18,320 6,850
20 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $24,240 $19,450 510
21 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $24,480 $18,310 8,180
22 Cooks, Short Order $24,670 $18,720 7,130
23 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $24,730 $18,740 1,350
24 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $24,790 $18,490 580
25 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $24,810 $19,070 4,040
26 Sewing Machine Operators $24,830 $18,610 3,850
27 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $24,990 $18,770 2,310
28 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $25,000 $18,640 1,060
29 Childcare Workers $25,040 $18,400 17,750
30 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $25,050 $18,880 23,170
31 Waiters And Waitresses $25,090 $18,780 59,810
32 Food Processing Workers, All Other $25,170 $18,740 1,320
33 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $25,500 $18,490 560
34 Motion Picture Projectionists $25,560 $18,480 160
35 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $25,700 $18,610 5,570
36 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $25,870 $18,840 3,460
37 Manicurists And Pedicurists $26,320 $19,130 7,570
38 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $26,320 $18,380 2,430
39 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $26,470 $18,340 2,670
40 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $26,580 $18,560 30
41 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $26,640 $21,170 770
42 Painting, Coating, And Decorating Workers $26,950 $19,380 730
43 Protective Service Workers, All Other $27,040 $18,470 7,000
44 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $27,040 $18,630 67,850
45 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $27,090 $18,700 3,690
46 Agricultural Workers, All Other $27,280 $20,380 50
47 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $27,300 $19,050 1,630
48 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $27,410 $21,970 250
49 Physical Therapist Aides $27,540 $19,790 3,480
50 Retail Salespersons $27,570 $18,580 131,080
51 Tire Repairers And Changers $27,660 $19,100 4,030
52 Team Assemblers $27,730 $19,430 5,450
53 Helpers–Production Workers $27,780 $18,880 5,950
54 Pharmacy Aides $27,810 $21,310 350
55 Recreation Workers $27,900 $18,700 9,990
56 Orderlies $27,940 $19,710 2,460
57 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $28,100 $18,700 510
58 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $28,140 $19,750 360
59 Extruding And Forming Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Synthetic And Glass Fibers $28,390 $20,820 40
60 Personal Care Aides $28,670 $20,130 10,460
61 Bartenders $28,710 $19,140 14,740
62 Nursing Assistants $28,980 $21,580 53,640
63 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $28,980 $18,850 107,840
64 Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians $28,990 $20,820 320
65 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $29,070 $19,960 590
66 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $29,070 $18,770 14,520
67 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $29,140 $19,120 740
68 Telemarketers $29,240 $18,900 4,540
69 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $29,310 $19,450 29,210
70 Production Workers, All Other $29,390 $18,440 5,200
71 Bakers $29,390 $19,040 5,870
72 Plating And Coating Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $29,590 $19,470 470
73 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $29,640 $19,430 2,020
74 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $29,670 $19,550 8,230
75 Concierges $29,750 $22,490 750
76 Occupational Therapy Aides $29,800 $21,610 50
77 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $29,940 $22,080 910
78 Tour Guides And Escorts $29,940 $18,940 340
79 Library Assistants, Clerical $29,980 $18,900 4,070
80 File Clerks $30,090 $18,930 7,350
81 Animal Breeders $30,120 $25,210 40
82 Electronic Equipment Installers And Repairers, Motor Vehicles $30,190 $20,920 270
83 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $30,250 $22,070 160
84 Tellers $30,280 $22,410 15,240
85 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $30,320 $19,630 1,460
86 Floral Designers $30,350 $18,570 1,380
87 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $30,410 $19,910 4,040
88 Substitute Teachers $30,460 $22,460 24,620
89 Security Guards $30,460 $19,280 39,110
90 Drilling And Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $30,700 $20,170 210
91 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $30,770 $22,860 140
92 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $30,920 $19,140 64,260
93 Office Machine Operators, Except Computer $31,100 $19,220 3,380
94 Sewers, Hand $31,170 $19,540 260
95 Helpers–Carpenters $31,220 $21,660 980
96 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $31,230 $19,750 3,230
97 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $31,410 $20,510 7,590
98 Receptionists And Information Clerks $31,440 $20,570 52,470
99 Counter And Rental Clerks $31,500 $18,980 8,940
100 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $31,730 $20,350 360
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