The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In New Mexico 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 Mexico?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in New Mexico, 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 Gaming Dealers are the lowest paid people in New Mexico.

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

  1. Gaming Dealers
  2. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  3. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  4. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  5. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  6. Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners
  7. Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
  8. Bartenders
  9. Packers and Packagers, Hand
  10. Waiters and Waitresses

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in New Mexico

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 596 job classifications in New Mexico 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.

Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In New Mexico

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Gaming Dealers $19,520 $16,760 700
2 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $19,520 $16,850 2,800
3 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $19,880 $16,720 23,900
4 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $20,150 $17,140 690
5 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $20,180 $17,170 2,200
6 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $20,530 $17,130 120
7 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $20,530 $17,360 2,930
8 Bartenders $20,610 $16,730 2,480
9 Packers And Packagers, Hand $20,750 $16,890 1,650
10 Waiters And Waitresses $20,770 $16,740 16,730
11 Cooks, Fast Food $20,840 $17,060 2,280
12 Dishwashers $20,880 $17,170 2,670
13 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $20,890 $16,390 800
14 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $20,900 $16,490 30
15 Personal Care Aides $21,020 $16,980 27,300
16 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $21,070 $16,930 2,600
17 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $21,360 $16,600 1,670
18 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $21,560 $16,980 1,510
19 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $21,560 $17,140 40
20 Childcare Workers $21,940 $17,030 2,380
21 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $21,990 $17,200 230
22 Cashiers $22,080 $17,140 22,460
23 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $22,110 $17,370 240
24 Teacher Assistants $22,180 $16,700 7,360
25 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $22,210 $17,510 6,650
26 Food Preparation Workers $22,440 $17,660 4,520
27 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $22,520 $17,090 1,220
28 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $22,620 $17,390 150
29 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $22,740 $17,500 2,370
30 Dietetic Technicians $22,900 $17,040 150
31 Parking Lot Attendants $23,040 $17,510 540
32 Home Health Aides $23,080 $17,530 5,680
33 Recreation Workers $23,190 $16,540 2,540
34 Library Assistants, Clerical $23,310 $16,730 340
35 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $23,370 $17,070 1,520
36 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $23,430 $17,680 550
37 Sewing Machine Operators $23,600 $17,930 170
38 Legislators $23,960 $16,720 480
39 Driver/sales Workers $24,010 $17,040 2,130
40 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $24,090 $18,420 260
41 Cooks, Restaurant $24,100 $17,740 9,390
42 Floral Designers $24,220 $17,800 180
43 Substitute Teachers $24,300 $17,380 3,840
44 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $24,320 $17,820 11,910
45 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $24,380 $18,540 2,420
46 Umpires, Referees, And Other Sports Officials $24,440 $19,680 40
47 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $24,470 $17,350 2,650
48 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $24,740 $18,580 70
49 Upholsterers $24,740 $16,460 50
50 Helpers–Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, And Tile And Marble Setters $24,790 $17,560 70
51 Cooks, Short Order $24,880 $17,680 290
52 Crossing Guards $24,980 $17,780 320
53 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $25,010 $17,360 430
54 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $25,020 $18,100 2,460
55 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $25,030 $17,940 710
56 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $25,120 $18,290 550
57 Cleaning, Washing, And Metal Pickling Equipment Operators And Tenders $25,270 $19,750 40
58 Office Clerks, General $25,460 $17,330 7,690
59 Bakers $25,570 $18,650 860
60 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $25,740 $18,280 1,070
61 Helpers–Production Workers $25,760 $18,870 1,600
62 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $26,200 $18,630 1,150
63 Gaming Cage Workers $26,400 $18,350 130
64 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $26,560 $18,000 1,270
65 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, And Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $26,610 $21,240 70
66 Graduate Teaching Assistants $27,040 $16,880 1,680
67 Tellers $27,050 $20,750 2,700
68 Retail Salespersons $27,060 $17,590 26,370
69 Interviewers, Except Eligibility And Loan $27,350 $19,260 210
70 Helpers–Carpenters $27,430 $18,790 220
71 Bicycle Repairers $27,520 $20,710 110
72 Receptionists And Information Clerks $27,690 $19,450 5,230
73 Couriers And Messengers $27,710 $18,700 440
74 Food Batchmakers $27,720 $19,370 1,180
75 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $27,770 $19,940 210
76 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $27,830 $18,280 10,500
77 Residential Advisors $27,920 $20,990 450
78 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $27,930 $18,970 4,320
79 Tire Repairers And Changers $27,990 $18,770 920
80 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $28,140 $21,220 60
81 Physical Therapist Aides $28,210 $18,620 260
82 Coating, Painting, And Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $28,240 $21,820 120
83 Nursing Assistants $28,310 $20,380 6,200
84 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $28,460 $17,900 50
85 Funeral Attendants $28,560 $20,550 210
86 Orderlies $28,720 $21,760 230
87 Food Processing Workers, All Other $28,780 $19,780 190
88 Psychiatric Technicians $28,790 $19,950 1,190
89 Data Entry Keyers $28,840 $18,990 570
90 Security Guards $28,990 $19,290 6,890
91 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $29,260 $19,020 9,210
92 Gaming Surveillance Officers And Gaming Investigators $29,430 $21,330 240
93 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $29,470 $21,010 390
94 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $29,580 $18,840 540
95 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $29,600 $20,970 60
96 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers $29,610 $18,870 2,080
97 Phlebotomists $29,700 $22,200 730
98 Bus Drivers, Transit And Intercity $29,730 $24,490 620
99 Cutting, Punching, And Press Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $29,760 $21,800 130
100 Molding, Coremaking, And Casting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $29,880 $20,550 150
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