These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In New Mexico

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. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  3. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  4. Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners
  5. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  6. Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
  7. Cooks, Fast Food
  8. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  9. Dishwashers
  10. Personal Care Aides

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 568 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 2016.

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Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In New Mexico

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Gaming Dealers $17,890 $16,350 990
2 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $18,560 $16,420 750
3 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $18,690 $16,610 20,740
4 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $18,760 $16,280 190
5 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $18,940 $16,620 2,320
6 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $19,020 $16,470 2,960
7 Cooks, Fast Food $19,100 $16,650 3,620
8 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $19,590 $16,530 2,650
9 Dishwashers $19,750 $16,780 2,900
10 Personal Care Aides $20,020 $16,620 23,940
11 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $20,050 $16,790 7,380
12 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $20,240 $16,680 790
13 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $20,340 $16,740 2,630
14 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $20,500 $16,660 250
15 Childcare Workers $20,660 $16,750 2,550
16 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $20,680 $16,960 2,830
17 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $20,780 $16,640 1,330
18 Cashiers $21,010 $16,860 21,580
19 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $21,150 $17,000 120
20 Food Preparation Workers $21,200 $16,860 4,850
21 Packers And Packagers, Hand $21,240 $16,690 2,140
22 Telemarketers $21,280 $17,110 830
23 Waiters And Waitresses $21,360 $16,570 16,370
24 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $21,660 $16,720 1,780
25 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $21,770 $17,230 150
26 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $21,820 $17,330 2,400
27 Floral Designers $21,850 $16,860 220
28 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $21,910 $16,970 210
29 Parking Lot Attendants $22,030 $16,780 540
30 Cooks, Restaurant $22,120 $17,050 7,340
31 Recreation Workers $22,570 $16,740 2,170
32 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $22,580 $17,000 700
33 Dietetic Technicians $22,690 $16,910 100
34 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $23,080 $17,200 12,580
35 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $23,130 $16,980 60
36 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $23,160 $17,240 230
37 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $23,270 $17,100 2,720
38 Driver/sales Workers $23,320 $16,500 2,560
39 Home Health Aides $23,480 $17,070 8,050
40 Food Processing Workers, All Other $23,480 $17,670 260
41 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $23,520 $18,540 40
42 Bartenders $23,600 $16,650 2,730
43 Library Assistants, Clerical $23,620 $17,210 330
44 Sewing Machine Operators $23,780 $19,080 190
45 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $23,960 $17,670 1,040
46 Sewers, Hand $23,990 $20,190 30
47 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $24,090 $17,280 2,890
48 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, And Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $24,550 $17,050 70
49 Painting, Coating, And Decorating Workers $24,560 $17,850 60
50 Substitute Teachers $24,660 $16,960 3,500
51 Bakers $24,700 $17,410 1,030
52 Forest And Conservation Workers $24,770 $16,830 30
53 Agricultural Equipment Operators $25,030 $17,960 90
54 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $25,110 $17,040 530
55 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $25,140 $18,750 550
56 Cooks, All Other $25,200 $17,290 160
57 Helpers–Production Workers $25,200 $17,510 1,260
58 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $25,260 $17,220 170
59 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $25,290 $17,630 4,360
60 Helpers–Roofers $25,340 $18,360 150
61 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $25,350 $17,360 1,130
62 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $25,370 $17,360 1,110
63 Crossing Guards $25,390 $17,820 400
64 Tire Repairers And Changers $25,520 $18,030 920
65 Tellers $25,570 $20,270 2,740
66 Bicycle Repairers $25,810 $19,890 40
67 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $25,830 $17,830 200
68 Helpers–Carpenters $25,840 $17,470 80
69 Office Clerks, General $25,900 $17,500 10,190
70 Residential Advisors $25,910 $18,890 510
71 Couriers And Messengers $25,950 $18,380 510
72 Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $26,010 $16,980 70
73 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $26,100 $20,410 50
74 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $26,120 $17,860 520
75 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $26,180 $17,460 10,050
76 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $26,190 $20,560 70
77 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $26,200 $17,780 120
78 Counter And Rental Clerks $26,380 $17,910 3,020
79 Receptionists And Information Clerks $26,390 $18,420 5,890
80 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $26,450 $17,260 1,160
81 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $26,470 $18,020 660
82 Cutting And Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $26,550 $20,430 120
83 Orderlies $26,570 $20,430 330
84 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, And Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $26,650 $20,530 110
85 Office Machine Operators, Except Computer $26,790 $17,790 230
86 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $26,930 $17,300 230
87 Gaming Cage Workers $26,940 $20,470 190
88 Paperhangers $26,950 $21,480 30
89 Psychiatric Technicians $27,200 $18,600 1,270
90 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $27,220 $18,060 8,690
91 Nursing Assistants $27,280 $20,310 6,870
92 Data Entry Keyers $27,280 $19,140 670
93 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $27,310 $18,260 410
94 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $27,310 $20,830 90
95 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $27,330 $17,650 140
96 Retail Salespersons $27,400 $17,420 26,880
97 Team Assemblers $27,480 $18,100 1,390
98 Cooks, Short Order $27,610 $18,120 940
99 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $27,880 $17,660 60
100 Print Binding And Finishing Workers $27,950 $19,860 40