The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In New York 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 York?

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

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

  1. Shampooers
  2. Manicurists and Pedicurists
  3. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  4. Cashiers
  5. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  6. Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
  7. Cooks, Fast Food
  8. Parking Lot Attendants
  9. Home Health Aides
  10. Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in New York

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 744 job classifications in New York 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 York

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Shampooers $23,380 $21,640 1,120
2 Manicurists And Pedicurists $24,970 $21,640 24,190
3 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $25,470 $21,650 189,740
4 Cashiers $25,540 $21,650 197,490
5 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $25,680 $21,640 28,040
6 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $25,840 $21,640 4,660
7 Cooks, Fast Food $26,210 $22,010 9,940
8 Parking Lot Attendants $26,220 $21,780 16,220
9 Home Health Aides $26,240 $22,290 191,820
10 Shoe Machine Operators And Tenders $26,240 $21,640 70
11 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $26,360 $21,650 17,700
12 Dishwashers $26,410 $21,650 32,940
13 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $26,610 $21,640 15,980
14 Cooks, Short Order $27,580 $21,910 8,890
15 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $27,580 $21,670 510
16 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $27,590 $21,650 2,710
17 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $27,630 $21,920 7,860
18 Personal Care Aides $27,640 $22,370 199,060
19 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $27,660 $21,650 1,760
20 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $28,050 $21,640 50
21 Textile Bleaching And Dyeing Machine Operators And Tenders $28,140 $22,160 90
22 Packers And Packagers, Hand $28,240 $21,650 23,220
23 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $28,400 $21,690 19,950
24 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $28,420 $22,100 230
25 Food Preparation Workers $28,520 $21,740 61,600
26 Childcare Workers $28,820 $21,790 47,260
27 Logging Workers, All Other $28,920 $22,500 30
28 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $29,090 $21,640 1,770
29 Communications Equipment Operators, All Other $29,090 $22,300 320
30 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $29,220 $21,930 110,880
31 Tire Repairers And Changers $29,240 $21,650 2,700
32 Sewers, Hand $29,310 $21,640 560
33 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $29,510 $21,650 12,510
34 Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other $29,520 $25,560 3,130
35 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $29,570 $22,030 3,000
36 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $29,760 $21,640 36,300
37 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $29,780 $21,650 13,110
38 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $29,810 $21,650 580
39 Food Batchmakers $30,000 $21,720 8,220
40 Helpers–Production Workers $30,020 $21,760 6,860
41 Sewing Machine Operators $30,020 $21,640 10,410
42 Retail Salespersons $30,100 $21,650 301,670
43 Physical Therapist Aides $30,230 $22,250 3,090
44 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $30,280 $21,650 640
45 Driver/sales Workers $30,370 $21,640 21,420
46 Helpers–Roofers $30,410 $24,720 190
47 Cooks, Restaurant $30,440 $22,080 73,340
48 Food Processing Workers, All Other $30,590 $22,420 520
49 Manufactured Building And Mobile Home Installers $30,690 $21,940 170
50 Funeral Attendants $30,910 $21,650 1,370
51 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $30,920 $21,640 23,650
52 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $30,940 $21,650 460
53 Bakers $30,990 $22,010 12,000
54 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $31,080 $22,740 50
55 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $31,160 $21,640 1,660
56 Teacher Assistants $31,330 $21,970 123,960
57 Protective Service Workers, All Other $31,410 $21,650 23,700
58 Pharmacy Aides $31,450 $22,070 2,050
59 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $31,470 $22,570 1,370
60 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $31,590 $22,270 16,590
61 Bicycle Repairers $31,600 $21,650 480
62 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $31,640 $23,320 970
63 Counter And Rental Clerks $31,650 $22,020 20,500
64 Tellers $31,680 $23,610 24,920
65 Telemarketers $31,790 $22,020 5,450
66 Helpers–Carpenters $32,050 $22,310 1,240
67 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $32,320 $23,330 4,030
68 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $32,340 $23,050 720
69 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $32,500 $22,050 17,310
70 Historians $32,640 $25,570 400
71 Molding, Coremaking, And Casting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $32,650 $22,580 3,490
72 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $32,720 $24,040 3,040
73 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $32,900 $22,020 1,640
74 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $33,010 $21,640 550
75 Recreation Workers $33,150 $22,000 27,760
76 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $33,290 $23,450 890
77 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers $33,480 $22,580 39,300
78 Floral Designers $33,520 $23,050 2,020
79 Coil Winders, Tapers, And Finishers $33,540 $22,970 280
80 Couriers And Messengers $33,620 $21,650 9,630
81 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other $33,760 $22,100 3,590
82 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $33,830 $21,650 19,520
83 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $33,860 $22,500 10,550
84 Library Assistants, Clerical $33,900 $22,240 6,630
85 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $33,940 $22,390 130,850
86 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $33,970 $23,910 960
87 Automotive Glass Installers And Repairers $34,020 $24,950 1,060
88 Gaming Dealers $34,050 $21,640 2,080
89 Gaming Surveillance Officers And Gaming Investigators $34,100 $23,910 240
90 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $34,130 $22,220 3,980
91 File Clerks $34,170 $21,770 7,290
92 Receptionists And Information Clerks $34,430 $23,460 95,740
93 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, And Samplers, Recordkeeping $34,440 $22,420 2,750
94 Waiters And Waitresses $34,460 $21,640 167,250
95 Order Clerks $34,490 $22,900 5,980
96 Tour And Travel Guides $34,530 $22,000 2,810
97 Drilling And Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $34,560 $22,870 190
98 Rock Splitters, Quarry $34,590 $24,900 110
99 Plating And Coating Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $34,640 $24,490 1,670
100 Pharmacy Technicians $34,640 $23,390 19,320
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