These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In New York

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 Gaming Dealers are the lowest paid people in New York.

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

  1. Gaming Dealers
  2. Manicurists and Pedicurists
  3. Shampooers
  4. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  5. Cooks, Fast Food
  6. Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
  7. Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials
  8. Cashiers
  9. Dishwashers
  10. Cooks, Short Order

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 661 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 2016.

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Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In New York

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Gaming Dealers $20,600 $18,830 1,000
2 Manicurists And Pedicurists $21,200 $18,860 14,080
3 Shampooers $21,390 $18,900 1,890
4 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $21,770 $18,960 158,160
5 Cooks, Fast Food $22,200 $18,980 16,790
6 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $22,810 $18,980 4,890
7 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $22,810 $18,960 2,320
8 Cashiers $22,990 $19,000 193,860
9 Dishwashers $23,060 $18,990 34,320
10 Cooks, Short Order $23,340 $18,980 12,070
11 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $23,390 $18,960 910
12 Parking Lot Attendants $23,500 $19,110 16,280
13 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $23,540 $18,980 31,470
14 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $23,610 $19,010 60
15 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $23,820 $18,960 14,860
16 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $23,950 $19,020 9,250
17 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $23,950 $19,660 310
18 Home Health Aides $24,150 $19,970 173,830
19 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $24,320 $18,930 15,600
20 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $24,630 $19,020 1,610
21 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $24,680 $19,010 660
22 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $24,690 $19,000 3,180
23 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $24,870 $19,040 20,930
24 Food Preparation Workers $24,940 $19,060 63,570
25 Packers And Packagers, Hand $25,360 $19,080 27,740
26 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $25,390 $19,290 8,760
27 Personal Care Aides $25,510 $20,140 156,830
28 Sewers, Hand $25,640 $18,960 990
29 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $25,790 $19,180 2,180
30 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $25,860 $18,920 33,390
31 Textile Bleaching And Dyeing Machine Operators And Tenders $25,890 $19,340 90
32 Helpers–Roofers $26,240 $20,510 310
33 Sewing Machine Operators $26,250 $18,950 11,530
34 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $26,270 $20,300 80
35 Food Processing Workers, All Other $26,320 $19,190 520
36 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $26,440 $19,070 790
37 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $26,670 $18,980 1,720
38 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $26,890 $19,140 112,890
39 Barbers $26,910 $19,600 2,130
40 Funeral Attendants $27,080 $19,450 1,270
41 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $27,150 $19,250 500
42 Helpers–Production Workers $27,220 $19,170 10,330
43 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $27,350 $19,140 13,220
44 Bakers $27,470 $19,300 10,180
45 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $27,540 $19,340 1,580
46 Food Batchmakers $27,570 $19,120 7,840
47 Childcare Workers $27,580 $19,220 36,510
48 Retail Salespersons $27,770 $19,080 322,970
49 Driver/sales Workers $27,780 $18,950 22,070
50 Cooks, All Other $27,960 $19,420 960
51 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $27,980 $20,560 290
52 Cooks, Restaurant $28,010 $19,420 67,300
53 Physical Therapist Aides $28,220 $20,540 2,940
54 Automotive Glass Installers And Repairers $28,280 $19,200 930
55 Telemarketers $28,380 $19,270 7,520
56 Gaming Cage Workers $28,400 $19,250 260
57 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $28,680 $20,870 1,930
58 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $28,710 $19,140 680
59 Bartenders $28,740 $18,990 43,670
60 Protective Service Workers, All Other $29,090 $19,240 22,180
61 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $29,110 $19,290 4,250
62 Bicycle Repairers $29,270 $19,090 370
63 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $29,410 $19,770 2,660
64 Counter And Rental Clerks $29,450 $19,210 21,180
65 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $29,550 $20,450 3,690
66 Tellers $29,560 $21,300 26,570
67 Floral Designers $29,650 $19,450 2,570
68 Manufactured Building And Mobile Home Installers $29,660 $21,180 140
69 Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators And Tenders $29,700 $20,380 350
70 Pharmacy Aides $29,920 $19,430 2,480
71 Waiters And Waitresses $29,980 $19,000 155,540
72 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $30,050 $19,310 16,540
73 Tour Guides And Escorts $30,070 $19,120 2,470
74 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other $30,220 $19,630 4,630
75 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $30,320 $19,390 109,570
76 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $30,340 $19,730 520
77 Recreation Workers $30,440 $19,190 27,260
78 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $30,710 $19,030 570
79 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $30,790 $19,840 11,060
80 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $31,000 $19,020 26,410
81 Library Assistants, Clerical $31,140 $19,220 7,230
82 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, And Samplers, Recordkeeping $31,240 $19,380 2,170
83 File Clerks $31,250 $19,730 9,810
84 Team Assemblers $31,360 $19,670 39,100
85 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $31,610 $20,740 980
86 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $31,770 $19,420 15,110
87 Tire Repairers And Changers $31,890 $20,610 2,200
88 Coil Winders, Tapers, And Finishers $31,980 $21,460 510
89 Crossing Guards $32,000 $20,490 8,390
90 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $32,090 $19,050 17,120
91 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $32,120 $19,320 1,090
92 Pharmacy Technicians $32,230 $20,840 17,660
93 Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, And Applicators, Vegetation $32,290 $24,790 560
94 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $32,340 $19,780 46,440
95 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $32,370 $19,430 196,790
96 Couriers And Messengers $32,410 $19,040 6,140
97 Receptionists And Information Clerks $32,450 $20,610 90,110
98 Religious Workers, All Other $32,600 $19,040 530
99 Residential Advisors $32,610 $20,350 6,330
100 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $32,660 $21,080 16,020