The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In North Carolina 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 North Carolina?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in North Carolina, 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 Cooks, Fast Food are the lowest paid people in North Carolina.

Here’s a quick look at the 10 lowest paying jobs in North Carolina:

  1. Cooks, Fast Food
  2. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  3. Dishwashers
  4. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  5. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  6. Shampooers
  7. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  8. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  9. Baggage Porters and Bellhops
  10. Cashiers

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

If you’re interested, you can read more about the North Carolina job scene here:

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in North Carolina

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 712 job classifications in North Carolina 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 North Carolina

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Cooks, Fast Food $19,020 $16,130 10,720
2 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $19,730 $16,430 147,170
3 Dishwashers $20,040 $16,490 12,510
4 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $20,110 $16,320 15,290
5 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $20,130 $16,530 5,130
6 Shampooers $20,180 $16,930 250
7 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $20,210 $16,420 4,070
8 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $20,310 $16,390 9,280
9 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $20,400 $16,560 880
10 Cashiers $20,540 $16,390 126,460
11 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $20,590 $16,400 15,920
12 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $20,980 $16,550 9,140
13 Home Health Aides $21,120 $16,650 30,040
14 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $21,180 $16,660 7,900
15 Personal Care Aides $21,660 $16,910 30,170
16 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $21,810 $16,500 1,010
17 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $21,880 $16,760 32,370
18 Cooks, Short Order $21,920 $16,600 2,970
19 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $22,020 $16,850 5,510
20 Waiters And Waitresses $22,400 $16,450 82,600
21 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $22,470 $16,490 930
22 Food Preparation Workers $22,490 $16,910 19,820
23 Parking Lot Attendants $22,860 $16,990 2,650
24 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $22,920 $17,050 9,080
25 Childcare Workers $22,940 $16,730 18,830
26 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $23,270 $17,120 130
27 Manicurists And Pedicurists $23,680 $16,640 1,020
28 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $23,690 $17,210 3,480
29 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $23,690 $16,950 10,000
30 Substitute Teachers $23,720 $19,210 21,430
31 Teacher Assistants $23,960 $18,340 31,090
32 Packers And Packagers, Hand $24,080 $17,090 27,360
33 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $24,110 $16,980 7,340
34 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $24,190 $17,120 55,960
35 Crossing Guards $24,220 $17,210 1,350
36 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $24,750 $16,910 1,200
37 Pharmacy Aides $24,760 $17,150 240
38 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $24,770 $17,270 2,650
39 Cooks, Restaurant $24,950 $17,440 47,350
40 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $25,240 $17,880 8,620
41 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $25,490 $17,600 3,460
42 Bartenders $25,510 $16,570 13,360
43 Bakers $25,570 $17,480 3,870
44 Nursing Assistants $25,570 $18,530 63,010
45 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $25,790 $18,140 240
46 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $25,800 $20,350 12,690
47 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $25,870 $16,710 910
48 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $25,950 $18,210 1,740
49 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $26,010 $18,070 1,010
50 Sewers, Hand $26,160 $17,560 120
51 Retail Salespersons $26,190 $16,910 141,960
52 Library Assistants, Clerical $26,230 $17,090 1,840
53 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $26,240 $20,000 7,020
54 Transportation Workers, All Other $26,410 $18,730 1,170
55 Tailors, Dressmakers, And Custom Sewers $26,600 $16,820 520
56 Orderlies $26,680 $20,910 840
57 Telemarketers $26,810 $19,320 2,170
58 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $27,000 $18,120 62,050
59 Food Batchmakers $27,140 $17,280 3,710
60 Funeral Attendants $27,440 $18,970 1,380
61 Agricultural Equipment Operators $27,440 $17,520 680
62 Tour And Travel Guides $27,460 $17,570 1,300
63 Animal Trainers $27,500 $18,500 550
64 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $27,530 $20,050 16,290
65 Helpers–Production Workers $27,670 $18,230 15,560
66 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $27,740 $18,540 2,080
67 Physical Therapist Aides $27,780 $21,150 690
68 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other $27,860 $17,010 4,240
69 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $27,860 $18,590 89,310
70 Counter And Rental Clerks $27,880 $17,420 11,590
71 Concierges $27,890 $20,680 360
72 Helpers–Carpenters $27,970 $19,130 1,350
73 Sewing Machine Operators $27,990 $18,500 8,930
74 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $28,050 $19,530 4,090
75 Dietetic Technicians $28,100 $21,100 260
76 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $28,130 $19,400 31,760
77 Food Processing Workers, All Other $28,140 $21,300 1,220
78 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $28,260 $18,530 16,110
79 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $28,290 $20,860 1,800
80 Driver/sales Workers $28,390 $16,520 17,360
81 Receptionists And Information Clerks $28,410 $19,050 34,730
82 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $28,450 $19,640 750
83 Couriers And Messengers $28,460 $20,940 1,460
84 Cooks, All Other $28,520 $17,840 230
85 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $28,550 $16,680 8,110
86 Recreation Workers $28,610 $17,040 7,020
87 Psychiatric Aides $28,730 $22,060 650
88 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $28,830 $19,460 3,500
89 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $28,880 $22,200 180
90 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $28,970 $17,050 600
91 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $29,070 $24,400 5,720
92 Agricultural Workers, All Other $29,300 $17,290 100
93 Refuse And Recyclable Material Collectors $29,370 $17,770 5,070
94 Helpers–Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, And Tile And Marble Setters $29,380 $21,240 950
95 Floral Designers $29,390 $18,380 1,150
96 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers $29,420 $16,910 1,530
97 Print Binding And Finishing Workers $29,430 $19,830 860
98 Textile Bleaching And Dyeing Machine Operators And Tenders $29,450 $20,400 2,320
99 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $29,460 $20,360 2,370
100 Occupational Therapy Aides $29,480 $21,390 120
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