These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Oregon

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 Oregon?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Oregon, 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 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers are the lowest paid people in Oregon.

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

  1. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  2. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  3. Dishwashers
  4. Cooks, Fast Food
  5. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  6. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  7. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  8. Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners
  9. Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials
  10. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Oregon

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 644 job classifications in Oregon 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 Oregon

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $21,990 $19,850 4,270
2 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $22,160 $19,900 3,650
3 Dishwashers $22,400 $19,940 6,290
4 Cooks, Fast Food $22,430 $19,870 9,740
5 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $22,490 $19,980 940
6 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $22,750 $20,010 2,080
7 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $22,930 $19,920 34,950
8 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $23,040 $20,280 100
9 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $23,210 $20,050 430
10 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $23,270 $20,020 9,950
11 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $23,560 $19,960 3,760
12 Parking Lot Attendants $23,640 $19,990 710
13 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $23,760 $20,070 80
14 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $23,770 $19,820 1,750
15 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $23,780 $19,930 270
16 Cooks, Short Order $23,840 $20,210 970
17 Home Health Aides $23,960 $20,220 5,900
18 Manicurists And Pedicurists $23,990 $19,830 1,860
19 Personal Care Aides $24,130 $20,290 19,330
20 Food Preparation Workers $24,220 $20,000 14,010
21 Childcare Workers $24,460 $19,910 5,990
22 Cashiers $24,640 $20,080 45,730
23 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $24,700 $20,040 5,770
24 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $24,860 $19,780 50
25 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $24,880 $19,950 14,140
26 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $24,890 $19,920 3,530
27 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $25,070 $20,010 1,260
28 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $25,140 $20,470 130
29 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $25,160 $19,790 840
30 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $25,280 $20,040 1,870
31 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $25,290 $20,140 2,850
32 Bartenders $25,290 $19,830 9,040
33 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $25,380 $20,080 5,460
34 Floral Designers $25,410 $19,910 750
35 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $25,430 $20,510 230
36 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $25,500 $19,790 420
37 Food Processing Workers, All Other $25,640 $19,910 1,770
38 Orderlies $25,970 $20,130 830
39 Tour Guides And Escorts $26,010 $19,960 210
40 Cooks, Restaurant $26,220 $20,140 22,290
41 Waiters And Waitresses $26,240 $19,910 33,100
42 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $26,240 $20,060 680
43 Packers And Packagers, Hand $26,420 $20,070 8,100
44 Religious Workers, All Other $26,440 $19,570 720
45 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $26,470 $20,160 2,460
46 Gaming Cage Workers $26,670 $20,850 190
47 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $26,790 $20,540 5,150
48 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $26,890 $19,850 90
49 Helpers–Roofers $26,990 $19,940 130
50 Cooks, All Other $27,000 $20,520 300
51 Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News And Street Vendors, And Related Workers $27,170 $20,150 150
52 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $27,230 $20,040 70
53 Funeral Attendants $27,270 $20,430 200
54 Bicycle Repairers $27,600 $21,540 400
55 Sewing Machine Operators $27,680 $20,550 1,340
56 Agricultural Equipment Operators $27,770 $21,160 750
57 Tellers $27,880 $21,470 4,430
58 Furniture Finishers $27,910 $20,820 100
59 Recreation Workers $28,100 $20,140 4,250
60 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $28,160 $20,470 24,530
61 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other $28,270 $20,080 2,020
62 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $28,310 $20,200 1,700
63 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $28,350 $20,690 350
64 Animal Trainers $28,580 $20,450 140
65 Metal Workers And Plastic Workers, All Other $28,750 $20,410 1,970
66 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $28,850 $21,370 1,510
67 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $28,860 $21,010 1,450
68 Retail Salespersons $28,890 $20,260 61,610
69 Telemarketers $28,890 $20,360 3,160
70 Concierges $28,900 $20,870 290
71 Physical Therapist Aides $28,920 $21,260 590
72 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $28,970 $20,240 2,970
73 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $29,030 $20,190 460
74 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $29,270 $21,170 5,610
75 Food Batchmakers $29,360 $20,000 2,880
76 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $29,370 $21,150 870
77 Bakers $29,450 $20,850 2,590
78 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $29,460 $19,940 2,900
79 Residential Advisors $29,460 $20,130 1,170
80 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $29,490 $21,870 16,570
81 Transportation Workers, All Other $29,670 $20,160 550
82 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $29,670 $20,610 1,400
83 Gaming Dealers $30,060 $20,150 400
84 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $30,100 $20,520 22,490
85 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $30,110 $20,620 5,230
86 Security Guards $30,190 $20,410 8,280
87 Receptionists And Information Clerks $30,220 $21,450 11,800
88 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $30,230 $21,310 6,800
89 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $30,290 $20,660 680
90 Coil Winders, Tapers, And Finishers $30,380 $22,130 100
91 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, And Samplers, Recordkeeping $30,470 $21,450 930
92 Driver/sales Workers $30,510 $20,080 6,420
93 Tailors, Dressmakers, And Custom Sewers $30,610 $20,360 200
94 Tire Repairers And Changers $30,630 $20,260 1,680
95 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $30,640 $21,010 19,690
96 Data Entry Keyers $30,740 $22,300 1,870
97 Electronic Equipment Installers And Repairers, Motor Vehicles $30,790 $22,010 60
98 Gaming Surveillance Officers And Gaming Investigators $30,930 $23,020 200
99 Team Assemblers $30,960 $21,150 4,990
100 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $31,000 $20,980 11,490
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