The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Oregon 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 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 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers are the lowest paid people in Oregon.

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

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

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 687 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 2018.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Oregon

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $24,510 $21,710 1,490
2 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $24,520 $21,710 910
3 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $24,780 $21,620 39,850
4 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $25,010 $21,520 5,410
5 Dishwashers $25,010 $21,740 8,060
6 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $25,130 $21,660 4,520
7 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $25,420 $21,880 1,080
8 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $25,570 $21,760 6,010
9 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $25,800 $21,380 300
10 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $25,990 $21,800 3,350
11 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $26,020 $21,790 11,990
12 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $26,020 $21,240 300
13 Cashiers $26,120 $21,810 43,660
14 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $26,160 $22,160 140
15 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $26,180 $21,130 370
16 Cooks, Short Order $26,330 $21,980 1,560
17 Cooks, Fast Food $26,350 $22,060 5,440
18 Parking Lot Attendants $26,360 $22,070 990
19 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $26,380 $21,790 1,770
20 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $26,410 $22,070 3,580
21 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $26,440 $21,860 5,750
22 Home Health Aides $26,450 $21,970 7,310
23 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $26,530 $22,120 140
24 Bartenders $26,660 $21,280 9,580
25 Childcare Workers $26,740 $21,610 6,720
26 Food Preparation Workers $26,770 $22,080 14,110
27 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $26,970 $21,870 14,370
28 Personal Care Aides $26,980 $22,310 31,510
29 Floral Designers $26,980 $22,000 940
30 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $27,090 $21,670 550
31 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $27,380 $21,980 4,750
32 Manicurists And Pedicurists $27,440 $21,730 2,060
33 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $27,520 $22,050 1,820
34 Animal Trainers $27,930 $21,920 210
35 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $27,950 $22,070 6,230
36 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $27,980 $21,870 460
37 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $28,050 $21,280 2,760
38 Religious Workers, All Other $28,140 $21,130 690
39 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $28,240 $21,910 2,030
40 Sewing Machine Operators $28,290 $22,270 1,410
41 Umpires, Referees, And Other Sports Officials $28,300 $21,230 230
42 Gaming Cage Workers $28,320 $22,400 100
43 Bicycle Repairers $28,580 $22,600 300
44 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $28,590 $21,150 100
45 Waiters And Waitresses $28,640 $21,610 33,390
46 Packers And Packagers, Hand $28,810 $22,190 6,760
47 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $28,820 $21,960 330
48 Cooks, All Other $29,040 $22,140 400
49 Cooks, Restaurant $29,340 $22,770 22,470
50 Food Processing Workers, All Other $29,380 $22,010 830
51 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $29,390 $22,980 100
52 Food Batchmakers $29,550 $22,220 3,650
53 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $29,570 $22,140 2,110
54 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $29,670 $21,250 100
55 Helpers–Roofers $29,690 $23,450 120
56 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $29,860 $22,180 23,950
57 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $29,910 $23,040 17,830
58 Security Guards $29,940 $22,060 8,740
59 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $30,100 $21,920 320
60 Physical Therapist Aides $30,200 $22,750 450
61 Tellers $30,390 $23,930 4,820
62 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $30,400 $22,590 7,100
63 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $30,480 $23,690 2,410
64 Retail Salespersons $30,590 $22,080 57,530
65 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $30,850 $23,080 1,710
66 Concierges $30,920 $22,890 310
67 Bakers $30,940 $22,330 2,750
68 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $31,070 $22,480 27,430
69 Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other $31,080 $21,430 300
70 Recreation Workers $31,090 $22,110 4,670
71 Receptionists And Information Clerks $31,670 $23,130 13,720
72 Tour And Travel Guides $31,690 $22,630 580
73 Furniture Finishers $31,760 $23,290 110
74 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $31,830 $22,800 3,010
75 Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News And Street Vendors, And Related Workers $31,870 $21,280 100
76 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $31,890 $22,200 5,400
77 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $31,920 $23,330 5,950
78 Telemarketers $31,930 $23,660 1,790
79 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other $32,010 $22,430 1,540
80 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $32,010 $24,720 270
81 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $32,020 $22,310 1,360
82 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $32,170 $22,580 25,660
83 Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $32,210 $22,390 1,640
84 Teacher Assistants $32,210 $22,890 20,430
85 Helpers–Production Workers $32,330 $22,920 3,870
86 Public Address System And Other Announcers $32,360 $21,480 180
87 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $32,870 $23,190 230
88 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $32,890 $23,640 140
89 Pharmacy Aides $32,990 $23,150 420
90 Residential Advisors $33,050 $22,630 1,170
91 Cleaning, Washing, And Metal Pickling Equipment Operators And Tenders $33,090 $21,790 160
92 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $33,210 $23,140 880
93 Nursing Assistants $33,230 $24,370 12,880
94 Fence Erectors $33,350 $25,780 440
95 Woodworkers, All Other $33,390 $23,010 680
96 Gaming Dealers $33,460 $21,780 370
97 Crossing Guards $33,560 $24,650 2,210
98 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $33,620 $23,150 11,880
99 Upholsterers $33,630 $25,640 480
100 Tailors, Dressmakers, And Custom Sewers $33,800 $25,410 330
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