These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Pennsylvania

We combed through the data to identify the profession in Pennsylvania that don’t pay all that well.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 3 months ago

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 Pennsylvania?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania.

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

  1. Shampooers
  2. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  3. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  4. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  5. Dishwashers
  6. Cooks, Fast Food
  7. Cashiers
  8. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  9. Gaming Dealers
  10. Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers

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

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

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How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Pennsylvania

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 696 job classifications in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Shampooers $19,030 $16,170 1,190
2 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $19,260 $16,150 146,380
3 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $19,360 $16,130 10,470
4 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $19,380 $16,140 4,920
5 Dishwashers $19,760 $16,290 20,400
6 Cooks, Fast Food $20,040 $16,240 8,410
7 Cashiers $20,050 $16,310 147,440
8 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $20,050 $16,230 14,900
9 Gaming Dealers $20,400 $16,130 4,330
10 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $20,400 $16,060 170
11 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $20,530 $16,330 16,330
12 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $20,640 $16,490 420
13 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $20,750 $16,350 6,070
14 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $21,290 $16,330 1,190
15 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $21,300 $16,260 9,870
16 Childcare Workers $21,320 $16,370 22,040
17 Bartenders $21,620 $16,400 32,390
18 Food Preparation Workers $22,070 $16,640 28,010
19 Waiters And Waitresses $22,090 $16,500 98,780
20 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $22,100 $16,650 11,400
21 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $22,300 $16,670 1,200
22 Parking Lot Attendants $22,320 $16,850 6,850
23 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $22,350 $16,610 2,470
24 Manicurists And Pedicurists $22,560 $16,600 4,800
25 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $22,600 $16,690 1,320
26 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $22,610 $16,650 33,230
27 Motion Picture Projectionists $22,690 $17,080 270
28 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $22,710 $16,910 8,230
29 Pharmacy Aides $22,760 $16,600 1,640
30 Personal Care Aides $22,810 $17,650 92,040
31 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $22,910 $16,640 11,350
32 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $23,120 $16,480 6,600
33 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $23,220 $16,470 800
34 Home Health Aides $23,340 $17,470 42,890
35 Cooks, Short Order $23,380 $16,810 3,600
36 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $23,910 $16,740 780
37 Library Assistants, Clerical $24,090 $16,760 5,270
38 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $24,140 $16,800 200
39 Bicycle Repairers $24,240 $16,660 930
40 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $24,250 $16,690 2,200
41 Cooks, All Other $24,340 $17,360 30
42 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $24,390 $16,760 89,700
43 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $24,420 $17,120 7,950
44 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $24,470 $19,280 2,290
45 Barbers $24,560 $16,510 990
46 Food Processing Workers, All Other $24,770 $18,910 520
47 Cooks, Restaurant $24,790 $17,060 50,470
48 Sewing Machine Operators $24,910 $17,450 4,220
49 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $25,150 $17,290 7,630
50 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $25,190 $17,120 1,260
51 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $25,410 $19,830 520
52 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $25,670 $18,870 390
53 Floral Designers $25,830 $17,840 1,590
54 Funeral Attendants $25,970 $16,990 2,270
55 Packers And Packagers, Hand $26,050 $17,210 26,190
56 Crossing Guards $26,070 $16,970 6,210
57 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $26,140 $18,140 2,640
58 Telemarketers $26,250 $17,130 6,330
59 Security Guards $26,270 $17,530 43,790
60 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $26,400 $16,420 4,840
61 Retail Salespersons $26,660 $16,850 176,270
62 Tellers $26,760 $20,350 23,390
63 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $26,780 $17,320 89,770
64 Bakers $27,050 $17,430 9,220
65 Residential Advisors $27,070 $19,400 8,060
66 Driver/sales Workers $27,070 $16,430 17,270
67 Tire Repairers And Changers $27,130 $18,260 3,760
68 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $27,210 $18,140 20,480
69 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $27,260 $20,090 2,040
70 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $27,270 $20,510 180
71 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $27,320 $17,470 4,700
72 Recreation Workers $27,380 $16,970 12,810
73 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $27,430 $17,080 1,170
74 Receptionists And Information Clerks $27,530 $18,260 38,180
75 Tour Guides And Escorts $27,620 $17,280 1,600
76 Physical Therapist Aides $27,720 $18,260 2,210
77 Counter And Rental Clerks $27,860 $17,200 13,170
78 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $28,010 $17,040 23,680
79 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $28,060 $18,510 14,730
80 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $28,120 $18,560 32,860
81 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $28,200 $20,440 2,140
82 Substitute Teachers $28,280 $18,680 15,180
83 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $28,420 $18,640 750
84 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $28,460 $17,540 31,540
85 Occupational Therapy Aides $28,480 $19,210 600
86 Gaming Cage Workers $28,540 $21,220 490
87 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $28,560 $19,480 660
88 Helpers–Carpenters $28,600 $20,010 910
89 Dietetic Technicians $28,630 $17,870 2,390
90 Sewers, Hand $28,710 $21,260 80
91 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $28,710 $18,420 2,350
92 Couriers And Messengers $28,760 $20,230 2,720
93 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $28,940 $19,070 4,060
94 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $28,970 $19,460 100
95 Nursing Assistants $29,190 $21,620 76,300
96 Pharmacy Technicians $29,340 $19,990 16,460
97 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $29,410 $17,590 330
98 Helpers–Production Workers $29,440 $18,750 20,920
99 Office Machine Operators, Except Computer $29,470 $18,010 2,000
100 Textile Bleaching And Dyeing Machine Operators And Tenders $29,560 $20,290 260

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