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The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Pennsylvania 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 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. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  3. Motion Picture Projectionists
  4. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  5. Cooks, Fast Food
  6. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  7. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  8. Gaming Dealers
  9. Amusement and Recreation Attendants
  10. Dishwashers

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:

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Pennsylvania

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 743 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 2018.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Pennsylvania

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Shampooers $19,630 $16,380 1,810
2 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $20,210 $16,480 16,550
3 Motion Picture Projectionists $20,310 $16,470 280
4 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $20,320 $16,550 5,850
5 Cooks, Fast Food $20,530 $16,590 8,340
6 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $20,690 $16,570 10,710
7 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $20,790 $16,450 152,980
8 Gaming Dealers $20,910 $16,330 4,040
9 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $20,980 $16,320 9,590
10 Dishwashers $21,010 $16,680 22,630
11 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $21,130 $17,280 30
12 Cashiers $21,160 $16,580 145,340
13 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $21,190 $16,400 5,370
14 Manicurists And Pedicurists $21,230 $16,490 5,060
15 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $21,790 $16,710 15,330
16 Childcare Workers $22,920 $16,840 25,370
17 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $22,930 $17,100 180
18 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $22,960 $16,990 8,740
19 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $23,060 $17,190 1,800
20 Food Preparation Workers $23,100 $17,040 19,310
21 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $23,250 $16,970 11,260
22 Bartenders $23,380 $16,540 33,150
23 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $23,420 $16,430 1,090
24 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $23,700 $17,170 31,640
25 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $23,890 $17,560 2,660
26 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $23,960 $16,950 8,140
27 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $24,240 $17,290 7,540
28 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $24,330 $17,740 770
29 Parking Lot Attendants $24,510 $17,530 5,950
30 Pharmacy Aides $24,660 $17,260 2,000
31 Waiters And Waitresses $24,850 $16,870 98,970
32 Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News And Street Vendors, And Related Workers $24,870 $20,610 100
33 Personal Care Aides $24,880 $19,670 121,300
34 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $24,990 $16,700 410
35 Library Assistants, Clerical $25,160 $16,910 5,380
36 Home Health Aides $25,310 $20,020 36,940
37 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $25,360 $17,620 790
38 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $25,620 $19,880 980
39 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $25,920 $17,410 640
40 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $25,960 $17,490 13,470
41 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $26,150 $17,730 86,030
42 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $26,210 $17,630 4,950
43 Floral Designers $26,230 $18,460 1,690
44 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $26,390 $17,700 8,720
45 Cooks, Restaurant $26,510 $17,730 55,980
46 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $26,560 $17,130 1,640
47 Tour And Travel Guides $26,570 $17,210 1,600
48 Teacher Assistants $26,640 $17,700 46,610
49 Sewing Machine Operators $26,670 $18,010 4,410
50 Recreation Workers $26,770 $17,080 13,820
51 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $26,790 $18,990 250
52 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $26,990 $16,720 24,460
53 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $27,080 $17,350 990
54 Bakers $27,110 $18,150 9,040
55 Cooks, Short Order $27,180 $18,700 2,130
56 Driver/sales Workers $27,210 $16,710 16,080
57 Retail Salespersons $27,350 $16,970 167,610
58 Telemarketers $27,380 $17,230 6,900
59 Food Processing Workers, All Other $27,490 $20,840 420
60 Bicycle Repairers $27,550 $17,830 520
61 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $27,730 $19,190 1,920
62 Residential Advisors $28,050 $20,610 6,650
63 Barbers $28,060 $17,390 1,230
64 Tire Repairers And Changers $28,270 $20,620 2,640
65 Counter And Rental Clerks $28,270 $17,320 11,540
66 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $28,290 $18,350 550
67 Manufactured Building And Mobile Home Installers $28,460 $20,700 100
68 Packers And Packagers, Hand $28,580 $18,850 25,260
69 Cooks, All Other $28,640 $17,330 240
70 Receptionists And Information Clerks $28,700 $18,740 38,870
71 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $28,730 $18,310 90,690
72 Security Guards $28,750 $18,950 42,900
73 Orderlies $28,760 $21,920 2,560
74 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $28,840 $18,630 2,600
75 Funeral Attendants $29,020 $17,500 2,420
76 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $29,180 $20,060 15,960
77 Protective Service Workers, All Other $29,200 $17,180 6,870
78 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $29,200 $19,120 2,210
79 Gaming Cage Workers $29,220 $21,800 360
80 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $29,250 $19,730 13,480
81 Couriers And Messengers $29,270 $20,740 2,830
82 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $29,270 $17,010 2,510
83 Tellers $29,360 $22,070 20,500
84 Concierges $29,410 $21,130 900
85 Physical Therapist Aides $29,450 $19,300 2,240
86 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $29,520 $22,150 2,090
87 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $29,630 $21,040 300
88 Umpires, Referees, And Other Sports Officials $29,750 $18,000 170
89 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $29,940 $18,160 3,510
90 Pharmacy Technicians $30,000 $20,890 18,220
91 Dietetic Technicians $30,080 $20,260 1,220
92 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $30,120 $19,480 32,360
93 Crossing Guards $30,210 $17,040 6,830
94 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $30,530 $19,640 3,160
95 Helpers–Production Workers $30,560 $19,310 15,080
96 Textile Bleaching And Dyeing Machine Operators And Tenders $30,560 $20,510 190
97 Nursing Assistants $30,630 $23,680 76,260
98 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $30,720 $18,500 31,970
99 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $30,960 $17,730 160
100 Animal Trainers $31,190 $17,830 340
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