These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Rhode Island

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 Rhode Island?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Rhode Island, 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 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop are the lowest paid people in Rhode Island.

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

  1. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  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. Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants
  7. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  8. Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
  9. Cooks, Fast Food
  10. Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Rhode Island

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 429 job classifications in Rhode Island 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.

For more reading, check out:

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Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Rhode Island

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $21,710 $19,980 3,640
2 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $22,050 $19,980 9,560
3 Dishwashers $22,150 $19,980 2,100
4 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $22,570 $19,980 1,350
5 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $22,700 $19,980 140
6 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $22,750 $19,970 50
7 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $22,860 $19,980 1,750
8 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $23,460 $20,030 270
9 Cooks, Fast Food $23,520 $19,980 1,480
10 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $23,650 $19,980 970
11 Cashiers $23,730 $19,980 10,540
12 Helpers–Production Workers $23,730 $19,980 2,780
13 Bartenders $23,830 $19,980 3,690
14 Waiters And Waitresses $23,850 $19,970 10,220
15 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $23,910 $21,100 280
16 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $24,030 $19,980 530
17 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $24,150 $19,980 150
18 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $24,350 $20,650 130
19 Parking Lot Attendants $24,370 $19,980 870
20 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $24,410 $20,030 100
21 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $24,560 $19,980 860
22 Childcare Workers $24,620 $19,980 1,690
23 Food Preparation Workers $24,720 $19,980 4,620
24 Personal Care Aides $24,770 $20,280 3,390
25 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $24,900 $19,980 340
26 Manicurists And Pedicurists $25,010 $19,970 450
27 Packers And Packagers, Hand $25,080 $20,020 1,840
28 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $25,110 $20,030 540
29 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $25,150 $20,080 750
30 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $25,610 $19,990 2,800
31 Cooks, Short Order $25,660 $20,150 1,300
32 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $26,100 $19,980 700
33 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $26,370 $20,920 160
34 Recreation Workers $26,570 $19,990 790
35 Physical Therapist Aides $26,890 $20,910 270
36 Cooks, Restaurant $27,080 $19,990 4,900
37 Home Health Aides $27,330 $20,830 3,470
38 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $27,430 $19,980 280
39 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $27,440 $19,980 1,080
40 Food Batchmakers $27,450 $20,160 380
41 Library Assistants, Clerical $27,650 $20,010 380
42 Tour Guides And Escorts $28,030 $20,320 390
43 Concierges $28,110 $20,620 30
44 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $28,280 $20,670 700
45 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $28,480 $19,980 390
46 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, And Samplers, Recordkeeping $28,610 $20,030 510
47 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $28,670 $20,070 7,270
48 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $28,810 $19,980 7,060
49 Painting, Coating, And Decorating Workers $28,870 $21,320 50
50 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $28,880 $22,370 270
51 Telemarketers $28,890 $19,990 180
52 Tellers $29,060 $21,020 1,380
53 Residential Advisors $29,300 $20,670 740
54 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $29,360 $25,920 220
55 Nursing Assistants $29,560 $22,230 9,990
56 Team Assemblers $29,670 $20,060 3,060
57 Floral Designers $29,730 $20,190 200
58 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $29,770 $21,800 560
59 Driver/sales Workers $29,820 $19,980 1,430
60 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $29,930 $20,520 30
61 Security Guards $30,010 $21,560 2,930
62 Transportation Workers, All Other $30,050 $20,410 40
63 Cutting, Punching, And Press Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $30,140 $20,440 630
64 Substitute Teachers $30,250 $20,430 2,550
65 Metal Workers And Plastic Workers, All Other $30,290 $22,470 100
66 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other $30,360 $20,160 150
67 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $30,370 $20,060 6,160
68 Coating, Painting, And Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $30,620 $19,980 200
69 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $30,700 $24,190 110
70 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $30,810 $21,700 4,150
71 Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, And Still Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $31,180 $20,060 60
72 Molding, Coremaking, And Casting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $31,360 $20,440 540
73 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $31,460 $20,540 200
74 Sailors And Marine Oilers $32,010 $22,960 100
75 Retail Salespersons $32,050 $20,060 13,720
76 Counter And Rental Clerks $32,110 $19,990 1,300
77 Skincare Specialists $32,150 $20,910 110
78 Receptionists And Information Clerks $32,160 $21,750 3,850
79 Plating And Coating Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $32,350 $21,620 240
80 Protective Service Workers, All Other $32,360 $21,850 1,450
81 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $32,550 $24,170 40
82 Social And Human Service Assistants $32,820 $22,170 2,400
83 Fiberglass Laminators And Fabricators $32,850 $23,560 100
84 Office And Administrative Support Workers, All Other $33,050 $19,980 460
85 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $33,080 $21,040 260
86 Pharmacy Technicians $33,120 $22,550 1,530
87 Couriers And Messengers $33,450 $22,100 270
88 Orderlies $33,480 $22,010 110
89 Parts Salespersons $33,560 $20,390 850
90 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $33,820 $23,010 150
91 Butchers And Meat Cutters $33,850 $23,440 430
92 Print Binding And Finishing Workers $33,890 $24,890 200
93 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $33,920 $21,970 1,390
94 Ophthalmic Medical Technicians $33,940 $26,090 80
95 Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians $33,980 $21,940 170
96 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $34,000 $22,200 170
97 Maintenance Workers, Machinery $34,010 $21,050 150
98 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $34,080 $21,650 190
99 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $34,160 $24,500 1,060
100 Bakers $34,310 $20,470 690
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