The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Rhode Island 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 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 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other are the lowest paid people in Rhode Island.

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

  1. Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other
  2. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  3. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  4. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  5. Parking Lot Attendants
  6. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  7. Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
  8. Cooks, Fast Food
  9. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  10. Cashiers

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 484 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 2018.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Rhode Island

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $24,340 $21,460 50
2 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $24,400 $21,070 2,240
3 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $24,610 $21,210 1,320
4 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $24,610 $21,500 3,790
5 Parking Lot Attendants $24,740 $21,090 920
6 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $24,830 $21,710 9,970
7 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $24,850 $21,800 40
8 Cooks, Fast Food $24,950 $21,390 930
9 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $25,100 $21,410 180
10 Cashiers $25,110 $21,450 13,270
11 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $25,140 $21,700 180
12 Dishwashers $25,290 $21,540 2,680
13 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $25,360 $21,400 330
14 Manicurists And Pedicurists $25,420 $21,380 840
15 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $25,470 $21,210 640
16 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $25,820 $21,570 950
17 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $25,880 $21,390 960
18 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $26,380 $21,410 110
19 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $26,460 $21,740 160
20 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $26,650 $21,600 940
21 Helpers–Production Workers $26,690 $21,640 2,630
22 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $26,960 $21,440 520
23 Bartenders $27,100 $21,340 4,040
24 Personal Care Aides $27,190 $22,210 5,860
25 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $27,230 $21,480 130
26 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $27,330 $21,510 80
27 Waiters And Waitresses $27,380 $21,270 9,950
28 Childcare Workers $27,560 $21,880 2,480
29 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $27,740 $21,820 590
30 Cooks, Short Order $27,890 $21,780 900
31 Packers And Packagers, Hand $28,060 $21,870 2,500
32 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $28,090 $21,810 1,130
33 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $28,130 $21,730 3,030
34 Food Processing Workers, All Other $28,230 $21,920 40
35 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $28,550 $21,410 810
36 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $28,730 $21,400 930
37 Recreation Workers $28,820 $21,890 1,050
38 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $29,200 $21,350 180
39 Tour And Travel Guides $29,470 $22,240 210
40 Food Preparation Workers $29,730 $22,110 2,800
41 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $29,850 $21,650 120
42 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $29,970 $21,980 40
43 Skincare Specialists $30,010 $22,160 140
44 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $30,140 $22,000 750
45 Molding, Coremaking, And Casting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $30,180 $21,980 450
46 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $30,240 $21,780 5,990
47 Driver/sales Workers $30,570 $21,480 1,500
48 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers $30,820 $21,660 3,010
49 Residential Advisors $30,850 $22,670 830
50 Sewing Machine Operators $30,870 $22,040 270
51 Cooks, Restaurant $30,890 $23,400 4,810
52 Security Guards $30,920 $22,630 3,140
53 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $31,000 $22,230 6,770
54 Sales And Related Workers, All Other $31,030 $21,530 100
55 Nursing Assistants $31,340 $24,210 10,200
56 Tellers $31,520 $22,930 1,290
57 Telemarketers $31,620 $21,130 330
58 Retail Salespersons $31,630 $21,790 13,620
59 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $31,920 $22,770 180
60 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $31,920 $25,520 370
61 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $32,090 $22,980 440
62 Food Batchmakers $32,340 $21,620 380
63 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $32,400 $21,890 1,120
64 Plating And Coating Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $32,410 $22,950 290
65 Home Health Aides $32,440 $25,400 1,160
66 Orderlies $32,600 $22,830 130
67 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $32,690 $22,040 7,810
68 Office Machine Operators, Except Computer $32,690 $26,550 100
69 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $32,730 $22,120 220
70 Bakers $32,780 $22,360 710
71 Cutting, Punching, And Press Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $32,810 $22,290 570
72 Teacher Assistants $32,840 $22,370 5,140
73 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $32,930 $22,130 470
74 Helpers–Carpenters $33,040 $25,080 340
75 Protective Service Workers, All Other $33,200 $23,910 1,770
76 Upholsterers $33,540 $23,280 70
77 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $33,620 $25,930 260
78 Receptionists And Information Clerks $33,670 $23,260 4,140
79 Coating, Painting, And Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $33,810 $22,330 150
80 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $33,850 $23,690 4,430
81 Physical Therapist Aides $33,960 $22,940 130
82 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $34,050 $27,980 170
83 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, And Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $34,430 $26,840 70
84 Counter And Rental Clerks $34,440 $22,210 870
85 Religious Workers, All Other $34,880 $21,010 40
86 Couriers And Messengers $35,010 $24,230 330
87 Social And Human Service Assistants $35,300 $24,890 2,410
88 Parts Salespersons $35,310 $22,150 870
89 Crossing Guards $35,550 $24,580 410
90 Veterinary Technologists And Technicians $35,670 $26,970 520
91 Pest Control Workers $35,730 $23,970 300
92 Medical Assistants $35,830 $28,290 2,390
93 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $36,060 $25,350 1,180
94 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, And Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $36,110 $24,140 380
95 Light Truck Or Delivery Services Drivers $36,170 $22,260 4,080
96 Tire Repairers And Changers $36,500 $27,970 230
97 Production Workers, All Other $36,540 $22,920 110
98 Metal Workers And Plastic Workers, All Other $36,570 $22,980 90
99 Refuse And Recyclable Material Collectors $36,620 $23,640 410
100 Tile And Marble Setters $36,680 $26,380 60
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