The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In South Carolina 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 South Carolina?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in South Carolina, 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 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food are the lowest paid people in South Carolina.

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

  1. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  2. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  3. Baggage Porters and Bellhops
  4. Cooks, Fast Food
  5. Dishwashers
  6. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  7. Cashiers
  8. Waiters and Waitresses
  9. Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other
  10. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in South Carolina

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 653 job classifications in South Carolina 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 South Carolina

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $18,910 $16,200 71,480
2 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $19,630 $16,190 2,000
3 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $19,770 $16,180 460
4 Cooks, Fast Food $19,810 $16,410 7,990
5 Dishwashers $19,980 $16,460 6,000
6 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $20,010 $16,560 2,350
7 Cashiers $20,160 $16,430 66,960
8 Waiters And Waitresses $20,290 $16,250 37,810
9 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $20,400 $16,790 130
10 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $20,460 $16,590 6,310
11 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $20,540 $16,570 16,600
12 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $20,630 $16,380 3,930
13 Parking Lot Attendants $20,760 $16,300 800
14 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $20,870 $16,320 6,380
15 Legislators $20,910 $16,160 780
16 Personal Care Aides $20,990 $16,650 18,040
17 Childcare Workers $21,030 $16,620 6,700
18 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $21,090 $16,630 1,510
19 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $21,750 $16,760 1,970
20 Home Health Aides $21,810 $16,880 9,600
21 Bartenders $22,010 $16,390 6,400
22 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $22,060 $16,930 6,020
23 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $22,300 $17,060 800
24 Cooks, Short Order $22,330 $17,080 1,810
25 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $22,400 $16,950 660
26 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $22,640 $16,910 3,260
27 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $22,960 $16,890 8,290
28 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $22,970 $17,440 130
29 Helpers–Roofers $22,990 $16,180 150
30 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $23,060 $16,820 1,690
31 Teacher Assistants $23,240 $16,720 15,470
32 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $23,370 $16,920 31,980
33 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $23,400 $16,780 3,170
34 Food Preparation Workers $23,400 $17,220 9,420
35 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $23,450 $17,530 210
36 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $23,500 $16,970 4,240
37 Packers And Packagers, Hand $23,580 $17,100 9,000
38 Cooks, Restaurant $23,680 $17,370 24,430
39 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $23,840 $17,420 5,770
40 Substitute Teachers $23,950 $16,770 6,500
41 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $23,960 $17,350 260
42 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $24,090 $16,500 4,890
43 Funeral Attendants $24,100 $17,370 1,060
44 Orderlies $24,110 $17,940 1,040
45 Crossing Guards $24,170 $18,040 350
46 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $24,400 $16,800 6,310
47 Sewing Machine Operators $24,570 $16,950 2,470
48 Residential Advisors $24,770 $17,360 1,840
49 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $24,810 $17,740 700
50 Refuse And Recyclable Material Collectors $24,920 $16,810 2,240
51 Pharmacy Aides $24,940 $17,490 200
52 Gaming Dealers $25,050 $17,000 230
53 Library Assistants, Clerical $25,050 $17,760 870
54 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $25,150 $17,940 600
55 Couriers And Messengers $25,380 $18,210 1,460
56 Nursing Assistants $25,390 $18,710 20,950
57 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $25,450 $19,320 1,390
58 Bakers $25,640 $17,880 1,950
59 Driver/sales Workers $25,660 $16,700 6,640
60 Dietetic Technicians $25,730 $17,140 670
61 Floral Designers $26,230 $18,190 580
62 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $26,290 $20,310 620
63 Recreation Workers $26,340 $16,940 5,160
64 Retail Salespersons $26,420 $17,230 70,740
65 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $26,530 $18,140 29,310
66 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $26,610 $18,730 1,430
67 Concierges $26,830 $20,390 310
68 Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators And Tenders $26,900 $18,090 70
69 Counter And Rental Clerks $27,240 $17,430 4,430
70 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $27,270 $19,120 1,590
71 Food Batchmakers $27,340 $18,910 1,220
72 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $27,400 $19,000 14,070
73 Helpers–Production Workers $27,550 $18,320 5,650
74 Tire Repairers And Changers $27,610 $19,900 1,920
75 Receptionists And Information Clerks $27,660 $18,760 12,540
76 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $27,700 $17,420 1,280
77 Office Clerks, General $27,810 $17,710 33,310
78 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $27,970 $17,680 500
79 Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, And Illustrators $28,070 $16,270 110
80 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $28,070 $17,030 100
81 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $28,090 $20,810 130
82 Bicycle Repairers $28,280 $21,140 80
83 Forest And Conservation Workers $28,330 $19,570 240
84 Telemarketers $28,440 $17,140 1,360
85 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $28,770 $19,350 1,770
86 Costume Attendants $28,890 $17,130 30
87 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $28,940 $16,940 5,940
88 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $28,970 $19,380 180
89 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $29,010 $19,520 56,600
90 Helpers–Carpenters $29,230 $20,950 870
91 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $29,240 $20,560 1,330
92 Occupational Therapy Aides $29,330 $17,990 70
93 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $29,360 $17,880 1,450
94 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $29,480 $20,510 1,990
95 Textile Bleaching And Dyeing Machine Operators And Tenders $29,520 $22,040 1,150
96 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $29,650 $22,130 3,170
97 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $29,700 $18,570 6,570
98 Helpers–Electricians $29,740 $20,920 1,990
99 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $29,780 $18,480 1,330
100 Skincare Specialists $29,900 $17,310 440
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