These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In South Dakota

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 Dakota?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in South Dakota, 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 Dishwashers are the lowest paid people in South Dakota.

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

  1. Dishwashers
  2. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  3. Cooks, Fast Food
  4. Childcare Workers
  5. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  6. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  7. Amusement and Recreation Attendants
  8. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  9. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  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 Dakota:

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in South Dakota

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 488 job classifications in South Dakota 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 South Dakota

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Dishwashers $20,140 $18,350 1,840
2 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $20,190 $18,370 9,390
3 Cooks, Fast Food $20,560 $18,460 1,940
4 Childcare Workers $20,710 $18,400 2,710
5 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $20,710 $18,450 470
6 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $20,760 $18,410 3,050
7 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $20,790 $18,410 1,180
8 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $20,800 $18,420 310
9 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $20,880 $18,420 3,000
10 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $20,940 $18,500 720
11 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $21,230 $18,500 4,420
12 Cashiers $21,280 $18,530 13,200
13 Waiters And Waitresses $21,320 $18,390 7,240
14 Food Preparation Workers $21,500 $18,540 2,890
15 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $21,570 $18,580 1,020
16 Bartenders $21,860 $18,550 3,160
17 Personal Care Aides $22,010 $18,810 2,600
18 Cooks, Short Order $22,030 $18,590 1,660
19 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $22,200 $18,630 1,220
20 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $22,210 $18,930 110
21 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $22,220 $18,880 50
22 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $22,350 $18,760 2,250
23 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $22,440 $18,600 90
24 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $22,520 $18,700 580
25 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other $22,890 $18,350 120
26 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $23,130 $18,570 600
27 Parking Lot Attendants $23,260 $19,650 140
28 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $23,450 $19,600 290
29 Packers And Packagers, Hand $23,720 $18,720 2,120
30 Sewing Machine Operators $23,840 $18,610 280
31 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $23,850 $19,870 630
32 Helpers–Roofers $23,890 $20,530 60
33 Cooks, Restaurant $23,910 $19,710 1,830
34 Funeral Attendants $23,980 $19,040 140
35 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $24,260 $18,670 60
36 Gaming Cage Workers $24,480 $20,110 190
37 Social And Human Service Assistants $24,580 $19,480 910
38 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $24,600 $18,730 160
39 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $24,690 $18,610 6,030
40 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $24,740 $19,040 8,330
41 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $24,790 $19,700 2,540
42 Tour Guides And Escorts $24,790 $18,780 410
43 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $24,850 $20,260 70
44 Residential Advisors $24,950 $20,570 2,350
45 Nursing Assistants $24,960 $19,850 5,860
46 Office Clerks, General $25,030 $18,840 3,670
47 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $25,240 $19,070 440
48 Couriers And Messengers $25,410 $20,480 150
49 Bakers $25,540 $19,220 320
50 Receptionists And Information Clerks $25,670 $19,430 4,570
51 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $25,700 $20,440 290
52 Helpers–Carpenters $25,720 $19,760 400
53 Crossing Guards $25,730 $19,000 50
54 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $25,770 $19,500 2,510
55 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $25,780 $19,720 240
56 Data Entry Keyers $25,840 $20,640 170
57 Refuse And Recyclable Material Collectors $25,880 $20,600 430
58 Floral Designers $25,940 $18,760 220
59 Forest And Conservation Workers $25,950 $20,170 610
60 Tellers $26,010 $20,890 2,190
61 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $26,020 $19,940 7,060
62 Library Technicians $26,050 $19,380 650
63 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $26,090 $19,890 150
64 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $26,100 $20,990 80
65 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $26,280 $20,540 200
66 Security Guards $26,520 $20,490 1,120
67 Gaming Dealers $26,550 $20,950 280
68 Tire Repairers And Changers $26,550 $20,760 290
69 Etchers And Engravers $26,620 $19,630 60
70 Counter And Rental Clerks $26,710 $18,700 930
71 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $26,810 $21,410 40
72 Psychiatric Aides $26,910 $21,470 220
73 Physical Therapist Aides $27,010 $20,440 130
74 Bus Drivers, Transit And Intercity $27,150 $21,260 220
75 Electrical And Electronic Equipment Assemblers $27,150 $20,690 1,420
76 Coil Winders, Tapers, And Finishers $27,270 $21,460 130
77 File Clerks $27,350 $19,830 90
78 Reservation And Transportation Ticket Agents And Travel Clerks $27,400 $19,270 230
79 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $27,410 $21,850 430
80 Telemarketers $27,410 $21,300 1,040
81 Phlebotomists $27,600 $21,560 190
82 Home Health Aides $27,700 $21,280 690
83 Substitute Teachers $27,880 $23,000 850
84 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $27,880 $20,520 80
85 Helpers–Electricians $28,080 $20,670 210
86 Environmental Science And Protection Technicians, Including Health $28,130 $21,320 80
87 Painting, Coating, And Decorating Workers $28,140 $21,760 70
88 Team Assemblers $28,140 $20,820 3,300
89 Secretaries And Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, And Executive $28,160 $20,940 5,840
90 Office Machine Operators, Except Computer $28,190 $21,320 80
91 Retail Salespersons $28,230 $18,730 15,500
92 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $28,230 $21,540 690
93 Agricultural And Food Science Technicians $28,280 $20,010 250
94 Fiberglass Laminators And Fabricators $28,520 $25,230 760
95 Medical Equipment Preparers $28,740 $22,010 150
96 Correspondence Clerks $28,770 $21,820 230
97 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $28,810 $22,020 70
98 Medical Assistants $28,820 $23,060 1,030
99 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $28,960 $21,850 220
100 Fence Erectors $29,100 $21,650 140