The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In South Dakota 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 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 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants are the lowest paid people in South Dakota.

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

  1. Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants
  2. Childcare Workers
  3. Dishwashers
  4. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  5. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  6. Amusement and Recreation Attendants
  7. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  8. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  9. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  10. Waiters and Waitresses

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 530 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 2018.

Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In South Dakota

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $20,160 $18,640 40
2 Childcare Workers $21,330 $18,850 2,660
3 Dishwashers $21,340 $18,840 1,990
4 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $21,500 $18,870 320
5 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $21,670 $18,800 670
6 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $21,670 $19,000 1,400
7 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $21,820 $19,030 2,720
8 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $21,860 $18,850 4,010
9 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $21,910 $19,030 8,860
10 Waiters And Waitresses $21,930 $18,810 7,540
11 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $22,150 $19,180 480
12 Cooks, Fast Food $22,280 $19,180 1,430
13 Bartenders $22,300 $18,860 3,360
14 Cashiers $22,460 $19,030 13,080
15 Food Preparation Workers $22,710 $18,980 2,860
16 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $22,970 $19,070 4,170
17 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $23,310 $19,270 2,030
18 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $23,570 $19,480 820
19 Cooks, Short Order $24,070 $18,950 1,510
20 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $24,080 $19,010 490
21 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $24,270 $19,900 220
22 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $24,310 $19,290 1,140
23 Pharmacy Aides $24,390 $19,940 40
24 Personal Care Aides $24,400 $20,290 2,860
25 Teacher Assistants $24,580 $19,410 3,870
26 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $24,610 $19,290 210
27 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $24,820 $19,050 70
28 Parking Lot Attendants $24,840 $20,060 240
29 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $25,070 $20,320 360
30 Packers And Packagers, Hand $25,220 $19,520 1,820
31 Couriers And Messengers $25,380 $19,770 90
32 Social And Human Service Assistants $25,540 $19,440 850
33 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $25,900 $19,840 8,300
34 Gaming Cage Workers $25,940 $20,990 170
35 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $26,000 $19,880 290
36 Residential Advisors $26,160 $20,960 2,340
37 Office Clerks, General $26,210 $19,370 2,990
38 Helpers–Carpenters $26,230 $19,480 230
39 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $26,230 $20,810 2,570
40 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $26,380 $20,550 590
41 Bakers $26,470 $20,410 370
42 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $26,580 $19,210 5,440
43 Cooks, Restaurant $26,630 $21,200 2,010
44 Refuse And Recyclable Material Collectors $26,750 $20,980 360
45 Library Technicians $26,760 $20,040 660
46 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $26,790 $21,130 610
47 Nursing Assistants $26,820 $21,150 6,010
48 Funeral Attendants $26,910 $20,610 140
49 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $26,930 $20,940 160
50 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $26,980 $19,980 190
51 Tour And Travel Guides $27,120 $19,350 470
52 Sewing Machine Operators $27,130 $20,620 250
53 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $27,200 $21,200 250
54 Tellers $27,230 $21,510 1,970
55 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $27,250 $19,980 280
56 Receptionists And Information Clerks $27,280 $20,180 5,340
57 Furniture Finishers $27,350 $20,840 160
58 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $27,440 $21,480 350
59 Office Machine Operators, Except Computer $27,460 $19,130 90
60 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $27,610 $21,630 130
61 Electrical, Electronic, And Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, And Finishers $27,650 $21,300 1,550
62 Phlebotomists $27,670 $21,370 250
63 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $27,720 $20,320 2,680
64 Bicycle Repairers $27,750 $20,550 70
65 Coil Winders, Tapers, And Finishers $27,750 $21,660 130
66 Substitute Teachers $28,010 $23,420 1,030
67 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $28,080 $20,740 6,280
68 Floral Designers $28,080 $19,600 260
69 Public Address System And Other Announcers $28,180 $19,180 80
70 Counter And Rental Clerks $28,470 $19,210 720
71 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $28,560 $20,750 80
72 File Clerks $28,650 $21,110 110
73 Environmental Science And Protection Technicians, Including Health $28,660 $21,720 90
74 Forest And Conservation Workers $28,690 $21,470 580
75 Helpers–Electricians $28,760 $21,430 170
76 Physical Therapist Aides $28,810 $21,970 80
77 Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators And Tenders $28,840 $22,120 60
78 Umpires, Referees, And Other Sports Officials $28,850 $18,920 60
79 Correspondence Clerks $29,110 $21,670 200
80 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, And Samplers, Recordkeeping $29,180 $25,470 130
81 Crossing Guards $29,200 $21,430 60
82 Tire Repairers And Changers $29,280 $22,220 300
83 Secretaries And Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, And Executive $29,300 $21,670 5,510
84 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers $29,330 $21,150 3,380
85 Agricultural And Food Science Technicians $29,370 $19,690 210
86 Retail Salespersons $29,450 $19,270 15,970
87 Food Batchmakers $29,560 $20,890 720
88 Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians $29,580 $22,240 90
89 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $29,800 $22,280 790
90 Home Health Aides $29,820 $22,630 810
91 Security Guards $29,880 $21,260 1,180
92 Medical Assistants $29,890 $24,150 950
93 Gaming Dealers $29,940 $22,570 240
94 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $29,940 $26,020 2,260
95 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $30,150 $22,150 220
96 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $30,160 $26,320 920
97 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $30,310 $22,600 1,100
98 Photographers $30,380 $21,650 160
99 Camera Operators, Television, Video, And Motion Picture $30,480 $22,030 60
100 Opticians, Dispensing $30,490 $23,150 520
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