These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Tennessee

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 Tennessee?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Tennessee, 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 Cooks, Fast Food are the lowest paid people in Tennessee.

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

  1. Cooks, Fast Food
  2. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  3. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  4. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  5. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  6. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  7. Dishwashers
  8. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  9. Personal Care Aides
  10. Waiters and Waitresses

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

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

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How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Tennessee

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 649 job classifications in Tennessee 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 Tennessee

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Cooks, Fast Food $18,200 $16,100 14,390
2 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $18,280 $16,020 3,090
3 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $18,380 $16,100 2,870
4 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $18,600 $16,110 10,610
5 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $18,800 $16,120 74,390
6 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $18,880 $16,080 9,260
7 Dishwashers $19,280 $16,230 8,300
8 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $19,450 $16,110 5,250
9 Personal Care Aides $19,540 $16,250 17,150
10 Waiters And Waitresses $19,670 $16,130 50,690
11 Cooks, Short Order $19,870 $16,220 6,500
12 Cashiers $19,970 $16,290 72,320
13 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $19,980 $16,310 740
14 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $20,090 $16,260 5,520
15 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $20,090 $16,400 4,480
16 Psychiatric Aides $20,170 $16,220 2,550
17 Residential Advisors $20,170 $16,230 7,850
18 Public Address System And Other Announcers $20,190 $16,240 220
19 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $20,440 $16,460 6,440
20 Childcare Workers $20,480 $16,360 9,960
21 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $20,530 $16,460 21,410
22 Home Health Aides $20,660 $16,530 5,950
23 Food Preparation Workers $20,680 $16,390 16,530
24 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $20,750 $16,350 6,950
25 Parking Lot Attendants $20,760 $16,290 2,360
26 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $20,930 $16,290 500
27 Bartenders $21,160 $16,240 7,500
28 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $21,180 $16,670 2,490
29 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $21,350 $16,870 480
30 Manicurists And Pedicurists $21,630 $16,180 300
31 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $21,690 $15,990 40
32 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $22,380 $16,530 3,100
33 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $22,680 $16,700 550
34 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $22,710 $16,820 9,750
35 Tour Guides And Escorts $22,940 $16,360 1,050
36 Cooks, Restaurant $22,980 $17,120 21,680
37 Motion Picture Projectionists $23,000 $16,560 70
38 Packers And Packagers, Hand $23,070 $16,660 18,510
39 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $23,080 $16,720 150
40 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $23,090 $16,890 410
41 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $23,280 $16,360 2,100
42 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $23,420 $16,570 70
43 Rehabilitation Counselors $23,500 $16,260 2,960
44 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $23,580 $16,720 36,990
45 Recreation Workers $23,590 $16,350 6,080
46 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $23,640 $16,920 2,970
47 Cooks, All Other $23,750 $17,000 480
48 Nursing Assistants $23,850 $17,890 30,490
49 Physical Therapist Aides $23,890 $17,190 1,690
50 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $23,950 $17,780 3,020
51 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $24,130 $16,860 5,690
52 Pharmacy Aides $24,280 $16,360 820
53 Forest And Conservation Workers $24,570 $20,440 340
54 Orderlies $24,690 $17,400 1,020
55 Concierges $24,950 $19,970 610
56 Dietetic Technicians $25,070 $16,630 630
57 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $25,210 $19,990 1,800
58 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $25,310 $16,990 53,930
59 Substitute Teachers $25,390 $16,250 5,520
60 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $25,450 $17,510 530
61 Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other $25,490 $16,650 1,420
62 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $25,510 $16,640 2,750
63 Sewing Machine Operators $25,510 $16,730 3,620
64 Helpers–Production Workers $25,640 $17,240 21,500
65 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $25,790 $17,010 11,190
66 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $25,820 $17,970 1,540
67 Funeral Attendants $25,920 $17,030 1,270
68 Animal Trainers $26,050 $17,290 170
69 Psychiatric Technicians $26,060 $20,640 650
70 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $26,110 $18,140 1,820
71 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $26,180 $18,050 180
72 Retail Salespersons $26,210 $16,740 93,500
73 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $26,330 $18,030 12,530
74 Counter And Rental Clerks $26,750 $16,940 7,220
75 Tellers $26,750 $20,470 10,420
76 Floral Designers $26,760 $18,220 1,010
77 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $26,870 $19,670 1,930
78 Bakers $26,970 $17,390 3,020
79 Refuse And Recyclable Material Collectors $27,000 $17,290 2,230
80 Telemarketers $27,250 $18,490 3,750
81 Receptionists And Information Clerks $27,300 $18,280 17,260
82 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $27,570 $16,590 650
83 Agricultural Equipment Operators $27,590 $17,780 450
84 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $27,600 $18,170 96,260
85 Food Processing Workers, All Other $27,620 $19,260 870
86 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $27,660 $18,360 1,590
87 Textile Bleaching And Dyeing Machine Operators And Tenders $27,820 $18,990 50
88 Helpers–Carpenters $27,860 $19,980 590
89 Upholsterers $28,080 $19,810 910
90 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $28,330 $18,100 300
91 Phlebotomists $28,360 $20,850 2,510
92 Library Assistants, Clerical $28,400 $18,050 1,080
93 Cooling And Freezing Equipment Operators And Tenders $28,430 $17,710 50
94 Driver/sales Workers $28,440 $16,730 9,060
95 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $28,450 $18,730 2,520
96 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $28,520 $16,810 6,100
97 Crossing Guards $28,570 $18,320 1,010
98 Office Machine Operators, Except Computer $28,780 $20,590 980
99 Material Moving Workers, All Other $28,850 $17,160 780
100 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $28,950 $18,660 1,540

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