The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Tennessee 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 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 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop are the lowest paid people in Tennessee.

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

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

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:

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Tennessee

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 704 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 2018.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Tennessee

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $19,270 $16,170 15,750
2 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $19,580 $16,460 10,270
3 Waiters And Waitresses $19,870 $16,210 53,200
4 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $19,870 $16,430 72,600
5 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $20,000 $16,610 3,730
6 Substitute Teachers $20,250 $16,170 4,970
7 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $20,310 $16,510 5,890
8 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $20,320 $16,460 2,650
9 Dishwashers $20,470 $16,600 8,980
10 Cooks, Fast Food $20,490 $16,560 16,840
11 Personal Care Aides $21,060 $16,740 21,100
12 Bartenders $21,180 $16,190 7,090
13 Childcare Workers $21,270 $16,430 9,660
14 Cashiers $21,360 $16,550 76,290
15 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $21,540 $16,650 5,370
16 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $21,710 $16,480 5,430
17 Residential Advisors $21,760 $16,910 7,340
18 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $21,830 $16,660 6,310
19 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $21,860 $16,720 5,940
20 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $21,890 $16,720 17,810
21 Food Preparation Workers $22,160 $16,610 18,060
22 Cooks, Short Order $22,420 $17,190 5,690
23 Home Health Aides $22,620 $17,260 4,750
24 Shampooers $22,650 $17,290 130
25 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $22,700 $16,780 1,020
26 Cooks, All Other $22,880 $16,230 1,340
27 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $23,130 $17,280 90
28 Parking Lot Attendants $23,190 $17,340 2,720
29 Graduate Teaching Assistants $23,330 $16,090 450
30 Psychiatric Aides $23,500 $17,220 1,530
31 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $23,530 $16,770 3,350
32 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $23,550 $16,600 720
33 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $23,640 $17,140 80
34 Orderlies $24,330 $18,120 750
35 Manicurists And Pedicurists $24,350 $16,760 500
36 Cooks, Restaurant $24,370 $17,300 22,630
37 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $24,430 $16,980 38,400
38 Sewing Machine Operators $24,470 $17,130 3,700
39 Packers And Packagers, Hand $24,710 $17,230 17,400
40 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $24,760 $17,680 3,660
41 Tour And Travel Guides $24,800 $16,650 1,340
42 Teacher Assistants $24,890 $16,890 22,240
43 Etchers And Engravers $24,900 $16,210 80
44 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $24,960 $18,450 2,480
45 Telemarketers $25,040 $16,840 2,880
46 Recreation Workers $25,060 $16,820 6,920
47 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $25,150 $17,300 2,860
48 Pharmacy Aides $25,200 $17,600 2,210
49 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $25,300 $16,470 570
50 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $25,320 $19,840 750
51 Dietetic Technicians $25,490 $17,060 850
52 Forest And Conservation Workers $25,570 $20,450 300
53 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $25,580 $18,450 9,800
54 Physical Therapist Aides $25,740 $16,480 1,280
55 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $25,750 $17,620 6,210
56 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $25,820 $20,500 1,220
57 Floral Designers $25,860 $17,080 880
58 Driver/sales Workers $25,900 $16,540 7,490
59 Motion Picture Projectionists $25,920 $17,290 100
60 Rehabilitation Counselors $26,080 $16,870 2,170
61 Concierges $26,150 $20,670 690
62 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $26,190 $18,690 560
63 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $26,330 $17,960 730
64 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $26,340 $19,860 3,320
65 Nursing Assistants $26,400 $20,170 28,340
66 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $26,470 $21,240 330
67 Public Address System And Other Announcers $26,600 $16,660 120
68 Bakers $26,610 $19,820 2,760
69 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $26,660 $17,210 570
70 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $26,730 $17,600 57,190
71 Psychiatric Technicians $26,730 $20,990 1,010
72 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $27,030 $17,920 14,260
73 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $27,130 $17,090 1,270
74 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $27,150 $21,060 560
75 Funeral Attendants $27,220 $17,840 1,060
76 Logging Workers, All Other $27,310 $20,680 50
77 Counter And Rental Clerks $27,360 $17,010 6,860
78 Telephone Operators $27,610 $21,580 70
79 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $27,680 $18,640 1,290
80 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $27,680 $17,640 1,030
81 Retail Salespersons $27,790 $17,120 88,980
82 Food Processing Workers, All Other $27,860 $20,620 1,380
83 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $27,880 $17,420 9,750
84 Receptionists And Information Clerks $27,990 $18,540 18,690
85 Tellers $28,100 $20,910 11,000
86 Library Technicians $28,160 $17,600 1,100
87 Library Assistants, Clerical $28,200 $17,390 1,390
88 Animal Trainers $28,220 $19,700 80
89 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $28,230 $17,790 360
90 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $28,300 $16,950 6,980
91 Building Cleaning Workers, All Other $28,440 $21,030 140
92 Helpers–Roofers $28,770 $20,720 200
93 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $28,790 $17,440 1,420
94 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $28,800 $18,300 2,110
95 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $28,980 $18,970 1,580
96 Helpers–Carpenters $29,150 $20,540 610
97 Upholsterers $29,160 $20,260 890
98 Tailors, Dressmakers, And Custom Sewers $29,170 $21,540 500
99 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $29,300 $19,650 95,200
100 Tire Repairers And Changers $29,610 $18,970 2,730
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