The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Texas 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 Texas?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Texas, 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 Personal Care Aides are the lowest paid people in Texas.

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

  1. Personal Care Aides
  2. Shampooers
  3. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  4. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  5. Cooks, Fast Food
  6. Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants
  7. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  8. Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
  9. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  10. Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Texas

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 759 job classifications in Texas 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 Texas

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Personal Care Aides $19,960 $16,460 206,240
2 Shampooers $20,660 $16,130 910
3 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $20,720 $16,440 36,040
4 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $20,880 $16,570 389,740
5 Cooks, Fast Food $21,000 $16,580 40,100
6 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $21,070 $16,860 690
7 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $21,140 $16,420 35,400
8 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $21,170 $16,640 20,130
9 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $21,220 $16,420 36,310
10 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $21,270 $16,820 5,060
11 Dishwashers $21,440 $16,940 31,750
12 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $21,450 $16,530 13,430
13 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $21,570 $16,860 74,920
14 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $21,590 $16,530 19,370
15 Home Health Aides $21,910 $16,650 69,600
16 Cashiers $22,000 $16,880 273,590
17 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $22,030 $16,490 1,560
18 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $22,120 $16,790 4,540
19 Childcare Workers $22,150 $16,620 46,890
20 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $22,570 $16,980 22,880
21 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $22,750 $16,340 5,950
22 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $22,830 $16,520 8,570
23 Cooks, Short Order $22,880 $16,590 17,100
24 Crossing Guards $23,050 $16,610 6,310
25 Parking Lot Attendants $23,060 $16,900 9,770
26 Teacher Assistants $23,290 $16,690 88,700
27 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $23,400 $16,790 14,130
28 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $23,420 $17,020 15,660
29 Waiters And Waitresses $23,520 $16,410 216,670
30 Food Preparation Workers $23,540 $17,080 55,060
31 Substitute Teachers $23,590 $16,900 77,830
32 Gaming Dealers $23,620 $17,210 140
33 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $23,760 $16,940 1,860
34 Cooks, All Other $23,770 $16,180 1,230
35 Sewing Machine Operators $23,850 $17,110 10,410
36 Manicurists And Pedicurists $24,190 $17,360 1,620
37 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $24,440 $17,780 5,540
38 Packers And Packagers, Hand $24,500 $16,930 35,370
39 Orderlies $24,620 $19,370 4,150
40 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $24,720 $16,990 780
41 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $24,770 $17,450 33,000
42 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $24,870 $17,460 163,760
43 Recreation Workers $25,150 $16,960 22,290
44 Bicycle Repairers $25,250 $16,360 390
45 Cooks, Restaurant $25,400 $17,860 110,440
46 Floral Designers $25,460 $16,990 3,050
47 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $25,500 $17,280 37,140
48 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $25,520 $16,530 28,020
49 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $25,530 $17,070 3,480
50 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $25,890 $17,500 540
51 Pharmacy Aides $25,910 $17,110 2,560
52 Bakers $25,950 $18,280 15,150
53 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $26,230 $17,230 160
54 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $26,260 $18,390 12,000
55 Residential Advisors $26,340 $17,660 6,780
56 Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings Workers, All Other $26,400 $17,450 750
57 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $26,410 $18,080 5,440
58 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $26,540 $19,340 12,180
59 Food Processing Workers, All Other $26,590 $19,280 3,380
60 Motion Picture Projectionists $26,630 $17,670 440
61 Tour And Travel Guides $26,670 $16,990 2,710
62 Dietetic Technicians $26,760 $17,720 2,810
63 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $26,790 $17,570 4,330
64 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $26,800 $17,510 940
65 Physical Therapist Aides $26,810 $19,530 4,880
66 Funeral Attendants $26,810 $18,930 2,060
67 Retail Salespersons $26,840 $17,160 396,330
68 Helpers–Roofers $26,860 $19,340 650
69 Nursing Assistants $27,030 $20,360 87,750
70 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $27,070 $16,640 5,630
71 Protective Service Workers, All Other $27,070 $17,190 9,600
72 Butchers And Meat Cutters $27,140 $17,100 12,590
73 Bartenders $27,240 $16,540 42,410
74 Agricultural Equipment Operators $27,240 $16,960 2,720
75 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $27,320 $19,130 4,700
76 Library Assistants, Clerical $27,390 $17,630 5,130
77 Couriers And Messengers $27,390 $18,140 6,220
78 Receptionists And Information Clerks $27,400 $18,580 63,980
79 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $27,500 $20,760 910
80 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $27,730 $20,210 7,110
81 Psychiatric Aides $27,840 $20,950 5,330
82 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $28,010 $18,220 1,280
83 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $28,130 $17,890 2,690
84 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $28,170 $19,860 67,360
85 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $28,200 $19,870 1,040
86 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $28,370 $20,240 530
87 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $28,550 $17,300 34,370
88 Farm And Home Management Advisors $28,570 $16,770 180
89 Skincare Specialists $28,600 $17,010 4,570
90 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $28,610 $19,590 168,060
91 Tellers $28,710 $21,400 47,520
92 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $28,740 $20,010 16,730
93 Helpers–Production Workers $28,750 $18,390 37,580
94 Driver/sales Workers $28,780 $16,690 42,440
95 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $28,800 $17,790 6,030
96 Conveyor Operators And Tenders $28,870 $19,300 1,870
97 Tailors, Dressmakers, And Custom Sewers $28,870 $17,680 2,380
98 Concierges $28,910 $21,160 2,430
99 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $28,950 $20,900 1,440
100 Food Batchmakers $29,010 $17,800 9,350
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