The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Virginia For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 6 days ago

Find a Job You Really Want In

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Copied!

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 Virginia?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Virginia, 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 Virginia.

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

  1. Cooks, Fast Food
  2. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  3. Dishwashers
  4. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  5. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  6. Personal Care Aides
  7. Shampooers
  8. Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials
  9. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  10. Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Virginia

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 641 job classifications in Virginia 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:

  • These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Virginia Beach
  • These Are The 100 Largest Companies In Virginia

Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Virginia

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Cooks, Fast Food $20,320 $16,550 13,700
2 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $20,860 $16,470 96,410
3 Dishwashers $20,910 $16,610 12,950
4 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $20,930 $16,290 2,210
5 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $21,180 $16,590 11,900
6 Personal Care Aides $21,240 $16,480 39,030
7 Shampooers $21,350 $16,650 930
8 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $21,560 $16,550 1,350
9 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $21,640 $16,960 9,660
10 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $21,670 $16,770 220
11 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $21,750 $16,520 7,200
12 Cashiers $22,020 $16,710 123,290
13 Food Preparation Workers $22,200 $16,850 19,640
14 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $22,210 $17,020 6,990
15 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $22,280 $16,570 5,580
16 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $22,300 $16,780 7,460
17 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $22,860 $17,040 24,450
18 Home Health Aides $23,440 $16,970 9,700
19 Pharmacy Aides $24,020 $18,520 650
20 Manicurists And Pedicurists $24,050 $16,670 3,710
21 Waiters And Waitresses $24,070 $16,520 72,420
22 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $24,120 $16,760 270
23 Packers And Packagers, Hand $24,250 $16,960 11,720
24 Cooks, Short Order $24,300 $19,260 1,750
25 Childcare Workers $24,620 $16,920 14,410
26 Parking Lot Attendants $25,210 $17,520 2,290
27 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $25,420 $17,870 2,430
28 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $25,440 $17,180 6,390
29 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $25,630 $18,030 620
30 Sewing Machine Operators $25,640 $17,570 2,600
31 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $25,780 $18,480 1,100
32 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $25,940 $17,060 8,930
33 Sewers, Hand $26,160 $17,860 90
34 Models $26,230 $17,060 60
35 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $26,340 $17,420 63,050
36 Tour And Travel Guides $26,370 $18,000 1,710
37 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $26,400 $21,190 270
38 Bartenders $26,420 $16,790 10,400
39 Tire Repairers And Changers $26,530 $17,690 2,700
40 Cooks, Restaurant $26,590 $18,200 33,380
41 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $26,750 $20,020 3,850
42 Bakers $27,030 $18,210 3,340
43 Telemarketers $27,060 $17,490 5,890
44 Library Assistants, Clerical $27,260 $17,580 2,840
45 Recreation Workers $27,300 $16,910 10,360
46 Funeral Attendants $27,310 $18,760 1,510
47 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $27,310 $21,520 4,070
48 Retail Salespersons $27,310 $17,300 107,210
49 Psychiatric Aides $27,480 $20,360 1,250
50 Food Processing Workers, All Other $27,560 $20,890 1,150
51 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $27,650 $18,720 160
52 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $27,820 $17,700 430
53 Helpers–Production Workers $27,870 $18,690 6,320
54 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $27,870 $20,160 240
55 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $27,890 $18,780 55,090
56 Teacher Assistants $28,000 $17,280 31,030
57 Floral Designers $28,060 $18,390 1,100
58 Physical Therapist Aides $28,110 $20,820 1,580
59 Cooks, All Other $28,220 $17,350 390
60 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $28,350 $20,850 1,600
61 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $28,350 $19,060 1,060
62 Substitute Teachers $28,400 $18,100 27,640
63 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $28,410 $18,660 5,470
64 Orderlies $28,490 $21,450 940
65 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $28,640 $18,620 340
66 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $28,730 $20,950 2,500
67 Nursing Assistants $28,770 $20,520 39,320
68 Helpers–Carpenters $29,280 $20,590 2,090
69 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $29,330 $22,140 750
70 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $29,370 $20,250 55,950
71 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $29,400 $20,030 7,850
72 Costume Attendants $29,420 $18,690 60
73 Furniture Finishers $29,450 $18,820 410
74 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $29,480 $21,720 110
75 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $29,570 $17,890 4,890
76 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $29,580 $21,410 1,960
77 Helpers–Roofers $29,690 $21,440 500
78 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $30,000 $20,320 25,920
79 Receptionists And Information Clerks $30,050 $19,460 32,230
80 Production Workers, All Other $30,080 $17,150 5,060
81 Cleaning, Washing, And Metal Pickling Equipment Operators And Tenders $30,150 $20,710 150
82 Painting, Coating, And Decorating Workers $30,160 $17,440 150
83 Textile Bleaching And Dyeing Machine Operators And Tenders $30,410 $21,110 250
84 Helpers–Electricians $30,510 $21,400 3,220
85 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $30,620 $17,750 4,050
86 Psychiatric Technicians $30,650 $22,950 2,860
87 Helpers–Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, And Tile And Marble Setters $30,870 $23,400 1,620
88 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $30,910 $20,980 2,440
89 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, And Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic $31,030 $19,980 920
90 Driver/sales Workers $31,100 $17,030 9,140
91 Parts Salespersons $31,130 $18,830 6,030
92 Tellers $31,220 $23,360 10,980
93 Residential Advisors $31,340 $20,200 4,020
94 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $31,340 $21,940 1,370
95 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $31,410 $17,960 19,280
96 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $31,460 $19,660 2,360
97 Counter And Rental Clerks $31,470 $18,070 12,930
98 Religious Workers, All Other $31,470 $21,230 90
99 Tool Grinders, Filers, And Sharpeners $31,650 $21,880 110
100 Cooling And Freezing Equipment Operators And Tenders $31,710 $23,260 120
Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary