These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In Virginia

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 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. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  3. Amusement and Recreation Attendants
  4. Personal Care Aides
  5. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  6. Dishwashers
  7. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  8. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  9. Cashiers
  10. Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other

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 618 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 2016.

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Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In Virginia

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Cooks, Fast Food $18,660 $16,190 13,490
2 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $19,390 $16,210 2,540
3 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $19,600 $16,150 5,890
4 Personal Care Aides $19,930 $16,300 41,200
5 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $19,980 $16,220 92,780
6 Dishwashers $20,100 $16,370 12,150
7 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $20,230 $16,210 11,910
8 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $20,350 $16,340 11,190
9 Cashiers $20,490 $16,330 108,920
10 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $20,630 $16,200 1,210
11 Shampooers $20,640 $16,420 910
12 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $20,720 $16,460 8,150
13 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $20,720 $16,400 1,420
14 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $21,180 $16,500 8,180
15 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $21,360 $16,470 220
16 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $21,710 $16,650 24,500
17 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $21,960 $16,660 7,320
18 Food Preparation Workers $22,000 $16,540 18,740
19 Parking Lot Attendants $22,140 $17,210 2,080
20 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $22,220 $16,670 5,070
21 Cooks, Short Order $22,630 $16,780 2,150
22 Home Health Aides $22,640 $16,640 11,340
23 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $22,720 $16,820 2,360
24 Manicurists And Pedicurists $22,980 $16,940 2,460
25 Childcare Workers $23,030 $16,420 13,580
26 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $23,110 $16,770 1,330
27 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $23,130 $16,450 9,700
28 Pharmacy Aides $23,650 $17,720 570
29 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $23,940 $17,470 290
30 Sewing Machine Operators $24,080 $17,240 2,420
31 Motion Picture Projectionists $24,260 $17,720 170
32 Cooks, Restaurant $24,490 $17,090 32,940
33 Packers And Packagers, Hand $24,670 $16,760 13,000
34 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $24,670 $16,730 6,840
35 Waiters And Waitresses $24,710 $16,610 70,230
36 Physical Therapist Aides $24,950 $19,880 1,260
37 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $24,950 $16,990 1,820
38 Costume Attendants $24,990 $16,940 80
39 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $25,060 $19,890 4,380
40 Cooks, All Other $25,210 $16,710 570
41 Food Processing Workers, All Other $25,380 $19,450 1,080
42 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $25,390 $17,050 63,110
43 Retail Salespersons $25,570 $16,920 122,290
44 Tour Guides And Escorts $25,730 $17,720 1,450
45 Helpers–Production Workers $25,770 $18,290 6,210
46 Orderlies $25,970 $20,450 820
47 Nursing Assistants $26,040 $19,420 37,170
48 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $26,050 $17,340 1,380
49 Psychiatric Aides $26,090 $20,010 1,360
50 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $26,420 $20,210 1,510
51 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $26,420 $17,990 3,040
52 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $26,470 $16,810 340
53 Food Batchmakers $26,470 $18,700 3,310
54 Bakers $26,560 $17,020 3,010
55 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $26,570 $17,170 56,770
56 Telemarketers $26,590 $17,600 8,120
57 Agricultural Equipment Operators $26,810 $18,420 190
58 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $27,180 $18,050 4,600
59 Religious Workers, All Other $27,210 $20,080 110
60 Dietetic Technicians $27,350 $16,930 680
61 Floral Designers $27,420 $18,270 1,080
62 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $27,650 $19,360 26,680
63 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $27,690 $18,420 49,810
64 Funeral Attendants $27,870 $18,930 1,700
65 Tailors, Dressmakers, And Custom Sewers $27,890 $18,440 990
66 Recreation Workers $27,890 $16,970 10,810
67 Cooling And Freezing Equipment Operators And Tenders $27,950 $19,120 120
68 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $28,050 $18,180 7,300
69 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $28,100 $17,630 4,200
70 Helpers–Carpenters $28,220 $20,650 2,430
71 Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $28,250 $21,870 910
72 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $28,330 $20,640 140
73 Refuse And Recyclable Material Collectors $28,350 $17,210 3,430
74 Helpers–Roofers $28,390 $20,200 470
75 Tire Repairers And Changers $28,450 $19,610 1,930
76 File Clerks $28,480 $18,310 2,130
77 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $28,670 $18,880 1,930
78 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $28,900 $17,890 3,800
79 Psychiatric Technicians $28,930 $21,540 3,440
80 Helpers–Electricians $29,000 $18,460 3,490
81 Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters $29,240 $20,040 2,340
82 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $29,250 $19,750 1,270
83 Assemblers And Fabricators, All Other $29,290 $17,540 3,840
84 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood $29,290 $19,740 2,240
85 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $29,410 $19,080 1,380
86 Library Assistants, Clerical $29,420 $17,750 2,480
87 Receptionists And Information Clerks $29,550 $18,560 32,240
88 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $29,560 $21,500 130
89 Driver/sales Workers $29,600 $16,970 10,750
90 Construction Laborers $29,770 $19,650 21,370
91 Bartenders $29,790 $16,910 10,590
92 Pharmacy Technicians $29,820 $20,630 9,070
93 Models $30,000 $16,340 60
94 Residential Advisors $30,010 $20,460 3,150
95 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $30,150 $18,550 680
96 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $30,160 $19,840 480
97 Substitute Teachers $30,170 $18,240 27,400
98 Furniture Finishers $30,170 $19,960 390
99 Couriers And Messengers $30,330 $20,520 1,170
100 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $30,380 $17,960 1,330