The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Washington 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 Washington?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in Washington, 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 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other are the lowest paid people in Washington.

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

  1. Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other
  2. Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
  3. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  4. Dishwashers
  5. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  6. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  7. Forest and Conservation Workers
  8. Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
  9. Gaming Cage Workers
  10. Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Washington

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 711 job classifications in Washington 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 Washington

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $25,550 $24,110 1,650
2 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $27,040 $24,150 4,940
3 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $27,410 $24,170 80,590
4 Dishwashers $27,610 $24,150 12,520
5 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $27,720 $24,180 13,770
6 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $27,810 $24,140 9,430
7 Forest And Conservation Workers $28,070 $23,300 380
8 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $28,180 $24,250 17,620
9 Gaming Cage Workers $28,350 $24,050 1,070
10 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $28,400 $24,420 5,520
11 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $28,410 $23,930 2,800
12 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $28,910 $24,250 3,130
13 Cooks, Fast Food $28,960 $24,150 8,080
14 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $29,120 $24,240 2,270
15 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $29,130 $24,180 8,600
16 Personal Care Aides $29,140 $24,880 47,240
17 Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products $29,340 $24,160 2,460
18 Cashiers $29,350 $24,230 67,720
19 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $29,430 $24,270 11,100
20 Childcare Workers $29,430 $24,250 7,890
21 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $29,550 $24,250 3,890
22 Cooks, Short Order $29,690 $24,380 2,140
23 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $29,830 $24,310 5,540
24 Physical Therapist Aides $29,870 $24,340 860
25 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $30,070 $24,150 600
26 Home Health Aides $30,100 $24,440 9,110
27 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $30,130 $24,230 4,430
28 Packers And Packagers, Hand $30,320 $24,240 18,210
29 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $30,330 $24,500 790
30 Food Preparation Workers $30,340 $24,340 17,380
31 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $30,510 $24,590 50
32 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $30,780 $24,340 8,120
33 Manufactured Building And Mobile Home Installers $31,120 $24,220 30
34 Gaming And Sports Book Writers And Runners $31,130 $24,100 190
35 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $31,180 $25,430 3,650
36 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $31,190 $24,490 2,960
37 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $31,220 $24,490 2,450
38 Parking Lot Attendants $31,390 $24,440 2,700
39 Manicurists And Pedicurists $31,460 $24,880 3,190
40 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $31,490 $24,340 190
41 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $31,820 $25,380 140
42 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $31,850 $25,400 3,810
43 Bicycle Repairers $31,880 $25,760 420
44 Nursing Assistants $32,130 $25,600 32,690
45 Driver/sales Workers $32,200 $24,300 8,760
46 Floral Designers $32,240 $24,460 1,130
47 Correspondence Clerks $32,300 $24,500 70
48 Cooks, Restaurant $32,370 $25,230 32,510
49 Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, And Stucco Masons $32,500 $26,170 270
50 Orderlies $32,510 $24,680 430
51 Tailors, Dressmakers, And Custom Sewers $32,620 $24,450 300
52 Gaming Surveillance Officers And Gaming Investigators $32,950 $24,810 380
53 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $32,960 $24,710 11,050
54 Pharmacy Aides $32,990 $24,440 1,100
55 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $33,070 $24,940 1,220
56 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $33,130 $24,550 220
57 Helpers–Production Workers $33,190 $24,860 3,890
58 Bakers $33,300 $24,580 5,850
59 Sewing Machine Operators $33,320 $24,550 2,530
60 Agricultural Workers, All Other $33,410 $24,220 500
61 Cleaning, Washing, And Metal Pickling Equipment Operators And Tenders $33,450 $24,890 630
62 Food Batchmakers $33,550 $24,950 4,840
63 Recreation Workers $33,570 $24,440 6,840
64 Residential Advisors $33,660 $25,000 1,740
65 Library Assistants, Clerical $33,690 $25,080 1,760
66 Helpers–Roofers $33,700 $25,430 260
67 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $33,840 $24,130 770
68 Funeral Attendants $33,910 $24,340 130
69 Receptionists And Information Clerks $33,990 $24,980 26,010
70 Food Processing Workers, All Other $34,100 $25,110 320
71 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $34,230 $25,860 10,650
72 Tellers $34,240 $26,690 11,040
73 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $34,270 $24,730 890
74 Extruding And Forming Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Synthetic And Glass Fibers $34,430 $26,320 190
75 Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $34,460 $24,390 230
76 Retail Salespersons $34,500 $24,330 103,220
77 Counter And Rental Clerks $34,500 $24,510 10,720
78 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $34,740 $25,270 890
79 Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders $34,740 $24,590 8,350
80 Office Machine Operators, Except Computer $34,770 $24,520 830
81 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $34,840 $24,720 3,860
82 Agricultural Equipment Operators $34,900 $25,740 940
83 Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders $34,940 $25,250 850
84 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $34,940 $24,790 71,690
85 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $34,960 $24,610 33,180
86 Helpers–Carpenters $35,030 $24,120 390
87 Teacher Assistants $35,130 $25,980 37,810
88 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $35,220 $24,720 45,380
89 Production Workers, All Other $35,250 $25,280 2,610
90 Concierges $35,290 $25,180 540
91 Tire Repairers And Changers $35,300 $24,630 2,330
92 Bartenders $35,390 $24,410 13,630
93 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other $35,460 $24,780 2,210
94 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $35,530 $24,730 2,680
95 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $35,690 $24,600 240
96 Couriers And Messengers $35,720 $26,590 1,180
97 Waiters And Waitresses $35,930 $24,260 54,770
98 Gaming Dealers $36,070 $23,930 6,120
99 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants $36,100 $29,640 1,140
100 Gaming Service Workers, All Other $36,180 $24,030 140
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