The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In West Virginia 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 West Virginia?

So to piggy-backing on our research into the highest paying jobs in West 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 Gaming Dealers are the lowest paid people in West Virginia.

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

  1. Gaming Dealers
  2. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  3. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  4. Cooks, Short Order
  5. Personal Care Aides
  6. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  7. Amusement and Recreation Attendants
  8. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  9. Cooks, Fast Food
  10. Cashiers

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in West Virginia

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 608 job classifications in West 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.

Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In West Virginia

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Gaming Dealers $20,410 $19,530 1,070
2 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $20,600 $18,760 21,890
3 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $20,630 $18,890 1,820
4 Cooks, Short Order $20,680 $18,810 370
5 Personal Care Aides $20,760 $18,930 12,500
6 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $20,870 $19,020 440
7 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $21,020 $18,780 700
8 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $21,270 $18,780 390
9 Cooks, Fast Food $21,330 $19,340 1,420
10 Cashiers $21,350 $18,960 20,210
11 Childcare Workers $21,490 $18,920 2,470
12 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $21,550 $18,940 1,510
13 Bartenders $21,740 $18,870 2,350
14 Dishwashers $21,760 $19,040 1,750
15 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $21,840 $19,360 670
16 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $21,850 $19,450 1,420
17 Food Preparation Workers $22,060 $18,950 2,080
18 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $22,170 $19,240 780
19 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $22,190 $19,110 140
20 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $22,320 $19,110 1,120
21 Psychiatric Aides $22,430 $18,930 1,630
22 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $22,440 $19,240 5,740
23 Parking Lot Attendants $22,570 $18,850 310
24 Floral Designers $22,810 $18,880 280
25 Library Assistants, Clerical $22,960 $19,320 520
26 Recreation Workers $22,990 $18,800 2,690
27 Home Health Aides $23,120 $19,250 2,010
28 Waiters And Waitresses $23,140 $18,990 11,800
29 Pharmacy Aides $23,360 $19,780 390
30 Counter And Rental Clerks $23,400 $19,000 1,200
31 Psychiatric Technicians $23,440 $19,120 1,420
32 Packers And Packagers, Hand $23,490 $19,180 1,150
33 Cooks, Restaurant $23,520 $18,960 6,680
34 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $23,780 $19,130 100
35 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $23,790 $19,310 900
36 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $24,050 $19,510 610
37 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $24,090 $19,100 1,220
38 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $24,200 $19,590 5,090
39 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $24,260 $19,020 1,320
40 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $24,350 $19,410 380
41 Food Batchmakers $24,360 $19,180 70
42 Metal-Refining Furnace Operators And Tenders $24,390 $21,000 1,040
43 Dietetic Technicians $24,530 $19,680 350
44 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $24,630 $19,430 230
45 Driver/sales Workers $24,870 $18,980 2,430
46 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $24,910 $19,260 1,580
47 Teacher Assistants $24,940 $19,400 4,040
48 Bakers $25,000 $19,480 830
49 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $25,030 $19,550 4,120
50 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $25,030 $19,760 90
51 Telemarketers $25,050 $20,310 1,080
52 Parking Enforcement Workers $25,070 $19,880 50
53 Tour And Travel Guides $25,210 $19,130 310
54 Orderlies $25,240 $20,510 210
55 Sewing Machine Operators $25,390 $19,180 300
56 Retail Salespersons $25,400 $19,040 23,100
57 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $25,430 $19,710 210
58 Physical Therapist Aides $25,620 $18,810 160
59 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $25,620 $19,000 150
60 Residential Advisors $25,750 $19,240 790
61 Funeral Attendants $25,800 $19,350 640
62 Forest And Conservation Workers $25,830 $18,660 80
63 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $25,910 $20,570 3,800
64 Machine Feeders And Offbearers $25,930 $19,940 190
65 Couriers And Messengers $25,990 $19,390 250
66 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $26,000 $19,460 8,380
67 Tellers $26,220 $20,160 3,470
68 Building Cleaning Workers, All Other $26,240 $19,900 30
69 Nursing Assistants $26,410 $20,570 8,330
70 Library Technicians $26,550 $19,520 190
71 Tire Repairers And Changers $26,580 $19,830 610
72 Receptionists And Information Clerks $26,660 $19,980 5,030
73 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $26,950 $19,950 40
74 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $27,120 $20,060 390
75 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $27,180 $19,510 8,020
76 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $27,300 $21,210 110
77 Data Entry Keyers $27,410 $20,290 640
78 Concierges $27,570 $19,690 50
79 Security Guards $27,590 $19,610 4,810
80 Farm Equipment Mechanics And Service Technicians $27,590 $20,110 200
81 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $27,760 $19,570 350
82 Animal Control Workers $27,810 $20,530 70
83 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $27,910 $19,080 250
84 Miscellaneous Construction And Related Workers $27,930 $20,910 50
85 Reservation And Transportation Ticket Agents And Travel Clerks $28,150 $19,490 230
86 Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians $28,150 $19,900 50
87 Medical Assistants $28,160 $21,500 3,520
88 Helpers–Carpenters $28,200 $19,700 240
89 Radio And Television Announcers $28,210 $18,830 200
90 Interviewers, Except Eligibility And Loan $28,510 $21,220 1,590
91 Legislators $28,520 $18,880 650
92 Helpers–Production Workers $28,630 $19,750 1,640
93 Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs $28,640 $21,190 1,400
94 Pharmacy Technicians $28,650 $20,800 2,980
95 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $28,680 $21,040 410
96 Refuse And Recyclable Material Collectors $28,860 $20,110 830
97 Pest Control Workers $28,860 $19,320 250
98 Bailiffs $28,880 $23,750 30
99 Office Clerks, General $28,950 $19,470 19,110
100 Butchers And Meat Cutters $29,020 $20,240 620
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