These Are The 100 Lowest Paying Jobs In West 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 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 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers are the lowest paid people in West Virginia.

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

  1. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  2. Gaming Dealers
  3. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  4. Dishwashers
  5. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  6. Personal Care Aides
  7. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  8. Cooks, Fast Food
  9. Bartenders
  10. Gaming Change Persons and Booth 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 563 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 2016.

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Detailed List Of The Lowest Paying Jobs In West Virginia

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $19,350 $18,390 540
2 Gaming Dealers $19,450 $18,340 1,040
3 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $19,580 $18,390 2,120
4 Dishwashers $19,660 $18,400 1,980
5 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $19,690 $18,400 2,170
6 Personal Care Aides $19,840 $18,390 10,710
7 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $19,880 $18,390 20,910
8 Cooks, Fast Food $19,930 $18,420 1,720
9 Bartenders $19,970 $18,390 2,560
10 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $20,010 $18,430 1,130
11 Home Health Aides $20,060 $18,420 3,860
12 Cashiers $20,080 $18,410 22,390
13 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $20,140 $18,400 380
14 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $20,140 $18,440 1,570
15 Pharmacy Aides $20,140 $18,430 370
16 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $20,240 $18,410 350
17 Psychiatric Aides $20,300 $18,400 1,310
18 Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other $20,490 $18,360 780
19 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $20,680 $18,510 240
20 Floral Designers $20,720 $18,430 340
21 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $20,760 $18,440 980
22 Cooks, Short Order $20,920 $18,450 420
23 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $20,970 $18,460 6,470
24 Food Preparation Workers $20,980 $18,450 2,450
25 Manicurists And Pedicurists $21,010 $18,430 40
26 Childcare Workers $21,010 $18,440 2,250
27 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $21,300 $18,450 680
28 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $21,370 $18,590 140
29 Cooks, Restaurant $21,750 $18,570 6,110
30 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $21,980 $18,520 80
31 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $22,110 $18,460 230
32 Psychiatric Technicians $22,140 $18,500 1,600
33 Library Assistants, Clerical $22,170 $18,470 900
34 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $22,250 $18,530 910
35 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $22,710 $18,530 130
36 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $22,770 $18,500 1,300
37 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $22,800 $18,480 200
38 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $22,930 $18,550 1,120
39 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $22,990 $18,720 5,370
40 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $23,040 $18,520 490
41 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $23,060 $18,520 110
42 Counter And Rental Clerks $23,090 $18,480 980
43 Bakers $23,120 $18,590 900
44 Waiters And Waitresses $23,180 $18,470 12,110
45 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $23,190 $18,680 4,320
46 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $23,440 $18,610 110
47 Food Batchmakers $23,500 $18,600 50
48 Refuse And Recyclable Material Collectors $23,960 $18,740 970
49 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $24,090 $18,570 350
50 Dietetic Technicians $24,170 $18,940 360
51 Parking Lot Attendants $24,200 $18,560 130
52 Orderlies $24,260 $19,250 230
53 Tire Repairers And Changers $24,270 $18,860 860
54 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $24,370 $20,340 50
55 Tellers $24,400 $19,020 3,300
56 Entertainment Attendants And Related Workers, All Other $24,430 $19,050 240
57 Telemarketers $24,440 $19,220 1,100
58 Building Cleaning Workers, All Other $24,440 $19,010 80
59 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $24,480 $18,640 8,630
60 Retail Salespersons $24,530 $18,530 21,980
61 Physical Therapist Aides $24,640 $19,630 120
62 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $24,720 $18,630 9,550
63 Recreation Workers $24,730 $18,540 1,380
64 Funeral Attendants $24,820 $18,580 510
65 Reservation And Transportation Ticket Agents And Travel Clerks $24,880 $18,880 100
66 Cooks, All Other $24,980 $18,640 60
67 Receptionists And Information Clerks $24,990 $18,970 4,100
68 Helpers–Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, And Tile And Marble Setters $25,010 $18,940 100
69 Sewing Machine Operators $25,030 $19,240 170
70 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $25,050 $18,720 430
71 Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client $25,080 $20,180 5,410
72 Driver/sales Workers $25,090 $18,580 2,320
73 Pest Control Workers $25,120 $18,550 320
74 Couriers And Messengers $25,200 $19,490 280
75 Nursing Assistants $25,210 $19,450 7,580
76 Animal Control Workers $25,220 $18,900 90
77 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $25,360 $18,550 160
78 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, And Samplers, Recordkeeping $25,500 $19,050 420
79 Tour Guides And Escorts $25,560 $18,660 100
80 Community Health Workers $25,570 $18,510 490
81 Food Processing Workers, All Other $25,630 $19,660 190
82 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $25,630 $18,520 1,450
83 Security Guards $25,750 $18,610 5,070
84 Merchandise Displayers And Window Trimmers $25,830 $18,980 660
85 Desktop Publishers $26,020 $18,830 50
86 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $26,100 $20,200 80
87 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $26,200 $18,580 470
88 Medical Assistants $26,210 $19,950 3,750
89 Bailiffs $26,230 $21,110 50
90 Residential Advisors $26,240 $18,560 770
91 Library Technicians $26,290 $18,900 320
92 Butchers And Meat Cutters $26,410 $18,950 650
93 Packers And Packagers, Hand $26,450 $18,470 1,750
94 Parking Enforcement Workers $26,470 $19,450 90
95 Furniture Finishers $26,560 $18,600 50
96 Manufactured Building And Mobile Home Installers $26,620 $19,360 120
97 Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand $26,670 $18,950 12,390
98 Farm Equipment Mechanics And Service Technicians $26,780 $20,090 50
99 Counselors, All Other $26,800 $19,080 30
100 Pharmacy Technicians $27,010 $19,670 3,110

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