The 10 Lowest Paying Jobs In Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin?

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

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

  1. Gaming Dealers
  2. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  3. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  4. Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants
  5. Dishwashers
  6. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
  7. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  8. Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  9. Baggage Porters and Bellhops
  10. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

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

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

How we determined the lowest paid jobs in Wisconsin

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 689 job classifications in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Gaming Dealers $17,890 $16,000 910
2 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And Coffee Shop $19,890 $16,190 3,950
3 Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers $20,060 $16,490 5,760
4 Locker Room, Coatroom, And Dressing Room Attendants $20,120 $16,770 270
5 Dishwashers $20,220 $16,480 9,710
6 Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop $20,250 $16,490 7,740
7 Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $20,290 $16,480 75,340
8 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers $20,360 $16,520 2,840
9 Baggage Porters And Bellhops $20,510 $16,610 190
10 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers $20,810 $16,580 3,810
11 Cashiers $21,790 $16,770 62,680
12 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant $22,160 $17,000 3,870
13 Amusement And Recreation Attendants $22,270 $16,690 3,690
14 Childcare Workers $22,630 $16,840 5,880
15 Bartenders $22,740 $16,750 26,330
16 Cooks, Fast Food $22,780 $17,650 4,490
17 Food Preparation Workers $23,010 $16,980 7,860
18 Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks $23,010 $17,460 5,160
19 Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants $23,030 $17,380 1,680
20 Parking Lot Attendants $23,170 $17,090 1,100
21 Waiters And Waitresses $23,330 $16,570 43,630
22 Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders $23,510 $17,050 2,120
23 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers $23,530 $16,740 3,990
24 Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $23,640 $17,580 15,860
25 Cooks, Short Order $24,000 $17,240 2,530
26 Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs $24,070 $16,920 5,020
27 Pharmacy Aides $24,140 $17,180 330
28 Personal Care Aides $24,250 $19,650 63,270
29 Laundry And Dry-Cleaning Workers $24,520 $18,020 3,210
30 Tour And Travel Guides $24,670 $16,730 1,290
31 Couriers And Messengers $24,900 $16,980 2,630
32 Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians $24,910 $16,750 270
33 Gaming Change Persons And Booth Cashiers $25,150 $20,180 430
34 Recreation Workers $25,210 $16,820 7,980
35 Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials $25,250 $18,830 540
36 Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other $25,300 $17,610 140
37 Home Health Aides $25,330 $19,500 5,600
38 Bicycle Repairers $25,670 $17,190 150
39 Cooks, Restaurant $25,910 $18,200 24,540
40 Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers $25,920 $17,290 1,250
41 Food Preparation And Serving Related Workers, All Other $26,210 $18,210 230
42 Stock Clerks And Order Fillers $26,500 $17,490 38,840
43 Retail Salespersons $26,540 $16,990 81,160
44 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $26,550 $19,650 10,180
45 Gaming Cage Workers $26,720 $18,870 160
46 Farmworkers And Laborers, Crop, Nursery, And Greenhouse $26,870 $16,860 1,450
47 Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers $26,870 $18,240 1,530
48 Floral Designers $27,090 $18,100 960
49 Gaming Surveillance Officers And Gaming Investigators $27,760 $20,850 280
50 Material Moving Workers, All Other $27,970 $19,970 1,360
51 Library Technicians $28,100 $17,740 2,940
52 Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment $28,160 $18,480 7,490
53 Funeral Attendants $28,200 $19,630 570
54 Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners $28,200 $18,330 43,650
55 Food Processing Workers, All Other $28,220 $21,120 810
56 Building Cleaning Workers, All Other $28,330 $20,790 190
57 Shoe And Leather Workers And Repairers $28,360 $17,520 240
58 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders $28,580 $21,770 120
59 Meat, Poultry, And Fish Cutters And Trimmers $28,620 $21,600 4,310
60 Security Guards $28,640 $20,170 10,650
61 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, And Aquacultural Animals $28,650 $19,010 1,170
62 Packers And Packagers, Hand $28,660 $18,370 19,240
63 Sewing Machine Operators $28,750 $20,970 2,740
64 Tellers $28,870 $21,770 11,060
65 Animal Trainers $28,890 $18,100 220
66 Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria $28,960 $21,150 9,900
67 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists $28,970 $17,130 9,140
68 Occupational Therapy Aides $28,970 $19,840 160
69 Teacher Assistants $29,320 $19,400 25,070
70 Transportation Workers, All Other $29,440 $21,120 540
71 Grinding And Polishing Workers, Hand $29,450 $21,480 2,930
72 Orderlies $29,480 $21,940 630
73 Nursing Assistants $29,590 $22,540 32,310
74 Receptionists And Information Clerks $29,610 $19,240 24,050
75 Bakers $29,670 $21,240 3,570
76 Manicurists And Pedicurists $29,670 $20,260 1,880
77 Demonstrators And Product Promoters $29,700 $19,980 900
78 Cutters And Trimmers, Hand $29,740 $21,200 550
79 Tailors, Dressmakers, And Custom Sewers $29,790 $21,000 460
80 Driver/sales Workers $29,970 $17,170 7,830
81 Residential Advisors $30,110 $19,960 1,790
82 Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine Operators $30,180 $20,070 500
83 Slaughterers And Meat Packers $30,320 $25,500 2,220
84 Physical Therapist Aides $30,460 $21,770 530
85 Counter And Rental Clerks $30,610 $17,340 6,060
86 Tire Repairers And Changers $30,720 $20,750 1,510
87 Office And Administrative Support Workers, All Other $30,760 $17,170 3,780
88 Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other $30,760 $17,180 30
89 Umpires, Referees, And Other Sports Officials $30,860 $16,330 650
90 Office Machine Operators, Except Computer $31,010 $17,870 1,330
91 Tire Builders $31,120 $23,190 90
92 Bailiffs $31,320 $20,220 190
93 Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians $31,340 $21,510 560
94 Rehabilitation Counselors $31,510 $20,990 2,830
95 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Except Sawing $31,510 $22,420 4,790
96 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $31,580 $21,940 970
97 Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service $31,760 $20,720 1,300
98 Dietetic Technicians $31,790 $19,600 230
99 Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers $31,800 $19,280 16,200
100 First-Line Supervisors Of Food Preparation And Serving Workers $31,830 $20,940 17,650
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