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100 lowest paying jobs in America

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U.S. Department of Agriculture // Flickr

100 lowest paying jobs in America

To contextualize the wealth disparity that exists in the United States, consider the jaw-dropping chasm between those at the top and those at the bottom. If one were to aggregate the annual salaries of the 100 lowest paying jobs and multiply the resulting figure of $2,692,920 by 1000, that number would not even be a tenth of the $33 billion in profit Amazon chief executive officer Jeff Bezos raked in during only the first four months of 2018. While it's astounding that one man can make so much more than a significant percentage of the country’s population, it also begs the question: which kinds of jobs pay their employees barely livable wages?

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Stacker listed the 100 lowest paying jobs in the United States according to the position’s average annual wage. Each job’s annual wage is listed alongside its total employment in 2017 and, where applicable, its average hourly wage.

Read on to see how your annual salary compares with the nation’s lowest.

RELATED: Click here to see the 100 highest paying jobs in America

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Skeeze // pixabay

#100. Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

Average annual wage: $30,670
Average hourly wage: $14.74
Total workers in 2017: 51,950

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Rod Waddington // flickr

#99. Helpers: Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers and Stucco Masons

Average annual wage: $30,570
Average hourly wage: $14.70
Total workers in 2017: 11,000

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Joseph A Carr // wikicommons

#98. Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service

Average annual wage: $30,550
Average hourly wage: $14.69
Total workers in 2017: 80,380

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Beauty Blogger // wikiommons

#97. Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

Average annual wage: $30,490
Average hourly wage: $14.66
Total workers in 2017: 351,910

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Aurimas // flickr

#96. Barbers

Average annual wage: $30,480
Average hourly wage: $14.65
Total workers in 2017: 18,810

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no attribution required // army.mil

#95. Helpers: Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers

Average annual wage: $30,430
Average hourly wage: $14.63
Total workers in 2017: 112,080

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Mark Fischer // flickr

#94. Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

Average annual wage: $30,370
Average hourly wage: $14.60
Total workers in 2017: 79,650

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Hunter Kahn // wikicommons

#93. Cutters and Trimmers, Hand

Average annual wage: $30,360
Average hourly wage: $14.60
Total workers in 2017: 12,230

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chmee2 // wikicommons

#92. Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

Average annual wage: $30,240
Average hourly wage: $14.54
Total workers in 2017: 33,340

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Photojunkie // wikicommons

#91. Crossing Guards

Average annual wage: $30,170
Average hourly wage: $14.50
Total workers in 2017: 76,440

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ProfDEH // wikicommons

#90. Couriers and Messengers

Average annual wage: $30,000
Average hourly wage: $14.42
Total workers in 2017: 76,710

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Max Pixel

#89. Gaming Service Workers, All Other

Average annual wage: $29,910
Average hourly wage: $14.38
Total workers in 2017: 9,660

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DC Central Kitchen // flickr

#88. Cooks, All Other

Average annual wage: $29,900
Average hourly wage: $14.38
Total workers in 2017: 15,870

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Brian Fountain // flickr

#87. Counter and Rental Clerks

Average annual wage: $29,740
Average hourly wage: $14.30
Total workers in 2017: 445,530

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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health // wikicommons

#86. Helpers: Roofers

Average annual wage: $29,710
Average hourly wage: $14.28
Total workers in 2017: 9,550

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no attribution required // pixabay

#85. Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

Average annual wage: $29,700
Average hourly wage: $14.28
Total workers in 2017: 912,360

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Mr Tin DC // flickr

#84. Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

Average annual wage: $29,690
Average hourly wage: $14.28
Total workers in 2017: 2,711,320

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Shortcuts smarter business // flickr

#83. Receptionists and Information Clerks

Average annual wage: $29,640
Average hourly wage: $14.25
Total workers in 2017: 1,014,900

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US Dept. of Agriculture // flickr

#82. Dietetic Technicians

Average annual wage: $29,610
Average hourly wage: $14.24
Total workers in 2017: 33,370

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no attricution required // robins.af.mil

#81. Fabric Menders, Except Garment

Average annual wage: $29,530
Average hourly wage: $14.20
Total workers in 2017: 390

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ITRE Bicycle // flickr

#80. Bicycle Repairers

Average annual wage: $29,370
Average hourly wage: $14.12
Total workers in 2017: 12,720

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Myfuture.com // Flickr

#79. Psychiatric Aides

Average annual wage: $29,330
Average hourly wage: $14.10
Total workers in 2017: 65,770

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Martha McQuade // flickr

#78. Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders

Average annual wage: $29,150
Average hourly wage: $14.02
Total workers in 2017: 9,800

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Graham Houghton // youtube

#77. Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Average annual wage: $29,100
Average hourly wage: $13.99
Total workers in 2017: 20,920

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torbakhopper // flickr

#76. Driver/Sales Workers

Average annual wage: $29,090
Average hourly wage: $13.99
Total workers in 2017: 426,870

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade // Flickr

#75. Pharmacy Aides

Average annual wage: $29,030
Average hourly wage: $13.96
Total workers in 2017: 35,960

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Ian Mutoo // flickr

#74. Entertainment Attendants and Related Workers, All Other

Average annual wage: $29,010
Average hourly wage: $13.95
Total workers in 2017: 5,390

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no attribution required // jba.af.mil

#73. Orderlies

Average annual wage: $28,990
Average hourly wage: $13.94
Total workers in 2017: 52,630

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Elliot Brown // flickr

#72. Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Average annual wage: $28,920
Average hourly wage: $13.91
Total workers in 2017: 30,940

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EG Focus // flickr

#71. Tellers

Average annual wage: $28,880
Average hourly wage: $13.89
Total workers in 2017: 491,150

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Bellevue College // flickr

#70. Residential Advisors

Average annual wage: $28,850
Average hourly wage: $13.87
Total workers in 2017: 110,720

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Universidad de Navarra // flickr

#69. Nursing Assistants

Average annual wage: $28,540
Average hourly wage: $13.72
Total workers in 2017: 1,453,670

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GoodFreePhotos

#68. Tire Repairers and Changers

Average annual wage: $28,510
Average hourly wage: $13.71
Total workers in 2017: 114,690

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Fahad Faisal // wikicommons

#67. Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Average annual wage: $28,400
Average hourly wage: $13.65
Total workers in 2017: 14,150

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Downtowngal // Wikicommons

#66. Door-to-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers

Average annual wage: $28,260
Average hourly wage: $13.59
Total workers in 2017: 7,520

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MAtt Wiebe // flickr

#65. Floral Designers

Average annual wage: $28,220
Average hourly wage: $13.57
Total workers in 2017: 43,470

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Patrick Rudolf // flickr

#64. Gaming Cage Workers

Average annual wage: $28,210
Average hourly wage: $13.57
Total workers in 2017: 17,030

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Libraries Taskforce // flickr

#63. Library Assistants, Clerical

Average annual wage: $28,170
Average hourly wage: $13.54
Total workers in 2017: 94,140

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Dori // flickr

#62. Helpers--Production Workers

Average annual wage: $28,070
Average hourly wage: $13.50
Total workers in 2017: 402,140

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Lead Beyond // flickr

#61. Recreation Workers

Average annual wage: $27,950
Average hourly wage: $13.44
Total workers in 2017: 352,350

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Fabrice Florin // flickr

#60. Teacher Assistants

Average annual wage: $27,950
Average hourly wage: Not available
Total workers in 2017: 1,299,800

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Karen Sabin // flickr

#59. Bakers

Average annual wage: $27,920
Average hourly wage: $13.42
Total workers in 2017: 182,890

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Rose Physical Therapy // flickr

#58. Physical Therapist Aides

Average annual wage: $27,910
Average hourly wage: $13.42
Total workers in 2017: 49,290

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Sean Mulgrew // flickr

#57. Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

Average annual wage: $27,900
Average hourly wage: $13.41
Total workers in 2017: 2,164,040

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no attribution required // pxhere

#56. Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

Average annual wage: $27,840
Average hourly wage: $13.38
Total workers in 2017: 35,460

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Smash the Iron Cage // wikicommons

#55. Slaughterers and Meat Packers

Average annual wage: $27,830
Average hourly wage: $13.38
Total workers in 2017: 77,570

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Public Domain

#54. Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other

Average annual wage: $27,760
Average hourly wage: $13.35
Total workers in 2017: 56,820

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PGBS // Wikicommons

#53. Telemarketers

Average annual wage: $27,670
Average hourly wage: $13.30
Total workers in 2017: 189,670

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Austin Community College // flickr

#52. Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Average annual wage: $27,570
Average hourly wage: $13.26
Total workers in 2017: 84,400

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Jorge Royan // wikicommons

#51. Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers

Average annual wage: $27,550
Average hourly wage: $13.25
Total workers in 2017: 7,180

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Paf - Games Sports Casion // flickr

#50. Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners

Average annual wage: $27,550
Average hourly wage: $13.25
Total workers in 2017: 11,210

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kelly // flickr

#49. Sewers, Hand

Average annual wage: $27,540
Average hourly wage: $13.24
Total workers in 2017: 6,190

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no attribution required // maxpixel

#48. Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders

Average annual wage: $27,530
Average hourly wage: $13.23
Total workers in 2017: 3,500

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Phil Dolby // flickr

#47. Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

Average annual wage: $27,480
Average hourly wage: $13.21
Total workers in 2017: 198,470

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no attribution required // pxhere

#46. Retail Salespersons

Average annual wage: $27,460
Average hourly wage: $13.20
Total workers in 2017: 4,442,090

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MAttes // wikicommons

#45. Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

Average annual wage: $27,450
Average hourly wage: $13.20
Total workers in 2017: 2,046,040

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Support PDX // flickr

#44. Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

Average annual wage: $27,450
Average hourly wage: $13.20
Total workers in 2017: 404,120

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Don LaVange // flickr

#43. Funeral Attendants

Average annual wage: $27,120
Average hourly wage: $13.04
Total workers in 2017: 34,970

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Oxyman // Wikimedia Commons

#42. Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians

Average annual wage: $26,740
Average hourly wage: $12.85
Total workers in 2017: 15,310

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Bryan M. Ilyankoff // wikicommons

#41. Cooks, Restaurant

Average annual wage: $26,440
Average hourly wage: $12.71
Total workers in 2017: 1,276,510

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Alpha // flickr

#40. Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Average annual wage: $26,430
Average hourly wage: $12.71
Total workers in 2017: 153,280

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UNIDO // flickr

#39. Food Processing Workers, All Other

Average annual wage: $26,390
Average hourly wage: $12.69
Total workers in 2017: 43,540

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no attribution required // pxhere.com

#38. Bartenders

Average annual wage: $26,260
Average hourly wage: $12.63
Total workers in 2017: 613,350

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Elkagye // wikicommons

#37. Sewing Machine Operators

Average annual wage: $26,250
Average hourly wage: $12.62
Total workers in 2017: 136,530

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Grant Cherrington // wikicommons

#36. Baggage Porters and Bellhops

Average annual wage: $26,100
Average hourly wage: $12.55
Total workers in 2017: 42,620

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Antoine Taveneaux // wikicommons

#35. Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers

Average annual wage: $25,950
Average hourly wage: $12.48
Total workers in 2017: 24,050

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Minette Lontsie // wikicommons

#34. Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment

Average annual wage: $25,770
Average hourly wage: $12.39
Total workers in 2017: 373,290

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Edward Kobayashi // wikicommons

#33. Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants

Average annual wage: $25,670
Average hourly wage: $12.34
Total workers in 2017: 17,950

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U.S. Air Force

#32. Packers and Packagers, Hand

Average annual wage: $25,410
Average hourly wage: $12.22
Total workers in 2017: 700,560

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Lucky Life 11 // pixabay

#31. Waiters and Waitresses

Average annual wage: $25,280
Average hourly wage: $12.15
Total workers in 2017: 2,584,220

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Athuman Komora Garisse // wikicommons

#30. Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

Average annual wage: $25,170
Average hourly wage: $12.10
Total workers in 2017: 190,520

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no attribution required // pxhere

#29. Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants

Average annual wage: $25,100
Average hourly wage: $12.07
Total workers in 2017: 118,850

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Milet Miranda // flickr

#28. Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse

Average annual wage: $25,070
Average hourly wage: $12.05
Total workers in 2017: 282,300

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Max Pixel

#27. Manicurists and Pedicurists

Average annual wage: $24,980
Average hourly wage: $12.01
Total workers in 2017: 104,020

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William Hook // flickr

#26. Motion Picture Projectionists

Average annual wage: $24,790
Average hourly wage: $11.92
Total workers in 2017: 5,700

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Elaine Smith // flickr

#25. Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

Average annual wage: $24,630
Average hourly wage: $11.84
Total workers in 2017: 922,660

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SortingExpert // wikicommons

#24. Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

Average annual wage: $24,620
Average hourly wage: $11.84
Total workers in 2017: 39,810

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New Zealand Defense Force // wikicommons

#23. Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other

Average annual wage: $24,380
Average hourly wage: $11.72
Total workers in 2017: 56,350

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Rachmaninoff // wikicommons

#22. Parking Lot Attendants

Average annual wage: $24,330
Average hourly wage: $11.70
Total workers in 2017: 145,400

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Command Care // flickr

#21. Home Health Aides

Average annual wage: $24,280
Average hourly wage: $11.67
Total workers in 2017: 820,960

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Patrick Pelletier // wikicommons

#20. Hotel, Motel and Resort Desk Clerks

Average annual wage: $24,250
Average hourly wage: $11.66
Total workers in 2017: 253,540

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Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts // flickr

#19. Food Servers, Nonrestaurant

Average annual wage: $24,150
Average hourly wage: $11.61
Total workers in 2017: 264,630

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CQC Press Office // Flickr

#18. Personal Care Aides

Average annual wage: $24,100
Average hourly wage: $11.59
Total workers in 2017: 2,035,610

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Lou Stejskal // flickr

#17. Cooks, Short Order

Average annual wage: $24,060
Average hourly wage: $11.57
Total workers in 2017: 174,230

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Will Tyndall // wikicommons

#16. Food Preparation Workers

Average annual wage: $23,900
Average hourly wage: $11.49
Total workers in 2017: 832,690

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Support PDX // flickr

#15. Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

Average annual wage: $23,770
Average hourly wage: $11.43
Total workers in 2017: 209,350

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Hunter Brady // wikicommons

#14. Childcare Workers

Average annual wage: $23,760
Average hourly wage: $11.42
Total workers in 2017: 562,420

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Tony Fischer // flickr

#13. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

Average annual wage: $23,570
Average hourly wage: $11.33
Total workers in 2017: 145,660

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no attribution required // pexels

#12. Pressers, Textile, Garment and Related Materials

Average annual wage: $23,080
Average hourly wage: $11.09
Total workers in 2017: 42,830

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The City Collee of New York // flickr

#11. Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers

Average annual wage: $23,050
Average hourly wage: $11.08
Total workers in 2017: 436,730

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Antoine Taveneaux // wikicommons

#10. Gaming Dealers

Average annual wage: $22,910
Average hourly wage: $11.02
Total workers in 2017: 94,260

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Aileen Mitchell // pexels

#9. Amusement and Recreation Attendants

Average annual wage: $22,760
Average hourly wage: $10.94
Total workers in 2017: 310,970

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Phillipe De Gobert // wikicommons

#8. Ushers, Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers

Average annual wage: $22,580
Average hourly wage: $10.85
Total workers in 2017: 124,710

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Dan Keck // flickr

#7. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession and Coffee Shop

Average annual wage: $22,530
Average hourly wage: $10.83
Total workers in 2017: 476,940

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Rakoon // wikicommons

#6. Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge and Coffee Shop

Average annual wage: $22,290
Average hourly wage: $10.72
Total workers in 2017: 414,540

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BlockStarDVDs // youtube

#5. Dishwashers

Average annual wage: $22,210
Average hourly wage: $10.68
Total workers in 2017: 503,540

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Paulien Osse // flickr

#4. Cashiers

Average annual wage: $22,130
Average hourly wage: $10.64
Total workers in 2017: 3,564,920

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no attribution required // maxpixel

#3. Shampooers

Average annual wage: $21,650
Average hourly wage: $10.41
Total workers in 2017: 13,330

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Danny Choo // flickr

#2. Cooks, Fast Food

Average annual wage: $21,610
Average hourly wage: $10.39
Total workers in 2017: 503,780

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U.S. Air Force Photo

#1. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

Average annual wage: $21,230
Average hourly wage: $10.21
Total workers in 2017: 3,576,220

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