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Lowest-paying jobs in Boston

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Digiart2001 | jason.kuffer// flickr

Lowest-paying jobs in Boston

If you’ve ever found yourself saying, “I get paid nothing,” then cozy up to your screen with a 15-cent pack of ramen noodles—you won’t want to miss this list.

Unemployment is at its lowest rate since 2000. But having a job, and having a job that pays a living wage, are not necessarily the same. So while 250,000 non-farm jobs were added to the U.S. economy in October, it’s a different dataset entirely to explore which of those jobs actually pay a living wage. How do things shake out in your hometown? To determine which jobs in the U.S. pay the lowest in Boston, Stacker analyzed information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The data was collected in May 2017 and ranked by average annual salary, with ties being broken by average hourly wage. Aside from the cool fact that the occupation of hand-sewer still exists, the research provides interesting insights as to who truly should get to complain about their wages. Did your job make the list?

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USDAgov // flickr

#25. Food preparation workers

Average annual salary: $28,830
Average hourly wage: $13.86
Total employment in Boston: 11,920

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Ilkka Jukarainen// flickr

#24. Locker room, coat room, and dressing room attendants

Average annual salary: $28,770
Average hourly wage: $13.83
Total employment in Boston: 220

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Bernardo Fuller US Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#23. Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

Average annual salary: $28,720
Average hourly wage: $13.81
Total employment in Boston: 520

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Paul Rysz // flickr

#22. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Average annual salary: $27,980
Average hourly wage: $13.45
Total employment in Boston: 6,510

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rsuehle // flickr

#21. Amusement and recreation attendants

Average annual salary: $27,810
Average hourly wage: $13.37
Total employment in Boston: 3,110

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Digiart2001 | jason.kuffer// flickr

#20. Baggage porters and bellhops

Average annual salary: $27,590
Average hourly wage: $13.26
Total employment in Boston: 590

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raw pixel // Pixabay

#19. Food servers, non-restaurant

Average annual salary: $27,510
Average hourly wage: $13.23
Total employment in Boston: 3,890

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Jai79 // Pixabay

#18. Slaughterers and meat packers

Average annual salary: $27,360
Average hourly wage: $13.15
Total employment in Boston: N/A

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cultivar413 // flickr

#17. Packers and packagers, hand

Average annual salary: $27,210
Average hourly wage: $13.08
Total employment in Boston: 13,920

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manolofranco // Pixabay

#16. Material moving workers, all other

Average annual salary: $27,200
Average hourly wage: $13.08
Total employment in Boston: 350

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Davide D'Amico // Wikimedia Commons

#15. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

Average annual salary: $27,120
Average hourly wage: $13.04
Total employment in Boston: 2,550

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Sam Howzit // flickr

#14. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

Average annual salary: $27,050
Average hourly wage: $13.00
Total employment in Boston: 8,260

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Simon Law // Wikimedia Commons

#13. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Average annual salary: $26,840
Average hourly wage: $12.90
Total employment in Boston: 3,930

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USDAgov // flickr

#12. Food processing workers, all other

Average annual salary: $26,760
Average hourly wage: $12.86
Total employment in Boston: 110

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chefkeem // Pixabay

#11. Dishwashers

Average annual salary: $26,720
Average hourly wage: $12.85
Total employment in Boston: 11,110

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Yellow Sky Photography // flickr

#10. Manicurists and pedicurists

Average annual salary: $26,580
Average hourly wage: $12.78
Total employment in Boston: 4,210

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USDAgov // flickr

#9. Graders and sorters, agricultural products

Average annual salary: $26,350
Average hourly wage: $12.67
Total employment in Boston: N/A

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Pixabay

#8. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Average annual salary: $26,340
Average hourly wage: $12.66
Total employment in Boston: N/A

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USDAgov // flickr

#7. Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

Average annual salary: $26,270
Average hourly wage: $12.63
Total employment in Boston: 47,500

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skeeze // Pixabay

#6. Cooks, fast food

Average annual salary: $26,130
Average hourly wage: $12.56
Total employment in Boston: 4,570

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MamaShaw // Pixabay

#5. Helpers - painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons

Average annual salary: $25,990
Average hourly wage: $12.49
Total employment in Boston: N/A

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Aurimas Adomavicius // flickr

#4. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Average annual salary: $25,660
Average hourly wage: $12.34
Total employment in Boston: 1,850

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USDAgov // flickr

#3. Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop

Average annual salary: $25,390
Average hourly wage: $12.21
Total employment in Boston: 16,890

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Walmart Corporate // flickr

#2. Cashiers

Average annual salary: $25,240
Average hourly wage: $12.14
Total employment in Boston: 55,760

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SocialButterflyMMG // Pixabay

#1. Shampooers

Average annual salary: $24,470
Average hourly wage: $11.76
Total employment in Boston: 430

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