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Lowest-paying jobs in Boston

  • Lowest-paying jobs in Boston
    1/ 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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  • #25. Food preparation workers
    2/ USDAgov // flickr

    #25. Food preparation workers

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

  • #24. Locker room, coat room, and dressing room attendants
    3/ 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

  • #23. Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials
    4/ 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

  • #22. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers
    5/ 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

  • #21. Amusement and recreation attendants
    6/ rsuehle // flickr

    #21. Amusement and recreation attendants

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

  • #20. Baggage porters and bellhops
    7/ Digiart2001 | jason.kuffer// flickr

    #20. Baggage porters and bellhops

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

  • #19. Food servers, non-restaurant
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    #19. Food servers, non-restaurant

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

  • #18. Slaughterers and meat packers
    9/ Jai79 // Pixabay

    #18. Slaughterers and meat packers

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

  • #17. Packers and packagers, hand
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    #17. Packers and packagers, hand

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

  • #16. Material moving workers, all other
    11/ manolofranco // Pixabay

    #16. Material moving workers, all other

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

  • #15. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers
    12/ 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

  • #14. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop
    13/ 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

  • #13. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers
    14/ 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

  • #12. Food processing workers, all other
    15/ USDAgov // flickr

    #12. Food processing workers, all other

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

  • #11. Dishwashers
    16/ chefkeem // Pixabay

    #11. Dishwashers

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

  • #10. Manicurists and pedicurists
    17/ Yellow Sky Photography // flickr

    #10. Manicurists and pedicurists

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

  • #9. Graders and sorters, agricultural products
    18/ USDAgov // flickr

    #9. Graders and sorters, agricultural products

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

  • #8. Automotive and watercraft service attendants
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    #8. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

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

  • #7. Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
    20/ 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

  • #6. Cooks, fast food
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    #6. Cooks, fast food

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

  • #5. Helpers - painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons
    22/ 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

  • #4. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers
    23/ 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

  • #3. Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop
    24/ 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

  • #2. Cashiers
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    #2. Cashiers

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

  • #1. Shampooers
    26/ SocialButterflyMMG // Pixabay

    #1. Shampooers

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

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