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Lowest-paying jobs in Chicago

  • Lowest-paying jobs in Chicago
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    Lowest-paying jobs in Chicago

    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 thing. 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 Chicago, 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 data 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. Home health aides
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    #25. Home health aides

    Average annual salary: $24,180
    Average hourly wage: $11.63
    Total employment in Chicago: 29,040

  • #24. Waiters and waitresses
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    #24. Waiters and waitresses

    Average annual salary: $24,150
    Average hourly wage: $11.61
    Total employment in Chicago: 70,410

  • #23. Food processing workers, all other
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    #23. Food processing workers, all other

    Average annual salary: $24,100
    Average hourly wage: $11.59
    Total employment in Chicago: N/A

  • #22. Cooks, short order
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    #22. Cooks, short order

    Average annual salary: $24,090
    Average hourly wage: $11.58
    Total employment in Chicago: 4,700

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

    Average annual salary: $23,980
    Average hourly wage: $11.53
    Total employment in Chicago: 9,720

  • #20. Food preparation workers
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    #20. Food preparation workers

    Average annual salary: $23,980
    Average hourly wage: $11.53
    Total employment in Chicago: 26,230

  • #19. Transportation attendants, except flight attendants
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    #19. Transportation attendants, except flight attendants

    Average annual salary: $23,690
    Average hourly wage: $11.39
    Total employment in Chicago: N/A

  • #18. Childcare workers
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    #18. Childcare workers

    Average annual salary: $23,680
    Average hourly wage: $11.38
    Total employment in Chicago: 13,120

  • #17. Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop
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    #17. Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop

    Average annual salary: $23,530
    Average hourly wage: $11.31
    Total employment in Chicago: 13,640

  • #16. Manicurists and pedicurists
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    #16. Manicurists and pedicurists

    Average annual salary: $23,110
    Average hourly wage: $11.11
    Total employment in Chicago: 4,380

  • #15. Personal care aides
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    #15. Personal care aides

    Average annual salary: $22,970
    Average hourly wage: $11.04
    Total employment in Chicago: 42,970

  • #14. Dishwashers
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    #14. Dishwashers

    Average annual salary: $22,970
    Average hourly wage: $11.04
    Total employment in Chicago: 12,920

  • #13. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers
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    #13. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

    Average annual salary: $22,820
    Average hourly wage: $10.97
    Total employment in Chicago: 3,680

  • #12. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers
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    #12. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

    Average annual salary: $22,760
    Average hourly wage: $10.94
    Total employment in Chicago: 6,450

  • #11. Food preparation and serving-related workers, all other
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    #11. Food preparation and serving-related workers, all other

    Average annual salary: $22,460
    Average hourly wage: $10.80
    Total employment in Chicago: N/A

  • #10. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop
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    #10. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

    Average annual salary: $22,410
    Average hourly wage: $10.78
    Total employment in Chicago: 12,740

  • #9. Cashiers
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    #9. Cashiers

    Average annual salary: $22,360
    Average hourly wage: $10.75
    Total employment in Chicago: 96,630

  • #8. Cooks, fast food
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    #8. Cooks, fast food

    Average annual salary: $21,700
    Average hourly wage: $10.43
    Total employment in Chicago: 10,950

  • #7. Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other
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    #7. Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other

    Average annual salary: $21,580
    Average hourly wage: $10.38
    Total employment in Chicago: N/A

  • #6. Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
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    #6. Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

    Average annual salary: $21,570
    Average hourly wage: $10.37
    Total employment in Chicago: 112,490

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

    Average annual salary: $21,440
    Average hourly wage: $10.31
    Total employment in Chicago: 21,060

  • #4. Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers
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    #4. Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers

    Average annual salary: $21,310
    Average hourly wage: $10.25
    Total employment in Chicago: 700

  • #3. Shampooers
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    #3. Shampooers

    Average annual salary: $21,110
    Average hourly wage: $10.15
    Total employment in Chicago: 590

  • #2. Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials
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    #2. Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

    Average annual salary: $20,950
    Average hourly wage: $10.07
    Total employment in Chicago: 540

  • #1. Gaming gealers
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    #1. Gaming gealers

    Average annual salary: $20,840
    Average hourly wage: $10.02
    Total employment in Chicago: 1,930

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