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Lowest-paying jobs in Houston

  • Lowest-paying jobs in Houston

    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 Houston, 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. Sewing machine operators

    Average annual salary: $22,870
    Average hourly wage: $11.00
    Total employment in Houston: 1,450

  • #24. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

    Average annual salary: $22,860
    Average hourly wage: $10.99
    Total employment in Houston: 3,740

  • #23. Childcare workers

    Average annual salary: $22,770
    Average hourly wage: $10.95
    Total employment in Houston: 9,720

  • #22. Food servers, non-restaurant

    Average annual salary: $22,540
    Average hourly wage: $10.84
    Total employment in Houston: 2,840

  • #21. Parking lot attendants

    Average annual salary: $22,360
    Average hourly wage: $10.75
    Total employment in Houston: 3,290

  • #20. Home health aides

    Average annual salary: $22,130
    Average hourly wage: $10.64
    Total employment in Houston: 14,200

  • #19. Manicurists and pedicurists

    Average annual salary: $21,960
    Average hourly wage: $10.56
    Total employment in Houston: N/A

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

    Average annual salary: $21,940
    Average hourly wage: $10.55
    Total employment in Houston: 10,380

  • #17. Non-farm animal caretakers

    Average annual salary: $21,910
    Average hourly wage: $10.54
    Total employment in Houston: 4,100

  • #16. Baggage porters and bellhops

    Average annual salary: $21,660
    Average hourly wage: $10.41
    Total employment in Houston: 440

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