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Lowest-paying jobs in Houston

  • Lowest-paying jobs in Houston
    1/ Yellow Sky Photography // flickr

    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
    2/ SupportPDX // flickr

    #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
    3/ Simon Law // Wikimedia Commons

    #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
    4/ Hunter Brady US Air Force // Wikimedia Commons

    #23. Childcare workers

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

  • #22. Food servers, non-restaurant
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    #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
    6/ stevendepolo // flickr

    #21. Parking lot attendants

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

  • #20. Home health aides
    7/ raw pixel // Pixabay

    #20. Home health aides

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

  • #19. Manicurists and pedicurists
    8/ Yellow Sky Photography // flickr

    #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
    9/ Sam Howzit // flickr

    #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
    10/ LifeOpenSourced.com // flickr

    #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
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    #16. Baggage porters and bellhops

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

  • #15. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks
    12/ ILO in Asia and the Pacific // flickr

    #15. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

    Average annual salary: $21,600
    Average hourly wage: $10.38
    Total employment in Houston: 4,230

  • #14. Dishwashers
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    #14. Dishwashers

    Average annual salary: $21,490
    Average hourly wage: $10.33
    Total employment in Houston: 9,010

  • #13. Cooks, fast food
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    #13. Cooks, fast food

    Average annual salary: $21,440
    Average hourly wage: $10.31
    Total employment in Houston: 8,210

  • #12. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers
    15/ Paul Rysz // flickr

    #12. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

    Average annual salary: $21,120
    Average hourly wage: $10.15
    Total employment in Houston: 9,830

  • #11. Cashiers
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    #11. Cashiers

    Average annual salary: $21,010
    Average hourly wage: $10.10
    Total employment in Houston: 61,330

  • #10. Personal care and service workers, all other
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    #10. Personal care and service workers, all other

    Average annual salary: $20,760
    Average hourly wage: $9.98
    Total employment in Houston: N/A

  • #9. Maids and housekeeping cleaners
    18/ PortoBay Trade // flickr

    #9. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

    Average annual salary: $20,730
    Average hourly wage: $9.96
    Total employment in Houston: 19,010

  • #8. Amusement and recreation attendants
    19/ rsuehle // flickr

    #8. Amusement and recreation attendants

    Average annual salary: $20,430
    Average hourly wage: $9.82
    Total employment in Houston: 4,060

  • #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: $20,260
    Average hourly wage: $9.74
    Total employment in Houston: 78,040

  • #6. Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse
    21/ USDAgov // flickr

    #6. Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

    Average annual salary: $20,190
    Average hourly wage: $9.71
    Total employment in Houston: 1,000

  • #5. Shampooers
    22/ SocialButterflyMMG // Pixabay

    #5. Shampooers

    Average annual salary: $20,130
    Average hourly wage: $9.68
    Total employment in Houston: 170

  • #4. Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop
    23/ USDAgov // flickr

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

    Average annual salary: $20,080
    Average hourly wage: $9.66
    Total employment in Houston: 15,440

  • #3. Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials
    24/ Bernardo Fuller US Navy // Wikimedia Commons

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

    Average annual salary: $20,010
    Average hourly wage: $9.62
    Total employment in Houston: 1,320

  • #2. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers
    25/ Davide D'Amico // Wikimedia Commons

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

    Average annual salary: $19,940
    Average hourly wage: $9.59
    Total employment in Houston: 3,330

  • #1. Personal care aides
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    #1. Personal care aides

    Average annual salary: $19,710
    Average hourly wage: $9.48
    Total employment in Houston: 35,910

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