Skip to main content

Main Area

Main

Lowest-paying jobs in Charlotte

  • Lowest-paying jobs in Charlotte
    1/ Paul Rysz // flickr

    Lowest-paying jobs in Charlotte

    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 Charlotte, 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?

    RELATED: Highest-paying jobs in Charlotte

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

    #25. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

    Average annual salary: $21,990
    Average hourly wage: $10.57
    Total employment in Charlotte: 1,630

  • #24. Automotive and watercraft service attendants
    3/ Pixabay

    #24. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

    Average annual salary: $21,800
    Average hourly wage: $10.48
    Total employment in Charlotte: 1,390

  • #23. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers
    4/ Simon Law // Wikimedia Commons

    #23. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

    Average annual salary: $21,590
    Average hourly wage: $10.38
    Total employment in Charlotte: 1,170

  • #22. Transportation workers, all other
    5/ MTA /Patrick J. Cashin // flickr

    #22. Transportation workers, all other

    Average annual salary: $21,430
    Average hourly wage: $10.30
    Total employment in Charlotte: 330

  • #21. Non-farm animal caretakers
    6/ LifeOpenSourced.com // flickr

    #21. Non-farm animal caretakers

    Average annual salary: $21,380
    Average hourly wage: $10.28
    Total employment in Charlotte: 1,240

  • #20. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop
    7/ Sam Howzit // flickr

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

    Average annual salary: $20,960
    Average hourly wage: $10.08
    Total employment in Charlotte: 3,820

  • #19. Baggage porters and bellhops
    8/ Digiart2001 | jason.kuffer// flickr

    #19. Baggage porters and bellhops

    Average annual salary: $20,830
    Average hourly wage: $10.02
    Total employment in Charlotte: 250

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

    #18. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

    Average annual salary: $20,750
    Average hourly wage: $9.98
    Total employment in Charlotte: 5,700

  • #17. Waiters and waitresses
    10/ kaicho20 // Pixabay

    #17. Waiters and waitresses

    Average annual salary: $20,700
    Average hourly wage: $9.95
    Total employment in Charlotte: 22,010

  • #16. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers
    11/ Paul Rysz // flickr

    #16. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

    Average annual salary: $20,590
    Average hourly wage: $9.90
    Total employment in Charlotte: 1,600

  • #15. Amusement and recreation attendants
    12/ rsuehle // flickr

    #15. Amusement and recreation attendants

    Average annual salary: $20,550
    Average hourly wage: $9.88
    Total employment in Charlotte: 3,980

  • #14. Home health aides
    13/ raw pixel // Pixabay

    #14. Home health aides

    Average annual salary: $20,420
    Average hourly wage: $9.82
    Total employment in Charlotte: 6,400

  • #13. Motor vehicle operators, all other
    14/ YellowstoneNPS // flickr

    #13. Motor vehicle operators, all other

    Average annual salary: $20,190
    Average hourly wage: $9.71
    Total employment in Charlotte: 1,760

  • #12. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers
    15/ Aurimas Adomavicius // flickr

    #12. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

    Average annual salary: $20,180
    Average hourly wage: $9.70
    Total employment in Charlotte: 2,440

  • #11. Cashiers
    16/ Walmart Corporate // flickr

    #11. Cashiers

    Average annual salary: $19,980
    Average hourly wage: $9.60
    Total employment in Charlotte: 28,630

  • #10. Crossing guards
    17/ USFWS Mountain Prairie// flickr

    #10. Crossing guards

    Average annual salary: $19,970
    Average hourly wage: $9.60
    Total employment in Charlotte: 220

  • #9. Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop
    18/ USDAgov // flickr

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

    Average annual salary: $19,910
    Average hourly wage: $9.57
    Total employment in Charlotte: 2,650

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

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

    Average annual salary: $19,620
    Average hourly wage: $9.43
    Total employment in Charlotte: 1,550

  • #7. Dishwashers
    20/ chefkeem // Pixabay

    #7. Dishwashers

    Average annual salary: $19,550
    Average hourly wage: $9.40
    Total employment in Charlotte: 3,430

  • #6. Food preparation and serving-related workers, all other
    21/ Pixabay

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

    Average annual salary: $19,530
    Average hourly wage: $9.39
    Total employment in Charlotte: 120

  • #5. Food servers, non-restaurant
    22/ raw pixel // Pixabay

    #5. Food servers, non-restaurant

    Average annual salary: $19,440
    Average hourly wage: $9.35
    Total employment in Charlotte: 1,620

  • #4. Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
    23/ USDAgov // flickr

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

    Average annual salary: $18,820
    Average hourly wage: $9.05
    Total employment in Charlotte: 38,430

  • #3. Cooks, fast food
    24/ skeeze // Pixabay

    #3. Cooks, fast food

    Average annual salary: $18,020
    Average hourly wage: $8.66
    Total employment in Charlotte: 1,970

  • #2. Shampooers
    25/ SocialButterflyMMG // Pixabay

    #2. Shampooers

    Average annual salary: $17,690
    Average hourly wage: $8.51
    Total employment in Charlotte: N/A

  • #1. Legislators
    26/ Office of Governor Mark Dayton // flickr

    #1. Legislators

    Average annual salary: $17,620
    Average hourly wage: N/A
    Total employment in Charlotte: 40

2018 All rights reserved.