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Lowest-paying jobs in Charlotte

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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?

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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

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Pixabay

#24. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

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

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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

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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

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LifeOpenSourced.com // flickr

#21. Non-farm animal caretakers

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

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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

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Digiart2001 | jason.kuffer// flickr

#19. Baggage porters and bellhops

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

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PortoBay Trade // flickr

#18. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

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

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kaicho20 // Pixabay

#17. Waiters and waitresses

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

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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

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rsuehle // flickr

#15. Amusement and recreation attendants

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

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raw pixel // Pixabay

#14. Home health aides

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

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YellowstoneNPS // flickr

#13. Motor vehicle operators, all other

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

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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

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Walmart Corporate // flickr

#11. Cashiers

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

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USFWS Mountain Prairie// flickr

#10. Crossing guards

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

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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

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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

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chefkeem // Pixabay

#7. Dishwashers

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

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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

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raw pixel // Pixabay

#5. Food servers, non-restaurant

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

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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

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skeeze // Pixabay

#3. Cooks, fast food

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

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SocialButterflyMMG // Pixabay

#2. Shampooers

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

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Office of Governor Mark Dayton // flickr

#1. Legislators

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

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