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Lowest-paying jobs in Los Angeles

  • Lowest-paying jobs in Los Angeles
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    Lowest-paying jobs in Los Angeles

    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 Los Angeles, 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. Textile-cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders
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    #25. Textile-cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

    Average annual salary: $26,540
    Average hourly wage: $12.76
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 1,130

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

    Average annual salary: $26,450
    Average hourly wage: $12.72
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 2,230

  • #23. Slaughterers and meat packers
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    #23. Slaughterers and meat packers

    Average annual salary: $26,260
    Average hourly wage: $12.62
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 1,390

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

    Average annual salary: $26,230
    Average hourly wage: $12.61
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 7,290

  • #21. Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders
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    #21. Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders

    Average annual salary: $26,100
    Average hourly wage: $12.55
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 1,230

  • #20. Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians
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    #20. Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians

    Average annual salary: $26,020
    Average hourly wage: $12.51
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 790

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

    Average annual salary: $26,000
    Average hourly wage: $12.50
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 7,650

  • #18. Food preparation workers
    9/ USDAgov // flickr

    #18. Food preparation workers

    Average annual salary: $25,970
    Average hourly wage: $12.49
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 38,070

  • #17. Shampooers
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    #17. Shampooers

    Average annual salary: $25,940
    Average hourly wage: $12.47
    Total employment in Los Angeles: N/A

  • #16. Amusement and recreation attendants
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    #16. Amusement and recreation attendants

    Average annual salary: $25,900
    Average hourly wage: $12.45
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 19,110

  • #15. Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse
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    #15. Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

    Average annual salary: $25,880
    Average hourly wage: $12.44
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 2,570

  • #14. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers
    13/ Aurimas Adomavicius // flickr

    #14. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

    Average annual salary: $25,700
    Average hourly wage: $12.36
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 6,700

  • #13. Parking lot attendants
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    #13. Parking lot attendants

    Average annual salary: $25,680
    Average hourly wage: $12.35
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 12,970

  • #12. Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers
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    #12. Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

    Average annual salary: $25,560
    Average hourly wage: $12.29
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 2,440

  • #11. Cashiers
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    #11. Cashiers

    Average annual salary: $25,420
    Average hourly wage: $12.22
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 141,710

  • #10. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers
    17/ Paul Rysz // flickr

    #10. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

    Average annual salary: $25,260
    Average hourly wage: $12.14
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 30,830

  • #9. Sewing machine operators
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    #9. Sewing machine operators

    Average annual salary: $25,240
    Average hourly wage: $12.14
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 21,000

  • #8. Manicurists and pedicurists
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    #8. Manicurists and pedicurists

    Average annual salary: $25,000
    Average hourly wage: $12.02
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 7,450

  • #7. Packers and packagers, hand
    20/ cultivar413 // flickr

    #7. Packers and packagers, hand

    Average annual salary: $24,960
    Average hourly wage: $12.00
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 45,360

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

    Average annual salary: $24,930
    Average hourly wage: $11.98
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 20,160

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

    Average annual salary: $24,880
    Average hourly wage: $11.96
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 2,530

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

    Average annual salary: $24,260
    Average hourly wage: $11.66
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 137,480

  • #3. Cooks, fast food
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    #3. Cooks, fast food

    Average annual salary: $23,920
    Average hourly wage: $11.50
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 39,920

  • #2. Graders and sorters, agricultural products
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    #2. Graders and sorters, agricultural products

    Average annual salary: $23,900
    Average hourly wage: $11.49
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 430

  • #1. Dishwashers
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    #1. Dishwashers

    Average annual salary: $23,430
    Average hourly wage: $11.26
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 31,780

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