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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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USDAgov // flickr

#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

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USDAgov // flickr

#24. Food processing workers, all other

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

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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

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StockSnap // Pixabay

#22. Cooks, short order

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

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Karora // Wikimedia Commons

#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

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C.bazin // Wikimedia Commons

#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

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Simon Law // Wikimedia Commons

#19. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

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

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USDAgov // flickr

#18. Food preparation workers

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

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SocialButterflyMMG // Pixabay

#17. Shampooers

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

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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

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USDAgov // flickr

#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

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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

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stevendepolo // flickr

#13. Parking lot attendants

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

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USDAgov // flickr

#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

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Walmart Corporate // flickr

#11. Cashiers

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

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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

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SupportPDX // flickr

#9. Sewing machine operators

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

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Yellow Sky Photography // flickr

#8. Manicurists and pedicurists

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

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#7. Packers and packagers, hand

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

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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

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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

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USDAgov // flickr

#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

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skeeze // Pixabay

#3. Cooks, fast food

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

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USDAgov // flickr

#2. Graders and sorters, agricultural products

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

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chefkeem // Pixabay

#1. Dishwashers

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

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