Lowest-paying jobs in Little Rock

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Little Rock

The U.S. may be one of the wealthiest countries in the world but there’s a growing trend of financial inequality, with middle-class households feeling the most impact. In fact, the number of adults who live in middle-class households dropped from 61% in 1971 to 50% in 2021, according to an April 2022 analysis from Pew Research Center. On the other hand, the upper-income level rose from 14% to 21%. The declining middle class in the U.S. can be attributed to various factors including a decrease in unions and manufacturing jobs and an increased need for college-educated, tech-savvy employees.

The COVID-19 pandemic also played a major role in exposing the harsh financial gap as those who fell under the middle- and upper-income brackets were able to keep their jobs and/or work remotely. At the start of the pandemic in the U.S., workers who fell under the lower-income tier found themselves unemployed or having to be out of work, even if temporarily, as their place of employment was closed.

Those who worked in the leisure and hospitality industries were hit the hardest financially. In December 2020, employment in the hospitality industry was down by 23% compared to pre-pandemic levels in February 2020, an unemployment rate that surpassed other industries. Service employees such as housekeepers, food preparation workers, kitchen cooks, automobile glass installers, and animal caretakers were some of the lowest-paying jobs in the nation.

Stacker compiled a list of the lowest-paying jobs in Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by average annual salary with information up to date as of May 2021.

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#50. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $29,800
- #324 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,720

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,240
- Employment: 892,450
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,650)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($47,240)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($44,830)
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#49. Office machine operators, except computer

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $29,760
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,110
- Employment: 32,920
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($51,190)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($50,810)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($48,110)
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#48. Helpers--production workers

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $29,660
- #267 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,910
- Employment: 202,860
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN ($48,190)
--- Pittsfield, MA ($43,910)
--- Reno, NV ($41,940)
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#47. Substitute teachers, short-term

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $29,410
- #215 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,410
- Employment: 374,620
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Prescott, AZ ($64,310)
--- Appleton, WI ($63,310)
--- Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL ($58,770)
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#46. Tutors

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $29,310
- #232 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,780
- Employment: 147,100
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Pittsfield, MA ($82,910)
--- Santa Fe, NM ($68,440)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($60,110)

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#45. Stockers and order fillers

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $29,220
- #295 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,110

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,020
- Employment: 2,451,430
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($42,240)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,960)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($40,620)
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#44. Nursing assistants

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $29,070
- #281 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,920

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,250
- Employment: 1,314,830
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($47,690)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,500)
--- Salinas, CA ($44,210)
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#43. Library technicians

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $28,960
- #246 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,070
- Employment: 73,000
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($61,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($59,950)
--- Napa, CA ($57,890)
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#42. Retail salespersons

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $28,860
- #275 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,890

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,920
- Employment: 3,693,490
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($41,150)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,150)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($38,790)
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#41. Psychiatric aides

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $28,670
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,640
- Employment: 39,140
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($54,830)
--- Stockton-Lodi, CA ($54,000)
--- Utica-Rome, NY ($51,960)

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#40. Bakers

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $28,590
- #245 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,300
- Employment: 181,800
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($41,850)
--- Chattanooga, TN-GA ($41,660)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,160)
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#39. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $28,410
- #189 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,780
- Employment: 98,970
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ames, IA ($44,000)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,680)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,920)
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#38. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $28,130
- #211 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 570

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,570
- Employment: 175,660
- Entry level education requirements: not available
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,740)
--- Napa, CA ($42,730)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($42,000)
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#37. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $27,890
- #228 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,030

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,550
- Employment: 351,960
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($40,840)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,980)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,780)
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#35 (tie). Food batchmakers

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $27,540
- #237 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,190
- Employment: 155,240
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Battle Creek, MI ($65,310)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($56,900)
--- Binghamton, NY ($50,910)

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#35 (tie). Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $27,540
- #259 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,960
- Employment: 111,480
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($50,340)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($41,840)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,120)
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#34. Orderlies

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $27,500
- #91 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,440
- Employment: 45,160
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,820)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($51,370)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($49,740)
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#33. Library assistants, clerical

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $27,450
- #166 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,490
- Employment: 78,470
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($53,770)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($52,500)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($49,030)
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#32. Cooks, restaurant

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $27,340
- #278 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,380

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,630
- Employment: 1,193,860
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($43,900)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,380)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($41,690)
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#31. Pharmacy aides

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $27,190
- #127 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,560
- Employment: 43,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($59,160)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($57,630)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($56,450)

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#30. Physical therapist aides

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $27,130
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,370
- Employment: 42,390
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($45,060)
--- Jackson, MS ($42,210)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($40,510)
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#29. Bus drivers, school

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $26,890
- #310 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,000

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,750
- Employment: 361,420
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Elkhart-Goshen, IN ($55,400)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($55,150)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($53,770)
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#28. Parking attendants

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $26,880
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,210
- Employment: 91,160
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,920)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,670)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($35,420)
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#27. Dietetic technicians

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $26,740
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,160
- Employment: 21,610
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($55,550)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($52,700)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($48,370)
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#26. Food preparation workers

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $26,700
- #203 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,750

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,810
- Employment: 783,350
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($39,950)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,230)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($38,340)

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#25. Crossing guards and flaggers

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $26,680
- #157 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,670
- Employment: 82,690
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,540)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($55,860)
--- Bellingham, WA ($54,870)
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#24. Sewing machine operators

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $26,560
- #204 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,880
- Employment: 116,220
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Appleton, WI ($43,060)
--- Glens Falls, NY ($42,270)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($40,660)
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#23. Animal caretakers

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $26,470
- #226 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,520
- Employment: 225,680
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($40,460)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($39,720)
--- Salinas, CA ($37,420)
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#22. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $26,440
- #306 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,330

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,860
- Employment: 2,036,680
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,030)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($41,240)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($41,150)
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#21. School bus monitors

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $26,350
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,220
- Employment: 55,310
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($49,850)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($48,610)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($47,750)

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#20. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $26,070
- #197 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,500
- Employment: 243,030
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Napa, CA ($46,270)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,930)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,400)
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#19. Bartenders

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $25,990
- #218 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 670

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,340
- Employment: 485,330
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($50,180)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($47,820)
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($47,440)
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#18. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $25,870
- #339 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,790

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,520
- Employment: 392,860
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($48,130)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,400)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($47,000)
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#17. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $25,690
- #213 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,830
- Employment: 157,400
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,740)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,290)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($35,690)
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#16. Cooks, short order

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $25,310
- #155 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,110
- Employment: 124,800
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,670)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,060)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($37,940)

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#15. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $25,140
- #259 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,350

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,580
- Employment: 723,430
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($45,430)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($44,940)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($44,580)
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#14. Cashiers

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $25,060
- #189 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,760

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,780
- Employment: 3,335,170
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,860)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,910)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($35,400)
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#13. Dishwashers

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $24,860
- #167 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 990

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,350
- Employment: 377,040
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($37,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,200)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,440)
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#12. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $24,800
- #312 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,340

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,760
- Employment: 1,187,270
- Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($46,390)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,820)
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#11. Childcare workers

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $24,610
- #220 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,470

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,680
- Employment: 438,520
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,390)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($39,120)
--- Napa, CA ($36,850)

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#10. Fast food and counter workers

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $24,590
- #148 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,270

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,060
- Employment: 3,095,120
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,360)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($34,240)
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#9. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $24,520
- #232 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,040
- Employment: 220,380
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($52,150)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($48,900)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($39,910)
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#7 (tie). Amusement and recreation attendants

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $24,460
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,110
- Employment: 262,170
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($37,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($36,800)
--- Anchorage, AK ($36,020)
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#7 (tie). Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $24,460
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,390
- Employment: 54,970
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charlottesville, VA ($48,540)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($39,670)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($37,140)
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#6. Cooks, fast food

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $24,400
- #137 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,470

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,490
- Employment: 768,130
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($36,820)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($36,640)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($35,040)

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

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $24,300
- #125 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,320
- Employment: 114,320
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($43,930)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,420)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($37,930)
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#4. Waiters and waitresses

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $24,140
- #255 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,030

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,010
- Employment: 1,804,030
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Glens Falls, NY ($47,570)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($47,080)
--- Ithaca, NY ($44,970)
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#3. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $24,030
- #164 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,000
- Employment: 324,690
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($37,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,060)
--- Madera, CA ($36,490)
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#2. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $24,010
- #199 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 640

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,690
- Employment: 336,970
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($38,490)
--- Ithaca, NY ($38,170)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($37,910)
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#1. Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
- Annual mean salary: $23,830
- #91 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,110
- Employment: 26,910
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,040)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($37,370)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($36,530)

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