Lowest-paying jobs in Sacramento

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October 26, 2021
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Lowest-paying jobs in Sacramento

Stacker collected information on the lowest-paying jobs in Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA, 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 2020. Job descriptions are from O*NET.

In Sacramento, the annual mean wage is $62,820 or 11.6% higher than national mean of $56,310, while the lowest-paying occupation makes $28,300. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Cutters and trimmers, hand

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $35,770
- #28 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,190
- Employment: 7,980
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($24,110)
--- Tulsa, OK ($25,530)
--- Pittsburgh, PA ($25,660)
- Job description: Use hand tools or hand-held power tools to cut and trim a variety of manufactured items, such as carpet, fabric, stone, glass, or rubber.

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#49. Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $35,550
- #105 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,960
- Employment: 155,020
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Michigan City-La Porte, IN ($23,310)
--- El Paso, TX ($25,750)
--- Boise City, ID ($26,360)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines to mold or cast metal or thermoplastic parts or products.

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#48. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $35,510
- #248 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,980
- Employment: 98,810
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Johnstown, PA ($19,580)
--- Tyler, TX ($20,460)
--- Cleveland, TN ($20,690)
- Job description: Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine postoperative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.

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#47. Security guards

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $35,470
- #265 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,190

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,360
- Employment: 1,054,400
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Columbus, IN ($22,600)
--- Hammond, LA ($22,690)
--- Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($22,760)
- Job description: Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.

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#46. Umpires, referees, and other sports officials

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $35,390
- #36 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,140
- Employment: 16,590
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($19,370)
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($19,630)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($21,170)
- Job description: Officiate at competitive athletic or sporting events. Detect infractions of rules and decide penalties according to established regulations. Includes all sporting officials, referees, and competition judges.

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#45. Plating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $35,290
- #47 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,950
- Employment: 38,470
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Lansing-East Lansing, MI ($26,980)
--- Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA ($27,200)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($28,260)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend plating machines to coat metal or plastic products with chromium, zinc, copper, cadmium, nickel, or other metal to protect or decorate surfaces. Typically, the product being coated is immersed in molten metal or an electrolytic solution.

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#44. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $34,840
- #281 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,520

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,740
- Employment: 302,410
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- San Angelo, TX ($18,370)
--- Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($19,280)
--- Bowling Green, KY ($19,460)
- Job description: Provide beauty services, such as cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May shampoo hair, apply makeup, dress wigs, remove hair, and provide nail and skincare services.

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#43. Locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $34,260
- #52 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,320
- Employment: 11,530
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($20,510)
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($21,040)
--- Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ ($21,080)
- Job description: Provide personal items to patrons or customers in locker rooms, dressing rooms, or coatrooms.

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#42. Machine feeders and offbearers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $34,130
- #77 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,470
- Employment: 64,240
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- El Paso, TX ($22,090)
--- Greensboro-High Point, NC ($23,410)
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($23,450)
- Job description: Feed materials into or remove materials from machines or equipment that is automatic or tended by other workers.

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#41. Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $34,090
- #174 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,960
- Employment: 91,430
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Wichita Falls, TX ($23,230)
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($23,580)
--- Racine, WI ($24,240)
- Job description: Help installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment. Perform duties such as furnishing tools, materials, and supplies to other workers; cleaning work area, machines, and tools; and holding materials or tools for other workers.

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#40. Floral designers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $34,000
- #153 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,670
- Employment: 36,810
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Oshkosh-Neenah, WI ($19,290)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($21,560)
--- Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA ($22,530)
- Job description: Design, cut, and arrange live, dried, or artificial flowers and foliage.

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#39. Waiters and waitresses

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $33,710
- #347 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 11,860

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,470
- Employment: 1,944,240
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($17,980)
--- Decatur, AL ($17,980)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($18,060)
- Job description: Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.

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#38. Retail salespersons

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $33,690
- #335 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 19,290

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,940
- Employment: 3,659,670
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Albany, GA ($22,740)
--- Hinesville, GA ($23,640)
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($23,660)
- Job description: Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers.

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#37. Stockers and order fillers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $33,570
- #338 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 17,740

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,010
- Employment: 2,210,960
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Fond du Lac, WI ($23,990)
--- Monroe, LA ($24,240)
--- Florence, SC ($24,420)
- Job description: Receive, store, and issue merchandise, materials, equipment, and other items from stockroom, warehouse, or storage yard to fill shelves, racks, tables, or customers' orders. May operate power equipment to fill orders. May mark prices on merchandise and set up sales displays.

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#36. Ophthalmic laboratory technicians

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $33,290
- #32 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,640
- Employment: 26,140
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($23,270)
--- El Paso, TX ($24,790)
--- Lafayette, LA ($25,710)
- Job description: Cut, grind, and polish eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other precision optical elements. Assemble and mount lenses into frames or process other optical elements. Includes precision lens polishers or grinders, centerer-edgers, and lens mounters.

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#35. Helpers--production workers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $33,200
- #181 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 780

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,000
- Employment: 239,340
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($21,100)
--- Topeka, KS ($21,280)
--- Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL ($21,360)
- Job description: Help production workers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

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

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $33,090
- #196 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,050
- Employment: 113,150
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Montgomery, AL ($17,440)
--- Athens-Clarke County, GA ($17,790)
--- Sheboygan, WI ($17,940)
- Job description: Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, beaches, or ski slopes, to provide assistance and protection to participants.

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#33. Bartenders

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $32,710
- #321 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,700

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,910
- Employment: 486,720
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Gadsden, AL ($17,930)
--- Decatur, AL ($17,950)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($18,150)
- Job description: Mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.

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#32. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $32,590
- #312 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,410

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,460
- Employment: 254,650
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($18,460)
--- Enid, OK ($18,780)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($18,960)
- Job description: Serve food to individuals outside of a restaurant environment, such as in hotel rooms, hospital rooms, residential care facilities, or cars.

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#30 (tie). Cooks, short order

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $32,480
- #221 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,030
- Employment: 123,350
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Laredo, TX ($18,660)
--- Gainesville, GA ($18,740)
--- Mobile, AL ($18,820)
- Job description: Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables.

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#30 (tie). Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $32,480
- #340 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,910

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,400
- Employment: 341,660
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($20,280)
--- Albany, GA ($20,850)
--- Dalton, GA ($20,890)
- Job description: Wash or otherwise clean vehicles, machinery, and other equipment. Use such materials as water, cleaning agents, brushes, cloths, and hoses.

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#29. Telemarketers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $32,460
- #84 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,210

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,930
- Employment: 117,610
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($19,280)
--- Erie, PA ($19,760)
--- Logan, UT-ID ($21,130)
- Job description: Solicit donations or orders for goods or services over the telephone.

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#28. Recreation workers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $32,440
- #301 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,120

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,960
- Employment: 325,640
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Rocky Mount, NC ($20,040)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($20,300)
--- Monroe, LA ($21,000)
- Job description: Conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities. Organize and promote activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, games, music, dramatics, social recreation, camping, and hobbies, taking into account the needs and interests of individual members.

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#27. Agricultural equipment operators

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $32,400
- #17 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,070
- Employment: 29,220
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Las Cruces, NM ($22,520)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($22,780)
--- Jackson, MS ($23,540)
- Job description: Drive and control equipment to support agricultural activities such as tilling soil; planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops; feeding and herding livestock; or removing animal waste. May perform tasks such as crop baling or hay bucking. May operate stationary equipment to perform post-harvest tasks such as husking, shelling, threshing, and ginning.

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#26. Physical therapist aides

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $32,300
- #137 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,110
- Employment: 45,790
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Fort Wayne, IN ($19,710)
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($20,200)
--- Montgomery, AL ($20,390)
- Job description: Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.

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#25. Gambling cage workers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $32,290
- #19 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,700
- Employment: 10,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($22,420)
--- Tulsa, OK ($22,980)
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($23,730)
- Job description: In a gambling establishment, conduct financial transactions for patrons. Accept patron's credit application and verify credit references to provide check-cashing authorization or to establish house credit accounts. May reconcile daily summaries of transactions to balance books. May sell gambling chips, tokens, or tickets to patrons, or to other workers for resale to patrons. May convert gambling chips, tokens, or tickets to currency upon patron's request. May use a cash register or computer to record transaction.

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#24. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $32,260
- #343 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,600
- Employment: 179,890
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Hattiesburg, MS ($18,060)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($18,580)
--- Rome, GA ($19,050)
- Job description: Operate or tend washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, leather, furs, blankets, draperies, linens, rugs, and carpets. Includes spotters and dyers of these articles.

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#23. Cashiers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $32,220
- #380 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 22,750

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,710
- Employment: 3,333,100
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Hattiesburg, MS ($19,530)
--- Monroe, LA ($19,780)
--- Albany, GA ($20,320)
- Job description: Receive and disburse money in establishments other than financial institutions. May use electronic scanners, cash registers, or related equipment. May process credit or debit card transactions and validate checks.

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#22. Food preparation workers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $32,080
- #366 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,470

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,820
- Employment: 793,590
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Hammond, LA ($18,290)
--- Morristown, TN ($18,550)
--- Monroe, LA ($19,010)
- Job description: Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.

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#21. Animal caretakers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $32,040
- #323 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,940

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,380
- Employment: 193,660
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Morristown, TN ($18,810)
--- Greenville, NC ($20,320)
--- Twin Falls, ID ($20,580)
- Job description: Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise provide care to promote and maintain the well-being of pets and other animals that are not raised for consumption, such as dogs, cats, race horses, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. Work in settings such as kennels, animal shelters, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. May keep records of feedings, treatments, and animals received or discharged. May clean, disinfect, and repair cages, pens, or fish tanks.

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#20. Parking attendants

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $31,830
- #167 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,910
- Employment: 123,790
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Lake Charles, LA ($19,840)
--- Huntsville, AL ($19,910)
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($20,000)
- Job description: Park vehicles or issue tickets for customers in a parking lot or garage. May park or tend vehicles in environments such as a car dealership or rental car facility. May collect fee.

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#19. Concierges

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $31,760
- #45 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,310
- Employment: 36,800
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Billings, MT ($22,350)
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($24,580)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($25,250)
- Job description: Assist patrons at hotel, apartment, or office building with personal services. May take messages; arrange or give advice on transportation, business services, or entertainment; or monitor guest requests for housekeeping and maintenance.

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#18. Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $31,710
- #69 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,060
- Employment: 36,820
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Goldsboro, NC ($20,690)
--- Lynchburg, VA ($22,130)
--- Tulsa, OK ($22,450)
- Job description: Attend to live farm, ranch, open range or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, rabbits, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, milking, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep and collect eggs in hatcheries.

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#17. Cooks, restaurant

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $31,660
- #310 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,480

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,530
- Employment: 1,109,650
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($20,590)
--- Laredo, TX ($21,000)
--- Gadsden, AL ($21,540)
- Job description: Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.

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#16. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $31,500
- #255 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,150
- Employment: 112,750
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Valdosta, GA ($21,570)
--- Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA ($21,740)
--- La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN ($21,950)
- Job description: Service automobiles, buses, trucks, boats, and other automotive or marine vehicles with fuel, lubricants, and accessories. Collect payment for services and supplies. May lubricate vehicle, change motor oil, refill antifreeze, or replace lights or other accessories, such as windshield wiper blades or fan belts. May repair or replace tires.

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#15. Packers and packagers, hand

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $31,370
- #301 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,510

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,270
- Employment: 599,270
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Wichita Falls, TX ($18,740)
--- Casper, WY ($19,850)
--- Johnstown, PA ($19,920)
- Job description: Pack or package by hand a wide variety of products and materials.

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#14. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $30,810
- #142 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,390
- Employment: 95,600
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Tulsa, OK ($18,650)
--- Appleton, WI ($18,760)
--- Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC ($18,930)
- Job description: Assist patrons at entertainment events by performing duties, such as collecting admission tickets and passes from patrons, assisting in finding seats, searching for lost articles, and helping patrons locate such facilities as restrooms and telephones.

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#13. Childcare workers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $30,670
- #338 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,080

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,790
- Employment: 494,360
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Rome, GA ($17,330)
--- Dothan, AL ($18,370)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($18,440)
- Job description: Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.

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#12. Manicurists and pedicurists

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $30,640
- #92 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,480

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,010
- Employment: 73,010
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- York-Hanover, PA ($18,440)
--- Fort Wayne, IN ($18,880)
--- Akron, OH ($19,540)
- Job description: Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.

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#11. Amusement and recreation attendants

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $30,360
- #307 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,950

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,610
- Employment: 248,190
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($18,040)
--- Lynchburg, VA ($18,600)
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($18,650)
- Job description: Perform a variety of attending duties at amusement or recreation facility. May schedule use of recreation facilities, maintain and provide equipment to participants of sporting events or recreational pursuits, or operate amusement concessions and rides.

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#10. Gambling dealers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $30,230
- #25 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,400

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,110
- Employment: 67,330
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Lake Charles, LA ($17,840)
--- Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL ($18,320)
--- Reno, NV ($18,540)
- Job description: Operate table games. Stand or sit behind table and operate games of chance by dispensing the appropriate number of cards or blocks to players, or operating other gambling equipment. Distribute winnings or collect players' money or chips. May compare the house's hand against players' hands.

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

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $30,140
- #330 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,840

National
- Annual mean salary: $24,800
- Employment: 316,700
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($17,940)
--- Gadsden, AL ($18,150)
--- New Bern, NC ($18,190)
- Job description: Welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.

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#8. Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $29,770
- #108 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,720

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,140
- Employment: 293,910
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Rocky Mount, NC ($19,550)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($20,610)
--- Las Cruces, NM ($21,540)
- Job description: Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; or cleaning, grading, sorting, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.

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#7. Fast food and counter workers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $29,500
- #357 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 23,150

National
- Annual mean salary: $24,540
- Employment: 3,450,120
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Dothan, AL ($18,690)
--- Mobile, AL ($18,750)
--- Montgomery, AL ($18,780)
- Job description: Perform duties such as taking orders and serving food and beverages. Serve customers at counter or from a steam table. May take payment. May prepare food and beverages.

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#6. Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $29,460
- #95 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,050
- Employment: 31,980
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Raleigh, NC ($18,320)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($19,670)
--- Memphis, TN-MS-AR ($19,930)
- Job description: Press or shape articles by hand or machine.

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#5. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $29,370
- #317 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,810

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,300
- Employment: 374,940
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($18,090)
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($18,100)
--- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX ($18,240)
- Job description: Facilitate food service. Clean tables; remove dirty dishes; replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes; supply service bar with food; and serve items such as water, condiments, and coffee to patrons.

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#4. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $28,990
- #309 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,040

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,900
- Employment: 222,550
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($18,020)
--- Dalton, GA ($18,450)
--- Monroe, LA ($18,500)
- Job description: Accommodate hotel, motel, and resort patrons by registering and assigning rooms to guests, issuing room keys or cards, transmitting and receiving messages, keeping records of occupied rooms and guests' accounts, making and confirming reservations, and presenting statements to and collecting payments from departing guests.

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#3. Cooks, fast food

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $28,750
- #272 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,470

National
- Annual mean salary: $24,300
- Employment: 544,420
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Altoona, PA ($17,660)
--- Johnson City, TN ($17,700)
--- Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL ($17,900)
- Job description: Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.

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#2. Dishwashers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $28,420
- #333 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,050

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,600
- Employment: 395,660
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL ($17,490)
--- Fond du Lac, WI ($18,400)
--- Muncie, IN ($18,550)
- Job description: Clean dishes, kitchen, food preparation equipment, or utensils.

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#1. Gambling and sports book writers and runners

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $28,300
- #11 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,130
- Employment: 7,500
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Florence, SC ($19,510)
--- San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX ($23,850)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($23,950)
- Job description: Post information enabling patrons to wager on various races and sporting events. Assist in the operation of games such as keno and bingo. May operate random number-generating equipment and announce the numbers for patrons. Receive, verify, and record patrons' wagers. Scan and process winning tickets presented by patrons and pay out winnings for those wagers.

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