Lowest-paying jobs in San Jose

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in San Jose

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 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, 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 2021.

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#50. Cooks, restaurant

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $43,380
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,630

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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#49. Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $43,230
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 13,750

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,950
- Employment: 2,729,010
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($44,210)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,230)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($42,590)
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#48. Floral designers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $43,120
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,100
- Employment: 36,000
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New Haven, CT ($44,600)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($43,780)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,120)
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#47. Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $43,100
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,630
- Employment: 100,860
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Tulsa, OK ($58,060)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($55,720)
--- Columbus, OH ($53,800)
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#46. Grinding and polishing workers, hand

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $42,970
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,990
- Employment: 15,680
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($52,840)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($46,560)
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($45,620)

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#45. Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $42,800
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,030
- Employment: 67,750
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($59,780)
--- Syracuse, NY ($51,600)
--- Albany, OR ($50,470)
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#44. Stockers and order fillers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $42,240
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,500

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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#43. Couriers and messengers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $42,220
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 790

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,270
- Employment: 68,310
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($43,430)
--- Modesto, CA ($42,550)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($42,220)
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#42. Bicycle repairers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $42,150
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,360
- Employment: 14,760
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($42,150)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,650)
--- Boulder, CO ($40,810)
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#41. Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $42,120
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,150
- Employment: 34,140
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,780)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($42,120)
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($41,660)

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#40. Telemarketers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $42,110
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,670
- Employment: 115,130
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($63,030)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($49,120)
--- New Haven, CT ($48,680)
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#39. Concierges

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $42,060
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,520
- Employment: 33,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($47,700)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,690)
--- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ($42,870)
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#38. Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $42,050
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,820
- Employment: 13,580
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Albany, OR ($50,430)
--- Pittsburgh, PA ($49,010)
--- Richmond, VA ($46,530)
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#37. Bakers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $41,850
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 980

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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#36. Fiberglass laminators and fabricators

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $41,650
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,360
- Employment: 17,380
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Elkhart-Goshen, IN ($54,520)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($54,330)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($52,260)

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#35. Machine feeders and offbearers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $41,500
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,660
- Employment: 60,880
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($60,610)
--- Lincoln, NE ($48,580)
--- Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN ($47,560)
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#34. Retail salespersons

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $41,150
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 16,630

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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#33. Bartenders

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $40,980
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,900

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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#32. Helpers--production workers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $40,560
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 850

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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#31. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $40,520
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 15,130

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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#30. Animal caretakers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $40,460
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 950

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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#29. Waiters and waitresses

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $40,260
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,370

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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#28. Physical therapist aides

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $39,900
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#27. Sewing machine operators

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $39,770
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#26. Cooks, short order

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $39,670
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#25. Food batchmakers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $39,590
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

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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#24. Childcare workers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $39,390
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,730

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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#23. Food preparation workers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $39,230
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,010

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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#22. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $39,120
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

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

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $39,040
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#20. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $38,780
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,110

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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#19. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $38,580
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 890

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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#18. Packers and packagers, hand

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $38,460
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,490

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,950
- Employment: 585,270
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,960)
--- Rome, GA ($38,830)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,460)
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#17. Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $38,450
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,960

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,440
- Employment: 277,200
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,490)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($40,560)
--- Ithaca, NY ($39,570)
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#16. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $38,420
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#15. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $38,290
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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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#14. Baggage porters and bellhops

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $38,160
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,040
- Employment: 20,530
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($42,310)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,760)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,160)
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#13. Cashiers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $37,860
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 18,780

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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#12. Manicurists and pedicurists

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $37,850
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,390

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,480
- Employment: 120,540
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($45,320)
--- Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI ($42,170)
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($40,030)
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#11. Parking attendants

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $37,670
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#10. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $37,530
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,280

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,990
- Employment: 285,980
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kalamazoo-Portage, MI ($53,630)
--- Lansing-East Lansing, MI ($53,470)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($52,630)
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#8 (tie). Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $37,510
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,560

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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#8 (tie). Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $37,510
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,680
- Employment: 132,100
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($40,580)
--- Anchorage, AK ($40,540)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,730)
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#7. Medical transcriptionists

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $37,220
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,220
- Employment: 55,830
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($51,700)
--- New Haven, CT ($49,600)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($49,400)
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#6. Dishwashers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $37,200
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,300

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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#5. Fast food and counter workers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $37,090
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 17,430

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

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $37,060
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,570

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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#3. Amusement and recreation attendants

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $36,800
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,530

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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#2. Cooks, fast food

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $36,640
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,290

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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#1. Forest and conservation workers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $35,910
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,690
- Employment: 6,300
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($43,190)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,400)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($40,500)

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