Lowest-paying jobs in Colorado Springs

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Colorado Springs

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 Colorado Springs, CO, 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. Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,760
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#49. Food batchmakers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,740
- #152 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#48. Gambling surveillance officers and gambling investigators

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,650
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,080
- Employment: 9,190
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Columbus, OH ($75,880)
--- Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN ($56,500)
--- Reno, NV ($50,090)
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#47. Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,500
- #261 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,490
- Employment: 108,440
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($60,690)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($59,040)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($57,940)
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#46. Floral designers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,470
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#45. Crossing guards and flaggers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,330
- #75 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#44. Retail salespersons

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,300
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,950

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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#43. Cooks, short order

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,060
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#42. Recreation workers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $32,930
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,020
- Employment: 264,020
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($50,710)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($45,730)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($44,200)
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#41. Stockers and order fillers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $32,880
- #127 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,160

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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#40. Receptionists and information clerks

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $32,770
- #104 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,050

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,910
- Employment: 983,150
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($44,680)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($41,290)
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#39. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $32,650
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,000

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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#38. Pharmacy aides

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $32,510
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#37. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $32,490
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#36. Food preparation workers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $32,460
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,290

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

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $32,410
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,200

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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#34. Concierges

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $32,210
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#33. Aircraft service attendants

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $32,070
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,640
- Employment: 12,170
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($52,950)
--- Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN ($52,910)
--- Memphis, TN-MS-AR ($50,240)
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#32. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $32,030
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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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#31. Bakers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,940
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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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#30. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,800
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,720
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#28. Bartenders

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,510
- #104 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,180

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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#27. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,460
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

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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#26. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,400
- #269 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,750
- Employment: 358,640
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Battle Creek, MI ($60,150)
--- Albany, GA ($53,570)
--- Fort Collins, CO ($50,590)

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#25. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,190
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,010

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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#24. Parking attendants

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,160
- #29 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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#23. Baggage porters and bellhops

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,120
- #19 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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#21 (tie). Driver/sales workers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,110
- #177 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,780

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,970
- Employment: 477,020
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bismarck, ND ($48,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($46,390)
--- Fargo, ND-MN ($46,360)
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#21 (tie). Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,110
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

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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#20. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,040
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#19. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $30,960
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#18. Orderlies

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $30,860
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#17. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $30,770
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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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#16. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $30,630
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,510

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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#15. Barbers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $30,580
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,700
- Employment: 12,910
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($54,020)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($48,170)
--- Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI ($48,120)
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#14. Dishwashers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $30,250
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

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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#13. Childcare workers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $30,170
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

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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#12. Animal caretakers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $30,110
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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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#11. Packers and packagers, hand

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $30,080
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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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#10. Cashiers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $29,750
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,080

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

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $29,570
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,040

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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#8. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $29,450
- #87 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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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#7. Fast food and counter workers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $29,200
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,830

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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#6. Gambling dealers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $28,980
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,960
- Employment: 64,700
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($50,000)
--- Killeen-Temple, TX ($45,790)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($45,250)

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#5. Amusement and recreation attendants

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $28,840
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#4. Cooks, fast food

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $28,760
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,150

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

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $28,720
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,220
- Employment: 9,670
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,160)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($40,250)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($39,710)
49 / 50
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#2. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $28,200
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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)
50 / 50
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#1. Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Colorado Springs, CO
- Annual mean salary: $27,010
- #157 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,350
- Employment: 45,930
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($52,210)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($50,200)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($49,910)

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