Lowest-paying jobs in Denver

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Denver

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 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, 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. Recreation workers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $35,480
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,860

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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#49. Dietetic technicians

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $35,410
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#48. Manicurists and pedicurists

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $35,400
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,150

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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#47. Stockers and order fillers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $35,240
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 26,660

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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#46. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $35,050
- #90 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,530

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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#45. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $35,030
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,480

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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#44. Grinding and polishing workers, hand

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $35,020
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#42 (tie). Emergency medical technicians

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $35,010
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,370

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,690
- Employment: 161,400
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($63,500)
--- Coeur d'Alene, ID ($59,020)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($58,770)
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#42 (tie). Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $35,010
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,170

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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#41. Teaching assistants, postsecondary

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $34,940
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,170
- Employment: 121,290
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($59,560)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($59,380)
--- Reno, NV ($57,420)

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#40. Telemarketers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $34,660
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 830

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. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $34,640
- #149 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,970

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,520
- Employment: 159,790
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($45,950)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($45,550)
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($44,840)
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#37 (tie). Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $34,590
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,770

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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#37 (tie). Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $34,590
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,420

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. Waiters and waitresses

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $34,510
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 15,550

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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#35. Machine feeders and offbearers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $34,490
- #93 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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. Childcare workers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $34,190
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,060

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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#33. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $34,180
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,290

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

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $34,070
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 18,620

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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#31. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,950
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,040

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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#30. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,910
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,680

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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#29. Bartenders

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,850
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,270

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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#28. Sewers, hand

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,740
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,350
- Employment: 4,170
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($38,150)
--- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($35,820)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($35,780)
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#27. Pharmacy aides

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,610
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#26. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,400
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,350

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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#25. Food preparation workers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,360
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,960

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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#24. Dishwashers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,140
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,530

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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#23. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,120
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,210

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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#22. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $33,040
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,820

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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#21. Packers and packagers, hand

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $32,620
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,820

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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#20. Animal caretakers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $32,290
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,740

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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#19. Orderlies

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $32,200
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#18. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $32,150
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,360

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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#17. Library assistants, clerical

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,960
- #86 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

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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#16. Cutters and trimmers, hand

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,910
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,330
- Employment: 7,920
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC ($44,360)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($44,160)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($41,880)

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#15. Helpers--production workers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,660
- #218 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,370

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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#14. Parking attendants

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,450
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 840

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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#13. Cashiers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,270
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 25,630

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. Locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,220
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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)
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#11. Passenger attendants

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,100
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 830

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,380
- Employment: 21,240
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($47,240)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($43,430)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($40,730)

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

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $31,050
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#9. Baggage porters and bellhops

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $30,730
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#8. Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $30,640
- #53 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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#7. Fast food and counter workers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $30,510
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 36,120

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

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $30,490
- #52 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,490

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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#5. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $30,420
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#4. Amusement and recreation attendants

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $30,280
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,340

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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#3. Cooks, fast food

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $30,260
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,090

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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#2. Gambling change persons and booth cashiers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $29,850
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,130
- Employment: 17,150
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ($45,770)
--- Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY ($42,910)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($42,740)
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#1. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
- Annual mean salary: $29,550
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,670

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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