Lowest-paying jobs in Miami

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Miami

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 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL, 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. Teaching assistants, postsecondary

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $30,440
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,040

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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#49. Retail salespersons

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $30,410
- #191 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 85,870

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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#48. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $30,120
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,890

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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#47. Helpers--production workers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $30,090
- #257 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,630

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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#46. Taxi drivers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $30,080
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,050
- Employment: 13,950
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($35,820)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($34,830)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($33,650)

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#44 (tie). Gambling cage workers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $30,060
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,770
- Employment: 11,140
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,530)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($35,930)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($35,230)
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#44 (tie). Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $30,060
- #210 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,950

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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#42 (tie). Gambling and sports book writers and runners

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $30,000
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,110
- Employment: 7,340
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($37,370)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($35,950)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($34,330)
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#42 (tie). Nursing assistants

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $30,000
- #243 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 22,390

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,880
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,280
- Employment: 26,180
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Dubuque, IA ($45,450)
--- Wichita, KS ($45,340)
--- Kansas City, MO-KS ($45,240)

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,750
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#39. Floor sanders and finishers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,510
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,380
- Employment: 4,340
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($60,750)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($59,120)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($51,190)
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#38. Physical therapist aides

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,420
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#37. Food preparation workers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,380
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 15,450

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 (tie). Funeral attendants

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,350
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,630
- Employment: 32,490
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($45,440)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,270)
--- Trenton, NJ ($43,730)

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#35 (tie). Animal caretakers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,350
- #114 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,710

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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#34. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,340
- #180 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,150

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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#33. Orderlies

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,200
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

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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#32. Waiters and waitresses

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,120
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40,790

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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#31. Dietetic technicians

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,720
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#30. Helpers--painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,710
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,270
- Employment: 8,940
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($46,870)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($45,610)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($43,320)
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#29. Bartenders

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,420
- #157 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,750

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. Driver/sales workers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,400
- #271 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,910

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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#27. School bus monitors

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,060
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 830

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,000
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,190
- Employment: 6,730
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN ($78,280)
--- Austin-Round Rock, TX ($74,670)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($73,680)

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#25. Childcare workers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,720
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,980

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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#24. Food batchmakers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,600
- #236 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,530

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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#23. Slaughterers and meat packers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,270
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,010
- Employment: 86,450
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI ($40,850)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($39,300)
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($39,050)
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#22. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,180
- #280 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 38,710

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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#20 (tie). Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,170
- #175 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 15,110

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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#20 (tie). Baggage porters and bellhops

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,170
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,080

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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#19. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,610
- #179 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,430

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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#18. Sewing machine operators

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,510
- #206 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,330

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,500
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,200
- #194 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,880

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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#15. Amusement and recreation attendants

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,930
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,100

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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#14. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,850
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,540

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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#13. Packers and packagers, hand

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,680
- #293 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,710

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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#12. Dishwashers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,590
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,950

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,540
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,850

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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#10. Shampooers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,530
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,160
- Employment: 9,560
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($30,620)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($29,800)
--- Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN ($28,700)
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#9. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,380
- #145 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,610

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. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,210
- #236 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,660

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. Cashiers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,050
- #191 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 56,930

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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#6. Sewers, hand

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $24,840
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#5. Parking attendants

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $24,620
- #131 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,050

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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#4. Cooks, fast food

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $24,120
- #145 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,280

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. Cooks, short order

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $24,070
- #189 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,500

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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#2. Fast food and counter workers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $23,710
- #194 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 43,170

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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#1. Graders and sorters, agricultural products

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $22,740
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,400
- Employment: 25,560
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA ($39,950)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($39,780)
--- Sioux City, IA-NE-SD ($38,850)

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