Lowest-paying jobs in Miami

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March 25, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Miami

Stacker collected information on 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 2020. Job descriptions are from O*NET.

In Miami, the annual mean wage is $52,970 or 5.9% lower than national mean of $56,310, while the lowest-paying occupation makes $20,450. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Crossing guards and flaggers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,670
- #57 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,140

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,220
- Employment: 85,050
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Killeen-Temple, TX ($20,210)
--- Jackson, MS ($20,610)
--- El Paso, TX ($21,020)
- Job description: Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as streets, schools, railroad crossings, or construction sites.

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#49. Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,580
- #5 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,710
- Employment: 25,080
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN ($24,090)
--- Evansville, IN-KY ($26,520)
--- Tallahassee, FL ($27,950)
- Job description: Install, service, adjust, or repair coin, vending, or amusement machines including video games, juke boxes, pinball machines, or slot machines.

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#48. Shoe and leather workers and repairers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,550
- #6 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,480
- Employment: 7,380
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Lancaster, PA ($24,080)
--- Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN ($24,740)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($27,040)
- Job description: Construct, decorate, or repair leather and leather-like products, such as luggage, shoes, and saddles. May use hand tools.

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#47. Orderlies

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,500
- #40 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,780
- Employment: 43,570
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC ($22,440)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($22,810)
--- Jackson, MS ($22,850)
- Job description: Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment. Psychiatric orderlies are included in Psychiatric Aides.

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#46. Stockers and order fillers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,480
- #135 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 45,100

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

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#45. Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,450
- #22 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,700
- Employment: 14,120
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Beckley, WV ($21,610)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($22,080)
--- Florence, SC ($22,100)
- Job description: Drive ambulance or assist ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons. Assist in lifting patients.

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#44. Nursing assistants

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,410
- #111 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 21,540

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,050
- Employment: 1,371,050
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($21,840)
--- Brunswick, GA ($22,370)
--- Columbus, GA-AL ($22,540)
- Job description: Provide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. Perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.

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#42 (tie). Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,230
- #203 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,700

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

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#42 (tie). Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,230
- #26 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,690

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,220
- Employment: 370,910
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Hammond, LA ($22,420)
--- Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL ($22,850)
--- El Paso, TX ($23,120)
- Job description: Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.

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#41. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,020
- #203 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 11,310

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,630
- Employment: 1,272,840
- Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Alexandria, LA ($17,810)
--- Gadsden, AL ($18,110)
--- Hammond, LA ($18,740)
- Job description: Assist a preschool, elementary, middle, or secondary school teacher with instructional duties. Serve in a position for which a teacher has primary responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,800
- #30 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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

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#39. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,750
- #285 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,770

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

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#38. Funeral attendants

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,730
- #41 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 770

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,130
- Employment: 32,300
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Ogden-Clearfield, UT ($20,980)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($21,320)
--- Lima, OH ($21,500)
- Job description: Perform a variety of tasks during funeral, such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service, arranging floral offerings or lights around casket, directing or escorting mourners, closing casket, and issuing and storing funeral equipment.

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#37. Physical therapist aides

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,460
- #61 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 740

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

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#36. Food preparation workers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,300
- #261 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 19,350

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

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#35. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,290
- #113 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,190

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

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#34. Cooks, short order

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,060
- #140 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,640

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

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#33. Childcare workers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,020
- #278 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,560

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

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#32. Sewing machine operators

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,750
- #56 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,600

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,420
- Employment: 116,520
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- El Paso, TX ($18,940)
--- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX ($21,950)
--- Wichita Falls, TX ($22,070)
- Job description: Operate or tend sewing machines to join, reinforce, decorate, or perform related sewing operations in the manufacture of garment or nongarment products.

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#31. Gambling cage workers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,740
- #8 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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

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#30. Packers and packagers, hand

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,670
- #148 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 13,230

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

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#29. Driver/sales workers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,660
- #74 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,780

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,870
- Employment: 420,890
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY ($19,230)
--- Sumter, SC ($19,740)
--- Dalton, GA ($21,020)
- Job description: Drive truck or other vehicle over established routes or within an established territory and sell or deliver goods, such as food products, including restaurant take-out items, or pick up or deliver items such as commercial laundry. May also take orders, collect payment, or stock merchandise at point of delivery.

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#28. Shampooers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,640
- #16 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

National
- Annual mean salary: $24,320
- Employment: 8,310
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Reading, PA ($18,650)
--- Pittsburgh, PA ($19,650)
--- North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL ($19,650)
- Job description: Shampoo and rinse customers' hair.

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#27. Machine feeders and offbearers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,560
- #9 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,520
- #107 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 36,370

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,410
- Employment: 1,990,510
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($21,200)
--- Sumter, SC ($21,400)
--- Dothan, AL ($21,670)
- Job description: Keep buildings in clean and orderly condition. Perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. Duties may include tending furnace and boiler, performing routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning snow or debris from sidewalk.

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#25. Manicurists and pedicurists

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,340
- #44 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,300

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

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#24. Waiters and waitresses

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,150
- #249 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 42,920

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

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#23. Substitute teachers, short-term

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,080
- #65 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,670

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,090
- Employment: 512,030
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL ($17,360)
--- Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL ($17,470)
--- Huntsville, AL ($17,470)
- Job description: Teach students on a short-term basis as a temporary replacement for a regular classroom teacher, typically using the regular teacher's lesson plan.

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#22. Fabric and apparel patternmakers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,050
- #1 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,880
- Employment: 4,670
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($26,050)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($29,030)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($37,580)
- Job description: Draw and construct sets of precision master fabric patterns or layouts. May also mark and cut fabrics and apparel.

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#21. Bicycle repairers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,030
- #2 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,530
- Employment: 11,290
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Austin-Round Rock, TX ($21,210)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($26,030)
--- Pittsburgh, PA ($27,550)
- Job description: Repair and service bicycles.

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#20. Baggage porters and bellhops

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,910
- #37 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,190

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,060
- Employment: 28,440
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Greensboro-High Point, NC ($19,580)
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($19,920)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($19,940)
- Job description: Handle baggage for travelers at transportation terminals or for guests at hotels or similar establishments.

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#19. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,850
- #203 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,680

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

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#18. Parking attendants

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,660
- #83 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,580

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

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,250
- #2 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,520
- Employment: 9,500
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Waco, TX ($22,580)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($25,250)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($25,490)
- Job description: Help painters, paperhangers, plasterers, or stucco masons by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying, or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

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#16. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $24,870
- #185 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 18,780

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,010
- Employment: 795,590
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($18,460)
--- Valdosta, GA ($18,730)
--- Alexandria, LA ($19,070)
- Job description: Perform any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain private households or commercial establishments, such as hotels and hospitals, in a clean and orderly manner. Duties may include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, and vacuuming.

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $24,700
- #258 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,630

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

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $24,480
- #47 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 810

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

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#13. Cashiers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $24,450
- #218 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 61,300

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

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#12. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $24,120
- #126 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,160

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

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#11. Amusement and recreation attendants

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $24,010
- #192 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,810

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

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#10. Dishwashers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $23,960
- #233 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,370

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

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#9. Food batchmakers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $23,700
- #6 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,970
- Employment: 153,270
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- San Angelo, TX ($18,770)
--- Hammond, LA ($20,450)
--- Tyler, TX ($21,070)
- Job description: Set up and operate equipment that mixes or blends ingredients used in the manufacturing of food products. Includes candy makers and cheese makers.

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#8. Bartenders

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $23,690
- #146 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,210

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

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#7. Gambling dealers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $23,320
- #12 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

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

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#6. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $23,290
- #196 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,030

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

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $23,080
- #10 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,850

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

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#4. Fast food and counter workers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $22,670
- #201 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 54,190

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

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#3. Passenger attendants

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $22,660
- #4 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,410
- Employment: 22,990
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX ($19,610)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($19,660)
--- Savannah, GA ($22,210)
- Job description: Provide services to ensure the safety of passengers aboard ships, buses, trains, or within the station or terminal. Perform duties such as explaining the use of safety equipment, serving meals or beverages, or answering questions related to travel.

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#2. Cooks, fast food

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $21,400
- #108 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,330

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

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#1. Graders and sorters, agricultural products

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $20,450
- #2 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,620
- Employment: 28,640
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL ($20,420)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($20,450)
--- Las Cruces, NM ($23,940)
- Job description: Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition.

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