Lowest-paying jobs in Tampa

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Tampa

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 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, 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. Couriers and messengers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $30,080
- #132 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $30,020
- #157 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 14,800

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,630
- Employment: 1,193,860
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($43,900)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,380)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($41,690)
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#48. Physical therapist aides

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,990
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#46 (tie). Tire repairers and changers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,920
- #217 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,520
- Employment: 93,180
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($44,520)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,520)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,370)
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#46 (tie). Bakers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,920
- #189 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,440

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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#45. Concierges

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,910
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#44. Retail salespersons

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,760
- #227 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 39,920

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. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,710
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,140

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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#42. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,690
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,340

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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#41. Waiters and waitresses

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,390
- #123 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 23,390

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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#39 (tie). Crossing guards and flaggers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,210
- #138 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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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#39 (tie). Driver/sales workers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,210
- #244 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,690

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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#38. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,130
- #173 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 670

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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#37. Bartenders

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $29,060
- #147 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,310

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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#36. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,810
- #251 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,180

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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#35. Library assistants, clerical

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,790
- #137 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#34. Food cooking machine operators and tenders

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,730
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,430
- Employment: 26,710
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Madison, WI ($44,500)
--- Wausau, WI ($44,290)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($43,260)
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#33. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,630
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,150

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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#32. Funeral attendants

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,450
- #90 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#31. Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,420
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,100
- Employment: 11,970
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($45,730)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($41,860)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,810)

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#30. Food preparation workers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,410
- #132 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,930

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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#29. Helpers--production workers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $28,120
- #302 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,210

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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#28. Sewing machine operators

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,870
- #181 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 950

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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#27. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,810
- #232 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,900

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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#26. Orderlies

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,800
- #89 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 850

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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#25. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,700
- #225 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,730

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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#24. Cooks, short order

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,560
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,390

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

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $27,310
- #180 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

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

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,840
- #291 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 16,150

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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#21. Animal caretakers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,680
- #211 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,070

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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#20. Fish and game wardens

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,660
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#19. Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,470
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,970
- Employment: 7,860
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($47,270)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($43,020)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($42,660)
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#18. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,430
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,650

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

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,410
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $26,260
- #216 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,500

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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#15. Childcare workers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,970
- #152 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,760

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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#13 (tie). Baggage porters and bellhops

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,760
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,760
- #214 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,500

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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#12. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,530
- #219 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,680

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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#11. Dishwashers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $25,330
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,010

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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#10. Packers and packagers, hand

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $24,890
- #316 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,050

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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#9. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $24,630
- #169 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,520

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. Cashiers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $24,560
- #218 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 28,190

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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#7. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $24,380
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,060

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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#6. Parking attendants

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $24,270
- #140 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,460

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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#5. Cooks, fast food

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $24,010
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,700

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)
47 / 50
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#4. Amusement and recreation attendants

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $23,940
- #170 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,810

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)
48 / 50
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#3. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $23,790
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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)
49 / 50
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#2. Fast food and counter workers

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $23,290
- #213 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 23,310

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)
50 / 50
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#1. School bus monitors

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
- Annual mean salary: $21,090
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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