Lowest-paying jobs in Augusta

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Augusta

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 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC, 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

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $29,500
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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. Sewing machine operators

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $29,360
- #154 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#48. Switchboard operators, including answering service

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $29,260
- #155 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,590
- Employment: 48,190
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($51,610)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($51,250)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($47,440)
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#47. Outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $29,250
- #184 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,360
- Employment: 34,700
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($60,540)
--- New Haven, CT ($56,490)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($54,740)
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#46. Receptionists and information clerks

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $29,060
- #288 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,790

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

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#45. Floral designers

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $29,040
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,100
- Employment: 36,000
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New Haven, CT ($44,600)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($43,780)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,120)
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#44. Library technicians

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $28,800
- #248 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,070
- Employment: 73,000
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($61,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($59,950)
--- Napa, CA ($57,890)
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#43. Bus drivers, transit and intercity

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $28,730
- #168 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,310
- Employment: 145,720
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($69,940)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,310)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($67,370)
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#42. Packers and packagers, hand

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $28,710
- #205 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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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#41. Nursing assistants

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $28,690
- #296 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,160

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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#40. Stockers and order fillers

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $28,230
- #342 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,420

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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#39. Residential advisors

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $28,200
- #233 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,950
- Employment: 92,500
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Trenton, NJ ($50,560)
--- Napa, CA ($48,390)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($46,210)
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#38. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $28,080
- #201 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#37. Funeral attendants

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $27,410
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#36. Library assistants, clerical

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $27,340
- #171 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#35. Cooks, restaurant

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $26,740
- #304 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,810

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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#34. Driver/sales workers

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $26,670
- #314 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 940

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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#33. Retail salespersons

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $26,570
- #360 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,210

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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#32. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $25,480
- #354 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

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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#31. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $25,230
- #315 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#30. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $25,180
- #338 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $25,170
- #350 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,780

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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#28. Physical therapist aides

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $25,120
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#27. Baggage porters and bellhops

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $24,900
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#26. Couriers and messengers

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $24,890
- #212 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#25. Bartenders

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $24,730
- #280 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

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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#24. Bus drivers, school

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $24,720
- #318 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 870

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,750
- Employment: 361,420
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Elkhart-Goshen, IN ($55,400)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($55,150)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($53,770)
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#23. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $24,650
- #344 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#21 (tie). Parking attendants

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $24,580
- #132 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#21 (tie). Animal caretakers

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $24,580
- #329 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $24,350
- #270 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#19. Food preparation workers

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $23,660
- #341 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,500

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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#18. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $23,300
- #345 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,970

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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#17. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $23,260
- #283 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,040
- Employment: 220,380
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($52,150)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($48,900)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($39,910)
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#16. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $22,870
- #322 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#15. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $22,770
- #261 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $22,680
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#13. Dishwashers

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $22,580
- #303 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#12. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $22,170
- #359 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 930

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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#11. Cooks, short order

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $22,100
- #218 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#10. Childcare workers

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $22,000
- #324 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,130

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

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $21,790
- #273 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,000
- Employment: 324,690
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($37,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,060)
--- Madera, CA ($36,490)
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#8. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $21,750
- #193 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#7. Fast food and counter workers

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $21,690
- #297 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,700

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. Cashiers

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $21,420
- #372 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,060

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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#5. Waiters and waitresses

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $21,370
- #342 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,070

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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#4. Cooks, fast food

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $20,600
- #282 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,660

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. Legislators

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $20,390
- #152 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,110
- Employment: 44,590
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Yakima, WA ($139,690)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($136,400)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($132,460)
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#2. Amusement and recreation attendants

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $20,030
- #324 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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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#1. School bus monitors

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
- Annual mean salary: $19,580
- #121 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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