Lowest-paying jobs in Rome

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Rome

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 Rome, GA, 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. Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $34,580
- #211 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,070
- Employment: 93,070
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($56,220)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($54,100)
--- Burlington-South Burlington, VT ($54,070)
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#49. Office clerks, general

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $34,070
- #285 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,990
- Employment: 2,578,180
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($49,980)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($49,740)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($48,850)
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#48. Pharmacy technicians

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $34,010
- #277 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,970
- Employment: 436,630
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($59,340)
--- Napa, CA ($58,620)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($58,390)
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#47. Social and human service assistants

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $33,740
- #296 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,460
- Employment: 398,380
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($56,140)
--- Danbury, CT ($54,870)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($54,590)
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#46. Helpers--production workers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $33,680
- #144 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#45. Firefighters

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $33,640
- #314 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,290
- Employment: 317,310
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($114,210)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($98,150)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($97,470)
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#44. Counter and rental clerks

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $33,460
- #187 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,170
- Employment: 371,620
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($48,760)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($47,080)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,760)
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#43. Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $33,450
- #361 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 640

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,080
- Employment: 1,825,980
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,720)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($54,730)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($54,450)
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#42. Customer service representatives

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $33,400
- #313 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,070
- Employment: 2,787,070
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($52,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($50,510)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($47,490)
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#41. Tellers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $33,360
- #207 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,930
- Employment: 364,210
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,040)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,490)
--- Napa, CA ($42,000)

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#40. Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $33,120
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,600
- Employment: 14,040
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($60,490)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($47,150)
--- Winston-Salem, NC ($45,210)
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#39. First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $33,040
- #324 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,150
- Employment: 1,040,600
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($52,950)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($52,140)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($50,430)
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#38. Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $32,940
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,050
- Employment: 22,160
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($36,660)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($36,340)
--- Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC ($35,630)
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#37. Stockers and order fillers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $32,520
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,270

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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#36. File clerks

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $31,990
- #197 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,820
- Employment: 85,460
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($50,210)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($49,450)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($48,780)

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#35. Construction laborers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $31,980
- #360 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,130
- Employment: 968,760
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($65,910)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($64,590)
--- Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($63,820)
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#34. Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $31,630
- #299 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,950
- Employment: 2,729,010
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($44,210)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,230)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($42,590)
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#33. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $31,330
- #311 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $30,660
- #204 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#31. Parts salespersons

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $30,480
- #355 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,920
- Employment: 265,130
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($48,330)
--- Danville, IL ($48,080)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($47,620)

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#30. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $29,780
- #325 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,240
- Employment: 892,450
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,650)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($47,240)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($44,830)
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#29. Substitute teachers, short-term

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $29,530
- #212 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,410
- Employment: 374,620
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Prescott, AZ ($64,310)
--- Appleton, WI ($63,310)
--- Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL ($58,770)
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#28. Nursing assistants

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $27,710
- #324 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 910

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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#26 (tie). Recreation workers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $26,650
- #329 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,020
- Employment: 264,020
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($50,710)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($45,730)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($44,200)
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#26 (tie). Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $26,650
- #276 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#25. Cooks, restaurant

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $26,610
- #311 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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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#24. Retail salespersons

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $26,420
- #364 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,270

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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#23. Bakers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $26,300
- #294 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#22. Physical therapist aides

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $26,130
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $25,980
- #321 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 590

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. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $25,800
- #341 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#19. Driver/sales workers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $25,030
- #356 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#18. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $24,960
- #253 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#17. Animal caretakers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $24,920
- #304 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#16. Food preparation workers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $24,010
- #326 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#15. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $23,620
- #215 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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. Electrical, electronic, and electromechanical assemblers, except coil winders, tapers, and finishers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $23,320
- #250 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,630
- Employment: 271,920
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- California-Lexington Park, MD ($57,040)
--- Lima, OH ($56,660)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($50,510)
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#13. Bus drivers, school

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $23,150
- #323 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#12. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $22,960
- #299 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#11. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $22,880
- #350 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#10. Dishwashers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $22,740
- #292 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#9. Cashiers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $22,300
- #345 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 890

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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#8. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $22,260
- #357 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#7. Bartenders

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $21,980
- #360 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#6. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $21,830
- #338 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#5. Waiters and waitresses

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $21,800
- #322 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,010
- Employment: 1,804,030
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Glens Falls, NY ($47,570)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($47,080)
--- Ithaca, NY ($44,970)
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#4. Childcare workers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $21,070
- #353 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $20,850
- #315 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#2. Amusement and recreation attendants

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $20,800
- #310 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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)
50 / 50
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#1. Fast food and counter workers

Rome, GA
- Annual mean salary: $20,650
- #349 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,250

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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