Lowest-paying jobs in Louisville

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Louisville

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 Louisville, KY-IN, 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. Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $30,850
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,430
- Employment: 17,270
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($52,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,410)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($46,480)
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#49. Floral designers

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $30,740
- #104 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#48. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $30,710
- #181 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,560

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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#47. Skincare specialists

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $30,390
- #158 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,700
- Employment: 50,580
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($79,860)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($67,750)
--- Danbury, CT ($67,480)
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#46. Driver/sales workers

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $30,270
- #197 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,670

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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#45. Receptionists and information clerks

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $30,250
- #227 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,800

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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#44. Occupational therapy aides

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $30,100
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,230
- Employment: 3,370
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($68,500)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($63,090)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($54,170)
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#43. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $30,070
- #153 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,540

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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#42. Sewing machine operators

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $29,810
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

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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#40 (tie). Telemarketers

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $29,530
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,670
- Employment: 115,130
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($63,030)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($49,120)
--- New Haven, CT ($48,680)

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#40 (tie). Security guards

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $29,530
- #332 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,490

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,830
- Employment: 1,057,100
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($70,350)
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($58,440)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($55,500)
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#39. Retail salespersons

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $29,480
- #236 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 16,390

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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#38. Switchboard operators, including answering service

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $29,410
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#37. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $29,370
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

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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#36. Cooks, restaurant

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $29,240
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,600

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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#35. Funeral attendants

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $29,170
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#34. Orderlies

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $29,100
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#33. Tutors

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $29,040
- #234 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,780
- Employment: 147,100
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Pittsfield, MA ($82,910)
--- Santa Fe, NM ($68,440)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($60,110)
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#32. Library assistants, clerical

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $28,870
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#31. Dietetic technicians

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $28,500
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,160
- Employment: 21,610
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($55,550)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($52,700)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($48,370)

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#30. Substitute teachers, short-term

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $28,400
- #224 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#29. Residential advisors

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $28,360
- #230 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 900

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

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $28,230
- #251 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,180

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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#27. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $27,900
- #307 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,060

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,990
- Employment: 285,980
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kalamazoo-Portage, MI ($53,630)
--- Lansing-East Lansing, MI ($53,470)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($52,630)
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#26. Food preparation workers

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $27,770
- #152 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,960

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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#25. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $27,700
- #214 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#24. Animal caretakers

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $27,430
- #172 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,660

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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#23. Physical therapist aides

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $27,100
- #123 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#22. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $26,970
- #258 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

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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#21. School bus monitors

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $26,760
- #81 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#20. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $26,740
- #174 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 770

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. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $26,730
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,020

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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#18. Recreation workers

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $26,670
- #326 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,000

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

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $26,590
- #57 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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. Bartenders

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $26,000
- #217 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,570

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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#15. Baggage porters and bellhops

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $25,900
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#14. Childcare workers

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $25,680
- #165 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,020

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. Parking attendants

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $25,420
- #120 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#12. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $25,140
- #242 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,060

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. Concierges

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $25,070
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#10. Dishwashers

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $24,720
- #171 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,090

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

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $24,640
- #210 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,940

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. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $24,590
- #228 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

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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#7. Waiters and waitresses

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $24,220
- #253 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,280

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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#6. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $23,350
- #234 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,400

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

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $23,210
- #197 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,240

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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#4. Fast food and counter workers

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $22,730
- #251 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,750

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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#3. Cooks, fast food

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $22,580
- #221 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,520

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)
49 / 50
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#2. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $22,480
- #176 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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)
50 / 50
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#1. Amusement and recreation attendants

Louisville, KY-IN
- Annual mean salary: $22,060
- #255 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

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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