Lowest-paying jobs in New Orleans

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in New Orleans

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 New Orleans-Metairie, LA, 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. Sewing machine operators

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $28,740
- #167 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#49. Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $28,450
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#48. Crossing guards and flaggers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $28,180
- #148 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#47. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $28,000
- #304 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

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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#46. Counter and rental clerks

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $27,810
- #367 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 930

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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#45. Bakers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $27,800
- #266 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#44. Retail salespersons

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $27,520
- #333 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 15,430

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

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $27,450
- #226 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

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. Occupational therapy aides

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $27,110
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#41. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $27,000
- #305 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 790

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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#40. Nursing assistants

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $26,850
- #359 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,400

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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#39. Orderlies

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $26,540
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#38. Pharmacy aides

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $26,410
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,560
- Employment: 43,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($59,160)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($57,630)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($56,450)
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#37. Cooks, restaurant

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $26,370
- #325 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,180

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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#36. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $26,360
- #265 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,880

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

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $26,140
- #198 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#34. Telephone operators

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $26,050
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,370
- Employment: 3,870
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($50,770)
--- Trenton, NJ ($50,640)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($50,140)
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#33. Recreation workers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $25,980
- #342 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,180

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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#32. Packers and packagers, hand

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $25,960
- #287 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 780

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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#31. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $25,950
- #306 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,110

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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#30. Food servers, nonrestaurant

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $25,890
- #209 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

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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#29. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $25,590
- #329 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $25,220
- #346 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,410

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. Cooks, short order

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $24,990
- #160 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 790

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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#26. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $24,690
- #221 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,130

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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#25. School bus monitors

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $24,660
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#24. Animal caretakers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $24,640
- #322 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 960

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. Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $24,410
- #129 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,680
- Employment: 132,100
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($40,580)
--- Anchorage, AK ($40,540)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,730)
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#22. Taxi drivers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $24,160
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,050
- Employment: 13,950
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($35,820)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($34,830)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($33,650)
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#21. Physical therapist aides

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $23,980
- #158 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#20. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $23,820
- #320 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,880

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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#19. Amusement and recreation attendants

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $23,610
- #184 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#18. Passenger attendants

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $23,460
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,380
- Employment: 21,240
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($47,240)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($43,430)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($40,730)
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#17. Parking attendants

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $23,390
- #155 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 890

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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#16. Baggage porters and bellhops

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $23,340
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#15. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $23,040
- #312 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

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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#14. Manicurists and pedicurists

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $23,030
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 890

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,480
- Employment: 120,540
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($45,320)
--- Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI ($42,170)
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($40,030)
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#13. Dishwashers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $22,480
- #312 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,180

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. Cashiers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $22,060
- #352 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 15,780

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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#11. Childcare workers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $21,870
- #327 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,780

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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#10. Cooks, fast food

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $21,830
- #242 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,490

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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#9. Fast food and counter workers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $21,500
- #310 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,650

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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#8. Food preparation workers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $21,470
- #378 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,180

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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#7. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $21,370
- #324 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $21,300
- #203 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $21,200
- #301 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,630

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. Bartenders

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $20,820
- #378 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,080

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)
48 / 50
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#3. Waiters and waitresses

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $20,570
- #360 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,530

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)
49 / 50
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#2. Locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $20,050
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,220
- Employment: 9,670
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,160)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($40,250)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($39,710)
50 / 50
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#1. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $19,720
- #123 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

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)

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