Lowest-paying jobs in Baltimore

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January 4, 2019
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Lowest-paying jobs in Baltimore

Stacker collected information on the lowest-paying jobs in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, 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 2020. Job descriptions are from O*NET.

In Baltimore, the annual mean wage is $62,510 or 11.0% higher than national mean of $56,310, while the lowest-paying occupation makes $22,570. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Stockers and order fillers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $31,170
- #264 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 23,830

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,010
- Employment: 2,210,960
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Fond du Lac, WI ($23,990)
--- Monroe, LA ($24,240)
--- Florence, SC ($24,420)
- Job description: Receive, store, and issue merchandise, materials, equipment, and other items from stockroom, warehouse, or storage yard to fill shelves, racks, tables, or customers' orders. May operate power equipment to fill orders. May mark prices on merchandise and set up sales displays.
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#49. Library assistants, clerical

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,880
- #159 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 810

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,740
- Employment: 84,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Rocky Mount, NC ($20,080)
--- Corpus Christi, TX ($20,520)
--- Akron, OH ($20,530)
- Job description: Compile records, and sort, shelve, issue, and receive library materials such as books, electronic media, pictures, cards, slides and microfilm. Locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving area, stacks, or files according to identification number and title. Register patrons to permit them to borrow books, periodicals, and other library materials.
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#48. Helpers--production workers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,780
- #115 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,000
- Employment: 239,340
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($21,100)
--- Topeka, KS ($21,280)
--- Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL ($21,360)
- Job description: Help production workers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.
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#47. Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,730
- #57 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,800
- Employment: 147,760
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($20,270)
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($20,500)
--- New Bern, NC ($21,670)
- Job description: Use hands or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.
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#46. Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,570
- #8 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,480
- Employment: 99,890
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Knoxville, TN ($23,750)
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($24,700)
--- Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ ($28,310)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend paper goods machines that perform a variety of functions, such as converting, sawing, corrugating, banding, wrapping, boxing, stitching, forming, or sealing paper or paperboard sheets into products.
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#45. Machine feeders and offbearers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,410
- #32 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,470
- Employment: 64,240
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- El Paso, TX ($22,090)
--- Greensboro-High Point, NC ($23,410)
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($23,450)
- Job description: Feed materials into or remove materials from machines or equipment that is automatic or tended by other workers.
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#44. Helpers--electricians

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,380
- #47 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,440
- Employment: 73,920
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Burlington, NC ($18,470)
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($25,240)
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($25,510)
- Job description: Help electricians by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying, or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.
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#43. Cooks, short order

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,360
- #193 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,030
- Employment: 123,350
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Laredo, TX ($18,660)
--- Gainesville, GA ($18,740)
--- Mobile, AL ($18,820)
- Job description: Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables.
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#42. Animal caretakers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,220
- #290 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,510

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,380
- Employment: 193,660
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Morristown, TN ($18,810)
--- Greenville, NC ($20,320)
--- Twin Falls, ID ($20,580)
- Job description: Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise provide care to promote and maintain the well-being of pets and other animals that are not raised for consumption, such as dogs, cats, race horses, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. Work in settings such as kennels, animal shelters, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. May keep records of feedings, treatments, and animals received or discharged. May clean, disinfect, and repair cages, pens, or fish tanks.
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#41. Residential advisors

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,190
- #88 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,020

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,430
- Employment: 102,450
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Gadsden, AL ($20,950)
--- Jonesboro, AR ($20,980)
--- Amarillo, TX ($21,360)
- Job description: Coordinate activities in resident facilities in secondary school and college dormitories, group homes, or similar establishments. Order supplies and determine need for maintenance, repairs, and furnishings. May maintain household records and assign rooms. May assist residents with problem solving or refer them to counseling resources.
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#40. Cooks, restaurant

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,140
- #277 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,070

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,530
- Employment: 1,109,650
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($20,590)
--- Laredo, TX ($21,000)
--- Gadsden, AL ($21,540)
- Job description: Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.
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#39. Refuse and recyclable material collectors

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,060
- #33 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,000

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,620
- Employment: 120,850
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Morristown, TN ($24,150)
--- Rocky Mount, NC ($24,650)
--- Gainesville, GA ($25,500)
- Job description: Collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into truck. May drive truck.
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#38. Funeral attendants

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,030
- #70 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,130
- Employment: 32,300
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Ogden-Clearfield, UT ($20,980)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($21,320)
--- Lima, OH ($21,500)
- Job description: Perform a variety of tasks during funeral, such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service, arranging floral offerings or lights around casket, directing or escorting mourners, closing casket, and issuing and storing funeral equipment.
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#37. Retail salespersons

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,970
- #208 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30,430

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,940
- Employment: 3,659,670
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Albany, GA ($22,740)
--- Hinesville, GA ($23,640)
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($23,660)
- Job description: Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers.
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#36. Sewing machine operators

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,940
- #127 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,420
- Employment: 116,520
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- El Paso, TX ($18,940)
--- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX ($21,950)
--- Wichita Falls, TX ($22,070)
- Job description: Operate or tend sewing machines to join, reinforce, decorate, or perform related sewing operations in the manufacture of garment or nongarment products.
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#35. Adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,800
- #3 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,640
- Employment: 12,400
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Greensboro-High Point, NC ($28,230)
--- Elkhart-Goshen, IN ($29,770)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($29,800)
- Job description: Operate or tend bonding machines that use adhesives to join items for further processing or to form a completed product. Processes include joining veneer sheets into plywood; gluing paper; or joining rubber and rubberized fabric parts, plastic, simulated leather, or other materials.
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#34. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,640
- #204 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 19,760

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,410
- Employment: 1,990,510
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($21,200)
--- Sumter, SC ($21,400)
--- Dothan, AL ($21,670)
- Job description: Keep buildings in clean and orderly condition. Perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. Duties may include tending furnace and boiler, performing routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning snow or debris from sidewalk.
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#33. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,460
- #247 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,170

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,400
- Employment: 341,660
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($20,280)
--- Albany, GA ($20,850)
--- Dalton, GA ($20,890)
- Job description: Wash or otherwise clean vehicles, machinery, and other equipment. Use such materials as water, cleaning agents, brushes, cloths, and hoses.
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#32. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,120
- #199 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,310

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,150
- Employment: 112,750
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Valdosta, GA ($21,570)
--- Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA ($21,740)
--- La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN ($21,950)
- Job description: Service automobiles, buses, trucks, boats, and other automotive or marine vehicles with fuel, lubricants, and accessories. Collect payment for services and supplies. May lubricate vehicle, change motor oil, refill antifreeze, or replace lights or other accessories, such as windshield wiper blades or fan belts. May repair or replace tires.
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#31. Pharmacy aides

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,060
- #71 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,250
- Employment: 38,900
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($20,300)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($21,220)
--- Grand Island, NE ($21,360)
- Job description: Record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise, and inform the supervisor of stock needs. May operate cash register and accept prescriptions for filling.
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#30. Floral designers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,040
- #83 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,670
- Employment: 36,810
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Oshkosh-Neenah, WI ($19,290)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($21,560)
--- Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA ($22,530)
- Job description: Design, cut, and arrange live, dried, or artificial flowers and foliage.
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#29. Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $28,990
- #5 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,370
- Employment: 18,830
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI ($22,960)
--- Asheville, NC ($23,670)
--- Winston-Salem, NC ($26,450)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend machines that knit, loop, weave, or draw in textiles.
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#28. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $28,880
- #306 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,140

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,900
- Employment: 222,550
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($18,020)
--- Dalton, GA ($18,450)
--- Monroe, LA ($18,500)
- Job description: Accommodate hotel, motel, and resort patrons by registering and assigning rooms to guests, issuing room keys or cards, transmitting and receiving messages, keeping records of occupied rooms and guests' accounts, making and confirming reservations, and presenting statements to and collecting payments from departing guests.
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#27. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $28,740
- #130 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,390
- Employment: 95,600
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Tulsa, OK ($18,650)
--- Appleton, WI ($18,760)
--- Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC ($18,930)
- Job description: Assist patrons at entertainment events by performing duties, such as collecting admission tickets and passes from patrons, assisting in finding seats, searching for lost articles, and helping patrons locate such facilities as restrooms and telephones.
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#26. Crossing guards and flaggers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $28,570
- #54 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,230

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,220
- Employment: 85,050
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Killeen-Temple, TX ($20,210)
--- Jackson, MS ($20,610)
--- El Paso, TX ($21,020)
- Job description: Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as streets, schools, railroad crossings, or construction sites.
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#25. Orderlies

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $28,530
- #41 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 870

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,780
- Employment: 43,570
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC ($22,440)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($22,810)
--- Jackson, MS ($22,850)
- Job description: Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment. Psychiatric orderlies are included in Psychiatric Aides.
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#24. Graders and sorters, agricultural products

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $28,400
- #18 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,620
- Employment: 28,640
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL ($20,420)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($20,450)
--- Las Cruces, NM ($23,940)
- Job description: Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition.
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#23. Food preparation workers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $28,360
- #289 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,110

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,820
- Employment: 793,590
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Hammond, LA ($18,290)
--- Morristown, TN ($18,550)
--- Monroe, LA ($19,010)
- Job description: Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.
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#22. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $27,690
- #281 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,740

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,010
- Employment: 795,590
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($18,460)
--- Valdosta, GA ($18,730)
--- Alexandria, LA ($19,070)
- Job description: Perform any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain private households or commercial establishments, such as hotels and hospitals, in a clean and orderly manner. Duties may include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, and vacuuming.
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#21. Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $27,650
- #71 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,140
- Employment: 293,910
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Rocky Mount, NC ($19,550)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($20,610)
--- Las Cruces, NM ($21,540)
- Job description: Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; or cleaning, grading, sorting, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.
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#20. Bartenders

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $27,580
- #243 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,930

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,910
- Employment: 486,720
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Gadsden, AL ($17,930)
--- Decatur, AL ($17,950)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($18,150)
- Job description: Mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.
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#19. Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $27,280
- #11 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,890
- Employment: 12,650
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($18,940)
--- El Paso, TX ($24,480)
--- Cleveland, TN ($24,650)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut textiles.
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#18. Parking attendants

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $27,260
- #113 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,910
- Employment: 123,790
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Lake Charles, LA ($19,840)
--- Huntsville, AL ($19,910)
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($20,000)
- Job description: Park vehicles or issue tickets for customers in a parking lot or garage. May park or tend vehicles in environments such as a car dealership or rental car facility. May collect fee.
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#17. Physical therapist aides

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $27,150
- #52 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 830

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,110
- Employment: 45,790
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Fort Wayne, IN ($19,710)
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($20,200)
--- Montgomery, AL ($20,390)
- Job description: Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.
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#16. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $26,830
- #146 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 740

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,050
- Employment: 113,150
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Montgomery, AL ($17,440)
--- Athens-Clarke County, GA ($17,790)
--- Sheboygan, WI ($17,940)
- Job description: Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, beaches, or ski slopes, to provide assistance and protection to participants.
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#15. Waiters and waitresses

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $26,550
- #254 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 17,430

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,470
- Employment: 1,944,240
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($17,980)
--- Decatur, AL ($17,980)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($18,060)
- Job description: Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.
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#14. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $26,260
- #263 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,320

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,300
- Employment: 374,940
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($18,090)
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($18,100)
--- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX ($18,240)
- Job description: Facilitate food service. Clean tables; remove dirty dishes; replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes; supply service bar with food; and serve items such as water, condiments, and coffee to patrons.
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#13. Amusement and recreation attendants

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $25,930
- #233 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,340

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,610
- Employment: 248,190
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($18,040)
--- Lynchburg, VA ($18,600)
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($18,650)
- Job description: Perform a variety of attending duties at amusement or recreation facility. May schedule use of recreation facilities, maintain and provide equipment to participants of sporting events or recreational pursuits, or operate amusement concessions and rides.
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#12. Childcare workers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $25,900
- #246 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,180

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,790
- Employment: 494,360
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Rome, GA ($17,330)
--- Dothan, AL ($18,370)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($18,440)
- Job description: Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.
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#11. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $25,860
- #204 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,840

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,460
- Employment: 254,650
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($18,460)
--- Enid, OK ($18,780)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($18,960)
- Job description: Serve food to individuals outside of a restaurant environment, such as in hotel rooms, hospital rooms, residential care facilities, or cars.
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#10. Manicurists and pedicurists

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $25,810
- #38 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,010
- Employment: 73,010
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- York-Hanover, PA ($18,440)
--- Fort Wayne, IN ($18,880)
--- Akron, OH ($19,540)
- Job description: Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.
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#9. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $25,790
- #270 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,400

National
- Annual mean salary: $24,800
- Employment: 316,700
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($17,940)
--- Gadsden, AL ($18,150)
--- New Bern, NC ($18,190)
- Job description: Welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.
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#8. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $25,710
- #197 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,260

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,600
- Employment: 179,890
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Hattiesburg, MS ($18,060)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($18,580)
--- Rome, GA ($19,050)
- Job description: Operate or tend washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, leather, furs, blankets, draperies, linens, rugs, and carpets. Includes spotters and dyers of these articles.
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#7. Cashiers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $25,700
- #273 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 28,170

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,710
- Employment: 3,333,100
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Hattiesburg, MS ($19,530)
--- Monroe, LA ($19,780)
--- Albany, GA ($20,320)
- Job description: Receive and disburse money in establishments other than financial institutions. May use electronic scanners, cash registers, or related equipment. May process credit or debit card transactions and validate checks.
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#6. Fast food and counter workers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $25,310
- #278 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 24,660

National
- Annual mean salary: $24,540
- Employment: 3,450,120
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Dothan, AL ($18,690)
--- Mobile, AL ($18,750)
--- Montgomery, AL ($18,780)
- Job description: Perform duties such as taking orders and serving food and beverages. Serve customers at counter or from a steam table. May take payment. May prepare food and beverages.
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#5. Dishwashers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $25,260
- #272 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,980

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,600
- Employment: 395,660
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL ($17,490)
--- Fond du Lac, WI ($18,400)
--- Muncie, IN ($18,550)
- Job description: Clean dishes, kitchen, food preparation equipment, or utensils.
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#4. Cooks, fast food

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $24,990
- #214 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,160

National
- Annual mean salary: $24,300
- Employment: 544,420
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Altoona, PA ($17,660)
--- Johnson City, TN ($17,700)
--- Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL ($17,900)
- Job description: Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.
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#3. Shampooers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $24,630
- #13 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $24,320
- Employment: 8,310
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Reading, PA ($18,650)
--- Pittsburgh, PA ($19,650)
--- North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL ($19,650)
- Job description: Shampoo and rinse customers' hair.
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#2. Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $24,540
- #50 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,050
- Employment: 31,980
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Raleigh, NC ($18,320)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($19,670)
--- Memphis, TN-MS-AR ($19,930)
- Job description: Press or shape articles by hand or machine.
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#1. Gambling dealers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $22,570
- #11 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,110
- Employment: 67,330
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Lake Charles, LA ($17,840)
--- Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL ($18,320)
--- Reno, NV ($18,540)
- Job description: Operate table games. Stand or sit behind table and operate games of chance by dispensing the appropriate number of cards or blocks to players, or operating other gambling equipment. Distribute winnings or collect players' money or chips. May compare the house's hand against players' hands.

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