Lowest-paying jobs in Baltimore

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Baltimore

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 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 2021.

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#50. Skincare specialists

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $32,770
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

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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#49. Floral designers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $32,380
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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, restaurant

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $32,360
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,470

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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#47. Tire repairers and changers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $32,310
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 870

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,520
- Employment: 93,180
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($44,520)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,520)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,370)
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#46. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $32,090
- #114 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 17,030

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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#45. Packers and packagers, hand

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $32,040
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,300

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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#44. Recreation workers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $31,990
- #127 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,160

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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#43. Driver/sales workers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $31,980
- #143 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,760

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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#42. Gambling change persons and booth cashiers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $31,850
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,130
- Employment: 17,150
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ($45,770)
--- Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY ($42,910)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($42,740)
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#41. Funeral attendants

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $31,670
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#40. Crossing guards and flaggers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $31,530
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,310

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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#38 (tie). Barbers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $31,430
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,700
- Employment: 12,910
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($54,020)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($48,170)
--- Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI ($48,120)
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#38 (tie). Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $31,430
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,100
- Employment: 11,970
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($45,730)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($41,860)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,810)
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#37. Retail salespersons

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $31,410
- #144 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 33,220

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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#36. Refuse and recyclable material collectors

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $31,340
- #251 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,180

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,780
- Employment: 126,050
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($70,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($69,470)
--- Napa, CA ($60,830)

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#35. Bartenders

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $31,310
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,660

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

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $31,270
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,200

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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#33. Telemarketers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $31,160
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#32. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $31,130
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,310

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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#31. Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $31,080
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#30. Library assistants, clerical

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,840
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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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#29. Pharmacy aides

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,540
- #91 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

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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#28. Waiters and waitresses

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,380
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 16,470

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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#27. Animal caretakers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,220
- #96 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,940

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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#26. Physical therapist aides

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,090
- #76 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 730

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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#25. Orderlies

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $30,080
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

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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#24. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,990
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,010

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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#23. Sewing machine operators

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,810
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 730

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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#22. Food preparation workers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,740
- #104 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,420

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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#21. Childcare workers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,710
- #81 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,450

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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#20. Manicurists and pedicurists

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,640
- #76 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,010

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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#19. Amusement and recreation attendants

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,530
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 990

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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#17 (tie). Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,360
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,610

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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#17 (tie). Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,360
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,380

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,690
- Employment: 336,970
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($38,490)
--- Ithaca, NY ($38,170)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($37,910)
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#16. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $29,130
- #90 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,070

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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#15. Parking attendants

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $28,990
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

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

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $28,880
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,110
- Employment: 26,910
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,040)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($37,370)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($36,530)
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#13. Cooks, short order

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $28,700
- #85 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,200

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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#12. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $28,450
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,100

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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#11. Baggage porters and bellhops

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $28,410
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#10. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $28,320
- #114 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,180

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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#9. Fast food and counter workers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $28,060
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 22,200

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

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $28,000
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 640

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,320
- Employment: 114,320
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($43,930)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,420)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($37,930)
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#7. Dishwashers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $27,830
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,520

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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#6. Cashiers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $27,720
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 27,370

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,780
- Employment: 3,335,170
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,860)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,910)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($35,400)

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

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $27,450
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,300

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)
47 / 50
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#4. School bus monitors

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $27,350
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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)
48 / 50
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#3. Cooks, fast food

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $26,990
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,820

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. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $26,300
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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)
50 / 50
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#1. Shampooers

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
- Annual mean salary: $25,100
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,160
- Employment: 9,560
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($30,620)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($29,800)
--- Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN ($28,700)

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