Lowest-paying jobs in Boston

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October 26, 2021
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Lowest-paying jobs in Boston

Stacker collected information on the lowest-paying jobs in Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH, 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 Boston, the annual mean wage is $73,850 or 31.1% higher than national mean of $56,310, while the lowest-paying occupation makes $27,530. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Cooks, restaurant

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $35,340
- #373 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 16,150

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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#49. Grinding and polishing workers, hand

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $35,120
- #59 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,380
- Employment: 24,050
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA ($25,950)
--- Erie, PA ($26,530)
--- Racine, WI ($26,720)
- Job description: Grind, sand, or polish, using hand tools or hand-held power tools, a variety of metal, wood, stone, clay, plastic, or glass objects. Includes chippers, buffers, and finishers.

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#48. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $35,110
- #178 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,170

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,220
- Employment: 370,910
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Hammond, LA ($22,420)
--- Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL ($22,850)
--- El Paso, TX ($23,120)
- Job description: Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.

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#47. Tire repairers and changers

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $34,950
- #255 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,790
- Employment: 98,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($20,890)
--- Terre Haute, IN ($21,540)
--- Champaign-Urbana, IL ($22,830)
- Job description: Repair and replace tires.

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#46. Dietetic technicians

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $34,890
- #83 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,920
- Employment: 26,430
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Jackson, TN ($19,350)
--- Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC ($21,080)
--- Wichita Falls, TX ($21,330)
- Job description: Assist in the provision of food service and nutritional programs, under the supervision of a dietitian. May plan and produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition, or counsel individuals.

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#45. Food batchmakers

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $34,690
- #127 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,440

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,970
- Employment: 153,270
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- San Angelo, TX ($18,770)
--- Hammond, LA ($20,450)
--- Tyler, TX ($21,070)
- Job description: Set up and operate equipment that mixes or blends ingredients used in the manufacturing of food products. Includes candy makers and cheese makers.

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#44. Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $34,430
- #4 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,480
- Employment: 13,730
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS ($31,310)
--- Tulsa, OK ($32,290)
--- Dayton, OH ($32,550)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.

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#43. Physical therapist aides

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $34,320
- #154 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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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#42. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $34,260
- #153 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,250

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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#41. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $34,110
- #371 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,040

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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#40. Stockers and order fillers

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $33,960
- #346 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 31,970

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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#39. Baggage porters and bellhops

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $33,900
- #76 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,060
- Employment: 28,440
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Greensboro-High Point, NC ($19,580)
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($19,920)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($19,940)
- Job description: Handle baggage for travelers at transportation terminals or for guests at hotels or similar establishments.

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#38. Parking attendants

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $33,880
- #174 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,490

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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#37. Bartenders

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $33,710
- #334 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,960

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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#36. Food cooking machine operators and tenders

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $33,680
- #33 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,180
- Employment: 26,530
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- El Paso, TX ($20,140)
--- Florence, SC ($23,290)
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($24,380)
- Job description: Operate or tend cooking equipment, such as steam cooking vats, deep fry cookers, pressure cookers, kettles, and boilers, to prepare food products.

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#35. Retail salespersons

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $33,470
- #327 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 54,740

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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#34. Dishwashers

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $33,460
- #378 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,760

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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#33. Waiters and waitresses

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $33,320
- #341 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 34,250

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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#32. Machine feeders and offbearers

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $33,300
- #62 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,170

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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#31. Childcare workers

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $33,160
- #362 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,640

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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#30. Food preparation workers

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $33,130
- #376 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,080

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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#29. Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $33,090
- #16 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,130
- Employment: 25,480
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Montgomery, AL ($21,590)
--- Burlington, NC ($25,140)
--- Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC ($27,700)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend machines that wind or twist textiles; or draw out and combine sliver, such as wool, hemp, or synthetic fibers. Includes slubber machine and drawing frame operators.

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#28. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $32,880
- #350 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,700

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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#27. Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $32,820
- #32 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,700
- Employment: 14,120
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Beckley, WV ($21,610)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($22,080)
--- Florence, SC ($22,100)
- Job description: Drive ambulance or assist ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons. Assist in lifting patients.

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#26. Animal caretakers

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $32,810
- #335 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,420

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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#25. Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $32,790
- #78 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,060
- Employment: 36,820
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Goldsboro, NC ($20,690)
--- Lynchburg, VA ($22,130)
--- Tulsa, OK ($22,450)
- Job description: Attend to live farm, ranch, open range or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, rabbits, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, milking, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep and collect eggs in hatcheries.

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#24. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $32,700
- #316 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,580

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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#23. Pharmacy aides

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $32,670
- #102 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#22. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $32,610
- #361 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,270

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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#21. Sewers, hand

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $32,550
- #7 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,790
- Employment: 3,410
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($26,660)
--- Ogden-Clearfield, UT ($26,930)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($29,510)
- Job description: Sew, join, reinforce, or finish, usually with needle and thread, a variety of manufactured items. Includes weavers and stitchers.

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#20. Shoe machine operators and tenders

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $32,200
- #2 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,430
- Employment: 4,080
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay: data not available
- Job description: Operate or tend a variety of machines to join, decorate, reinforce, or finish shoes and shoe parts.

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#19. Manicurists and pedicurists

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $32,120
- #103 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,430

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

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $32,030
- #192 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,880

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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#17. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $31,800
- #260 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,850

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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#16. Cutters and trimmers, hand

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $31,680
- #14 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,190
- Employment: 7,980
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($24,110)
--- Tulsa, OK ($25,530)
--- Pittsburgh, PA ($25,660)
- Job description: Use hand tools or hand-held power tools to cut and trim a variety of manufactured items, such as carpet, fabric, stone, glass, or rubber.

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#14 (tie). Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $31,570
- #7 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,600
- Employment: 7,260
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Spartanburg, SC ($25,770)
--- Burlington, NC ($27,030)
--- Columbia, SC ($29,180)
- Job description: Operate or tend machines to bleach, shrink, wash, dye, or finish textiles or synthetic or glass fibers.

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

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $31,570
- #342 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,740

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. Cooks, short order

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $31,430
- #212 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,420

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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#12. Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $30,850
- #23 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $30,830
- #340 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,750

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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#10. Cooks, fast food

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $30,800
- #303 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,320

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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#9. Packers and packagers, hand

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $30,440
- #268 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 14,530

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,270
- Employment: 599,270
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Wichita Falls, TX ($18,740)
--- Casper, WY ($19,850)
--- Johnstown, PA ($19,920)
- Job description: Pack or package by hand a wide variety of products and materials.

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

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $30,410
- #106 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#7. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $30,160
- #316 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,400

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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#6. Locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $29,830
- #40 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,320
- Employment: 11,530
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($20,510)
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($21,040)
--- Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ ($21,080)
- Job description: Provide personal items to patrons or customers in locker rooms, dressing rooms, or coatrooms.

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#5. Amusement and recreation attendants

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $29,610
- #291 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,150

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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#4. Cashiers

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $29,580
- #344 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 52,760

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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#3. Fast food and counter workers

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $29,400
- #355 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 53,300

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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#2. Shampooers

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $29,180
- #20 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#1. Gambling dealers

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
- Annual mean salary: $27,530
- #19 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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