Lowest-paying jobs in Grand Rapids

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Grand Rapids

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 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI, 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. Graders and sorters, agricultural products

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,750
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,400
- Employment: 25,560
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA ($39,950)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($39,780)
--- Sioux City, IA-NE-SD ($38,850)
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#49. Retail salespersons

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,700
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,140

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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#48. Tire repairers and changers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,580
- #156 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#47. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,470
- #154 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,280

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,520
- Employment: 392,860
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($48,130)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,400)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($47,000)
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#46. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,220
- #316 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 870

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,520
- Employment: 159,790
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($45,950)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($45,550)
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($44,840)

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#45. Medical transcriptionists

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,950
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,220
- Employment: 55,830
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($51,700)
--- New Haven, CT ($49,600)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($49,400)
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#44. Bicycle repairers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,930
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,360
- Employment: 14,760
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($42,150)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,650)
--- Boulder, CO ($40,810)
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#43. Packers and packagers, hand

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,790
- #138 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,270

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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#42. Security guards

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,700
- #308 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,390

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

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,660
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#40. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,630
- #118 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,570
- Employment: 175,660
- Entry level education requirements: not available
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,740)
--- Napa, CA ($42,730)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($42,000)
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#38 (tie). Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,500
- #143 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,130

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,760
- Employment: 1,187,270
- Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($46,390)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,820)
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#38 (tie). Emergency medical technicians

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,500
- #223 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,690
- Employment: 161,400
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($63,500)
--- Coeur d'Alene, ID ($59,020)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($58,770)
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#37. Cooks, restaurant

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,400
- #141 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,650

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,630
- Employment: 1,193,860
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($43,900)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,380)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($41,690)
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#36. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,370
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,780
- Employment: 98,970
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ames, IA ($44,000)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,680)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,920)

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#35. Demonstrators and product promoters

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,220
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,990
- Employment: 40,680
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($64,820)
--- Boulder, CO ($51,470)
--- Prescott, AZ ($47,200)
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#34. Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,170
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

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. Floral designers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,070
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#32. Orderlies

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,950
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#31. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,870
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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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#30. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,830
- #144 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,800
- #196 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,310

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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#28. Dietetic technicians

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,650
- #75 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,160
- Employment: 21,610
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($55,550)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($52,700)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($48,370)
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#27. Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,630
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,280
- Employment: 21,050
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($55,570)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($55,380)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,900)
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#26. Food preparation workers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,190
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,400

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,810
- Employment: 783,350
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($39,950)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,230)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($38,340)

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#25. Pharmacy aides

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,900
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,880
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,150
- Employment: 34,140
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,780)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($42,120)
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($41,660)
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#23. Animal caretakers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,720
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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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#22. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,640
- #127 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,260

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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#21. Bakers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,580
- #246 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,390

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,300
- Employment: 181,800
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($41,850)
--- Chattanooga, TN-GA ($41,660)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,160)

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#20. Library assistants, clerical

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,480
- #144 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#19. Funeral attendants

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,350
- #93 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#18. Telemarketers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,190
- #86 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#17. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,130
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

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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#16. Cooks, short order

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $27,920
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#15. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $27,890
- #228 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,510

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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#14. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $27,860
- #138 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 900

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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#13. Physical therapist aides

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $27,420
- #117 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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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#12. School bus monitors

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $27,320
- #75 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,220
- Employment: 55,310
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($49,850)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($48,610)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($47,750)
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#11. Locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $26,500
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

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#10. Childcare workers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $26,200
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,960

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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#9. Dishwashers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $26,190
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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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#8. Cashiers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $26,180
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,430

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

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $26,040
- #87 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#6. Parking attendants

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $26,000
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#5. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $24,970
- #157 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,020

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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#4. Fast food and counter workers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $24,920
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,410

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,060
- Employment: 3,095,120
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,360)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($34,240)
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#3. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $24,790
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,200

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,000
- Employment: 324,690
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($37,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,060)
--- Madera, CA ($36,490)
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#2. Amusement and recreation attendants

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $24,620
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 930

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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#1. Cooks, fast food

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $24,230
- #142 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,010

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,490
- Employment: 768,130
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($36,820)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($36,640)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($35,040)

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