Lowest-paying jobs in Kalamazoo

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Kalamazoo

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 Kalamazoo-Portage, 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. Tellers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $33,400
- #203 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,930
- Employment: 364,210
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,040)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,490)
--- Napa, CA ($42,000)
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#49. Preschool teachers, except special education

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $33,380
- #181 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,460
- Employment: 391,670
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($49,990)
--- Ocean City, NJ ($49,720)
--- Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ ($49,560)
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#48. Social and human service assistants

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $33,280
- #309 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,460
- Employment: 398,380
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($56,140)
--- Danbury, CT ($54,870)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($54,590)
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#47. Animal caretakers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $33,220
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#46. Nursing assistants

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $33,010
- #143 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 960

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,250
- Employment: 1,314,830
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($47,690)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,500)
--- Salinas, CA ($44,210)

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#45. Butchers and meat cutters

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $32,870
- #234 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,670
- Employment: 145,930
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($50,570)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($50,510)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($48,490)
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#44. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $32,750
- #197 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,240
- Employment: 892,450
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,650)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($47,240)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($44,830)
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#43. Residential advisors

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $32,680
- #156 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,950
- Employment: 92,500
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Trenton, NJ ($50,560)
--- Napa, CA ($48,390)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($46,210)
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#42. Switchboard operators, including answering service

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $32,510
- #85 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,590
- Employment: 48,190
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($51,610)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($51,250)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($47,440)
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#41. Sewing machine operators

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $32,460
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#40. Emergency medical technicians

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $32,390
- #181 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#39. Receptionists and information clerks

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $32,330
- #125 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 850

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,910
- Employment: 983,150
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($44,680)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($41,290)
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#38. Recreation workers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,820
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#37. Bartenders

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,690
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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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#36. Couriers and messengers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,360
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,270
- Employment: 68,310
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($43,430)
--- Modesto, CA ($42,550)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($42,220)

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#35. Library technicians

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,240
- #217 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,070
- Employment: 73,000
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($61,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($59,950)
--- Napa, CA ($57,890)
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#34. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,220
- #316 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#33. Packers and packagers, hand

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,210
- #123 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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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#32. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,060
- #169 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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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#31. Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,050
- #222 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,090
- Employment: 88,480
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Pittsfield, MA ($58,590)
--- Reno, NV ($50,700)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($50,600)

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#30. Retail salespersons

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,000
- #161 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,780

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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#29. Stockers and order fillers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,780
- #205 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,680

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,020
- Employment: 2,451,430
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($42,240)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,960)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($40,620)
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#28. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,630
- #118 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#27. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,480
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#26. Driver/sales workers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,360
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,350
- #171 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,700

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

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,660
- #149 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#23. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,620
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#22. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,440
- #174 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#21. Cooks, restaurant

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,230
- #196 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,060

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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#20. Crossing guards and flaggers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,180
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#19. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,050
- #187 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,010

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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#18. Pharmacy aides

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,990
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#17. Floral designers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,920
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#16. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,280
- #137 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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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#15. Food preparation workers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,250
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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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#14. Bakers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,240
- #252 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#13. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $27,330
- #149 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#12. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $27,080
- #131 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#11. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $26,920
- #166 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#10. Childcare workers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $26,230
- #147 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

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. Locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $25,810
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $25,800
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#7. Cashiers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $25,400
- #165 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,790

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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#6. Dishwashers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $25,300
- #148 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $25,180
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#4. Parking attendants

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $25,120
- #124 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $24,470
- #147 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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)
49 / 50
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#2. Fast food and counter workers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $24,310
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,500

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)
50 / 50
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#1. Amusement and recreation attendants

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $24,070
- #160 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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