Lowest-paying jobs in Niles

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Niles

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 Niles-Benton Harbor, 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

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $33,760
- #190 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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. Medical assistants

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $33,620
- #271 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,190
- Employment: 727,760
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($58,670)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($54,930)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($53,870)
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#48. Pharmacy technicians

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $33,390
- #310 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,970
- Employment: 436,630
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($59,340)
--- Napa, CA ($58,620)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($58,390)
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#47. Medical records specialists

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $33,370
- #369 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,310
- Employment: 180,570
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($66,980)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,900)
--- Stockton-Lodi, CA ($65,990)
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#46. Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $33,250
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,560
- Employment: 14,540
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Albany, OR ($58,640)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($56,830)
--- Wichita, KS ($51,240)

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#45. Waiters and waitresses

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $33,150
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,000

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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#44. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $33,080
- #229 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#43. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $32,710
- #202 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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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#42. Bartenders

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $32,580
- #89 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#41. Butchers and meat cutters

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $32,380
- #248 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#40. Nursing assistants

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $32,110
- #178 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#39. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $32,100
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#38. Receptionists and information clerks

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,450
- #159 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#37. Retail salespersons

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,180
- #154 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,380

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. Helpers--production workers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,130
- #230 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,910
- Employment: 202,860
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN ($48,190)
--- Pittsfield, MA ($43,910)
--- Reno, NV ($41,940)

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#35. Library technicians

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,110
- #220 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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. Preschool teachers, except special education

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,690
- #264 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#33. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,450
- #127 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#32. Recreation workers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,440
- #181 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#31. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,200
- #203 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#30. Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,930
- #141 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,050
- Employment: 56,570
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Roanoke, VA ($52,760)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($49,570)
--- Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ ($49,260)
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#29. Sewing machine operators

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,550
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#28. Cooks, restaurant

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,480
- #179 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 740

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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#27. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,360
- #179 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

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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#26. Stockers and order fillers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,150
- #299 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,040

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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#25. Tire repairers and changers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $29,050
- #254 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#24. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,990
- #179 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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. Animal caretakers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,890
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,820
- #114 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#20 (tie). Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,620
- #239 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

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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#20 (tie). Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,620
- #163 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#19. Driver/sales workers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,590
- #266 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#18. Packers and packagers, hand

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,140
- #229 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#17. Bakers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $28,110
- #254 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#16. Crossing guards and flaggers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $27,560
- #151 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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#15. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $27,410
- #142 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#14. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $27,370
- #249 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#13. Food preparation workers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $27,130
- #177 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#12. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $27,080
- #131 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $26,420
- #210 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#10. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $25,630
- #142 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#9. Library assistants, clerical

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $25,550
- #206 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#8. Dishwashers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $25,530
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#7. Childcare workers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $25,150
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#6. Cashiers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $24,970
- #196 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,670

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. Amusement and recreation attendants

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $24,580
- #141 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#4. Fast food and counter workers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $24,530
- #152 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,740

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

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $24,420
- #149 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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. Cooks, fast food

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $24,030
- #148 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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)
50 / 50
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#1. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $23,710
- #137 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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