Lowest-paying jobs in Gulfport

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Gulfport

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 Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS, 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. Counter and rental clerks

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $27,950
- #364 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,170
- Employment: 371,620
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($48,760)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($47,080)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,760)
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#49. Security guards

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $27,690
- #355 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,750

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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#48. Floral designers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $27,660
- #178 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#47. Helpers--production workers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $27,500
- #312 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#46. Veterinary technologists and technicians

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $27,410
- #315 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,250
- Employment: 118,670
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($57,990)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($52,220)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($51,340)

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#45. Retail salespersons

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $27,340
- #341 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,200

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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#44. Recreation workers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $27,290
- #307 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,020
- Employment: 264,020
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($50,710)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($45,730)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($44,200)
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#43. Gambling change persons and booth cashiers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $27,020
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $26,720
- #170 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,310
- Employment: 145,720
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($69,940)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,310)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($67,370)
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#41. Gambling and sports book writers and runners

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $26,570
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,110
- Employment: 7,340
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($37,370)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($35,950)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($34,330)

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#40. Switchboard operators, including answering service

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $26,500
- #187 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#39. Driver/sales workers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $26,170
- #327 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

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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#38. Cooks, restaurant

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $25,760
- #350 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,530

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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#37. Bus drivers, school

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $25,720
- #314 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,750
- Employment: 361,420
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Elkhart-Goshen, IN ($55,400)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($55,150)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($53,770)
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#36. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $25,490
- #221 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $24,970
- #357 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,140

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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#34. Bakers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $24,930
- #329 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#33. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $24,890
- #324 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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. Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $24,870
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,680
- Employment: 132,100
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($40,580)
--- Anchorage, AK ($40,540)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,730)
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#31. Cooks, short order

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $24,130
- #188 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#30. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $23,940
- #373 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#29. Sewing machine operators

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $23,710
- #228 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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. Parking attendants

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $23,670
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#27. Animal caretakers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $23,650
- #360 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,520
- Employment: 225,680
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($40,460)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($39,720)
--- Salinas, CA ($37,420)
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#26. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $23,520
- #288 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#25. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $23,430
- #341 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,260

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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#24. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $23,340
- #333 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,260

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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#23. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $23,290
- #377 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 790

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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#22. Bartenders

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $23,240
- #327 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,030

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

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $22,950
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#20. Baggage porters and bellhops

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $22,910
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,040
- Employment: 20,530
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($42,310)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,760)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,160)
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#19. Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $22,880
- #96 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $22,460
- #247 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#17. Packers and packagers, hand

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $22,200
- #356 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#16. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $22,110
- #329 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,040
- Employment: 220,380
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($52,150)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($48,900)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($39,910)

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#15. Psychiatric aides

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $21,790
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,640
- Employment: 39,140
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($54,830)
--- Stockton-Lodi, CA ($54,000)
--- Utica-Rome, NY ($51,960)
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#14. Food preparation workers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $21,670
- #375 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,050

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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#13. Cashiers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $21,620
- #365 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,670

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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#12. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $21,450
- #319 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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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#11. Amusement and recreation attendants

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $21,360
- #291 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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#10. Dishwashers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $21,040
- #363 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#9. Gambling dealers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $20,970
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,780

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,960
- Employment: 64,700
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($50,000)
--- Killeen-Temple, TX ($45,790)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($45,250)
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#8. Cooks, fast food

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $20,840
- #277 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 920

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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#7. Fast food and counter workers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $20,650
- #349 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,050

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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#6. School bus monitors

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $20,480
- #118 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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)
46 / 50
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#5. Waiters and waitresses

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $20,160
- #370 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,890

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)
47 / 50
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#4. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $20,150
- #332 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 570

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)
48 / 50
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#3. Substitute teachers, short-term

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $20,090
- #294 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,410
- Employment: 374,620
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Prescott, AZ ($64,310)
--- Appleton, WI ($63,310)
--- Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL ($58,770)
49 / 50
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#2. Childcare workers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $20,040
- #375 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 570

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)
50 / 50
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#1. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS
- Annual mean salary: $19,350
- #125 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,390
- Employment: 54,970
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charlottesville, VA ($48,540)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($39,670)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($37,140)

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