Lowest-paying jobs in St. Louis

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in St. Louis

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 St. Louis, MO-IL, 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. Switchboard operators, including answering service

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $31,340
- #107 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#49. Musical instrument repairers and tuners

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $31,300
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,740
- Employment: 5,710
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($50,860)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($50,750)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($46,760)
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#48. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $31,220
- #144 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 18,530

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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#47. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $31,150
- #91 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 950

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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#46. Nursing assistants

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $30,740
- #216 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 14,090

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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#44 (tie). Library assistants, clerical

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $30,640
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#44 (tie). Sewing machine operators

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $30,640
- #123 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,110

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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#43. Packers and packagers, hand

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $30,460
- #149 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,900

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. Floral designers

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $30,330
- #117 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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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#41. Recreation workers

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $30,200
- #193 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,830

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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#40. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $29,950
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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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#38 (tie). Cooks, restaurant

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $29,710
- #168 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,070

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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#38 (tie). Bakers

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $29,710
- #200 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,430

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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#37. Bartenders

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $29,570
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,450

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. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $29,470
- #176 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,430

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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#35. Dietetic technicians

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $29,290
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#34. Food servers, nonrestaurant

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $29,240
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,950

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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#33. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $29,180
- #184 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,740

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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#31 (tie). Animal caretakers

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $29,110
- #124 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,700

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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#31 (tie). School bus monitors

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $29,110
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

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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#30. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $28,870
- #249 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,960

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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#29. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $28,810
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,340

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

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $28,690
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#27. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $28,650
- #188 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,470

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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#26. Orderlies

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $28,550
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

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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#25. Waiters and waitresses

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $28,440
- #141 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 17,320

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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#24. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $28,310
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,740

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. Physical therapist aides

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $28,260
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#22. Parking attendants

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $27,850
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#21. Concierges

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $27,810
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,520
- Employment: 33,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($47,700)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,690)
--- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ($42,870)

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#20. Demonstrators and product promoters

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $27,700
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $27,690
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,060
- Employment: 11,710
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Providence-Warwick, RI-MA ($42,590)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($41,380)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,090)
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#17 (tie). Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $27,560
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 730

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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#17 (tie). Pharmacy aides

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $27,560
- #125 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $27,400
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#15. Cooks, short order

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $27,340
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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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#14. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $27,190
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,600

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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#13. Childcare workers

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $27,010
- #124 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,680

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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#12. Taxi drivers

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $26,970
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,050
- Employment: 13,950
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($35,820)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($34,830)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($33,650)
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#11. Gambling dealers

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $26,890
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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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#10. Food preparation workers

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $26,830
- #196 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,300

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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#9. Cashiers

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $26,270
- #125 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 28,130

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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#8. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $26,250
- #121 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,490

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. Cooks, fast food

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $25,810
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 15,220

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

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $25,670
- #91 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,180

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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#5. Dishwashers

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $25,660
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,160

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

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $25,510
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,650

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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#3. Baggage porters and bellhops

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $25,480
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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)
49 / 50
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#2. Amusement and recreation attendants

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $25,370
- #114 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,810

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. Fast food and counter workers

St. Louis, MO-IL
- Annual mean salary: $25,190
- #126 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 19,320

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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