Lowest-paying jobs in Albany

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May 10, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Albany

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 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY, 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. Insulation workers, floor, ceiling, and wall

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $34,820
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,810
- Employment: 30,360
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- St. Cloud, MN ($70,180)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($67,500)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($61,160)
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#49. Tellers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $34,790
- #144 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,090

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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#48. Emergency medical technicians

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $34,690
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 640

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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#47. Tire repairers and changers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $34,630
- #66 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#46. Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $34,500
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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

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#45. Demonstrators and product promoters

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $34,390
- #73 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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#44. Medical transcriptionists

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $34,290
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $34,230
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 11,180

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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#42. Stockers and order fillers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $34,210
- #76 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,250

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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#41. Crossing guards and flaggers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $34,070
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,670
- Employment: 82,690
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,540)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($55,860)
--- Bellingham, WA ($54,870)

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#40. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $34,050
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,610

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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#38 (tie). Switchboard operators, including answering service

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $33,950
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#38 (tie). Couriers and messengers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $33,950
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#37. Cooks, restaurant

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $33,940
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,580

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

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $33,850
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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

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#35. Library assistants, clerical

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $33,770
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

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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#34. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $33,470
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#33. Cooks, short order

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $33,270
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#32. Nursing assistants

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $33,220
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,050

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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#31. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $33,060
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#30. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,820
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 860

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

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,800
- #91 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,910

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,860
- Employment: 2,036,680
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,030)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($41,240)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($41,150)
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#28. Sewing machine operators

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,630
- #75 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#27. Bakers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,590
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#26. Driver/sales workers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,520
- #121 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 850

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. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,430
- #66 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 840

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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#24. Packers and packagers, hand

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,310
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 800

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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#23. Animal caretakers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,270
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 730

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. Orderlies

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,180
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#21. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,170
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#20. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,140
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,630

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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#19. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,040
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,410

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

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $31,870
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 630

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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#17. Physical therapist aides

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $31,800
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#16. Food preparation workers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $31,210
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,540

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

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $31,190
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $30,830
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#12 (tie). Pharmacy aides

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $30,660
- #89 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#12 (tie). Childcare workers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $30,660
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,110

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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#10 (tie). Amusement and recreation attendants

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $30,530
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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 (tie). Food servers, nonrestaurant

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $30,530
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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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#9. School bus monitors

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $30,450
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 640

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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#8. Parking attendants

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $30,420
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

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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#7. Fast food and counter workers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $29,880
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,200

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. Dishwashers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $29,690
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,190

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. Cooks, fast food

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $29,680
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

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)
47 / 50
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#4. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $29,420
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 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)
48 / 50
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#3. Cashiers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $28,940
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,940

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)
49 / 50
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#2. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $28,310
- #33 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)
50 / 50
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#1. Manicurists and pedicurists

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
- Annual mean salary: $28,080
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,480
- Employment: 120,540
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($45,320)
--- Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI ($42,170)
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($40,030)

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