Lowest-paying jobs in New York City

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in New York City

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 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, 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. Retail salespersons

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $37,140
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 222,410

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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#49. Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $36,820
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#48. Food cooking machine operators and tenders

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $36,670
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,310

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,430
- Employment: 26,710
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Madison, WI ($44,500)
--- Wausau, WI ($44,290)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($43,260)
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#47. Machine feeders and offbearers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $36,640
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,180

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,660
- Employment: 60,880
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($60,610)
--- Lincoln, NE ($48,580)
--- Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN ($47,560)
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#46. Food servers, nonrestaurant

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $36,410
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 20,210

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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#45. File clerks

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $36,350
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,930

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,820
- Employment: 85,460
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($50,210)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($49,450)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($48,780)
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#44. Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $36,340
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,050
- Employment: 22,160
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($36,660)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($36,340)
--- Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC ($35,630)
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#43. Medical transcriptionists

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $36,130
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,820

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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#42. Driver/sales workers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $36,090
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 25,990

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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#41. Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $35,930
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,940
- Employment: 6,240
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Providence-Warwick, RI-MA ($40,740)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($37,930)
--- Dalton, GA ($36,380)

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#40. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $35,890
- #149 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 18,280

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,750
- Employment: 358,640
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Battle Creek, MI ($60,150)
--- Albany, GA ($53,570)
--- Fort Collins, CO ($50,590)
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#39. Taxi drivers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $35,820
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 850

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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#38. Stockers and order fillers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $35,800
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 128,960

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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#37. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $35,530
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 104,340

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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#36. Pharmacy aides

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $35,340
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,900

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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#35. Food batchmakers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $35,060
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,020

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,190
- Employment: 155,240
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Battle Creek, MI ($65,310)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($56,900)
--- Binghamton, NY ($50,910)
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#34. Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $34,960
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,100
- Employment: 11,970
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($45,730)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($41,860)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,810)
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#33. Food preparation workers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $34,860
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 42,550

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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#32. Animal caretakers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $34,830
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,380

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. Sewing machine operators

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $34,800
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,620

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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#30. Slaughterers and meat packers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $34,650
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 590

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,010
- Employment: 86,450
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI ($40,850)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($39,300)
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($39,050)
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#29. School bus monitors

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $34,520
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 11,890

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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#28. Helpers--painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $34,430
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,270
- Employment: 8,940
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($46,870)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($45,610)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($43,320)
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#27. Passenger attendants

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $34,370
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,150

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,380
- Employment: 21,240
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($47,240)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($43,430)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($40,730)
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#26. Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $34,270
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,460

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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#24 (tie). Cutters and trimmers, hand

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $34,220
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 860

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,330
- Employment: 7,920
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC ($44,360)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($44,160)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($41,880)
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#24 (tie). Packers and packagers, hand

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $34,220
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 54,800

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. Dishwashers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $34,040
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 17,670

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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#22. Parking attendants

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $33,980
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,180

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. Childcare workers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $33,970
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 37,220

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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#20. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $33,840
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,730

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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#19. Graders and sorters, agricultural products

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $33,770
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,400
- Employment: 25,560
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA ($39,950)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($39,780)
--- Sioux City, IA-NE-SD ($38,850)
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#18. Cooks, fast food

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $33,700
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 14,000

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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#17. Shoe machine operators and tenders

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $33,390
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,920
- Employment: 3,610
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($45,320)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($33,390)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($30,530)
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#16. Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $33,380
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,600
- Employment: 14,040
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($60,490)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($47,150)
--- Winston-Salem, NC ($45,210)

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#15. Physical therapist aides

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $32,860
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,840

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

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $32,820
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

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

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $32,810
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 11,670

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

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $32,670
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,250

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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#11. Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $32,360
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,810

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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#10. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $32,160
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 11,540

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

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $32,110
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $32,090
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 171,550

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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#7. Cooks, short order

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $32,000
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,880

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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#6. Amusement and recreation attendants

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $31,670
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,160

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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#5. Fast food and counter workers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $31,450
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 137,630

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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#4. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $30,810
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,910

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

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $29,910
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,720

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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#2. Shampooers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $29,800
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,750

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,160
- Employment: 9,560
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($30,620)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($29,800)
--- Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN ($28,700)
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#1. Manicurists and pedicurists

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $29,760
- #75 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 20,090

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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