Lowest-paying jobs in Watertown

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Watertown

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 Watertown-Fort Drum, 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. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $37,060
- #118 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#49. Tutors

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $36,800
- #140 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,780
- Employment: 147,100
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Pittsfield, MA ($82,910)
--- Santa Fe, NM ($68,440)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($60,110)
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#48. Parts salespersons

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $36,080
- #185 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,920
- Employment: 265,130
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($48,330)
--- Danville, IL ($48,080)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($47,620)
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#47. Light truck drivers

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $36,030
- #343 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,630
- Employment: 1,010,040
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($51,860)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($51,560)
--- Waterbury, CT ($50,100)
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#46. Medical assistants

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $35,970
- #174 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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

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#45. Customer service representatives

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $35,940
- #215 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,070
- Employment: 2,787,070
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($52,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($50,510)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($47,490)
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#44. Counter and rental clerks

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $35,920
- #127 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#43. Preschool teachers, except special education

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $35,910
- #124 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,460
- Employment: 391,670
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($49,990)
--- Ocean City, NJ ($49,720)
--- Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ ($49,560)
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#42. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $35,870
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,520
- Employment: 159,790
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($45,950)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($45,550)
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($44,840)
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#41. Office clerks, general

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $35,760
- #245 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,990
- Employment: 2,578,180
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($49,980)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($49,740)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($48,850)

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#40. Bartenders

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $35,630
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#38 (tie). Recreation workers

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $35,550
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#38 (tie). Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $35,550
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#37. Medical secretaries and administrative assistants

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $35,500
- #250 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,740
- Employment: 656,640
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($56,010)
--- Napa, CA ($52,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($52,300)
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#36. Pharmacy technicians

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $34,810
- #237 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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

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#35. Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $34,620
- #158 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,950
- Employment: 2,729,010
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($44,210)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,230)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($42,590)
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#34. Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $34,310
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,390
- Employment: 69,400
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,730)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($43,210)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,390)
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#33. Tellers

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $33,790
- #188 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#32. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $33,540
- #167 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,240
- Employment: 892,450
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,650)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($47,240)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($44,830)
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#31. Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $33,000
- #242 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,840
- Employment: 169,840
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($57,820)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($53,920)
--- Salinas, CA ($52,980)

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#30. Nursing assistants

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,940
- #144 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#29. Retail salespersons

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,850
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,520

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

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,800
- #91 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 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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#27. Driver/sales workers

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,360
- #131 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#26. Receptionists and information clerks

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,230
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,910
- Employment: 983,150
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($44,680)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($41,290)

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#25. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,170
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,960
- Employment: 111,480
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($50,340)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($41,840)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,120)
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#24. Stockers and order fillers

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $32,060
- #158 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 820

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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#23. School bus monitors

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $31,790
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#22. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $31,710
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#21. Emergency medical technicians

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $31,600
- #199 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#20. Cooks, restaurant

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $31,370
- #121 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#19. Substitute teachers, short-term

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $31,290
- #180 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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)
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#18. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $31,200
- #107 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#17. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $31,140
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#16. Animal caretakers

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $30,960
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#14 (tie). Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $30,780
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,830
- Employment: 157,400
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,740)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,290)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($35,690)
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#14 (tie). Library assistants, clerical

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $30,780
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#13. Cooks, fast food

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $30,660
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#12. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $30,580
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $30,260
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#10. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $30,120
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 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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#9. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $29,990
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#8. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $29,620
- #167 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

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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#7. Bakers

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $29,270
- #218 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#6. Food preparation workers

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $28,930
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#5. Fast food and counter workers

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $28,900
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,170

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. Childcare workers

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $28,590
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 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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#3. Cashiers

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $28,140
- #96 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,230

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. Packers and packagers, hand

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $27,800
- #237 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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)
50 / 50
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#1. Amusement and recreation attendants

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
- Annual mean salary: $27,740
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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