Lowest-paying jobs in Asheville

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Asheville

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 Asheville, NC, 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. Nursing assistants

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $30,950
- #208 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,050

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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#49. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $30,890
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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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#48. Stockers and order fillers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $30,880
- #198 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,130

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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#47. Receptionists and information clerks

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $30,850
- #193 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,460

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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#46. Couriers and messengers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $30,790
- #117 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#45. Sewing machine operators

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $30,300
- #132 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#44. Bartenders

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $30,140
- #125 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,140

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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#43. Cooks, restaurant

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $30,030
- #156 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,900

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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#42. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $29,730
- #225 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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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#41. Bakers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $29,460
- #214 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#40. Food batchmakers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $29,390
- #217 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#39. Funeral attendants

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $29,370
- #76 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,630
- Employment: 32,490
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($45,440)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,270)
--- Trenton, NJ ($43,730)
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#38. Retail salespersons

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $29,160
- #255 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,800

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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#37. Manicurists and pedicurists

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $28,730
- #86 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#36. Grinding and polishing workers, hand

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $28,600
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,990
- Employment: 15,680
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($52,840)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($46,560)
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($45,620)

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#35. Preschool teachers, except special education

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $28,480
- #323 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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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#34. Taxi drivers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $28,320
- #20 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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#33. Agricultural equipment operators

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $28,310
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,280
- Employment: 26,180
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Dubuque, IA ($45,450)
--- Wichita, KS ($45,340)
--- Kansas City, MO-KS ($45,240)
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#32. Packers and packagers, hand

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $28,150
- #228 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

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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#31. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $28,110
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,010
- Employment: 9,430
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($121,240)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($118,980)
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($98,990)

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#30. Telemarketers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $27,870
- #89 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,670
- Employment: 115,130
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($63,030)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($49,120)
--- New Haven, CT ($48,680)
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#29. Library assistants, clerical

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $27,700
- #158 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $27,620
- #177 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#27. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $27,440
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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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#26. School bus monitors

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $27,400
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#25. Parking attendants

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $27,390
- #90 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $27,260
- #279 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,020

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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#23. Food preparation workers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $26,370
- #218 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,630

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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#22. Animal caretakers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $26,180
- #239 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 770

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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#21. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $26,170
- #300 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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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#20. Substitute teachers, short-term

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $26,150
- #245 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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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#19. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $26,120
- #293 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#18. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $25,990
- #320 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#17. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $25,410
- #298 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,110

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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#16. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $25,300
- #253 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,950

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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#15. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $25,240
- #202 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 770

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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#14. Childcare workers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $25,170
- #193 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

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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#13. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $24,870
- #254 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $24,680
- #86 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#11. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $24,060
- #194 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#10. Dishwashers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $24,030
- #213 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 710

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,350
- Employment: 377,040
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($37,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,200)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,440)
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#9. Cashiers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $23,660
- #257 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,150

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

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $23,380
- #148 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#7. Waiters and waitresses

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $23,260
- #287 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,930

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

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $23,040
- #208 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 850

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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#5. Amusement and recreation attendants

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $22,720
- #224 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

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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#4. Cooks, fast food

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $22,680
- #214 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,970

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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#3. Fast food and counter workers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $22,550
- #261 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,180

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)
49 / 50
Pexels

#2. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $21,090
- #114 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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
Canva

#1. Graders and sorters, agricultural products

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $18,400
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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