Lowest-paying jobs in Charlotte

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Charlotte

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 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC, 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. Sewing machine operators

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $30,620
- #126 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,180

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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#49. Floral designers

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $30,560
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,100
- Employment: 36,000
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New Haven, CT ($44,600)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($43,780)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,120)
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#48. Preschool teachers, except special education

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $30,450
- #273 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,920

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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#46 (tie). Nursing assistants

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $30,400
- #230 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,440

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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#46 (tie). Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $30,400
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,440

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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#45. Crossing guards and flaggers

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $30,370
- #115 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#44. Helpers--roofers

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $30,300
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,000
- Employment: 6,830
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,890)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($45,870)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($43,540)
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#43. Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $30,150
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

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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#42. Retail salespersons

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $30,040
- #208 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 33,210

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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#41. Manicurists and pedicurists

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $29,920
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#40. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $29,770
- #147 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 810

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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#39. Cooks, restaurant

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $29,500
- #178 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 11,340

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

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $29,440
- #76 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#37. School bus monitors

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $29,090
- #52 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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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#36. Packers and packagers, hand

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $29,030
- #194 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,380

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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#35. Taxi drivers

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $28,940
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $28,920
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#33. Medical transcriptionists

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $28,880
- #157 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#32. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $28,750
- #192 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,170

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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#31. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $28,660
- #257 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,460

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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#30. Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $28,510
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,430
- Employment: 17,270
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($52,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,410)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($46,480)
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#29. Food preparation workers

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $28,400
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,670

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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#28. Dietetic technicians

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $28,290
- #85 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,160
- Employment: 21,610
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($55,550)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($52,700)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($48,370)
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#27. Animal caretakers

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $27,780
- #158 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,390

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

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $27,720
- #266 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,740

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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#25. Library assistants, clerical

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $27,600
- #161 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#23 (tie). Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $27,350
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#23 (tie). Substitute teachers, short-term

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $27,350
- #236 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,170

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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#22. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $27,320
- #239 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,670

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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#21. Bartenders

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $26,800
- #194 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,500

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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#20. Physical therapist aides

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $26,720
- #131 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#19. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $26,500
- #206 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,740

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,580
- Employment: 723,430
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($45,430)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($44,940)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($44,580)
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#18. Parking attendants

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $26,470
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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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#17. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $25,830
- #178 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,860

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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#16. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $25,760
- #316 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,260

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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#15. Legislators

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $25,650
- #144 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,110
- Employment: 44,590
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Yakima, WA ($139,690)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($136,400)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($132,460)
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#14. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $25,350
- #229 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,060

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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#13. Baggage porters and bellhops

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $24,870
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,040
- Employment: 20,530
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($42,310)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,760)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,160)
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#12. Childcare workers

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $24,530
- #223 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,400

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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#11. Cashiers

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $24,510
- #221 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 29,110

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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#10. Dishwashers

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $24,470
- #182 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,570

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. Waiters and waitresses

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $23,640
- #273 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 15,430

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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#8. Fast food and counter workers

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $23,590
- #200 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 19,660

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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#7. Cooks, short order

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $23,400
- #196 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

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

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $23,270
- #199 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,200

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. Cooks, fast food

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $22,780
- #211 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 16,770

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. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $22,540
- #270 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,160

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)
48 / 50
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#3. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $22,150
- #184 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,310

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)
49 / 50
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#2. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $21,930
- #266 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,320

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

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
- Annual mean salary: $21,750
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

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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