Lowest-paying jobs in Durham

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Durham

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 Durham-Chapel Hill, 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. Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $33,470
- #206 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,300

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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#49. Physical therapist aides

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $33,400
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#48. Library assistants, clerical

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $33,380
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#47. Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $33,210
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,280
- Employment: 45,350
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($48,810)
--- Lewiston, ID-WA ($46,520)
--- Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA ($45,140)
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#46. Nursing assistants

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $32,780
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,740

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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#45. Receptionists and information clerks

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $32,750
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,790

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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#43 (tie). Stockers and order fillers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $32,720
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,010

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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#43 (tie). Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $32,720
- #125 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

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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#42. Funeral attendants

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $32,710
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $32,520
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,380

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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#40. Tire repairers and changers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $32,240
- #129 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,520
- Employment: 93,180
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($44,520)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,520)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,370)
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#39. Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $32,180
- #183 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,090
- Employment: 88,480
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Pittsfield, MA ($58,590)
--- Reno, NV ($50,700)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($50,600)
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#38. Floral designers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $31,920
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#37. Cooks, short order

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $31,800
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#36. Taxi drivers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $31,540
- #6 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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#35. Concierges

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $30,940
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,520
- Employment: 33,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($47,700)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,690)
--- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ($42,870)
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#34. Sewing machine operators

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $30,740
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#33. Medical transcriptionists

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $30,630
- #142 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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. Preschool teachers, except special education

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $30,480
- #271 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,150

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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#31. Bakers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $30,220
- #182 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#30. Retail salespersons

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $30,080
- #204 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,590

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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#29. Cooks, restaurant

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $29,930
- #160 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,940

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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#28. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $29,600
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#27. Food batchmakers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $29,390
- #217 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#26. Helpers--production workers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $29,230
- #277 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,910
- Employment: 202,860
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN ($48,190)
--- Pittsfield, MA ($43,910)
--- Reno, NV ($41,940)

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#25. Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $28,810
- #220 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,530
- Employment: 163,210
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portsmouth, NH-ME ($51,870)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($51,490)
--- New Bern, NC ($48,430)
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#24. Food preparation workers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $28,570
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,000

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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#23. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $28,470
- #131 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,550

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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#22. Parking attendants

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $28,260
- #75 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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. Packers and packagers, hand

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $28,190
- #224 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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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#19 (tie). Bartenders

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $28,180
- #164 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

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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#19 (tie). Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $28,180
- #223 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#18. Childcare workers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $28,080
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#17. Animal caretakers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $27,850
- #154 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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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#16. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $27,630
- #235 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#15. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $27,610
- #227 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,620

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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#14. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $27,550
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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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#13. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $27,370
- #249 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $26,480
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $25,960
- #204 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

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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#10. Driver/sales workers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $25,780
- #339 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

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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#9. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $25,310
- #148 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 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)
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#8. Fast food and counter workers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $25,090
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,160

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. Dishwashers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $25,060
- #157 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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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#6. Substitute teachers, short-term

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $24,960
- #257 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

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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#5. Cashiers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $24,290
- #229 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,260

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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#4. Amusement and recreation attendants

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $24,100
- #158 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#3. Waiters and waitresses

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $23,830
- #268 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,860

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

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $23,390
- #188 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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. Cooks, fast food

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $22,190
- #232 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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