Lowest-paying jobs in Oklahoma City

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Oklahoma City

The U.S. may be one of the wealthiest countries in the world but there’s a growing trend of financial inequality, with middle-class households feeling the most impact. In fact, the number of adults who live in middle-class households dropped from 61% in 1971 to 50% in 2021, according to an April 2022 analysis from Pew Research Center. On the other hand, the upper-income level rose from 14% to 21%. The declining middle class in the U.S. can be attributed to various factors including a decrease in unions and manufacturing jobs and an increased need for college-educated, tech-savvy employees.

The COVID-19 pandemic also played a major role in exposing the harsh financial gap as those who fell under the middle- and upper-income brackets were able to keep their jobs and/or work remotely. At the start of the pandemic in the U.S., workers who fell under the lower-income tier found themselves unemployed or having to be out of work, even if temporarily, as their place of employment was closed.

Those who worked in the leisure and hospitality industries were hit the hardest financially. In December 2020, employment in the hospitality industry was down by 23% compared to pre-pandemic levels in February 2020, an unemployment rate that surpassed other industries. Service employees such as housekeepers, food preparation workers, kitchen cooks, automobile glass installers, and animal caretakers were some of the lowest-paying jobs in the nation.

Stacker compiled a list of the lowest-paying jobs in Oklahoma City, OK, 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. Tellers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $28,830
- #379 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,950

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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#49. Nursing assistants

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $28,810
- #291 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,100

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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#47 (tie). Retail salespersons

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $28,800
- #277 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 17,190

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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#47 (tie). Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $28,800
- #174 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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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#46. Cutters and trimmers, hand

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $28,770
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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

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#45. Recreation workers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $28,730
- #243 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 810

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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#44. Office machine operators, except computer

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $28,650
- #121 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,110
- Employment: 32,920
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($51,190)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($50,810)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($48,110)
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#43. Cooks, restaurant

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $28,520
- #227 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,870

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. Slaughterers and meat packers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $28,330
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $27,960
- #259 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 710

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. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $27,770
- #312 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,030

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,990
- Employment: 285,980
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kalamazoo-Portage, MI ($53,630)
--- Lansing-East Lansing, MI ($53,470)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($52,630)
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#39. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $27,650
- #252 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#38. Skincare specialists

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $27,630
- #166 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,700
- Employment: 50,580
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($79,860)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($67,750)
--- Danbury, CT ($67,480)
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#37. Driver/sales workers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $27,540
- #293 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,790

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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#36. Funeral attendants

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $27,250
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#35. Orderlies

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $27,080
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,440
- Employment: 45,160
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,820)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($51,370)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($49,740)
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#34. Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $26,910
- #112 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,150
- Employment: 34,140
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,780)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($42,120)
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($41,660)
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#33. Library assistants, clerical

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $26,670
- #180 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $26,560
- #303 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,920

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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#31. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $26,270
- #326 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,010

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. Parking attendants

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $26,060
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

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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#29. Gambling change persons and booth cashiers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $26,010
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,130
- Employment: 17,150
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ($45,770)
--- Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY ($42,910)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($42,740)
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#28. Pharmacy aides

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $25,720
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,560
- Employment: 43,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($59,160)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($57,630)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($56,450)
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#27. Animal caretakers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $25,580
- #270 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,320

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. Waiters and waitresses

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $25,480
- #210 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 11,260

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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#25. Food preparation workers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $25,440
- #262 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,060

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

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $25,360
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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. Telemarketers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $25,270
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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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#22. Baggage porters and bellhops

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $24,410
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#21. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $24,330
- #322 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,780

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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#20. Cashiers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $24,180
- #235 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,680

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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#19. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $24,090
- #285 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 920

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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#18. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $24,020
- #308 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,280

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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#17. Gambling cage workers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $23,970
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,770
- Employment: 11,140
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,530)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($35,930)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($35,230)
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#16. School bus monitors

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $23,860
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#15. Dishwashers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $23,530
- #241 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,620

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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#14. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $23,220
- #285 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,050

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. Cooks, fast food

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $23,140
- #194 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,260

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. Physical therapist aides

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $22,570
- #172 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#11. Childcare workers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $22,560
- #311 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,940

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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#10. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $22,530
- #91 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#9. Substitute teachers, short-term

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $22,360
- #284 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,290

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

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $22,200
- #250 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,000

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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#7. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $22,170
- #288 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,410

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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#6. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $21,800
- #313 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $21,670
- #196 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 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)
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#4. Locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $21,620
- #53 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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#3. Cooks, short order

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $21,550
- #232 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,090

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)
49 / 50
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#2. Fast food and counter workers

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $21,060
- #329 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,330

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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#1. Amusement and recreation attendants

Oklahoma City, OK
- Annual mean salary: $21,020
- #304 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 840

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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