Lowest-paying jobs in Columbus

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Lowest-paying jobs in Columbus

Stacker collected information on the lowest-paying jobs in Columbus, OH, 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 2020. Job descriptions are from O*NET.

In Columbus, the annual mean wage is $54,160 or 3.8% lower than national mean of $56,310, while the lowest-paying occupation makes $22,260. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Receptionists and information clerks

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $30,090
- #190 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,760

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,410
- Employment: 968,420
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Gadsden, AL ($22,570)
--- Killeen-Temple, TX ($22,770)
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($22,880)
- Job description: Answer inquiries and provide information to the general public, customers, visitors, and other interested parties regarding activities conducted at establishment and location of departments, offices, and employees within the organization.

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#49. Telemarketers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $30,030
- #60 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,190

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,930
- Employment: 117,610
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($19,280)
--- Erie, PA ($19,760)
--- Logan, UT-ID ($21,130)
- Job description: Solicit donations or orders for goods or services over the telephone.

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#48. Funeral attendants

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $30,010
- #68 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,130
- Employment: 32,300
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Ogden-Clearfield, UT ($20,980)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($21,320)
--- Lima, OH ($21,500)
- Job description: Perform a variety of tasks during funeral, such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service, arranging floral offerings or lights around casket, directing or escorting mourners, closing casket, and issuing and storing funeral equipment.

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#47. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $29,930
- #263 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,630

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,400
- Employment: 341,660
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($20,280)
--- Albany, GA ($20,850)
--- Dalton, GA ($20,890)
- Job description: Wash or otherwise clean vehicles, machinery, and other equipment. Use such materials as water, cleaning agents, brushes, cloths, and hoses.

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $29,900
- #215 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 14,820

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,410
- Employment: 1,990,510
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($21,200)
--- Sumter, SC ($21,400)
--- Dothan, AL ($21,670)
- Job description: Keep buildings in clean and orderly condition. Perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. Duties may include tending furnace and boiler, performing routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning snow or debris from sidewalk.

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#45. Library assistants, clerical

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $29,750
- #144 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 840

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,740
- Employment: 84,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Rocky Mount, NC ($20,080)
--- Corpus Christi, TX ($20,520)
--- Akron, OH ($20,530)
- Job description: Compile records, and sort, shelve, issue, and receive library materials such as books, electronic media, pictures, cards, slides and microfilm. Locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving area, stacks, or files according to identification number and title. Register patrons to permit them to borrow books, periodicals, and other library materials.

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $29,550
- #101 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,140
- Employment: 293,910
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Rocky Mount, NC ($19,550)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($20,610)
--- Las Cruces, NM ($21,540)
- Job description: Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; or cleaning, grading, sorting, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.

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#42 (tie). Log graders and scalers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $29,540
- #1 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,940
- Employment: 3,390
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Columbus, OH ($29,540)
--- Jacksonville, FL ($38,630)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($38,870)
- Job description: Grade logs or estimate the marketable content or value of logs or pulpwood in sorting yards, millpond, log deck, or similar locations. Inspect logs for defects or measure logs to determine volume.

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#42 (tie). Packers and packagers, hand

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $29,540
- #240 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,160

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,270
- Employment: 599,270
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Wichita Falls, TX ($18,740)
--- Casper, WY ($19,850)
--- Johnstown, PA ($19,920)
- Job description: Pack or package by hand a wide variety of products and materials.

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $29,500
- #98 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,050
- Employment: 31,980
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Raleigh, NC ($18,320)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($19,670)
--- Memphis, TN-MS-AR ($19,930)
- Job description: Press or shape articles by hand or machine.

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#40 (tie). Orderlies

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $29,500
- #58 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,780
- Employment: 43,570
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC ($22,440)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($22,810)
--- Jackson, MS ($22,850)
- Job description: Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment. Psychiatric orderlies are included in Psychiatric Aides.

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#39. Retail salespersons

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $29,390
- #187 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 24,890

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,940
- Employment: 3,659,670
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Albany, GA ($22,740)
--- Hinesville, GA ($23,640)
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($23,660)
- Job description: Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers.

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $29,030
- #23 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,290
- Employment: 48,400
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- El Paso, TX ($17,700)
--- Dothan, AL ($22,000)
--- Austin-Round Rock, TX ($22,360)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend wood sawing machines. May operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment. Includes lead sawyers.

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#37. Nursing assistants

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $29,020
- #139 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,440

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,050
- Employment: 1,371,050
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($21,840)
--- Brunswick, GA ($22,370)
--- Columbus, GA-AL ($22,540)
- Job description: Provide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. Perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.

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#36. Telephone operators

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $28,870
- #3 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,340
- Employment: 4,630
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL ($26,390)
--- Jackson, MS ($28,830)
--- Columbus, OH ($28,870)
- Job description: Provide information by accessing alphabetical, geographical, or other directories. Assist customers with special billing requests, such as charges to a third party and credits or refunds for incorrectly dialed numbers or bad connections. May handle emergency calls and assist children or people with physical disabilities to make telephone calls.

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#35. Animal caretakers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $28,670
- #258 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,300

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,380
- Employment: 193,660
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Morristown, TN ($18,810)
--- Greenville, NC ($20,320)
--- Twin Falls, ID ($20,580)
- Job description: Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise provide care to promote and maintain the well-being of pets and other animals that are not raised for consumption, such as dogs, cats, race horses, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. Work in settings such as kennels, animal shelters, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. May keep records of feedings, treatments, and animals received or discharged. May clean, disinfect, and repair cages, pens, or fish tanks.

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#34. Bakers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $28,200
- #113 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 990

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,060
- Employment: 168,890
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Sherman-Denison, TX ($21,310)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($21,560)
--- St. George, UT ($22,110)
- Job description: Mix and bake ingredients to produce breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, or other baked goods.

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#33. Foundry mold and coremakers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $28,190
- #2 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,370
- Employment: 16,090
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Tulsa, OK ($23,620)
--- Columbus, OH ($28,190)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($29,080)
- Job description: Make or form wax or sand cores or molds used in the production of metal castings in foundries.

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#32. Concierges

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $27,920
- #11 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,310
- Employment: 36,800
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Billings, MT ($22,350)
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($24,580)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($25,250)
- Job description: Assist patrons at hotel, apartment, or office building with personal services. May take messages; arrange or give advice on transportation, business services, or entertainment; or monitor guest requests for housekeeping and maintenance.

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#31. Cooks, restaurant

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $27,740
- #209 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,620

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,530
- Employment: 1,109,650
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($20,590)
--- Laredo, TX ($21,000)
--- Gadsden, AL ($21,540)
- Job description: Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.

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#30. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $26,900
- #64 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 870

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,980
- Employment: 98,810
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Johnstown, PA ($19,580)
--- Tyler, TX ($20,460)
--- Cleveland, TN ($20,690)
- Job description: Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine postoperative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.

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#29. Recreation workers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $26,700
- #109 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,540

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,960
- Employment: 325,640
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Rocky Mount, NC ($20,040)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($20,300)
--- Monroe, LA ($21,000)
- Job description: Conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities. Organize and promote activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, games, music, dramatics, social recreation, camping, and hobbies, taking into account the needs and interests of individual members.

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#28. Crossing guards and flaggers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $26,670
- #34 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,220
- Employment: 85,050
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Killeen-Temple, TX ($20,210)
--- Jackson, MS ($20,610)
--- El Paso, TX ($21,020)
- Job description: Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as streets, schools, railroad crossings, or construction sites.

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#27. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $26,100
- #236 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,470

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,010
- Employment: 795,590
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($18,460)
--- Valdosta, GA ($18,730)
--- Alexandria, LA ($19,070)
- Job description: Perform any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain private households or commercial establishments, such as hotels and hospitals, in a clean and orderly manner. Duties may include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, and vacuuming.

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#26. Childcare workers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $25,960
- #248 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,400

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,790
- Employment: 494,360
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Rome, GA ($17,330)
--- Dothan, AL ($18,370)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($18,440)
- Job description: Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $25,890
- #24 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,320
- Employment: 11,530
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($20,510)
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($21,040)
--- Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ ($21,080)
- Job description: Provide personal items to patrons or customers in locker rooms, dressing rooms, or coatrooms.

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#24. Floral designers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $25,850
- #24 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,670
- Employment: 36,810
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Oshkosh-Neenah, WI ($19,290)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($21,560)
--- Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA ($22,530)
- Job description: Design, cut, and arrange live, dried, or artificial flowers and foliage.

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#23. Pharmacy aides

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $25,730
- #39 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,250
- Employment: 38,900
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($20,300)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($21,220)
--- Grand Island, NE ($21,360)
- Job description: Record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise, and inform the supervisor of stock needs. May operate cash register and accept prescriptions for filling.

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#22. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $25,700
- #67 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 960

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,150
- Employment: 112,750
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Valdosta, GA ($21,570)
--- Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA ($21,740)
--- La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN ($21,950)
- Job description: Service automobiles, buses, trucks, boats, and other automotive or marine vehicles with fuel, lubricants, and accessories. Collect payment for services and supplies. May lubricate vehicle, change motor oil, refill antifreeze, or replace lights or other accessories, such as windshield wiper blades or fan belts. May repair or replace tires.

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#21. Cooks, short order

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $25,360
- #101 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,060

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,030
- Employment: 123,350
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Laredo, TX ($18,660)
--- Gainesville, GA ($18,740)
--- Mobile, AL ($18,820)
- Job description: Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables.

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#20. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $25,180
- #177 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,880

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,460
- Employment: 254,650
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($18,460)
--- Enid, OK ($18,780)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($18,960)
- Job description: Serve food to individuals outside of a restaurant environment, such as in hotel rooms, hospital rooms, residential care facilities, or cars.

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#19. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $25,120
- #211 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 920

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,900
- Employment: 222,550
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($18,020)
--- Dalton, GA ($18,450)
--- Monroe, LA ($18,500)
- Job description: Accommodate hotel, motel, and resort patrons by registering and assigning rooms to guests, issuing room keys or cards, transmitting and receiving messages, keeping records of occupied rooms and guests' accounts, making and confirming reservations, and presenting statements to and collecting payments from departing guests.

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#17 (tie). Cashiers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $24,940
- #244 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 16,390

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,710
- Employment: 3,333,100
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Hattiesburg, MS ($19,530)
--- Monroe, LA ($19,780)
--- Albany, GA ($20,320)
- Job description: Receive and disburse money in establishments other than financial institutions. May use electronic scanners, cash registers, or related equipment. May process credit or debit card transactions and validate checks.

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#17 (tie). Baggage porters and bellhops

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $24,940
- #31 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,060
- Employment: 28,440
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Greensboro-High Point, NC ($19,580)
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($19,920)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($19,940)
- Job description: Handle baggage for travelers at transportation terminals or for guests at hotels or similar establishments.

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#16. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $24,790
- #165 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,200

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,600
- Employment: 179,890
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Hattiesburg, MS ($18,060)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($18,580)
--- Rome, GA ($19,050)
- Job description: Operate or tend washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, leather, furs, blankets, draperies, linens, rugs, and carpets. Includes spotters and dyers of these articles.

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#15. Food preparation workers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $24,720
- #164 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,030

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,820
- Employment: 793,590
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Hammond, LA ($18,290)
--- Morristown, TN ($18,550)
--- Monroe, LA ($19,010)
- Job description: Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.

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#14. Physical therapist aides

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $24,710
- #27 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,110
- Employment: 45,790
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Fort Wayne, IN ($19,710)
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($20,200)
--- Montgomery, AL ($20,390)
- Job description: Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.

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#13. Parking attendants

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $24,680
- #66 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,050

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,910
- Employment: 123,790
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Lake Charles, LA ($19,840)
--- Huntsville, AL ($19,910)
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($20,000)
- Job description: Park vehicles or issue tickets for customers in a parking lot or garage. May park or tend vehicles in environments such as a car dealership or rental car facility. May collect fee.

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#12. Driver/sales workers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $24,610
- #35 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,620

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,870
- Employment: 420,890
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY ($19,230)
--- Sumter, SC ($19,740)
--- Dalton, GA ($21,020)
- Job description: Drive truck or other vehicle over established routes or within an established territory and sell or deliver goods, such as food products, including restaurant take-out items, or pick up or deliver items such as commercial laundry. May also take orders, collect payment, or stock merchandise at point of delivery.

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#11. Waiters and waitresses

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $24,470
- #195 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 15,190

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,470
- Employment: 1,944,240
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($17,980)
--- Decatur, AL ($17,980)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($18,060)
- Job description: Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.

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#10. Bartenders

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $24,230
- #163 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,230

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,910
- Employment: 486,720
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Gadsden, AL ($17,930)
--- Decatur, AL ($17,950)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($18,150)
- Job description: Mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.

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#9. Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $24,210
- #4 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,700
- Employment: 14,120
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Beckley, WV ($21,610)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($22,080)
--- Florence, SC ($22,100)
- Job description: Drive ambulance or assist ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons. Assist in lifting patients.

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#8. Dishwashers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $23,840
- #228 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,010

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,600
- Employment: 395,660
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL ($17,490)
--- Fond du Lac, WI ($18,400)
--- Muncie, IN ($18,550)
- Job description: Clean dishes, kitchen, food preparation equipment, or utensils.

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#7. Cooks, fast food

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $22,920
- #170 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,100

National
- Annual mean salary: $24,300
- Employment: 544,420
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Altoona, PA ($17,660)
--- Johnson City, TN ($17,700)
--- Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL ($17,900)
- Job description: Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.

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#6. Fast food and counter workers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $22,840
- #212 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 25,630

National
- Annual mean salary: $24,540
- Employment: 3,450,120
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Dothan, AL ($18,690)
--- Mobile, AL ($18,750)
--- Montgomery, AL ($18,780)
- Job description: Perform duties such as taking orders and serving food and beverages. Serve customers at counter or from a steam table. May take payment. May prepare food and beverages.

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#5. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $22,780
- #56 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 780

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,390
- Employment: 95,600
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Tulsa, OK ($18,650)
--- Appleton, WI ($18,760)
--- Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC ($18,930)
- Job description: Assist patrons at entertainment events by performing duties, such as collecting admission tickets and passes from patrons, assisting in finding seats, searching for lost articles, and helping patrons locate such facilities as restrooms and telephones.

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $22,730
- #78 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 770

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,050
- Employment: 113,150
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Montgomery, AL ($17,440)
--- Athens-Clarke County, GA ($17,790)
--- Sheboygan, WI ($17,940)
- Job description: Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, beaches, or ski slopes, to provide assistance and protection to participants.

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#3. Amusement and recreation attendants

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $22,630
- #147 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,620

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,610
- Employment: 248,190
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($18,040)
--- Lynchburg, VA ($18,600)
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($18,650)
- Job description: Perform a variety of attending duties at amusement or recreation facility. May schedule use of recreation facilities, maintain and provide equipment to participants of sporting events or recreational pursuits, or operate amusement concessions and rides.

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $22,400
- #188 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,040

National
- Annual mean salary: $24,800
- Employment: 316,700
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($17,940)
--- Gadsden, AL ($18,150)
--- New Bern, NC ($18,190)
- Job description: Welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.

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#1. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $22,260
- #155 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,310

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,300
- Employment: 374,940
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($18,090)
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($18,100)
--- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX ($18,240)
- Job description: Facilitate food service. Clean tables; remove dirty dishes; replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes; supply service bar with food; and serve items such as water, condiments, and coffee to patrons.

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