Lowest-paying jobs in Washington, D.C.

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June 24, 2021
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Lowest-paying jobs in Washington

Stacker collected information on the lowest-paying jobs in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, 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 Washington, the annual mean wage is $77,210 or 37.1% higher than national mean of $56,310, while the lowest-paying occupation makes $22,650. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Stockers and order fillers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $32,560
- #307 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 34,320

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,010
- Employment: 2,210,960
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Fond du Lac, WI ($23,990)
--- Monroe, LA ($24,240)
--- Florence, SC ($24,420)
- Job description: Receive, store, and issue merchandise, materials, equipment, and other items from stockroom, warehouse, or storage yard to fill shelves, racks, tables, or customers' orders. May operate power equipment to fill orders. May mark prices on merchandise and set up sales displays.

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#49. Shoe and leather workers and repairers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $32,360
- #14 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,480
- Employment: 7,380
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Lancaster, PA ($24,080)
--- Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN ($24,740)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($27,040)
- Job description: Construct, decorate, or repair leather and leather-like products, such as luggage, shoes, and saddles. May use hand tools.

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#48. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $32,350
- #359 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,900

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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#47. Substitute teachers, short-term

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $32,320
- #163 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 15,650

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,090
- Employment: 512,030
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL ($17,360)
--- Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL ($17,470)
--- Huntsville, AL ($17,470)
- Job description: Teach students on a short-term basis as a temporary replacement for a regular classroom teacher, typically using the regular teacher's lesson plan.

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

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $32,200
- #30 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#45. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $32,110
- #355 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 17,530

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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#44. Animal caretakers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $32,050
- #324 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,300

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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#43. Cooks, restaurant

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $32,030
- #314 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 19,880

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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#41 (tie). Tire repairers and changers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $31,980
- #191 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 890

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,790
- Employment: 98,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($20,890)
--- Terre Haute, IN ($21,540)
--- Champaign-Urbana, IL ($22,830)
- Job description: Repair and replace tires.

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#41 (tie). Helpers--painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $31,980
- #19 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,520
- Employment: 9,500
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Waco, TX ($22,580)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($25,250)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($25,490)
- Job description: Help painters, paperhangers, plasterers, or stucco masons by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying, or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

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#40. Childcare workers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $31,880
- #357 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,010

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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#38 (tie). Funeral attendants

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $31,860
- #85 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

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

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $31,860
- #193 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,370

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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#37. Paperhangers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $31,810
- #3 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,820
- Employment: 2,820
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($31,270)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($31,660)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($31,810)
- Job description: Cover interior walls or ceilings of rooms with decorative wallpaper or fabric, or attach advertising posters on surfaces such as walls and billboards. May remove old materials or prepare surfaces to be papered.

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#36. Sewing machine operators

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $31,790
- #158 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,420
- Employment: 116,520
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- El Paso, TX ($18,940)
--- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX ($21,950)
--- Wichita Falls, TX ($22,070)
- Job description: Operate or tend sewing machines to join, reinforce, decorate, or perform related sewing operations in the manufacture of garment or nongarment products.

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#35. Orderlies

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $31,700
- #75 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 770

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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#34. Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $31,650
- #66 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,540
- Employment: 75,160
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Tuscaloosa, AL ($23,690)
--- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($24,070)
--- Morristown, TN ($24,940)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment.

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#33. Retail salespersons

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $31,360
- #250 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 57,660

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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#32. Helpers--production workers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $31,220
- #125 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,640

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,000
- Employment: 239,340
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($21,100)
--- Topeka, KS ($21,280)
--- Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL ($21,360)
- Job description: Help production workers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

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#31. Grinding and polishing workers, hand

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $31,070
- #27 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,380
- Employment: 24,050
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA ($25,950)
--- Erie, PA ($26,530)
--- Racine, WI ($26,720)
- Job description: Grind, sand, or polish, using hand tools or hand-held power tools, a variety of metal, wood, stone, clay, plastic, or glass objects. Includes chippers, buffers, and finishers.

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#30. Packers and packagers, hand

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $30,880
- #282 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,160

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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#29. Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $30,710
- #2 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,800
- Employment: 9,090
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($30,230)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($30,710)
--- Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR ($34,500)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces.

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#28. Telemarketers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $30,240
- #61 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 830

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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#27. Physical therapist aides

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $30,140
- #103 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 860

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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#26. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $30,120
- #271 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,270

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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#25. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $30,060
- #324 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,120

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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#24. Food cooking machine operators and tenders

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $29,680
- #15 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 830

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,180
- Employment: 26,530
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- El Paso, TX ($20,140)
--- Florence, SC ($23,290)
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($24,380)
- Job description: Operate or tend cooking equipment, such as steam cooking vats, deep fry cookers, pressure cookers, kettles, and boilers, to prepare food products.

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#23. Etchers and engravers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $29,610
- #4 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,230
- Employment: 9,490
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX ($23,290)
--- Knoxville, TN ($27,520)
--- Colorado Springs, CO ($29,350)
- Job description: Engrave or etch metal, wood, rubber, or other materials. Includes such workers as etcher-circuit processors, pantograph engravers, and silk screen etchers.

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#22. Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $29,420
- #38 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 780

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,800
- Employment: 147,760
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($20,270)
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($20,500)
--- New Bern, NC ($21,670)
- Job description: Use hands or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.

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#21. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $29,330
- #134 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,330

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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#20. Food preparation workers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $29,100
- #303 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 13,140

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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#19. Parking attendants

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $28,970
- #137 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,460

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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#18. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $28,870
- #294 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,300

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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#17. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $28,670
- #264 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,340

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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#16. Pharmacy aides

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $28,560
- #65 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#15. Fast food and counter workers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $28,250
- #330 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 57,100

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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#14. Dishwashers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $27,870
- #321 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,850

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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#13. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $27,640
- #152 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,400

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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#12. Cashiers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $27,490
- #310 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 68,550

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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#11. Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $27,070
- #8 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,890
- Employment: 12,650
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($18,940)
--- El Paso, TX ($24,480)
--- Cleveland, TN ($24,650)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut textiles.

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#10. Cooks, fast food

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $26,540
- #237 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,390

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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#9. Manicurists and pedicurists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $26,090
- #41 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,620

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,010
- Employment: 73,010
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- York-Hanover, PA ($18,440)
--- Fort Wayne, IN ($18,880)
--- Akron, OH ($19,540)
- Job description: Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.

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

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $25,850
- #272 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,700

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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#7. Cooks, short order

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $25,700
- #109 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,820

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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#6. Amusement and recreation attendants

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $25,010
- #217 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,300

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

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $24,990
- #18 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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Pixabay

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

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $24,950
- #116 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,420

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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Canva

#3. Shampooers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $24,900
- #14 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 730

National
- Annual mean salary: $24,320
- Employment: 8,310
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Reading, PA ($18,650)
--- Pittsburgh, PA ($19,650)
--- North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL ($19,650)
- Job description: Shampoo and rinse customers' hair.

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Canva

#2. Motion picture projectionists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $23,180
- #1 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,380
- Employment: 2,270
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($23,180)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($35,100)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($36,310)
- Job description: Set up and operate motion picture projection and related sound reproduction equipment.

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

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $22,650
- #15 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,020

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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