Lowest-paying jobs in Johnson City

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October 26, 2021
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Lowest-paying jobs in Johnson City

Stacker collected information on the lowest-paying jobs in Johnson City, TN, 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 Johnson City, the annual mean wage is $44,580 or 20.8% lower than national mean of $56,310, while the lowest-paying occupation makes $17,700. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $29,270
- #39 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,550
- Employment: 134,660
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Waco, TX ($22,710)
--- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX ($23,120)
--- Albany, GA ($24,680)
- Job description: Plan and erect commercial displays, such as those in windows and interiors of retail stores and at trade exhibitions.

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#49. Parts salespersons

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $29,250
- #18 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,350
- Employment: 253,870
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Lawton, OK ($24,540)
--- Alexandria, LA ($25,750)
--- Bay City, MI ($26,510)
- Job description: Sell spare and replacement parts and equipment in repair shop or parts store.

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#48. Veterinary technologists and technicians

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $29,120
- #22 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,860
- Employment: 109,490
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- San Angelo, TX ($25,190)
--- Lafayette, LA ($25,330)
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($25,500)
- Job description: Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

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#47. Order clerks

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $28,420
- #13 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,660
- Employment: 119,640
- Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- El Paso, TX ($23,580)
--- Wichita Falls, TX ($23,900)
--- Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA ($25,930)
- Job description: Receive and process incoming orders for materials, merchandise, classified ads, or services such as repairs, installations, or rental of facilities. Generally receives orders via mail, phone, fax, or other electronic means. Duties include informing customers of receipt, prices, shipping dates, and delays; preparing contracts; and handling complaints.

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#46. First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $28,120
- #5 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 710

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,880
- Employment: 891,540
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA ($27,520)
--- Lawton, OK ($27,770)
--- Logan, UT-ID ($27,950)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in preparing and serving food.

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#45. Social and human service assistants

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $28,000
- #9 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,230
- Employment: 399,920
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($22,640)
--- Gadsden, AL ($25,940)
--- Kokomo, IN ($26,210)
- Job description: Assist other social and human service providers in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.

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#44. Recreation workers

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $27,760
- #142 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#43. Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $27,580
- #27 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,960
- Employment: 91,430
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Wichita Falls, TX ($23,230)
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($23,580)
--- Racine, WI ($24,240)
- Job description: Help installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment. Perform duties such as furnishing tools, materials, and supplies to other workers; cleaning work area, machines, and tools; and holding materials or tools for other workers.

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#42. Receptionists and information clerks

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $27,210
- #56 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#41. Retail salespersons

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $26,950
- #60 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,640

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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#40. Stockers and order fillers

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $26,770
- #53 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,430

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

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $26,460
- #6 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#38. File clerks

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $25,990
- #6 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,140
- Employment: 91,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($22,210)
--- Jackson, MS ($24,610)
--- Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA ($25,040)
- Job description: File correspondence, cards, invoices, receipts, and other records in alphabetical or numerical order or according to the filing system used. Locate and remove material from file when requested.

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#37. Pharmacy aides

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $25,970
- #41 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#36. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $25,630
- #11 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,220
- Employment: 370,910
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Hammond, LA ($22,420)
--- Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL ($22,850)
--- El Paso, TX ($23,120)
- Job description: Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.

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#35. Physical therapist aides

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $25,510
- #34 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#34. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $25,470
- #36 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#33. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $25,390
- #58 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,740
- Employment: 302,410
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- San Angelo, TX ($18,370)
--- Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($19,280)
--- Bowling Green, KY ($19,460)
- Job description: Provide beauty services, such as cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May shampoo hair, apply makeup, dress wigs, remove hair, and provide nail and skincare services.

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#32. Counter and rental clerks

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $25,050
- #17 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,700
- Employment: 368,300
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Carbondale-Marion, IL ($21,980)
--- Lawton, OK ($22,200)
--- Parkersburg-Vienna, WV ($22,360)
- Job description: Receive orders, generally in person, for repairs, rentals, and services. May describe available options, compute cost, and accept payment.

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

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $24,440
- #43 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 790

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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#30. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $24,360
- #21 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#28 (tie). Bakers

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $24,260
- #15 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#28 (tie). Psychiatric aides

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $24,260
- #9 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,300
- Employment: 51,550
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Jackson, TN ($21,440)
--- Charleston, WV ($22,320)
--- Jackson, MS ($22,620)
- Job description: Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.

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#26 (tie). Cooks, restaurant

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $24,050
- #44 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 570

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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#26 (tie). Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $24,050
- #123 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#25. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $23,680
- #37 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,940
- Employment: 387,300
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Montgomery, AL ($19,990)
--- Dothan, AL ($20,340)
--- Decatur, AL ($20,520)
- Job description: Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.

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#24. Residential advisors

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $23,310
- #10 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,430
- Employment: 102,450
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Gadsden, AL ($20,950)
--- Jonesboro, AR ($20,980)
--- Amarillo, TX ($21,360)
- Job description: Coordinate activities in resident facilities in secondary school and college dormitories, group homes, or similar establishments. Order supplies and determine need for maintenance, repairs, and furnishings. May maintain household records and assign rooms. May assist residents with problem solving or refer them to counseling resources.

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#23. Passenger vehicle drivers, except bus drivers, transit and intercity

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $22,860
- #26 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,360
- Employment: 599,980
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($17,980)
--- Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($18,250)
--- Dothan, AL ($18,260)
- Job description: Drive a motor vehicle to transport passengers on a planned or scheduled basis. May collect a fare.

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#22. Cooks, short order

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $22,760
- #46 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#21. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $22,670
- #16 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#20. Bartenders

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $22,570
- #98 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#19. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $22,420
- #75 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#18. Switchboard operators, including answering service

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $22,400
- #4 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,980
- Employment: 59,270
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Alexandria, LA ($20,580)
--- Lawton, OK ($21,710)
--- Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL ($22,090)
- Job description: Operate telephone business systems equipment or switchboards to relay incoming, outgoing, and interoffice calls. May supply information to callers and record messages.

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#17. Packers and packagers, hand

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $22,080
- #21 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#16. Waiters and waitresses

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $22,050
- #122 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,220

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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#15. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $22,030
- #147 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#13 (tie). Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $21,480
- #30 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,630
- Employment: 1,272,840
- Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Alexandria, LA ($17,810)
--- Gadsden, AL ($18,110)
--- Hammond, LA ($18,740)
- Job description: Assist a preschool, elementary, middle, or secondary school teacher with instructional duties. Serve in a position for which a teacher has primary responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.

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#13 (tie). Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $21,480
- #131 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#12. Cashiers

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $21,160
- #18 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,890

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. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $21,060
- #31 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#10. Animal caretakers

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $20,940
- #6 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#9. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $20,890
- #36 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#8. Fast food and counter workers

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $20,440
- #70 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,850

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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#7. Food preparation workers

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $20,030
- #15 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,100

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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#6. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $19,830
- #17 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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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#5. Childcare workers

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $19,780
- #29 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#4. Amusement and recreation attendants

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $19,360
- #12 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#3. Dishwashers

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $19,300
- #12 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#2. Substitute teachers, short-term

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $18,560
- #6 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

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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#1. Cooks, fast food

Johnson City, TN
- Annual mean salary: $17,700
- #2 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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