Lowest-paying jobs in Knoxville

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Knoxville

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

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

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

Stacker compiled a list of the lowest-paying jobs in Knoxville, 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 2021.

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#50. Psychiatric aides

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $29,170
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,640
- Employment: 39,140
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($54,830)
--- Stockton-Lodi, CA ($54,000)
--- Utica-Rome, NY ($51,960)
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#49. Floral designers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $29,090
- #145 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,100
- Employment: 36,000
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New Haven, CT ($44,600)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($43,780)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,120)
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#48. Refuse and recyclable material collectors

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $28,930
- #283 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,780
- Employment: 126,050
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($70,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($69,470)
--- Napa, CA ($60,830)
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#47. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $28,820
- #196 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,130

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,550
- Employment: 351,960
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($40,840)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,980)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,780)
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#46. Couriers and messengers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $28,360
- #180 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,270
- Employment: 68,310
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($43,430)
--- Modesto, CA ($42,550)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($42,220)

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#45. Library technicians

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $27,990
- #256 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,070
- Employment: 73,000
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($61,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($59,950)
--- Napa, CA ($57,890)
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#44. Animal trainers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $27,940
- #81 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,230
- Employment: 15,840
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($67,060)
--- Ocala, FL ($55,180)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($50,660)
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#43. Cooks, restaurant

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $27,900
- #254 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,940

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,630
- Employment: 1,193,860
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($43,900)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,380)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($41,690)
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#42. Bus drivers, school

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $27,890
- #302 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 670

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,750
- Employment: 361,420
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Elkhart-Goshen, IN ($55,400)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($55,150)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($53,770)
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#41. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $27,710
- #248 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,960
- Employment: 111,480
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($50,340)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($41,840)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,120)

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#40. Recreation workers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $27,520
- #299 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,020
- Employment: 264,020
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($50,710)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($45,730)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($44,200)
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#39. Packers and packagers, hand

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $27,440
- #255 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,640

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,950
- Employment: 585,270
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,960)
--- Rome, GA ($38,830)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,460)
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#38. Nursing assistants

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $27,210
- #348 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,710

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,250
- Employment: 1,314,830
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($47,690)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,500)
--- Salinas, CA ($44,210)
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#37. Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $27,170
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,680
- Employment: 132,100
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($40,580)
--- Anchorage, AK ($40,540)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,730)
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#36. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $27,100
- #254 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,570
- Employment: 175,660
- Entry level education requirements: not available
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,740)
--- Napa, CA ($42,730)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($42,000)

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#35. Switchboard operators, including answering service

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $27,070
- #180 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,590
- Employment: 48,190
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($51,610)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($51,250)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($47,440)
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#34. Physical therapist aides

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $27,040
- #124 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,370
- Employment: 42,390
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($45,060)
--- Jackson, MS ($42,210)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($40,510)
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#33. Orderlies

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $26,880
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $26,850
- #166 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,220
- Employment: 55,830
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($51,700)
--- New Haven, CT ($49,600)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($49,400)
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#31. Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $26,790
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,100
- Employment: 11,970
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($45,730)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($41,860)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,810)

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#30. Sewing machine operators

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $26,240
- #211 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,880
- Employment: 116,220
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Appleton, WI ($43,060)
--- Glens Falls, NY ($42,270)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($40,660)
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#29. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $26,090
- #252 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,780
- Employment: 98,970
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ames, IA ($44,000)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,680)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,920)
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#28. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $26,020
- #278 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,820

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,760
- Employment: 1,187,270
- Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($46,390)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,820)
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#27. Animal caretakers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $25,780
- #262 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,520
- Employment: 225,680
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($40,460)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($39,720)
--- Salinas, CA ($37,420)
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#26. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $25,730
- #328 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,500

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,860
- Employment: 2,036,680
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,030)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($41,240)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($41,150)

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#25. Bartenders

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $25,680
- #241 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 980

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,340
- Employment: 485,330
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($50,180)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($47,820)
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($47,440)
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#24. Forest and conservation workers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $24,650
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,690
- Employment: 6,300
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($43,190)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,400)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($40,500)
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#23. Baggage porters and bellhops

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $24,490
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,040
- Employment: 20,530
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($42,310)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,760)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,160)
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#22. Pharmacy aides

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $24,370
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $24,300
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,670
- Employment: 115,130
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($63,030)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($49,120)
--- New Haven, CT ($48,680)

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#20. Dishwashers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $24,240
- #196 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,350
- Employment: 377,040
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($37,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,200)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,440)
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#19. Food preparation workers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $24,040
- #323 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,020

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,810
- Employment: 783,350
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($39,950)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,230)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($38,340)
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#18. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $23,950
- #277 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,500
- Employment: 243,030
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Napa, CA ($46,270)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,930)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,400)
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#17. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $23,880
- #318 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,940

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,580
- Employment: 723,430
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($45,430)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($44,940)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($44,580)
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#16. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $23,860
- #206 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,410

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,690
- Employment: 336,970
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($38,490)
--- Ithaca, NY ($38,170)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($37,910)

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#15. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $23,840
- #262 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,040
- Employment: 220,380
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($52,150)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($48,900)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($39,910)
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#14. Amusement and recreation attendants

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $23,540
- #190 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,110
- Employment: 262,170
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($37,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($36,800)
--- Anchorage, AK ($36,020)
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#13. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $23,430
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,320
- Employment: 114,320
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($43,930)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,420)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($37,930)
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#12. Skincare specialists

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $23,270
- #169 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $23,140
- #194 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,350

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,490
- Employment: 768,130
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($36,820)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($36,640)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($35,040)

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#10 (tie). Cashiers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $23,140
- #291 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,150

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,780
- Employment: 3,335,170
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,860)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,910)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($35,400)
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#9. Cooks, short order

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $23,090
- #204 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,110
- Employment: 124,800
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,670)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,060)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($37,940)
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#8. Childcare workers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $23,060
- #296 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,180

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,680
- Employment: 438,520
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,390)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($39,120)
--- Napa, CA ($36,850)
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#7. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $23,030
- #314 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,830
- Employment: 157,400
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,740)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,290)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($35,690)
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#6. Substitute teachers, short-term

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $22,940
- #279 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,410
- Employment: 374,620
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Prescott, AZ ($64,310)
--- Appleton, WI ($63,310)
--- Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL ($58,770)

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#5. Parking attendants

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $22,400
- #163 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,210
- Employment: 91,160
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,920)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,670)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($35,420)
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#4. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $22,210
- #249 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,250

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,000
- Employment: 324,690
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($37,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,060)
--- Madera, CA ($36,490)
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#3. Waiters and waitresses

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $21,580
- #333 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,430

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,010
- Employment: 1,804,030
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Glens Falls, NY ($47,570)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($47,080)
--- Ithaca, NY ($44,970)
49 / 50
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#2. Fast food and counter workers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $21,110
- #325 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,020

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,060
- Employment: 3,095,120
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,360)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($34,240)
50 / 50
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#1. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Knoxville, TN
- Annual mean salary: $20,220
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 780

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,390
- Employment: 54,970
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charlottesville, VA ($48,540)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($39,670)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($37,140)

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