Lowest-paying jobs in Beaumont

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Beaumont

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 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX, 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. Security guards

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $30,750
- #306 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,170

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,830
- Employment: 1,057,100
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($70,350)
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($58,440)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($55,500)
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#49. Helpers--production workers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $30,740
- #241 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 590

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,910
- Employment: 202,860
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN ($48,190)
--- Pittsfield, MA ($43,910)
--- Reno, NV ($41,940)
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#48. Psychiatric technicians

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $30,590
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,000
- Employment: 93,410
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Napa, CA ($76,220)
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($69,420)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($67,950)
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#47. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $30,380
- #286 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,750
- Employment: 358,640
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Battle Creek, MI ($60,150)
--- Albany, GA ($53,570)
--- Fort Collins, CO ($50,590)
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#45 (tie). Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $30,290
- #305 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,240
- Employment: 892,450
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,650)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($47,240)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($44,830)

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#45 (tie). Retail salespersons

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $30,290
- #196 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,290

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,920
- Employment: 3,693,490
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($41,150)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,150)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($38,790)
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#44. Receptionists and information clerks

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $29,470
- #266 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,170

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,910
- Employment: 983,150
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($44,680)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($41,290)
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#43. Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $29,440
- #172 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,560
- Employment: 67,210
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($48,050)
--- Rochester, MN ($47,190)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($47,060)
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#42. Couriers and messengers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $29,130
- #163 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#41. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $29,050
- #187 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 640

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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#40. Residential advisors

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,850
- #223 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,950
- Employment: 92,500
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Trenton, NJ ($50,560)
--- Napa, CA ($48,390)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($46,210)
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#39. Tire repairers and changers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,640
- #273 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,520
- Employment: 93,180
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($44,520)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,520)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,370)
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#38. Nursing assistants

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,460
- #302 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 980

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. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,450
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#36. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,080
- #229 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#35. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,880
- #224 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,650
- #267 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,250

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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#33. Bartenders

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,600
- #174 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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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#32. Floral designers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,490
- #179 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#31. Cooks, restaurant

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,420
- #274 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,450

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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#30. Food batchmakers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,280
- #239 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,190
- Employment: 155,240
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Battle Creek, MI ($65,310)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($56,900)
--- Binghamton, NY ($50,910)
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#29. Switchboard operators, including answering service

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,110
- #179 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#28. Funeral attendants

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,830
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,630
- Employment: 32,490
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($45,440)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,270)
--- Trenton, NJ ($43,730)
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#27. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,710
- #311 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,520
- Employment: 392,860
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($48,130)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,400)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($47,000)
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#25 (tie). Animal caretakers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,660
- #214 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#25 (tie). Butchers and meat cutters

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,660
- #362 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,670
- Employment: 145,930
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($50,570)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($50,510)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($48,490)
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#24. Telemarketers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,590
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#23. Pharmacy aides

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,240
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#22. Bakers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,020
- #300 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,300
- Employment: 181,800
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($41,850)
--- Chattanooga, TN-GA ($41,660)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,160)
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#21. Food preparation workers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,910
- #243 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 930

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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#20. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,480
- #222 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#19. Substitute teachers, short-term

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,240
- #253 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 800

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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#18. Crossing guards and flaggers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,190
- #168 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,670
- Employment: 82,690
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,540)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($55,860)
--- Bellingham, WA ($54,870)
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#17. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,990
- #308 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,280

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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#16. School bus monitors

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,960
- #96 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,220
- Employment: 55,310
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($49,850)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($48,610)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($47,750)

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#15. Waiters and waitresses

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,580
- #238 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,240

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,010
- Employment: 1,804,030
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Glens Falls, NY ($47,570)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($47,080)
--- Ithaca, NY ($44,970)
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#14. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,550
- #283 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

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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#13. Library assistants, clerical

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,490
- #221 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,490
- Employment: 78,470
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($53,770)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($52,500)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($49,030)
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#12. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,110
- #274 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#11. Sewing machine operators

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,960
- #226 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#9 (tie). Physical therapist aides

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,850
- #160 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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#9 (tie). Dishwashers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,850
- #223 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#8. Cashiers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,460
- #267 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,420

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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#7. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,210
- #286 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#6. Packers and packagers, hand

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,190
- #347 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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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#5. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,220
- #283 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#4. Cooks, short order

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,810
- #225 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#3. Childcare workers

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,750
- #330 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

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

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,520
- #309 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,590

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. Amusement and recreation attendants

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,290
- #294 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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