Lowest-paying jobs in Brownsville

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Brownsville

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 Brownsville-Harlingen, 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. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,020
- #283 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#49. Tire repairers and changers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,970
- #316 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#48. Driver/sales workers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,820
- #311 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,970
- Employment: 477,020
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bismarck, ND ($48,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($46,390)
--- Fargo, ND-MN ($46,360)
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#47. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,750
- #326 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,990
- Employment: 285,980
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kalamazoo-Portage, MI ($53,630)
--- Lansing-East Lansing, MI ($53,470)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($52,630)
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#46. Highway maintenance workers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,720
- #330 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,340
- Employment: 141,150
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($70,690)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($67,340)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($65,550)

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#44 (tie). Nursing assistants

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,570
- #362 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,030

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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#44 (tie). Retail salespersons

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,570
- #360 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,090

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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#43. Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,470
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,690
- Employment: 9,000
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($57,330)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($55,500)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($54,850)
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#42. Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,360
- #190 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,440
- Employment: 277,200
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,490)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($40,560)
--- Ithaca, NY ($39,570)
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#41. Animal caretakers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,280
- #233 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#40. Sheet metal workers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,020
- #288 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,760
- Employment: 122,630
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($101,150)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($94,930)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,840)
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#39. Switchboard operators, including answering service

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,760
- #199 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#38. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,700
- #345 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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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#37. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,620
- #388 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 590

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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#36. Bus drivers, school

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,320
- #316 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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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#35. Receptionists and information clerks

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,260
- #386 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,010

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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#34. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,190
- #321 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#33. Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,070
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,520
- Employment: 59,490
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($54,200)
--- Spartanburg, SC ($51,910)
--- Albany, OR ($50,620)
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#32. Recreation workers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,020
- #361 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#31. Food preparation workers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,990
- #283 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 910

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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#30. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,850
- #351 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#29. Bakers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,730
- #331 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#28. Cooks, restaurant

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,440
- #380 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,420

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

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,300
- #369 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,020

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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#26. Pharmacy aides

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,980
- #150 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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#25. Helpers--production workers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,870
- #335 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#24. Sewing machine operators

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,480
- #232 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#23. Funeral attendants

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,420
- #137 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#22. Food batchmakers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,340
- #248 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#21. Bartenders

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,250
- #325 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#20. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,100
- #347 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#19. Library assistants, clerical

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,790
- #244 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#18. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,430
- #358 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,680

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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#17. Cashiers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,220
- #347 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,060

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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#16. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,140
- #362 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

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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#15. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,080
- #331 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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. Waiters and waitresses

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,740
- #325 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,910

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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#13. Childcare workers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,450
- #339 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,020

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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#12. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,230
- #348 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#11. Packers and packagers, hand

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,140
- #363 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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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#10. Dishwashers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $20,870
- #367 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#9. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $20,440
- #333 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#8. School bus monitors

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $20,170
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#7. Cooks, short order

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $19,680
- #244 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#6. Fast food and counter workers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $19,670
- #373 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,950

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)

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

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $19,590
- #234 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $19,520
- #346 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

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)
48 / 50
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#3. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $19,410
- #361 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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)
49 / 50
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#2. Amusement and recreation attendants

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $19,020
- #339 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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)
50 / 50
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#1. Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $18,180
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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