Lowest-paying jobs in Lubbock

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Lubbock

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 Lubbock, 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. Stockers and order fillers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,730
- #318 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,620

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,020
- Employment: 2,451,430
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($42,240)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,960)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($40,620)
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#49. Helpers--production workers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,440
- #294 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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. Nursing assistants

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,400
- #305 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,210

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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#47. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,380
- #200 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#46. Tire repairers and changers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,310
- #282 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#45. Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,200
- #145 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,390
- Employment: 28,620
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($72,260)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($65,320)
--- Joplin, MO ($65,210)
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#44. Conveyor operators and tenders

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,030
- #75 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,010
- Employment: 28,650
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Wheeling, WV-OH ($62,910)
--- Merced, CA ($53,190)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($46,630)
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#43. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,830
- #311 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#42. Receptionists and information clerks

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,760
- #342 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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#41. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,710
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#40. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,560
- #284 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#39. Driver/sales workers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,510
- #296 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

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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#38. Switchboard operators, including answering service

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,060
- #182 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#37. Cooks, restaurant

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,990
- #290 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,580

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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#36. Funeral attendants

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,690
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#35. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,400
- #301 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#34. Sewing machine operators

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,090
- #213 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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#32 (tie). Animal caretakers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,020
- #250 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#32 (tie). Bakers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,020
- #300 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#31. Bartenders

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,340
- #259 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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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#30. Parking attendants

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,220
- #123 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#29. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,180
- #338 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 940

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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#28. Recreation workers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,100
- #359 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#27. Food preparation workers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,020
- #280 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 770

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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#25 (tie). Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,000
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#25 (tie). Machine feeders and offbearers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,000
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,660
- Employment: 60,880
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($60,610)
--- Lincoln, NE ($48,580)
--- Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN ($47,560)
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#24. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,990
- #355 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,080

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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#23. Physical therapist aides

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,830
- #154 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#22. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,640
- #317 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,040

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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#21. Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,590
- #213 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#20. Orderlies

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,340
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#19. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,240
- #298 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 920

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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#18. Tutors

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,720
- #249 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,780
- Employment: 147,100
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Pittsfield, MA ($82,910)
--- Santa Fe, NM ($68,440)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($60,110)
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#17. Crossing guards and flaggers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,680
- #174 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#16. Waiters and waitresses

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,530
- #277 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,610

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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#15. Dishwashers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,310
- #260 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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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#14. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,260
- #308 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#13. Library assistants, clerical

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,210
- #241 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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. Packers and packagers, hand

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,140
- #349 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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#11. Cooks, fast food

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,080
- #197 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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. Cashiers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,930
- #301 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,160

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. Childcare workers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,360
- #314 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

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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#8. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,270
- #304 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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#7. Cooks, short order

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,980
- #221 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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. Substitute teachers, short-term

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,480
- #288 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,260
- #295 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#4. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,190
- #329 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,150
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,110
- Employment: 26,910
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,040)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($37,370)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($36,530)
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#2. Fast food and counter workers

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,100
- #326 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,560

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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#1. Amusement and recreation attendants

Lubbock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $19,760
- #328 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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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