Lowest-paying jobs in San Antonio

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in San Antonio

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 San Antonio-New Braunfels, 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. Recreation workers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $29,220
- #224 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,240

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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#49. Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $29,180
- #45 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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#48. Food preparation workers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $29,140
- #117 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,200

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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#47. Occupational therapy aides

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $29,110
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,230
- Employment: 3,370
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($68,500)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($63,090)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($54,170)
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#46. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $29,100
- #288 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,020

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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#45. Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $29,090
- #143 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,280
- Employment: 45,350
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($48,810)
--- Lewiston, ID-WA ($46,520)
--- Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA ($45,140)
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#44. Crossing guards and flaggers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $29,010
- #140 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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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#43. Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,880
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#42. Orderlies

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,830
- #81 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#41. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,800
- #174 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

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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#40. Library assistants, clerical

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,760
- #138 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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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#39. Concierges

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,680
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,520
- Employment: 33,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($47,700)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,690)
--- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ($42,870)
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#38. Cooks, restaurant

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,640
- #217 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,550

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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#37. Bakers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,600
- #244 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,960

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

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,100
- #166 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#35. Locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,740
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,220
- Employment: 9,670
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,160)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($40,250)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($39,710)
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#33 (tie). Animal caretakers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,680
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,110

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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#33 (tie). Psychiatric aides

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,680
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,610
- #269 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 14,040

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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#31. Slaughterers and meat packers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,470
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,010
- Employment: 86,450
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI ($40,850)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($39,300)
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($39,050)

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#30. Physical therapist aides

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,320
- #121 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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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#29. Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,260
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,150
- Employment: 34,140
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,780)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($42,120)
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($41,660)
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#28. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,800
- #268 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,090

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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#27. Bartenders

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,780
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,810

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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#26. Teaching assistants, postsecondary

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,430
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,170
- Employment: 121,290
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($59,560)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($59,380)
--- Reno, NV ($57,420)

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#25. School bus monitors

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,350
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

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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#24. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,230
- #219 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,540

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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#23. Packers and packagers, hand

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,190
- #284 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,670

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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#22. Substitute teachers, short-term

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,730
- #248 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,770

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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#21. Medical transcriptionists

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,710
- #171 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

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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#20. Food servers, nonrestaurant

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,660
- #218 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 910

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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#19. Switchboard operators, including answering service

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,650
- #200 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#17 (tie). Cashiers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,230
- #178 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 25,670

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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#17 (tie). Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,230
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

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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#16. Parking attendants

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,110
- #126 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 960

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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#15. Dishwashers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,020
- #159 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,850

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. Manicurists and pedicurists

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,870
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,480
- Employment: 120,540
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($45,320)
--- Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI ($42,170)
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($40,030)
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#13. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,770
- #218 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,740

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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#12. Cooks, fast food

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,630
- #132 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,060

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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#11. Waiters and waitresses

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,580
- #238 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 15,480

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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#10. Baggage porters and bellhops

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,270
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#9. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,140
- #280 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,140

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

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,130
- #89 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#7. Childcare workers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,970
- #254 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,860

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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#6. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,600
- #217 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,320

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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#5. Cooks, short order

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,320
- #197 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,200

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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#4. Amusement and recreation attendants

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,590
- #232 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,650

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)
48 / 50
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#3. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,550
- #236 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,370

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

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,140
- #278 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30,180

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

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,050
- #187 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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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