Lowest-paying jobs in San Antonio

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October 26, 2021
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Lowest-paying jobs in San Antonio

Stacker collected information on 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 2020. Job descriptions are from O*NET.

In San Antonio, the annual mean wage is $49,520 or 12.1% lower than national mean of $56,310, while the lowest-paying occupation makes $20,840. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Psychiatric aides

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,980
- #26 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 900

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,300
- Employment: 51,550
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Jackson, TN ($21,440)
--- Charleston, WV ($22,320)
--- Jackson, MS ($22,620)
- Job description: Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.

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#49. Crossing guards and flaggers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,840
- #59 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,220
- Employment: 85,050
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Killeen-Temple, TX ($20,210)
--- Jackson, MS ($20,610)
--- El Paso, TX ($21,020)
- Job description: Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as streets, schools, railroad crossings, or construction sites.

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#48. Slaughterers and meat packers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,360
- #8 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,210
- Employment: 77,980
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Memphis, TN-MS-AR ($24,210)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($24,450)
--- Tulsa, OK ($24,700)
- Job description: Perform nonroutine or precision functions involving the preparation of large portions of meat. Work may include specialized slaughtering tasks, cutting standard or premium cuts of meat for marketing, making sausage, or wrapping meats. Work typically occurs in slaughtering, meat packing, or wholesale establishments.

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#47. Orderlies

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $28,290
- #37 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,780
- Employment: 43,570
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC ($22,440)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($22,810)
--- Jackson, MS ($22,850)
- Job description: Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment. Psychiatric orderlies are included in Psychiatric Aides.

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

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,780
- #18 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,290
- Employment: 48,400
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- El Paso, TX ($17,700)
--- Dothan, AL ($22,000)
--- Austin-Round Rock, TX ($22,360)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend wood sawing machines. May operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment. Includes lead sawyers.

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#45. Food preparation workers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,660
- #267 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,920

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,820
- Employment: 793,590
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Hammond, LA ($18,290)
--- Morristown, TN ($18,550)
--- Monroe, LA ($19,010)
- Job description: Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.

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#44. Animal caretakers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,640
- #235 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,740

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,380
- Employment: 193,660
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Morristown, TN ($18,810)
--- Greenville, NC ($20,320)
--- Twin Falls, ID ($20,580)
- Job description: Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise provide care to promote and maintain the well-being of pets and other animals that are not raised for consumption, such as dogs, cats, race horses, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. Work in settings such as kennels, animal shelters, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. May keep records of feedings, treatments, and animals received or discharged. May clean, disinfect, and repair cages, pens, or fish tanks.

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

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,620
- #70 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,140
- Employment: 293,910
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Rocky Mount, NC ($19,550)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($20,610)
--- Las Cruces, NM ($21,540)
- Job description: Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; or cleaning, grading, sorting, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.

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#42. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,490
- #144 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,190

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,150
- Employment: 112,750
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Valdosta, GA ($21,570)
--- Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA ($21,740)
--- La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN ($21,950)
- Job description: Service automobiles, buses, trucks, boats, and other automotive or marine vehicles with fuel, lubricants, and accessories. Collect payment for services and supplies. May lubricate vehicle, change motor oil, refill antifreeze, or replace lights or other accessories, such as windshield wiper blades or fan belts. May repair or replace tires.

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#41. Conveyor operators and tenders

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,400
- #3 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,540
- Employment: 23,160
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Lubbock, TX ($23,450)
--- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($26,510)
--- San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX ($27,400)
- Job description: Control or tend conveyors or conveyor systems that move materials or products to and from stockpiles, processing stations, departments, or vehicles. May control speed and routing of materials or products.

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#40. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,380
- #115 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 860

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,390
- Employment: 95,600
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Tulsa, OK ($18,650)
--- Appleton, WI ($18,760)
--- Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC ($18,930)
- Job description: Assist patrons at entertainment events by performing duties, such as collecting admission tickets and passes from patrons, assisting in finding seats, searching for lost articles, and helping patrons locate such facilities as restrooms and telephones.

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#39. Graders and sorters, agricultural products

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,290
- #11 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,620
- Employment: 28,640
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL ($20,420)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($20,450)
--- Las Cruces, NM ($23,940)
- Job description: Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition.

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#38. Switchboard operators, including answering service

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $27,130
- #29 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,980
- Employment: 59,270
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Alexandria, LA ($20,580)
--- Lawton, OK ($21,710)
--- Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL ($22,090)
- Job description: Operate telephone business systems equipment or switchboards to relay incoming, outgoing, and interoffice calls. May supply information to callers and record messages.

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#37. Physical therapist aides

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,960
- #49 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,110
- Employment: 45,790
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Fort Wayne, IN ($19,710)
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($20,200)
--- Montgomery, AL ($20,390)
- Job description: Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.

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#36. Pharmacy aides

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,830
- #47 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,250
- Employment: 38,900
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($20,300)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($21,220)
--- Grand Island, NE ($21,360)
- Job description: Record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise, and inform the supervisor of stock needs. May operate cash register and accept prescriptions for filling.

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#35. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,810
- #96 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,830

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,740
- Employment: 302,410
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- San Angelo, TX ($18,370)
--- Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($19,280)
--- Bowling Green, KY ($19,460)
- Job description: Provide beauty services, such as cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May shampoo hair, apply makeup, dress wigs, remove hair, and provide nail and skincare services.

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#34. Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,670
- #3 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,740
- Employment: 8,360
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($22,360)
--- Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL ($22,390)
--- San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX ($26,670)
- Job description: Sell goods or services door-to-door or on the street.

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#33. Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,560
- #16 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,700
- Employment: 14,120
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Beckley, WV ($21,610)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($22,080)
--- Florence, SC ($22,100)
- Job description: Drive ambulance or assist ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons. Assist in lifting patients.

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

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,540
- #108 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 13,970

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,410
- Employment: 1,990,510
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($21,200)
--- Sumter, SC ($21,400)
--- Dothan, AL ($21,670)
- Job description: Keep buildings in clean and orderly condition. Perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. Duties may include tending furnace and boiler, performing routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning snow or debris from sidewalk.

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#31. Floral designers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,010
- #30 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,670
- Employment: 36,810
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Oshkosh-Neenah, WI ($19,290)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($21,560)
--- Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA ($22,530)
- Job description: Design, cut, and arrange live, dried, or artificial flowers and foliage.

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#30. Parking attendants

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,710
- #84 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 850

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,910
- Employment: 123,790
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Lake Charles, LA ($19,840)
--- Huntsville, AL ($19,910)
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($20,000)
- Job description: Park vehicles or issue tickets for customers in a parking lot or garage. May park or tend vehicles in environments such as a car dealership or rental car facility. May collect fee.

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#28 (tie). Cooks, restaurant

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,640
- #108 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,190

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,530
- Employment: 1,109,650
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($20,590)
--- Laredo, TX ($21,000)
--- Gadsden, AL ($21,540)
- Job description: Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.

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#28 (tie). Animal trainers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,640
- #4 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,950
- Employment: 14,880
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Jacksonville, FL ($22,540)
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($24,690)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($25,380)
- Job description: Train animals for riding, harness, security, performance, or obedience, or for assisting persons with disabilities. Accustom animals to human voice and contact, and condition animals to respond to commands. Train animals according to prescribed standards for show or competition. May train animals to carry pack loads or work as part of pack team.

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#27. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,610
- #39 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,980
- Employment: 98,810
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Johnstown, PA ($19,580)
--- Tyler, TX ($20,460)
--- Cleveland, TN ($20,690)
- Job description: Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine postoperative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.

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#26. Manicurists and pedicurists

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,540
- #37 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,010
- Employment: 73,010
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- York-Hanover, PA ($18,440)
--- Fort Wayne, IN ($18,880)
--- Akron, OH ($19,540)
- Job description: Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.

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#25. Medical transcriptionists

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,420
- #4 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,310
- Employment: 49,530
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA ($24,320)
--- Saginaw, MI ($24,540)
--- Gadsden, AL ($25,240)
- Job description: Transcribe medical reports recorded by physicians and other healthcare practitioners using various electronic devices, covering office visits, emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. Transcribe dictated reports and translate abbreviations into fully understandable form. Edit as necessary and return reports in either printed or electronic form for review and signature, or correction.

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#24. Bartenders

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,310
- #192 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,820

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,910
- Employment: 486,720
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Gadsden, AL ($17,930)
--- Decatur, AL ($17,950)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($18,150)
- Job description: Mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.

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#23. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,270
- #82 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,510

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,400
- Employment: 341,660
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($20,280)
--- Albany, GA ($20,850)
--- Dalton, GA ($20,890)
- Job description: Wash or otherwise clean vehicles, machinery, and other equipment. Use such materials as water, cleaning agents, brushes, cloths, and hoses.

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#22. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,900
- #104 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,720

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,630
- Employment: 1,272,840
- Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Alexandria, LA ($17,810)
--- Gadsden, AL ($18,110)
--- Hammond, LA ($18,740)
- Job description: Assist a preschool, elementary, middle, or secondary school teacher with instructional duties. Serve in a position for which a teacher has primary responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.

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#21. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,610
- #174 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,990

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,010
- Employment: 795,590
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($18,460)
--- Valdosta, GA ($18,730)
--- Alexandria, LA ($19,070)
- Job description: Perform any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain private households or commercial establishments, such as hotels and hospitals, in a clean and orderly manner. Duties may include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, and vacuuming.

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#20. Baggage porters and bellhops

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,600
- #29 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,060
- Employment: 28,440
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Greensboro-High Point, NC ($19,580)
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($19,920)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($19,940)
- Job description: Handle baggage for travelers at transportation terminals or for guests at hotels or similar establishments.

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#19. Cashiers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,570
- #225 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 26,320

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,710
- Employment: 3,333,100
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Hattiesburg, MS ($19,530)
--- Monroe, LA ($19,780)
--- Albany, GA ($20,320)
- Job description: Receive and disburse money in establishments other than financial institutions. May use electronic scanners, cash registers, or related equipment. May process credit or debit card transactions and validate checks.

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#18. Food servers, nonrestaurant

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,430
- #137 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,450

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,460
- Employment: 254,650
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($18,460)
--- Enid, OK ($18,780)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($18,960)
- Job description: Serve food to individuals outside of a restaurant environment, such as in hotel rooms, hospital rooms, residential care facilities, or cars.

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#17. Recreation workers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,180
- #40 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,140

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,960
- Employment: 325,640
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Rocky Mount, NC ($20,040)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($20,300)
--- Monroe, LA ($21,000)
- Job description: Conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities. Organize and promote activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, games, music, dramatics, social recreation, camping, and hobbies, taking into account the needs and interests of individual members.

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#16. Packers and packagers, hand

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,040
- #61 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,120

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,270
- Employment: 599,270
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Wichita Falls, TX ($18,740)
--- Casper, WY ($19,850)
--- Johnstown, PA ($19,920)
- Job description: Pack or package by hand a wide variety of products and materials.

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#15. Gambling and sports book writers and runners

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,850
- #2 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,130
- Employment: 7,500
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Florence, SC ($19,510)
--- San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX ($23,850)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($23,950)
- Job description: Post information enabling patrons to wager on various races and sporting events. Assist in the operation of games such as keno and bingo. May operate random number-generating equipment and announce the numbers for patrons. Receive, verify, and record patrons' wagers. Scan and process winning tickets presented by patrons and pay out winnings for those wagers.

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

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,690
- #31 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,050
- Employment: 31,980
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Raleigh, NC ($18,320)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($19,670)
--- Memphis, TN-MS-AR ($19,930)
- Job description: Press or shape articles by hand or machine.

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#13. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,310
- #127 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,930

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,900
- Employment: 222,550
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($18,020)
--- Dalton, GA ($18,450)
--- Monroe, LA ($18,500)
- Job description: Accommodate hotel, motel, and resort patrons by registering and assigning rooms to guests, issuing room keys or cards, transmitting and receiving messages, keeping records of occupied rooms and guests' accounts, making and confirming reservations, and presenting statements to and collecting payments from departing guests.

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#12. Childcare workers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,070
- #135 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,320

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,790
- Employment: 494,360
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Rome, GA ($17,330)
--- Dothan, AL ($18,370)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($18,440)
- Job description: Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.

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#11. Cooks, short order

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,980
- #53 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,900

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,030
- Employment: 123,350
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Laredo, TX ($18,660)
--- Gainesville, GA ($18,740)
--- Mobile, AL ($18,820)
- Job description: Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables.

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#10. Cooks, fast food

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,940
- #171 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,020

National
- Annual mean salary: $24,300
- Employment: 544,420
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Altoona, PA ($17,660)
--- Johnson City, TN ($17,700)
--- Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL ($17,900)
- Job description: Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.

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

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,920
- #80 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,050
- Employment: 113,150
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Montgomery, AL ($17,440)
--- Athens-Clarke County, GA ($17,790)
--- Sheboygan, WI ($17,940)
- Job description: Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, beaches, or ski slopes, to provide assistance and protection to participants.

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#8. Fast food and counter workers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,900
- #216 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 35,180

National
- Annual mean salary: $24,540
- Employment: 3,450,120
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Dothan, AL ($18,690)
--- Mobile, AL ($18,750)
--- Montgomery, AL ($18,780)
- Job description: Perform duties such as taking orders and serving food and beverages. Serve customers at counter or from a steam table. May take payment. May prepare food and beverages.

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#7. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,680
- #66 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,240

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,600
- Employment: 179,890
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Hattiesburg, MS ($18,060)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($18,580)
--- Rome, GA ($19,050)
- Job description: Operate or tend washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, leather, furs, blankets, draperies, linens, rugs, and carpets. Includes spotters and dyers of these articles.

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#6. Dishwashers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,560
- #169 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,780

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,600
- Employment: 395,660
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL ($17,490)
--- Fond du Lac, WI ($18,400)
--- Muncie, IN ($18,550)
- Job description: Clean dishes, kitchen, food preparation equipment, or utensils.

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#5. Musical instrument repairers and tuners

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,300
- #1 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,770
- Employment: 7,070
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX ($22,300)
--- Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY ($30,770)
--- Columbus, OH ($30,930)
- Job description: Repair percussion, stringed, reed, or wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning.

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#4. Amusement and recreation attendants

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,910
- #110 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,410

National
- Annual mean salary: $25,610
- Employment: 248,190
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($18,040)
--- Lynchburg, VA ($18,600)
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($18,650)
- Job description: Perform a variety of attending duties at amusement or recreation facility. May schedule use of recreation facilities, maintain and provide equipment to participants of sporting events or recreational pursuits, or operate amusement concessions and rides.

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

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,380
- #128 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,920

National
- Annual mean salary: $24,800
- Employment: 316,700
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($17,940)
--- Gadsden, AL ($18,150)
--- New Bern, NC ($18,190)
- Job description: Welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.

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#2. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,290
- #103 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,000

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,300
- Employment: 374,940
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($18,090)
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($18,100)
--- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX ($18,240)
- Job description: Facilitate food service. Clean tables; remove dirty dishes; replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes; supply service bar with food; and serve items such as water, condiments, and coffee to patrons.

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#1. Waiters and waitresses

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
- Annual mean salary: $20,840
- #80 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 17,320

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,470
- Employment: 1,944,240
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($17,980)
--- Decatur, AL ($17,980)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($18,060)
- Job description: Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.

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