Lowest-paying jobs in Blacksburg

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Blacksburg

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 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA, 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. Parts salespersons

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $31,920
- #316 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,920
- Employment: 265,130
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($48,330)
--- Danville, IL ($48,080)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($47,620)
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#49. Butchers and meat cutters

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $31,570
- #271 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $31,450
- #228 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#47. Helpers--production workers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $31,270
- #226 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#46. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $31,220
- #316 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,520
- Employment: 159,790
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($45,950)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($45,550)
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($44,840)

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#45. Sewing machine operators

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $31,180
- #107 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#44. Social and human service assistants

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $30,930
- #356 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,460
- Employment: 398,380
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($56,140)
--- Danbury, CT ($54,870)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($54,590)
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#43. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $30,660
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#42. Bartenders

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $30,570
- #118 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#41. Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $30,500
- #211 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,530
- Employment: 163,210
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portsmouth, NH-ME ($51,870)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($51,490)
--- New Bern, NC ($48,430)

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#40. Retail salespersons

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $30,210
- #198 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,590

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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#39. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $29,450
- #335 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#38. Food batchmakers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $29,430
- #215 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#37. Preschool teachers, except special education

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $29,370
- #297 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,460
- Employment: 391,670
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($49,990)
--- Ocean City, NJ ($49,720)
--- Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ ($49,560)
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#36. Funeral attendants

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $29,340
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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. Tire repairers and changers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $29,270
- #245 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $28,810
- #230 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 890

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,860
- Employment: 2,036,680
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,030)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($41,240)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($41,150)
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#33. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $28,780
- #253 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#31 (tie). Nursing assistants

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $28,600
- #299 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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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#31 (tie). Refuse and recyclable material collectors

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $28,600
- #285 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,780
- Employment: 126,050
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($70,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($69,470)
--- Napa, CA ($60,830)

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#30. Demonstrators and product promoters

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $28,570
- #107 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,990
- Employment: 40,680
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($64,820)
--- Boulder, CO ($51,470)
--- Prescott, AZ ($47,200)
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#29. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $28,490
- #207 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

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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#28. Bakers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $28,360
- #249 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#27. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $28,340
- #193 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#26. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $28,330
- #96 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#25. Receptionists and information clerks

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $28,280
- #322 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#24. Stockers and order fillers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $27,680
- #364 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,200

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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#23. Substitute teachers, short-term

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $27,360
- #235 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#22. Waiters and waitresses

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $27,160
- #167 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 810

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

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $26,610
- #115 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#20. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $26,560
- #297 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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#19. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $26,430
- #286 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#18. Cooks, restaurant

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $25,990
- #345 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

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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#17. Animal caretakers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $25,970
- #252 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 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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#16. Recreation workers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $25,900
- #344 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#15. Packers and packagers, hand

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $25,800
- #291 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#14. Amusement and recreation attendants

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $25,790
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#13. Childcare workers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $24,770
- #211 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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. Library assistants, clerical

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $24,440
- #223 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#11. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $24,370
- #266 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,500
- Employment: 243,030
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Napa, CA ($46,270)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,930)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,400)

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#10. Food preparation workers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $24,280
- #314 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#9. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $24,100
- #248 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $23,970
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#7. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $23,950
- #314 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#6. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $23,630
- #300 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#5. Dishwashers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $23,550
- #240 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#4. Cooks, fast food

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $23,370
- #183 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#3. Cashiers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $23,050
- #294 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,030

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

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $22,960
- #212 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#1. Fast food and counter workers

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Annual mean salary: $22,430
- #268 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,780

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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