Lowest-paying jobs in Seattle

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October 26, 2021
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Lowest-paying jobs in Seattle

Stacker collected information on the lowest-paying jobs in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, 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 Seattle, the annual mean wage is $74,330 or 32.0% higher than national mean of $56,310, while the lowest-paying occupation makes $30,530. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,880
- #257 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,450

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,220
- Employment: 370,910
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Hammond, LA ($22,420)
--- Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL ($22,850)
--- El Paso, TX ($23,120)
- Job description: Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.

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#49. Sewing machine operators

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,870
- #215 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,380

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,420
- Employment: 116,520
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- El Paso, TX ($18,940)
--- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX ($21,950)
--- Wichita Falls, TX ($22,070)
- Job description: Operate or tend sewing machines to join, reinforce, decorate, or perform related sewing operations in the manufacture of garment or nongarment products.

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#48. Nursing assistants

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,860
- #361 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 19,630

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,050
- Employment: 1,371,050
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Monroe, LA ($21,840)
--- Brunswick, GA ($22,370)
--- Columbus, GA-AL ($22,540)
- Job description: Provide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. Perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.

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#47. Bakers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,740
- #314 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,730

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,060
- Employment: 168,890
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Sherman-Denison, TX ($21,310)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($21,560)
--- St. George, UT ($22,110)
- Job description: Mix and bake ingredients to produce breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, or other baked goods.

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#46. Library assistants, clerical

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,710
- #226 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,150

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,740
- Employment: 84,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Rocky Mount, NC ($20,080)
--- Corpus Christi, TX ($20,520)
--- Akron, OH ($20,530)
- Job description: Compile records, and sort, shelve, issue, and receive library materials such as books, electronic media, pictures, cards, slides and microfilm. Locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving area, stacks, or files according to identification number and title. Register patrons to permit them to borrow books, periodicals, and other library materials.

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#45. Telephone operators

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,620
- #17 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,340
- Employment: 4,630
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL ($26,390)
--- Jackson, MS ($28,830)
--- Columbus, OH ($28,870)
- Job description: Provide information by accessing alphabetical, geographical, or other directories. Assist customers with special billing requests, such as charges to a third party and credits or refunds for incorrectly dialed numbers or bad connections. May handle emergency calls and assist children or people with physical disabilities to make telephone calls.

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#44. Bicycle repairers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,570
- #25 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,530
- Employment: 11,290
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Austin-Round Rock, TX ($21,210)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($26,030)
--- Pittsburgh, PA ($27,550)
- Job description: Repair and service bicycles.

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#43. Cooks, restaurant

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,120
- #382 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 13,740

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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#42. Grinding and polishing workers, hand

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,090
- #71 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,380
- Employment: 24,050
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA ($25,950)
--- Erie, PA ($26,530)
--- Racine, WI ($26,720)
- Job description: Grind, sand, or polish, using hand tools or hand-held power tools, a variety of metal, wood, stone, clay, plastic, or glass objects. Includes chippers, buffers, and finishers.

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#41. Preschool teachers, except special education

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,050
- #266 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,850

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,550
- Employment: 370,940
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Pocatello, ID ($18,910)
--- Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL ($19,970)
--- Lima, OH ($20,340)
- Job description: Instruct preschool-aged students, following curricula or lesson plans, in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth.

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#40. Demonstrators and product promoters

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $36,520
- #88 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,550

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,080
- Employment: 69,990
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Boise City, ID ($22,120)
--- North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL ($22,370)
--- Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR ($22,820)
- Job description: Demonstrate merchandise and answer questions for the purpose of creating public interest in buying the product. May sell demonstrated merchandise.

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#39. Passenger attendants

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $36,500
- #32 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 640

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,410
- Employment: 22,990
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX ($19,610)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($19,660)
--- Savannah, GA ($22,210)
- Job description: Provide services to ensure the safety of passengers aboard ships, buses, trains, or within the station or terminal. Perform duties such as explaining the use of safety equipment, serving meals or beverages, or answering questions related to travel.

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

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $36,440
- #208 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 630

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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#37. Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $36,280
- #123 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 830

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,540
- Employment: 75,160
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Tuscaloosa, AL ($23,690)
--- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($24,070)
--- Morristown, TN ($24,940)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment.

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#36. Food cooking machine operators and tenders

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $36,210
- #52 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,180
- Employment: 26,530
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- El Paso, TX ($20,140)
--- Florence, SC ($23,290)
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($24,380)
- Job description: Operate or tend cooking equipment, such as steam cooking vats, deep fry cookers, pressure cookers, kettles, and boilers, to prepare food products.

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#35. Orderlies

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $36,070
- #94 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,910
- #359 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,090

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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#33. Floral designers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,890
- #171 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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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#32. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,860
- #355 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,380

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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#31. Pharmacy aides

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,730
- #126 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 800

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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#30. Umpires, referees, and other sports officials

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,700
- #37 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,140
- Employment: 16,590
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($19,370)
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($19,630)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($21,170)
- Job description: Officiate at competitive athletic or sporting events. Detect infractions of rules and decide penalties according to established regulations. Includes all sporting officials, referees, and competition judges.

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#29. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,440
- #373 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,370

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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#28. Baggage porters and bellhops

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,390
- #81 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#27. Food preparation workers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,260
- #382 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,740

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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#26. Childcare workers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,120
- #374 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,660

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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#25. Physical therapist aides

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,080
- #158 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#24. Parking attendants

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,040
- #177 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,150

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

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,780
- #9 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#22. Animal caretakers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,680
- #350 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,260

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

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,590
- #202 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,110

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

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,440
- #91 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,060
- Employment: 36,820
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Goldsboro, NC ($20,690)
--- Lynchburg, VA ($22,130)
--- Tulsa, OK ($22,450)
- Job description: Attend to live farm, ranch, open range or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, rabbits, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, milking, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep and collect eggs in hatcheries.

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#19. Packers and packagers, hand

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,350
- #349 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,100

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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#18. Cashiers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,320
- #387 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 29,330

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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#17. Manicurists and pedicurists

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,300
- #119 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,540

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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#16. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,030
- #152 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,470

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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#15. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,020
- #370 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,010

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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#14. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,000
- #351 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,100

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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#13. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $33,950
- #229 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,090

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

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $33,790
- #49 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,320
- Employment: 11,530
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($20,510)
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($21,040)
--- Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ ($21,080)
- Job description: Provide personal items to patrons or customers in locker rooms, dressing rooms, or coatrooms.

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#11. Amusement and recreation attendants

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $33,490
- #326 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,860

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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#10. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $33,450
- #323 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,030

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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#9. Slaughterers and meat packers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $33,430
- #40 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#8. Fast food and counter workers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $33,370
- #387 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 48,770

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. Cooks, fast food

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $33,190
- #314 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,630

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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#6. Dishwashers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $32,990
- #377 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,740

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. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $32,900
- #364 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,980

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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#4. Gambling and sports book writers and runners

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $32,670
- #14 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#3. Gambling cage workers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $32,640
- #21 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,700
- Employment: 10,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($22,420)
--- Tulsa, OK ($22,980)
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($23,730)
- Job description: In a gambling establishment, conduct financial transactions for patrons. Accept patron's credit application and verify credit references to provide check-cashing authorization or to establish house credit accounts. May reconcile daily summaries of transactions to balance books. May sell gambling chips, tokens, or tickets to patrons, or to other workers for resale to patrons. May convert gambling chips, tokens, or tickets to currency upon patron's request. May use a cash register or computer to record transaction.

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#2. Funeral attendants

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $31,800
- #84 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,130
- Employment: 32,300
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Ogden-Clearfield, UT ($20,980)
--- Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($21,320)
--- Lima, OH ($21,500)
- Job description: Perform a variety of tasks during funeral, such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service, arranging floral offerings or lights around casket, directing or escorting mourners, closing casket, and issuing and storing funeral equipment.

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

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $30,530
- #108 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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