Lowest-paying jobs in Seattle

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Seattle

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 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 2021.

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#50. Couriers and messengers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $39,890
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,270
- Employment: 68,310
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($43,430)
--- Modesto, CA ($42,550)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($42,220)
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#49. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $39,800
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,930

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,750
- Employment: 358,640
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Battle Creek, MI ($60,150)
--- Albany, GA ($53,570)
--- Fort Collins, CO ($50,590)
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#48. Umpires, referees, and other sports officials

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $39,590
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,710
- Employment: 9,620
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($73,600)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($63,500)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($62,260)
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#47. Demonstrators and product promoters

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $39,460
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 850

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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#46. Emergency medical technicians

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $39,250
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,150

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,690
- Employment: 161,400
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($63,500)
--- Coeur d'Alene, ID ($59,020)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($58,770)

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#45. Manicurists and pedicurists

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $38,960
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,060

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

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $38,790
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 47,710

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

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $38,630
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 920

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,440
- Employment: 277,200
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,490)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($40,560)
--- Ithaca, NY ($39,570)
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#42. Driver/sales workers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $38,590
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,900

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,970
- Employment: 477,020
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bismarck, ND ($48,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($46,390)
--- Fargo, ND-MN ($46,360)
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#41. Preschool teachers, except special education

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $38,420
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,510

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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#40. Food preparation workers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $38,340
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,010

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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#39. Floral designers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $38,270
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,100
- Employment: 36,000
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New Haven, CT ($44,600)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($43,780)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,120)
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#38. Bakers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $38,240
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,340

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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#37. Tire repairers and changers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,990
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,280

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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#36. Cooks, short order

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,940
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 830

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,110
- Employment: 124,800
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,670)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,060)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($37,940)

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#35. Baggage porters and bellhops

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,930
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,040
- Employment: 20,530
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($42,310)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,760)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,160)
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#34. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,910
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,040

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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#33. Sewing machine operators

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,830
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,300

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,880
- Employment: 116,220
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Appleton, WI ($43,060)
--- Glens Falls, NY ($42,270)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($40,660)
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#32. Pharmacy aides

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,740
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,030

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,560
- Employment: 43,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($59,160)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($57,630)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($56,450)
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#31. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,600
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,950

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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#29 (tie). Passenger attendants

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,570
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,380
- Employment: 21,240
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($47,240)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($43,430)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($40,730)
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#29 (tie). Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,570
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,620

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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#28. Dishwashers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,560
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,170

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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#27. Packers and packagers, hand

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,500
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,830

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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#25 (tie). Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,080
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,700

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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#25 (tie). Animal caretakers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $37,080
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,550

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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#24. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $36,830
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,180

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,580
- Employment: 723,430
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($45,430)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($44,940)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($44,580)
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#23. Childcare workers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $36,730
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,710

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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#22. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $36,620
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,390
- Employment: 54,970
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charlottesville, VA ($48,540)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($39,670)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($37,140)
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#20 (tie). Food cooking machine operators and tenders

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $36,610
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,430
- Employment: 26,710
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Madison, WI ($44,500)
--- Wausau, WI ($44,290)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($43,260)

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#20 (tie). Cutters and trimmers, hand

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $36,610
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,330
- Employment: 7,920
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC ($44,360)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($44,160)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($41,880)
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#19. Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $36,190
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,150

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,680
- Employment: 132,100
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($40,580)
--- Anchorage, AK ($40,540)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,730)
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#18. Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $36,000
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

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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#17. Physical therapist aides

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,980
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,370
- Employment: 42,390
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($45,060)
--- Jackson, MS ($42,210)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($40,510)
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#16. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,940
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,230

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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#15. Gambling cage workers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,930
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,770
- Employment: 11,140
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,530)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($35,930)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($35,230)
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#14. Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,770
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,970
- Employment: 7,860
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($47,270)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($43,020)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($42,660)
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#13. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,680
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,350

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,040
- Employment: 220,380
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($52,150)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($48,900)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($39,910)
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#12. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,670
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,490

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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#11. Parking attendants

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,420
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,540

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,210
- Employment: 91,160
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,920)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,670)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($35,420)

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#10. Gambling change persons and booth cashiers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,410
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,130
- Employment: 17,150
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ($45,770)
--- Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY ($42,910)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($42,740)
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#9. Cashiers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,400
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30,920

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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#8. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,220
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,340

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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#7. Cooks, fast food

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,040
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,030

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

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,650
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 770

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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#5. Amusement and recreation attendants

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,630
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,230

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)
47 / 50
Smash the Iron Cage // Wikimedia Commons

#4. Slaughterers and meat packers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,600
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,010
- Employment: 86,450
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI ($40,850)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($39,300)
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($39,050)
48 / 50
Pxhere

#3. Fast food and counter workers

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,240
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 48,180

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,060
- Employment: 3,095,120
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,360)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($34,240)
49 / 50
Paf - Games Sports Casion // Flickr

#1 (tie). Gambling and sports book writers and runners

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $33,910
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,110
- Employment: 7,340
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($37,370)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($35,950)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($34,330)
50 / 50
Canva

#1 (tie). Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Annual mean salary: $33,910
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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

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