Lowest-paying jobs in Spokane

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Spokane

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 Spokane-Spokane Valley, 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. Recreation workers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,640
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,020
- Employment: 264,020
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($50,710)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($45,730)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($44,200)
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#49. Animal trainers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,550
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,230
- Employment: 15,840
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($67,060)
--- Ocala, FL ($55,180)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($50,660)
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#48. Machine feeders and offbearers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,510
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,660
- Employment: 60,880
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($60,610)
--- Lincoln, NE ($48,580)
--- Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN ($47,560)
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#47. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,470
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,550

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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#46. Cooks, restaurant

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,380
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,830

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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#45. Nursing assistants

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,240
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,620

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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#43 (tie). Emergency medical technicians

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,110
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $35,110
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#42. Teaching assistants, postsecondary

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,880
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,860
- #37 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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#39 (tie). Data entry keyers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,850
- #124 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,940
- Employment: 147,170
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($48,170)
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($46,500)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($45,530)
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#39 (tie). Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,850
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#38. Bakers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,670
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,620
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,670

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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#36. Tire repairers and changers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,550
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#35. Driver/sales workers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,490
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 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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#33 (tie). Couriers and messengers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,480
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#33 (tie). Residential advisors

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,480
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,950
- Employment: 92,500
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Trenton, NJ ($50,560)
--- Napa, CA ($48,390)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($46,210)
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#32. Receptionists and information clerks

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,450
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,960

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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#31. Retail salespersons

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,430
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,130

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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#30. Office machine operators, except computer

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,390
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,110
- Employment: 32,920
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($51,190)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($50,810)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($48,110)
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#29. Floral designers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,320
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#28. Demonstrators and product promoters

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,250
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#27. Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $34,130
- #76 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,390
- Employment: 69,400
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,730)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($43,210)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,390)
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#26. Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $33,960
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#25. Cooks, short order

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $33,790
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#24. Preschool teachers, except special education

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $33,770
- #175 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

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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#23. Food preparation workers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $33,740
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#22. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $33,690
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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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#21. Pharmacy aides

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $33,530
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#20. Childcare workers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $32,970
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#19. Physical therapist aides

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $32,680
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#18. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $32,670
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#17. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $32,660
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#16. Animal caretakers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $32,540
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#15. Sewing machine operators

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $32,210
- #87 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#14. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $32,110
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

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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#13. Cashiers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $31,850
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,350

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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#12. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $31,770
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#11. Cooks, fast food

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $31,650
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 840

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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#10. Dishwashers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $31,640
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

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

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $31,190
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#8. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $31,090
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $31,030
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#6. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $31,000
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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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#5. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $30,970
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,220

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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#4. Fast food and counter workers

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $30,610
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,860

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)
48 / 50
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#3. Parking attendants

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $30,510
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#2. Amusement and recreation attendants

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $30,240
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

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

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA
- Annual mean salary: $29,790
- #50 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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