Lowest-paying jobs in Beckley

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October 26, 2021
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Lowest-paying jobs in Beckley

Stacker collected information on the lowest-paying jobs in Beckley, WV, 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 Beckley, the annual mean wage is $41,920 or 25.6% lower than national mean of $56,310, while the lowest-paying occupation makes $19,490. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Security guards

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $31,110
- #127 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,360
- Employment: 1,054,400
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Columbus, IN ($22,600)
--- Hammond, LA ($22,690)
--- Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($22,760)
- Job description: Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.

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#49. Parts salespersons

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $30,790
- #48 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,350
- Employment: 253,870
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Lawton, OK ($24,540)
--- Alexandria, LA ($25,750)
--- Bay City, MI ($26,510)
- Job description: Sell spare and replacement parts and equipment in repair shop or parts store.

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#48. Office clerks, general

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $30,720
- #54 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,020

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,770
- Employment: 2,788,090
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Manhattan, KS ($20,320)
--- Dothan, AL ($23,290)
--- Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($23,570)
- Job description: Perform duties too varied and diverse to be classified in any specific office clerical occupation, requiring knowledge of office systems and procedures. Clerical duties may be assigned in accordance with the office procedures of individual establishments and may include a combination of answering telephones, bookkeeping, typing or word processing, office machine operation, and filing.

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#47. Light truck drivers

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $30,630
- #27 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,050
- Employment: 929,470
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Homosassa Springs, FL ($23,250)
--- Sebring, FL ($23,440)
--- Manhattan, KS ($25,440)
- Job description: Drive a light vehicle, such as a truck or van, with a capacity of less than 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), primarily to pick up merchandise or packages from a distribution center and deliver. May load and unload vehicle.

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#46. Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $30,480
- #1 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,940
- Employment: 55,980
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Beckley, WV ($30,480)
--- Tuscaloosa, AL ($37,890)
--- Lafayette, LA ($38,230)
- Job description: Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic, therapeutic, or research purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests.

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#45. Tellers

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $30,250
- #108 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,960
- Employment: 423,570
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Lawton, OK ($25,350)
--- Abilene, TX ($25,860)
--- Las Cruces, NM ($25,970)
- Job description: Receive and pay out money. Keep records of money and negotiable instruments involved in a financial institution's various transactions.

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#44. Counter and rental clerks

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $30,190
- #119 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,700
- Employment: 368,300
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Carbondale-Marion, IL ($21,980)
--- Lawton, OK ($22,200)
--- Parkersburg-Vienna, WV ($22,360)
- Job description: Receive orders, generally in person, for repairs, rentals, and services. May describe available options, compute cost, and accept payment.

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#43. Medical assistants

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $30,160
- #33 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,930
- Employment: 710,200
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Laredo, TX ($25,790)
--- Florence, SC ($25,960)
--- El Paso, TX ($26,450)
- Job description: Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

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#42. Public safety telecommunicators

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $29,500
- #5 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,800
- Employment: 93,290
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Pine Bluff, AR ($24,150)
--- Fort Smith, AR-OK ($26,070)
--- Albany, GA ($28,080)
- Job description: Operate telephone, radio, or other communication systems to receive and communicate requests for emergency assistance at 9-1-1 public safety answering points and emergency operations centers. Take information from the public and other sources regarding crimes, threats, disturbances, acts of terrorism, fires, medical emergencies, and other public safety matters. May coordinate and provide information to law enforcement and emergency response personnel. May access sensitive databases and other information sources as needed. May provide additional instructions to callers based on knowledge of and certification in law enforcement, fire, or emergency medical procedures.

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#41. File clerks

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $29,370
- #31 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,140
- Employment: 91,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($22,210)
--- Jackson, MS ($24,610)
--- Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA ($25,040)
- Job description: File correspondence, cards, invoices, receipts, and other records in alphabetical or numerical order or according to the filing system used. Locate and remove material from file when requested.

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#40. Dental assistants

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $29,240
- #3 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,310
- Employment: 312,140
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Logan, UT-ID ($28,090)
--- Terre Haute, IN ($28,250)
--- Beckley, WV ($29,240)
- Job description: Perform limited clinical duties under the direction of a dentist. Clinical duties may include equipment preparation and sterilization, preparing patients for treatment, assisting the dentist during treatment, and providing patients with instructions for oral healthcare procedures. May perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.

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#39. Waiters and waitresses

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $29,080
- #294 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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

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#38. Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $28,980
- #31 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,990
- Employment: 55,740
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Staunton-Waynesboro, VA ($20,210)
--- Charlottesville, VA ($22,530)
--- Tuscaloosa, AL ($23,080)
- Job description: Help plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, or pipelayers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying, or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

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#37. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $28,830
- #228 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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

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#36. Phlebotomists

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $28,520
- #6 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,280
- Employment: 128,020
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($27,030)
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($27,140)
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($27,550)
- Job description: Draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research. May explain the procedure to patients and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions.

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#34 (tie). Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $28,410
- #3 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,070
- Employment: 240,740
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Logan, UT-ID ($27,040)
--- Gadsden, AL ($28,340)
--- Beckley, WV ($28,410)
- Job description: Process new insurance policies, modifications to existing policies, and claims forms. Obtain information from policyholders to verify the accuracy and completeness of information on claims forms, applications and related documents, and company records. Update existing policies and company records to reflect changes requested by policyholders and insurance company representatives.

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#34 (tie). Nursing assistants

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $28,410
- #111 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#33. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $28,240
- #1 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,290
- Employment: 133,870
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Beckley, WV ($28,240)
--- Panama City, FL ($33,280)
--- Cleveland, TN ($34,110)
- Job description: Compile and record employee time and payroll data. May compute employees' time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions, or prepare paychecks.

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#32. Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $27,890
- #10 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,640
- Employment: 173,800
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- El Paso, TX ($25,520)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($26,190)
--- Harrisonburg, VA ($26,220)
- Job description: Interview persons by telephone, mail, in person, or by other means for the purpose of completing forms, applications, or questionnaires. Ask specific questions, record answers, and assist persons with completing form. May sort, classify, and file forms.

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#31. Stockers and order fillers

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $27,770
- #95 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,010
- Employment: 2,210,960
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Fond du Lac, WI ($23,990)
--- Monroe, LA ($24,240)
--- Florence, SC ($24,420)
- Job description: Receive, store, and issue merchandise, materials, equipment, and other items from stockroom, warehouse, or storage yard to fill shelves, racks, tables, or customers' orders. May operate power equipment to fill orders. May mark prices on merchandise and set up sales displays.

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#30. Passenger vehicle drivers, except bus drivers, transit and intercity

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $27,530
- #77 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,360
- Employment: 599,980
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Decatur, AL ($17,980)
--- Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($18,250)
--- Dothan, AL ($18,260)
- Job description: Drive a motor vehicle to transport passengers on a planned or scheduled basis. May collect a fare.

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#29. Medical secretaries and administrative assistants

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $27,490
- #1 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,000
- Employment: 597,100
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Beckley, WV ($27,490)
--- Lawton, OK ($27,700)
--- El Paso, TX ($28,660)
- Job description: Perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.

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#28. Self-enrichment teachers

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $27,220
- #4 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,930
- Employment: 222,700
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Owensboro, KY ($21,660)
--- Jackson, MI ($24,890)
--- Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA ($25,490)
- Job description: Teach or instruct individuals or groups for the primary purpose of self-enrichment or recreation, rather than for an occupational objective, educational attainment, competition, or fitness.

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#27. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $27,110
- #126 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,940
- Employment: 387,300
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Montgomery, AL ($19,990)
--- Dothan, AL ($20,340)
--- Decatur, AL ($20,520)
- Job description: Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.

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#26. Receptionists and information clerks

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $27,000
- #49 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,410
- Employment: 968,420
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Gadsden, AL ($22,570)
--- Killeen-Temple, TX ($22,770)
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($22,880)
- Job description: Answer inquiries and provide information to the general public, customers, visitors, and other interested parties regarding activities conducted at establishment and location of departments, offices, and employees within the organization.

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

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $26,560
- #111 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 630

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

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#24. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $26,060
- #19 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,800
- Employment: 872,370
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($22,780)
--- El Paso, TX ($23,330)
--- Charleston, WV ($23,500)
- Job description: Landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.

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#23. Driver/sales workers

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $26,020
- #62 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,870
- Employment: 420,890
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY ($19,230)
--- Sumter, SC ($19,740)
--- Dalton, GA ($21,020)
- Job description: Drive truck or other vehicle over established routes or within an established territory and sell or deliver goods, such as food products, including restaurant take-out items, or pick up or deliver items such as commercial laundry. May also take orders, collect payment, or stock merchandise at point of delivery.

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#22. Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $25,930
- #14 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,960
- Employment: 91,430
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Wichita Falls, TX ($23,230)
--- Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($23,580)
--- Racine, WI ($24,240)
- Job description: Help installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment. Perform duties such as furnishing tools, materials, and supplies to other workers; cleaning work area, machines, and tools; and holding materials or tools for other workers.

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#21. Bakers

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $25,630
- #42 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#20. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $25,200
- #179 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#19. Residential advisors

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $24,980
- #22 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,430
- Employment: 102,450
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Gadsden, AL ($20,950)
--- Jonesboro, AR ($20,980)
--- Amarillo, TX ($21,360)
- Job description: Coordinate activities in resident facilities in secondary school and college dormitories, group homes, or similar establishments. Order supplies and determine need for maintenance, repairs, and furnishings. May maintain household records and assign rooms. May assist residents with problem solving or refer them to counseling resources.

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#18. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $24,890
- #46 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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

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#17. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $24,660
- #60 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#16. Funeral attendants

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $24,280
- #12 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#15. Amusement and recreation attendants

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $24,080
- #194 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#14. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $23,940
- #156 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#13. Food preparation workers

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $23,700
- #115 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#12. Fast food and counter workers

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $23,690
- #248 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,490

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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#11. Cashiers

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $23,640
- #166 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,660

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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#10. Dishwashers

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $23,480
- #214 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#9. Packers and packagers, hand

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $23,250
- #44 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#8. Cooks, restaurant

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $22,980
- #18 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#7. Animal caretakers

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $22,840
- #39 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#6. Bartenders

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $22,690
- #101 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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

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#5. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $22,530
- #81 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $21,610
- #1 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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

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

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $21,320
- #125 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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

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#2. Childcare workers

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $21,310
- #66 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#1. Labor relations specialists

Beckley, WV
- Annual mean salary: $19,490
- #1 lowest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $74,870
- Employment: 70,050
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with lowest average pay:
--- Beckley, WV ($19,490)
--- Mobile, AL ($20,730)
--- Racine, WI ($21,770)
- Job description: Resolve disputes between workers and managers, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, or coordinate grievance procedures to handle employee complaints.

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