Lowest-paying jobs in Milwaukee

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in Milwaukee

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 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI, 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.

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

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $32,190
- #143 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,560
- Employment: 67,210
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($48,050)
--- Rochester, MN ($47,190)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($47,060)

#49. Concierges

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $31,990
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,520
- Employment: 33,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($47,700)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,690)
--- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ($42,870)

#48. Slaughterers and meat packers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $31,850
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

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)

#47. Security guards

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $31,660
- #278 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,850

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,830
- Employment: 1,057,100
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($70,350)
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($58,440)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($55,500)

#46. Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $31,560
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,280
- Employment: 21,050
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($55,570)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($55,380)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,900)

#45. Orderlies

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $31,410
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,440
- Employment: 45,160
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,820)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($51,370)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($49,740)

#44. Bakers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $31,390
- #143 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,000

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)

#43. Telemarketers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $31,360
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,670
- Employment: 115,130
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($63,030)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($49,120)
--- New Haven, CT ($48,680)

#42. Cooks, short order

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $31,250
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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)

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

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $31,130
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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)

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

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $31,030
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,950

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)

#39. Couriers and messengers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $30,910
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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)

#38. Cooks, restaurant

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $30,790
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,130

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)

#37. Funeral attendants

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $30,770
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,630
- Employment: 32,490
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($45,440)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,270)
--- Trenton, NJ ($43,730)

#36. Stockers and order fillers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $30,590
- #216 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 13,900

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,020
- Employment: 2,451,430
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($42,240)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,960)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($40,620)

#35. Graders and sorters, agricultural products

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $30,490
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,400
- Employment: 25,560
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA ($39,950)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($39,780)
--- Sioux City, IA-NE-SD ($38,850)

#34. Psychiatric technicians

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $30,480
- #137 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,220

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,000
- Employment: 93,410
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Napa, CA ($76,220)
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($69,420)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($67,950)

#33. Floral designers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $30,300
- #118 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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)

#32. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $30,210
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,460

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)

#31. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $30,050
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 900

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,570
- Employment: 175,660
- Entry level education requirements: not available
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,740)
--- Napa, CA ($42,730)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($42,000)

#30. Data entry keyers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $29,900
- #276 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,500

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)

#29. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $29,770
- #141 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

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)

#28. Physical therapist aides

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $29,540
- #85 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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)

#27. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $29,200
- #166 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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)

#26. Manicurists and pedicurists

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $29,170
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 810

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)

#25. Parking attendants

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $28,980
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

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)

#24. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $28,800
- #121 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,410

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)

#23. Driver/sales workers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $28,770
- #260 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,630

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)

#22. Taxi drivers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $28,740
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,050
- Employment: 13,950
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($35,820)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($34,830)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($33,650)

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

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $28,660
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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)

#20. Recreation workers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $28,580
- #254 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,890

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)

#19. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $27,620
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 730

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)

#18. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $27,600
- #115 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 710

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)

#17. Animal caretakers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $27,280
- #177 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,260

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)

#16. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $27,110
- #158 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,130

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)

#15. Food preparation workers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $26,790
- #198 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,710

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)

#14. Cooks, fast food

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $26,690
- #96 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,020

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)

#13. Childcare workers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $26,400
- #141 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,880

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)

#12. Pharmacy aides

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $25,940
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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)

#11. Waiters and waitresses

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $25,900
- #204 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,620

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,010
- Employment: 1,804,030
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Glens Falls, NY ($47,570)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($47,080)
--- Ithaca, NY ($44,970)

#10. Cashiers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $25,790
- #142 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 16,290

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)

#9. Bartenders

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $25,720
- #239 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,180

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,340
- Employment: 485,330
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($50,180)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($47,820)
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($47,440)

#8. Amusement and recreation attendants

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $25,360
- #115 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 980

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)

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

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $24,690
- #112 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 710

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)

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

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $24,350
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,680

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)

#5. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $24,160
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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)

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

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $24,020
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,220
- Employment: 9,670
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,160)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($40,250)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($39,710)

#3. Dishwashers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $23,160
- #269 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,910

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)

#2. Fast food and counter workers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $23,050
- #229 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 15,880

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)

#1. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $22,730
- #263 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,240

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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