The Quick 10: The 10 Worst-Paying Jobs in America

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As promised, here's the follow-up to yesterday's somewhat controversial 10 Best-Paying Jobs in America post. Lots of food workers in the worst-paying jobs list.

The 10 Worst-Paying Jobs in America

1. Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
Mean Annual Wage: $15,930
One-Year Change: 2.4%
No. In Employment: 2461890

2. Cooks, fast food
Mean Annual Wage: $15,960
One-Year Change: 3.0%
No. In Employment: 612020

3. Dishwashers

Mean Annual Wage: $16,190
One-Year Change: 2.7%
No. In Employment: 502770

4. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers
Mean Annual Wage: $16,320
One-Year Change: 3.3%
No. In Employment: 401790

5. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop
Mean Annual Wage: $16,860
One-Year Change: 2.6%
No. In Employment: 340390

6. Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop
Mean Annual Wage: $16,950
One-Year Change: 3.5%
No. In Employment: 524410

7. Gaming dealers
Mean Annual Wage: $17,010
One-Year Change: 6.0%
No. In Employment: 82960

8. Shampooers
Mean Annual Wage: $17,050
One-Year Change: 4.5%
No. In Employment: 15580

9. Waiters and waitresses
Mean Annual Wage: $17,190
One-Year Change: 5.4%
No. In Employment: 2312930

10. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers
Mean Annual Wage: $17,500
One-Year Change: 4.5%
No. In Employment: 101530

June 11, 2008 - 10:05am
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