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America’s 5 lowest-paying jobs

Across the United States, workers in the retail and food industries rake in wages well below the roughly $49,000 median annual income estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Of the 50 lowest-paying jobs in the country, nearly 20 land in the food sector, as industry advocates push for more states to implement a fast-food minimum wage hike.

The BLS’s National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates report collected wage data from industry sectors in every state and Washington, D.C., and based on its findings, these are the five lowest-paying jobs in America and their average annual salaries.

Food preparation and service workers

  • Average annual income: $22,140
  • Average hourly wage: $10.64

Shampooers

  • Average annual income: $22,160
  • Average hourly wage: $10.65

Gaming dealers

  • Average annual income: $23,070
  • Average hourly wage: $11.09

Dishwashers

  • Average annual income: $23,190
  • Average hourly wage: $11.15

Cashiers

  • Average annual income: $23,240
  • Average hourly wage: $11.17

Source: Fox Business

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