Special Report

25 Lowest Paying Jobs in America

Source: valio84sl / Getty Images

25. Misc. agricultural workers
> 2018 median annual earnings: $28,704
> Total workers: 641,000

The category of miscellaneous agricultural workers includes workers who help farmers grow crops and tend to their livestock. The job requires physical labor and, often, heavy machinery operation. The job does not typically have any formal education requirements. Over the next decade, the number of workers in this occupation will not likely change very much from current levels.

Source: Petar Chernaev / Getty Images

24. Bakers
> 2018 median annual earnings: $28,548
> Total workers: 151,000

Unlike many of the lowest paying jobs in America, bakers are often required to have some additional education beyond high school, such as an apprenticeship or culinary school education. Still, many bakers learn their trade through extensive on-the-job training over a long period, rather than in a classroom. Employment of bakers is projected to grow about 8% by 2026, roughly in line with the average American job.

Source: MilanMarkovic / Getty Images

23. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists
> 2018 median annual earnings: $28,340
> Total workers: 309,000

Though all 50 states require that barbers and cosmetologists obtain a license to work in that state, the profession is one of the lowest paying in the country, with median annual earnings of $28,340. Hair care is a necessary service for most people, so as the population grows, so will employment in the field. Cosmetology employment is projected to grow 13% over the next decade, well ahead of the average job projected growth rate.

Source: Believe_In_Me / Getty Images

22. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment
> 2018 median annual earnings: $27,976
> Total workers: 232,000

Vehicle and equipment cleaners are often employed by automotive care shops and car dealerships. The job, which has no educational requirements, is one of very few jobs in the United States in which the typical worker makes less than $28,000 per year.

Source: kadmy / Getty Images

21. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders
> 2018 median annual earnings: $27,508
> Total workers: 250,000

Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders tend to work in factories that and package food and other consumer goods. Typically, this occupation requires a high school diploma, if that, as a minimum level of education. This job can be labor intensive and may require overnight and overtime shifts.

Sponsored: Find a Qualified Financial Advisor

Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to 3 fiduciary financial advisors in your area in 5 minutes. Each advisor has been vetted by SmartAsset and is held to a fiduciary standard to act in your best interests. If you’re ready to be matched with local advisors that can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.