25 Lowest Paying Jobs in America

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20. Refuse and recyclable material collectors
> 2018 median annual earnings: $27,248
> Total workers: 63,000

There are about 63,000 refuse and recyclable material collectors in America, and most make less than $28,000 in a year. This is one of the most male-dominated professions among the lowest paying jobs in America. Most of the other jobs on the list are held primarily by women, but over 87% refuse and recyclable material collectors are men.

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19. Misc. personal appearance workers
> 2018 median annual earnings: $27,196
> Total workers: 258,000

Miscellaneous personal appearance workers, such as those who work in nail salons and other personal care services, typically make around $27,200 a year. Personal appearance work is considered a luxury and it relies on a strong economy in which Americans have enough disposable income to spend on these types of services. In 2014, the BLS projected this industry to have employment growth of 13.4% over the next decade, nearly double the 7.4% projected growth of the average American job.

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18. Misc. entertainment attendants and related workers
> 2018 median annual earnings: $27,196
> Total workers: 85,000

Entertainment attendants and related workers are highly concentrated near Orlando, Florida, and the surrounding area — close to Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando. In addition to theme parks, workers in this field are often employed by casinos and gambling industries and theaters. Entertainment attendants and related workers earned a median of $523 per week in 2018, well below the U.S. weekly median of $900, which is equivalent to $46,800 annually.

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17. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks
> 2018 median annual earnings: $27,040
> Total workers: 85,000

Hotel desk clerks rank among the lowest paying jobs in the United States likely in part because it typically does not require education beyond a high school diploma, though some high-end places may prefer college graduates. These workers are often early in there careers — the most common age for a desk clerk is 23. Desk clerks typically make around $520 per week.

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16. Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides
> 2018 median annual earnings: $26,832
> Total workers: 1,419,000

Unlike registered nurses, home health aides are not required to have any sort of college degree, though some workers in hospice centers must be certified. As the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, home health aides are expected to be in high demand. Though there are more than 1.4 million home health aides currently, the BLS predicts employment in the field will grow 41% over the next decade, more than five times faster than the average job growth.