Special Report

25 Cities With The Lowest Paying Jobs


To determine the cities with the lowest paying jobs, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on median wage for 389 metropolitan statistical areas from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program. Metropolitan areas were ranked based on the median annual wage for all occupations as of May 2020. Data on employment and location quotient, used to determine the relative concentration of a job within a metro area, also came from the BLS OEWS. Supplemental data on regional price parity, a measure of cost of living, came from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and is for 2019. Data on poverty rate came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are one-year estimates.

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