Wages in the U.S. have hit their highest growth rate since the end of the Great Recession, but not all sectors of the industry have felt the economic boom. This was highlighted in a recent report released by 24/7 Wall St., which conducted a review of the latest job market data from the U.S. Labor Department to determine America's 25 lowest-paid jobs.
Interestingly, the analysis found 18 of these jobs were primarily held by women. The report comes as Stacker set out to determine which jobs had the highest gender pay gaps. According to that report, women were hit the hardest in the financial world, where roles of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents were dominated by men.
What 24/7 Wall St. discovered was, although positions within the food or customer service industries were important roles, they tended to also be the lowest paying jobs in the U.S. This is largely because they are unskilled jobs in which workers can be easily replaced.
Here are the top 10 lowest paying jobs according to 24/7 Wall St.:
- Laundry and dry-cleaning workers are the lowest paid workers in the U.S., earning a median wage of $432 per week, or $22,464 per year.
- Combined food preparation and serving workers, who are tasked with preparing and serving food at chain fast food establishments, earn median wage of $22,672 per year.
- Dishwashers, commonly employed in restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and anywhere else that serves food, earn a median wage of $22,932 per year.
- Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers, often known as bussers or bar backs, earn a median wage of $23,244 per year.
- Food preparation workers, who generally assist cooks with tasks like chopping, peeling, and preparing cold foods, earn a median wage of $24,076.
- Cashiers, who are susceptible to job loss due to automation, earn a median wage of $24,180 per year.
- Maids and housekeeping cleaners, who are generally employed by hotels and other accommodation services, earn a median wage of $24,284 per year.
- Hosts and hostesses are among the food service jobs to rank among the 10 lowest paying professions with median annual earnings of $24,492.
- Non-restaurant food servers, such as those in hospital cafeterias and hotels, earn a median of $484 per week, or just over $25,000 per year.
- Cooks, who are usually required to attend culinary school before they begin working, earn a median wage of $25,272 per year.
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