18 Lowest-Paying Jobs In America For 2020


Median wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals each of the 18 lowest-paying jobs in America for 2020 earn less than $30,000 in median annual salaries. 

The lowest-paying job in America for 2020? A median-earning dishwasher who works 40 hours a week over 52 weeks a year can expect to earn the equivalent of $11.34 per hour.

Delving deeper into the data, the food and hospitality industries are a common feature for America’s lowest-paying jobs. Nine of the 18 jobs represented on 2020’s list relate to work involving food preparation and restaurant staff roles.

In addition, each of the three lowest-paying jobs (dishwashers, restaurant hosts/hostesses and fast-food workers) are the only jobs in America where median-income is expected at $24K or lower.

Lowest-Paying Jobs In America 2020

The following are the jobs earning the lowest annual incomes in America for 2020, ranked from lowest to highest earners.

  1. Dishwashers; $23.6K median annual income
  2. Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses; $23.7K median annual income
  3. Fast Food Workers; $24K median annual income
  4. Laundry Dry-Cleaning Workers; $25.5K median annual income
  5. Maids; $25.5K median annual income
  6. Childcare Workers; $25.7K median annual income
  7. Food Preparation Staff; $25.8K median annual income 
  8. Cashiers; $26.1K median annual income
  9. Restaurant Waitstaff; $26.5K median annual income
  10. Cooks; $26.6K median annual income
  11. Zoo Animal Caretaker; $26.7K median annual income
  12. Residential Care Food Servers; $26.7K median annual income
  13. Personal Home Aides; $26.8K median annual income
  14. Gas Station Service Attendants; $26.9K median annual income
  15. Hotel and Resort Receptionists; $26.9K median annual income
  16. Sewing Machine Operators; $27.2K median annual income
  17. Package Processors; $27.6K median annual income 
  18. Bartenders and Dining Room Workers; $28.8K median annual income 

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