Occupations with the Lowest Median Earnings

Updated March 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

Service workers served poor earnings

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, food service workers rank as the lowest earners in the United States. The average CEO is not in the top ten highest earners in the United States. Psychiatrists earn the most for yet another consecutive year.

Also check out our list of professions with the highest median incomes.

Rank Occupation
1. Combined food preparation and
serving workers
2. Shampooers
3. Cooks, fast food
4. Dishwashers
5. Dining room and cafeteria attendants
and bartender helpers
6. Waiters and waitresses
7. Counter attendants
8. Hosts and hostesses
9. Gaming dealers
10. Farmworkers and laborers
11. Amusement attendants
12. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers
13. Models
14. Bartenders
15. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other
recreational protective service workers
16. Cashiers
17. Locker room, coatroom, dressing
room attendants
18. Agricultural products graders and
19. Manicurists and pedicurists
20. Food preparation workers
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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