America's Lowest-Paying Jobs

@jess368 (3368)
United States
January 28, 2008 8:28pm CST
This story was found on MSN. I thought it was interesting, because Most of us began working in one of these kinds of jobs, or we still do. I pasted the story below, along with the link. Check it out and see how you feel about the information. At the bottom of the story I listed two of the jobs, even though they are in the lowest paying jobs area, I think the wages are a bit off. You’ve heard the clichés: Money doesn’t buy happiness, you should do what you love, blah, blah, blah. But survey after survey show that pay is the No. 1 motivating factor for work. It’s a fact of life that not all jobs are going to pay six figures and have a million benefits. Like teachers and firefighters, many jobs that are essential to our day-to-day lifestyles don’t pay a hefty salary. We’ve identified the 25 lowest-paying jobs in America, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The pros: Most of the jobs in this list offer on-the-job training, need no experience and have little to no educational requirements. The cons: Did we mention the pay? A lower-paying, entry-level job can help you to build up your résumé, test-drive different industries and carve a path for success. Consider Janice L. Fields. Fields started her career with McDonald’s in 1978 as a crew member; today she’s executive vice president and chief operations officer for McDonald’s USA. Yes, the road to the top is often a long one and it takes hard work, but it is possible to achieve large amounts of success with a very simple start. Consider one of these jobs that could be your ticket to professional glory. http://msn.careerbuilder.com/custom/msn/careeradvice/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=1232&SiteId=cbmsnhp41232&sc_extcmp=JS_1232_home1>1=10785&cbRecursionCnt=1&cbsid=3db1815704914aeea4cbbb1257da26c2-254870546-VT-4 Here in Texas most Waiters make $2.13/an hour!!! I have never seen a waiter make more than $3.5 an hour. Waiters and waitresses Average hourly earnings: $8.27 Average annual earnings: $17,190 As you already know, I am a bartender, and I only make $4.50 an hour, not what this story states... Bartenders Average hourly earnings: $8.91 Average annual earnings: $18,540
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• Australia
29 Jan 08
I thought waiters make quite a lot from tips? This makes up from their lack of pay.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
29 Jan 08
Hopefully they do. Hopefully their customers tip 15-20%. But depending on where you work, determines what kind of customers you get, in turn determining what kind of money you make
@jhl930 (3605)
• United States
29 Jan 08
That's the problem now....everyone gets paid alot of money for certain jobs but what people haven't thought about is what if for some reason certain people cant get the "higher jobs" What everyone has seemed to forget is that even the people who don't have the highest education still have to make a living....that's part of the reason that some people work all day everyday and still don't make it anywhere much....It really is sad that people who work 12-14 hr days dont make the same thing that some people make by working just 6-8 hrs a day will make!
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
29 Jan 08
It is sad. Can you imagine what it would be like if we didnt have people waiting on us at restaurants, or plumbers, trash men, bus drivers, or janitors, etc... Those jobs we take for granite, and we dont realize how miserable we would be with out those people. So why cant they get paid more, so they can support there families?
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• Indonesia
5 Feb 08
If you could only knew the standard salary here in Indonesia. With your kind of salary, everyone can live happily ever after here. :)
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
5 Feb 08
Thats interesting. Even in the states, your salary could be considered really great in Louisiana, but poor in New York! It all depends on the area you reside in.
• United States
8 Feb 08
agreed. the standard hourly wages in tx are pretty bad compared to pa
• Italy
29 Jan 08
I suppose unemployed are still the less-money earning in the world!
@jess368 (3368)
• United States
5 Feb 08
It depends. unemployment paychecks are determined on what you made at your previous job. So if you made a decent salary, you make 2/3rds of that amount.
@CherishC (249)
• United States
29 Jan 08
Wow that is sad. I thought they made more then $2 to $3 a hour. I guess they live off of there tips? I think they should get paid more then that. They walk around and take peoples orders and really make that business the money.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
29 Jan 08
I agree. I have always thought waiters should make more than that, I assume it depends on how busy the restaurant gets. If it does get busy, than hopefully the waiters get good tips, but sometimes that isnt the case.
• United States
5 Feb 08
man just last year i worked at a Dollar General store, making $6 an hour. and i did temp labor in florida for $5.65 a few years ago!
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