The worst-paying jobs in America

If you find yourself with your hands in someone's shampooed hair, or their food, chances are your paycheck is a little wanting.

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Jun 10, 2013 10:58PM

These are misrepresented as low-paying jobs one should avoid, wherein the reality is that they are excellent stepping stones to better paying jobs once a person has some job experience and a track record.  These are not career jobs, but could lead to such.


So many young, uneducated people read this crap and conclude they'd rather stay on welfare and probably pocket more, but the reality is that if you don't start at the first rung of the career ladder, 30 years later you'll still be looking to some bureaucrat for your monthly handout.


Start taking control of your own life! 

Jun 10, 2013 7:31PM
The examples averaged over $9.00 an hour. How are they the worst paying jobs in America? Ever heard of minimum wage?
Jun 10, 2013 9:00PM
Notice anything all these jobs have in common??  They dont require educated or skilled workers.  You want a better job then better yourself.  Get an education.  Where there's a will there's a way. 
Jun 10, 2013 9:59PM
No skill jobs pay less. 

Want more money, go to a tech school or go to college.

Jun 10, 2013 9:51PM
in the immortal words of judge smails "the world needs ditch diggers too"
Jun 11, 2013 12:05AM
umm i live in michigan and work for minimum wage. all these jobs they show are even more than what i make!
Jun 11, 2013 2:18AM
What's not being discussed here are the jobs that pay $3-4/hour more than these, that ARE career jobs. Jobs that don't pay enough to fuel a housing market, consumer-goods market, or allow people to save for retirement or afford decent healthcare. Many of them require specialized skills and schooling.

That hurts everyone.

Jun 10, 2013 9:20PM
   Another dum **** attempt to make folks who work in these areas think they are being oppressed!  Look, not everyone can draw $100 dollars an hour!  In the real world, which progressives do not live in, there are folks who are not qualified to make more than the low wages they draw!
Jun 11, 2013 10:43AM
It is a skill to deal with the public.  You could not pay me enough to work with the public.  Any job where you have to deal with the public meaning the morons, druggies, illiterates, snobs, I had a bad day, take it out on me, non-tippers, arrogant,  can't understand you speak English, gas attendants, maids, taxi, bus. etc.,  drivers,  I thought I wanted a cheeseburger but changed my mind 10 times while there are 10 people in line who know what they want, soda spillers, bank tellers, day care worker,  I could go on and on and on.  Anyone who deals with the public is underpaid.  There is no degree for dealing with the above, none.  Many people deal with the public every day in a very pleasant manner.  I admire anyone who deals with the public and does that job well.  Kudos to you.  A thought, just think if everyone who does so called "menial" jobs decided not to show up for a week.  Well now, we would have a story, wouldn't we.  No Big Mac for you!
Jun 10, 2013 9:47PM

And yet they all make more than I do. I've been at my job for about 7 months, 40 hours a week and no benefits.


Jun 11, 2013 8:39AM
I've held at least 3 of these jobs during HS & college and trust me I was no where near $9/hour.  The point of these jobs is either a stepping stone towards a better paying job such as shampooer to stylist or as a tool to put in your application for a better job showing you showed up on time, you did what you were told, you have references supporting your work habits, etc.  These are NOT meant to support a family.
Jun 10, 2013 8:18PM

Having a job is great!  or ask those whose car is parked because there is not even any gas money...

Any of these jobs you rate as the "worst" jobs are great to have as they can serve as a springboard to a better future. What really counts is to get up early and be at the cannon feeding it the fire balls with which to ignite your life to come

Jun 11, 2013 11:04AM

Survivor 54


No we are not just housekeepers.  We take care of the needs of older people.  Yes we do their

ckeaning and cooking but so much more.  Have you ever bathed someone? Cleaned up their

body when they can't?  Have you helped them move place to place and go with them when

they have doctor's appointments?  How about working with someone who is so confused they

don't know where they are or who you are?  Until you do then don't comment.

Jun 10, 2013 10:07PM
 Once again  these overpaid article writers are picking things out of the air.     What about big box store ?  Hotel/motel  workers.    3 years ago was employed at a4 star hotel doing maintaince for $8.00 hour .  Left after 8 weeks of lies by  East India owners.   These owners like high turn over because every time someone quits ,they declare 2 weeks for training , more like 1 hour.  
Jun 11, 2013 7:34AM
worse paying jobs? You forgot one.. school bus drivers.   $10,000 a year.  Just think. all those kids that need to get home safely, and its very low pay..  
Jun 10, 2013 9:57PM
Fill up all these jobs with Obamas welfare class. Make them work 40 hrs and cut their benefits by 50%. What a concept you get more if you work. They'll still vote democrat.
Jun 11, 2013 5:45AM

this is what I wrote earlier:

well here goes nothing, I am unemployed. I have been unemployed for 2 years I would love to go back to work. I am a high school graduate, no college or trade schooling. I am good with people and have basic computer skills and a small understanding of the internet . I am, at this point willing to relocate for a definite position. I can handle cash and multi task. I would prefer entry level no management positions. I am happy to send a resume to any one who asks
I received 2 thumbs down( what on earth for I can not imagine) and this reply from Ralph-Kirkland:

I'm sorry to hear of your plight.  but if you can't find anything, try to work as a volunteer at an organization that could give you some working experience, and hopefully some opportunities.


Years ago I advised a young woman from China who could not find work in the US to work as a volunteer.  Today she is managing director of a large non-profit.


Anyone who is employed... even as a volunteer... has a much better chance of getting a paid position with a company as opposed to someone who is simply "unemployed".


Good luck!

Here is my response  I have a family to support and bills to pay. I, am an adult. The terms unemployed and resume to me,  refer to the fact that I have already held jobs in the past. I had 2 reasons for posting this the first was to sincerely see if it would lead to anything.  Apparently I was wrong to think that a world wide forum such as MSN would help. The second, honestly was a after thought .Here I am, someone asking for a chance asking for a job. the original post is not mind blowing I know, I did not intend to put personal information on here as you would in a normal application, but, to hopefully reach someone, anyone who might be in a position to either hire me or maybe knows someone who is looking for help, I believed this would work, what with all the people poo-pooing the welfare takers and having people call others lazy and the like. I thought why not try, it can not hurt ( I was wrong on that one ) so at 9 my local time I will apply for welfare I hear they have a work for benefits program, because employers like these tax cuts for hiring people off welfare.  Can anyone tell me if that is a republican or democrat thing, since some here are so keen to point that kind of thing out. To all people that see this, here I am, an American wiling to work but no takers .Think of me when you look at the people you have hired and wonder, where are  all the "good" workers . Here's one.

Jun 11, 2013 12:25AM
funny... even illegals make more than sad...
Jun 10, 2013 10:16PM

you need to add doctor's office receptionist and hospital office personal!

Jun 11, 2013 8:13AM

I was laid off in 2009 and at 54 was doomed (without knowing it) and now for the last 2 plus years have worked as a security guard. Grateful to get anything after the debacle of trying to land back on my feet for 4 plus years and surely not complaining- just bringing it up.

I accept it and as Bruce Hornsby sang "that's just the way it is".

But you want to talk about worst paying jobs?

Try security where I see some jobs at $8 an hour and most well below $10.

The worst part is the expectations are really high for a lot of these jobs for low pay and usually no benefits with required certifications and training which loads the state gravy train with more $.

I am lucky to be where I am now-close to home and away from Corporate grind and stress but from what I see of most jobs in security- very low pay but they always emphasize how important security is!

I know armed guards working with payroll that are barely making $11 an hour with their life on the line.

They just don't pay in relation to the high importance they proclaim.


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