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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May 29, 2013 8:02AM

the arrogance in which some of you speak of these positions is beyond me.  If it wasn't for these people there would be no going out to a bar, no going out to eat, no fast food, etc, etc. Let me tell you I appreciate these people. I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW PEOPLE TREAT THEM!

I tip 20% always. I am nice to them always even if I am having a problem. Just because I have an education makes me LUCKY not better than them.

May 29, 2013 12:42AM
Shampoo person or food handler, still way better than unemployment! Thank you all who put up with low wages to service america! 
May 28, 2013 9:50PM
I respect all people who work for a living  no  matter  how much they earn society puts people down for working that's why we have drugs and thugs people who have no morals and kill our children ,beat up the elderly and have some frighten to leave there homes
May 28, 2013 5:25PM
May 28, 2013 9:48PM
The worst paying job in america is the one you don't like...
May 28, 2013 6:25PM
How can these be the worst paying jobs in America since the Federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour? Another misleading MSN article heading. I'm not saying that these jobs are great pay but there are others that pay less.
May 29, 2013 6:13AM

Try being any National Chain Pizza delivery person. My college student son barely makes minimum wage after paying for all his gas....Last week he delivered 30 pizza's to a school function...they gave him a $5.00 tip and they get a discount from the pizza company. 30 pies @ $7.00 = $210...a 15% tip would have been $31.50.....$5 bucks just barely covered the cost of his gas....I guess simple math is not a school's strong SOB's.

Drivers make $4.10/hr + $4.10 + $5.00 (tip) - $2.50 (gas) = $6.60....and he had to do it all with a smile.

Traffic Light panhandlers make more than

May 28, 2013 5:12PM
Well duh those are all low paying because they require no skill and should mostly be done with students. The only group that I feel any sorrow for are farmers because they do back breaking extremely difficult labor all day for next to nothing.
May 28, 2013 6:23PM
Fast food workers make $7.50 an hour in the country but they make $15 an hour in the city. Why do these studies never include what geographics mean to the equation? Im a high school drop out who got my GED and never went to college. I make about $30 k and live very nice for where I live. I have seen that rent alone in NYC can start at $30 k a year. The country area is becoming overrun with city people looking to stretch the all mighty housing dollar. Public assistance should go down if the cost of living goes down. But they keep an address in the city so they can get the big fat section 8 housing checks and spend the rest on whatever. There are a lot of shootings now in the Poconos here in PA and most of it is by people from the big cities. People can live where they choose but have some respect for the new area you live in and behave like good people do.   
May 29, 2013 1:10AM
Nice to know I only make five cents an hour more than the average dishwasher.  I work for a non-profit with developmentally disabled adults in a vocational setting.  Though I haven't seen a raise in over 4 years due to state and federal budget cuts, I wouldn't trade what I do for anything.
May 28, 2013 5:20PM
All of these jobs are "service" jobs. America is a "service" nation. High paid manufacturing and industrial jobs are now tiered- paid less than earlier contracts. Where is the purchasing power for the goods that this nation requires?
May 29, 2013 8:59AM

Sad thing is this will become the new middle class at the rate the country is going.  We are turning into a service driven economy becasue of cheaper labor and lax safety standards in other countries.  The gap between the top and the midle will continue to grow.

May 28, 2013 8:59PM
Yet, they all are important jobs as we all need someone to do them. Just imagine having no one to harvest the delicious strawberries, no blackberries, or any of the rest of the produce we consume.
May 28, 2013 5:16PM

Many of these - not all - I can understand. No doubt people who work these jobs mostly work hard, but the jobs themselves just don't warrant the same pay as working at something that requires more experience, education (not necessarily college), and/or physical and mental ability. These are largely entry level and stepping-stone jobs and are not meant to be a career.



May 28, 2013 11:56PM
I don't think the people that done the survey did a very good job from what they say these jobs pay and what I see out there is a world of difference. What about all the employers that limit the staff to under 30 hrs. a week with no benefits some are held to under 20 hrs. get called in for 2 hr. shifts even if they live 15 or 20 miles from work. And at hourly pay of $2.25-$4.50 hr. plus 1% of hourly sales.    
May 28, 2013 6:50PM
Shouldn't MSN or NBC money writer be on the list... about at the top?
May 28, 2013 7:09PM
Being a monitor for msn postings didn't make the list?
May 28, 2013 11:32PM

How much do they pay at the Soylent Green factory?

May 29, 2013 11:15AM
"The worst-paying jobs in America". Woo-Hoo!  I finally made it onto someone's list!
May 29, 2013 12:28PM
and each job is better than milking off the system.  don't tell 14% of the population living on welfare that though!
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