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 26, 2013 4:12PM
Jun 26, 2013 11:40PM
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All these workers make more then I do in retail.  $8.50 an hr. here and now with Obamacare I can only work 28 hrs. a wk.
Jun 26, 2013 8:40PM
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What about security guards, bank tellers, and bike messengers? They all make minimum wage too, even though most people may not realize it.
Jun 26, 2013 7:52PM
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8.94 the lowest paying? That's cute, try 7.25 as a day shift shelf stocker. Only ever got 220-250 every two weeks after everything was taken out. It still paid for my car while I was in college so I can't really complain too much.
Jun 26, 2013 5:11PM
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Everyone of these jobs paid $9+.  I wouldn't consider them the worst paying jobs.  Being a restaurant hostess doesn't seem that hard and they do get a share of the waitresses (who does most of the work) tips.  The only one on here that would really suck is the dishwasher. 
Jun 27, 2013 1:39PM
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Didn't they run a similar article a little while ago, and Crack Whore was the worst?
Aug 22, 2013 10:19AM
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Minimum wage is $7.25 in Maryland.... so all these jobs look better than mine
Aug 22, 2013 7:25AM
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Shampooer?  That reminds me, I haven't played Scrabble lately and I was looking for a word to knock the socks off the competition.


Thanks, MSN.

Aug 22, 2013 4:17AM
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yep min wage in texas is 7.25 and pct and CNAs make what they made 6 yrs ago due to no one gets cost of living increases and they take half my check for ins and medicare so i make less than 1000 at 71 hrs every 2 weeks and no one gets over time food went up gas elect rent but are pay in Texas doesnt go up my husbands hours went from 38 hrs week to 21 hrs a week i pray we get help but we all need to wake up and smell the coffee and cost if living increases would help Texas
Aug 22, 2013 5:38AM
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Obama's plan is right on track----3 years to go, but I don't think he's going anywhere. Wait and see.
Jun 27, 2013 8:33AM
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My daughter is getting her first job.  She will not even make minimum wage for the first 90 day "probationary" period. She is going to start at less that $6/hr.
Aug 22, 2013 9:26AM
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now a days a job is a job, and one should be glad they got one. Regardless of pay, unemployment is no fun, it sucks, and looking does to for a job. having to go to 2 places a week and hunt. Plus now a days it is all done on line. applying.  And with hardly any industry in the USA and in many towns across America it  is very hard. I do not make a lot in my job, but the benefits out weight it. One has to cut back and do with out. and for some people they just do not want to do that. change the live style. None of our government leaders are doing anything to get industry back in the USA, it has gone over sea's. for cheap labor. In my town its horrible. we have many empty buildings that have been that way for years. even our town and city officials do zero. And the people are fed up with it. And now with Obamacare many companies will not hire a person full time they hire part time so they do not have to pay for healthcare. I cannot figure out how people are going to pay for health care, with what it cost. If they have none and then have to pay a fine if they do not get it. I guess our jails are going to be filled up with many people. who cannot afford health care.
Aug 22, 2013 4:09PM
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It is Sad That You Pay people the least who IS preparing your food? Anyone ever stop and think
Maybe that's why so many super bugs and things come from food because they are not paid enough to give a damn An forget being full time Its not going to happen And the ones who are overwork to keep the ones that are not under 29 hrs week.. MANAGERS PAID IS NOT MUCH BETTER These companies are still acting like it is teenagers behind the counter IT'S NOT
ITS ADULTS You cannot live off 9.00 HR
Aug 22, 2013 12:12PM
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Hey, you forgot at least one big-box retailer where the starting pay is $8.00/hr. regardless of how many years of

retail/customer service experience you have experience...

Aug 22, 2013 7:42AM
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While you're all bitching about how life sucks here... let's remember that no one forced you to choose the job that you do, you at some point (soberly hopefully) and with full awareness of the pay scale, volunteered for it.  If you will take a minute to notice, jobs that require less education and less responsibility (not all and I did say not all) generally receive less pay.  This is not always the case - however  none of the above jobs impressed me as to having a very high level of responsibility (for the health and welfare of others/people will not live or die based upon cooking fast food - as opposed to leading a country, defending someone financial including legally - building a safe structure or saving a life - all higher paying occupations.)  or a higer education it takes to land that job.  Celebrities and Sports Stars not withstanding (although these career do in fact touch more lives than most ever could in a life time - jobs that do less/effect less and change less in the world (for others) are paid less. 

 in general - life takes us on many paths. Some we choose and some we do not. ...but wherever we do find ourselves it's up to us to stand up, be accountable and make all efforts to improve our quality of life the best we can.  < Masters degree: Education B.A. Psychology Minor: Sociology.  < If my education makes you upset, you don't have enough education to understand why the fact that life isn't fair also has to do with the advantanges or disadvantages you are born into and how that effects the entire path of your life / including education level, social status and pay scale. 

  I respect your views as I hope you would mine. Take care.
Jun 27, 2013 1:09PM
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Every worker deserves a living wage.  Not only because it's fair, but because an economy is only prosperous if everyone can consume.  We all depend on each other.

Jun 26, 2013 9:07PM
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I am amazed at how stupid americans are. Looking at these comments makes me sick! when are we going to wake up and realize were going to be slaves very soon. 18k a year and no benefits! seriously in america that is crazy but stupid republicans just keep screaming its a job and that better than nothing----STUPID corporate america is screwing everyone and its going to get worse WAKE UP people
Jun 26, 2013 10:03PM
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These hourly wages must be from the West coast. I have yet to see a restaurant personnel work for over $9 an hour not in in this state! Teachers make less than $9 an hour if you broke down their actual wages per hour that they are actually on the job. What teacher do you know gets to school at 8 and leaves at 4 and forgets about being a teacher after walking off of campus? There isn't a teacher alive that puts in 40 hours a week. Just sayin
Jun 26, 2013 7:52PM
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You jerks forgot engineers. 
The hardest course of study for the comparatively worst pay, no job security, no respect, usually no pension, tremendous stress to make it work.  Hey engineers, get your asses into a classroom teaching third grade math and live out your life with a six figure salary, fat pension, free health care and the world kissing your rear end.

Jun 26, 2013 7:01PM
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Lowest paying job is one of those doctors in the emergency room on ER.
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