Check to see if your job is one of the lowest-paying jobs in Richmond


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Stacker collected information on the lowest-paying jobs in Richmond, VA, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by average annual salary with information up to date as of May 2020. Job descriptions are from O*NET.

In Richmond, the annual mean wage is $55,630 or 1.2% lower than national mean of $56,310, while the lowest-paying occupation makes $20,340. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Recreation workers

Richmond, VA
– Annual mean salary: $29,810
– #207 lowest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,260

National
– Annual mean salary: $30,960
– Employment: 325,640
– Entry-level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
– Metros with lowest average pay:
— Rocky Mount, NC ($20,040)
— Lake Charles, LA ($20,300)
— Monroe, LA ($21,000)
– Job description: Conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities. Organize and promote activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, games, music, dramatics, social recreation, camping, and hobbies, taking into account the needs and interests of individual members.

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#49. Tire repairers and changers

Richmond, VA
– Annual mean salary: $29,730
– #109 lowest pay among all metros
– Employment: 390

National
– Annual mean salary: $31,790
– Employment: 98,560
– Entry-level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
– Metros with lowest average pay:
— Monroe, LA ($20,890)
— Terre Haute, IN ($21,540)
— Champaign-Urbana, IL ($22,830)
– Job description: Repair and replace tires.

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#48. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

Richmond, VA
– Annual mean salary: $29,580
– #149 lowest pay among all metros
– Employment: 560

National
– Annual mean salary: $30,980
– Employment: 98,810
– Entry-level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
– Metros with lowest average pay:
— Johnstown, PA ($19,580)
— Tyler, TX ($20,460)
— Cleveland, TN ($20,690)
– Job description: Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine postoperative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.

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#47. Substitute teachers, short-term

Richmond, VA
– Annual mean salary: $29,520
– #123 lowest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,050

National
– Annual mean salary: $36,090
– Employment: 512,030
– Entry-level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
– Metros with lowest average pay:
— Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL ($17,360)
— Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL ($17,470)
— Huntsville, AL ($17,470)
– Job description: Teach students on a short-term basis as a temporary replacement for a regular classroom teacher, typically using the regular teacher’s lesson plan.

#46. Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers

Richmond, VA
– Annual mean salary: $29,470
– #13 lowest pay among all metros
– Employment: data not available

National
– Annual mean salary: $36,040
– Employment: 20,860
– Entry-level education requirements: No formal educational credential
– Metros with lowest average pay:
— Tallahassee, FL ($20,830)
— Dayton, OH ($21,790)
— Greensboro-High Point, NC ($23,880)
– Job description: Design, make, alter, repair, or fit garments.

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#45. Parking enforcement workers

Richmond, VA
– Annual mean salary: $29,440
– #3 lowest pay among all metros
– Employment: data not available

National
– Annual mean salary: $44,870
– Employment: 7,560
– Entry-level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
– Metros with lowest average pay:
— El Paso, TX ($25,790)
— Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($27,220)
— Richmond, VA ($29,440)
– Job description: Patrol assigned area, such as public parking lot or city streets to issue tickets to overtime parking violators and illegally parked vehicles.

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#44. Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood

Richmond, VA
– Annual mean salary: $29,370
– #29 lowest pay among all metros
– Employment: 240

National
– Annual mean salary: $33,290
– Employment: 48,400
– Entry-level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
– Metros with lowest average pay:
— El Paso, TX ($17,700)
— Dothan, AL ($22,000)
— Austin-Round Rock, TX ($22,360)
– Job description: Set up, operate, or tend wood sawing machines. May operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment. Includes lead sawyers.

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#43. Retail salespersons

Richmond, VA
– Annual mean salary: $29,350
– #186 lowest pay among all metros
– Employment: 16,820

National
– Annual mean salary: $30,940
– Employment: 3,659,670
– Entry-level education requirements: No formal educational credential
– Metros with lowest average pay:
— Albany, GA ($22,740)
— Hinesville, GA ($23,640)
— Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($23,660)
– Job description: Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers.

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#42. Bartenders

Richmond, VA
– Annual mean salary: $29,290
– #269 lowest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,270

National
– Annual mean salary: $28,910
– Employment: 486,720
– Entry-level education requirements: No formal educational credential
– Metros with lowest average pay:
— Gadsden, AL ($17,930)
— Decatur, AL ($17,950)
— Warner Robins, GA ($18,150)
– Job description: Mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.

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#41. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Richmond, VA
– Annual mean salary: $29,090
– #195 lowest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,230

National
– Annual mean salary: $29,940
– Employment: 387,300
– Entry-level education requirements: No formal educational credential
– Metros with lowest average pay:
— Montgomery, AL ($19,990)
— Dothan, AL ($20,340)
— Decatur, AL ($20,520)
– Job description: Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.

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#40. Residential advisors

Richmond, VA
– Annual mean salary: $28,860
– #69 lowest pay among all metros
– Employment: 630

National
– Annual mean salary: $33,430
– Employment: 102,450
– Entry-level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
– Metros with lowest average pay:
— Gadsden, AL ($20,950)
— Jonesboro, AR ($20,980)
— Amarillo, TX ($21,360)
– Job description: Coordinate activities in resident facilities in secondary school and college dormitories, group homes, or similar establishments. Order supplies and determine need for maintenance, repairs, and furnishings. May maintain household records and assign rooms. May assist residents with problem-solving or refer them to counseling resources.

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#39. Orderlies

Richmond, VA
– Annual mean salary: $28,790
– #45 lowest pay among all metros
– Employment: 250

National
– Annual mean salary: $31,780
– Employment: 43,570
– Entry-level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
– Metros with lowest average pay:
— Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC ($22,440)
— Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($22,810)
— Jackson, MS ($22,850)
– Job description: Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment. Psychiatric orderlies are included in Psychiatric…



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