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Illinois’ Lowest Paying Jobs

Feeling bummed about how much you’re paid at work? You’re probably not alone. Check out where your job falls on this list.

Illinois' Lowest Paying Jobs
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Should we assume fast food servers are at the top of the list of 100 lowest paying jobs in Illinois? Never assume. Check out the top ten least paying jobs in Illinois, according to


Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers



Call it what it is, bussers and bar backs. They make around $21,390 a year.



Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers



Saving lives and keeping people safe will make you around $21,360 a year.



Food Preparation Workers



$21,310 a year. How about them apples?






At $21,140 a year that’s not a lot of paper or plastic.



Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop



$20,780 a year. No wonder we always have to wait for 15 minutes to get a table.






$20,430 a year. I wouldn’t mind making that for washing all the dishes at my house.






People get $20,180 a year to wash other people’s hair. I didn’t even know that was an occupation.



Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop



At $20,030 a year it shouldn’t be a surprise to see a tip jar. Drop some spare change in there from time-to-time.



Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food



$19,880 a year and it’s not even the lowest on this list.



Cooks, Fast Food



At $19,650 per year how is anyone expected to live on that small amount of money? Yikes.


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