What are the lowest-paying jobs in Terre Haute?

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (Stacker) –What are the lowest-paying jobs in Terre Haute, Indiana? Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Stacker found the top 50 lowest-paying jobs in the city.

Jobs are ranked by average annual salary with information up to date as of May 2020. Job descriptions are from O*NET.  Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

Job description: Interview persons by telephone, mail, in person, or by other means for the purpose of completing forms, applications, or questionnaires. Ask specific questions, record answers, and assist persons with completing form. May sort, classify, and file forms.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $32,170
  • #58 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 90

National

  • Annual mean salary: $37,640
  • Employment: 173,800
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • El Paso, TX ($25,520)
    • Lake Charles, LA ($26,190)
    • Harrisonburg, VA ($26,220)
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#49. Recreation workers

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.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $31,770
  • #280 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 200

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)
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#48. Library technicians

Job description: Assist librarians by helping readers in the use of library catalogs, databases, and indexes to locate books and other materials; and by answering questions that require only brief consultation of standard reference. Compile records; sort and shelve books or other media; remove or repair damaged books or other media; register patrons; and check materials in and out of the circulation process. Replace materials in shelving area (stacks) or files. Includes bookmobile drivers who assist with providing services in mobile libraries.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $31,490
  • #78 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 60

National

  • Annual mean salary: $39,630
  • Employment: 89,070
  • Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Twin Falls, ID ($19,270)
    • Jonesboro, AR ($23,470)
    • Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($24,420)
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#47. Social and human service assistants

Job description: Assist other social and human service providers in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $31,390
  • #66 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 150

National

  • Annual mean salary: $38,230
  • Employment: 399,920
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
    • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($22,640)
    • Gadsden, AL ($25,940)
    • Kokomo, IN ($26,210)
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#46. Pharmacy technicians

Job description: Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $31,300
  • #57 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 270

National

  • Annual mean salary: $36,450
  • Employment: 415,310
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Williamsport, PA ($26,560)
    • New Bern, NC ($28,010)
    • State College, PA ($28,010)
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#45. File clerks

Job description: File correspondence, cards, invoices, receipts, and other records in alphabetical or numerical order or according to the filing system used. Locate and remove material from file when requested.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $30,830
  • #54 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 40

National

  • Annual mean salary: $36,140
  • Employment: 91,560
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($22,210)
    • Jackson, MS ($24,610)
    • Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA ($25,040)
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#43 (tie). Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

Job description: Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Time-stamp, open, read, sort, and route incoming mail; and address, seal, stamp, fold, stuff, and affix postage to outgoing mail or packages. Duties may also include keeping necessary records and completed forms.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $30,710
  • #68 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 40

National

  • Annual mean salary: $33,700
  • Employment: 79,310
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Tallahassee, FL ($21,310)
    • Abilene, TX ($21,420)
    • Laredo, TX ($22,130)
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#43 (tie). Customer service representatives

Job description: Interact with customers to provide basic or scripted information in response to routine inquiries about products and services. May handle and resolve general complaints. Excludes individuals whose duties are primarily installation, sales, repair, and technical support.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $30,710
  • #42 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 750

National

  • Annual mean salary: $38,510
  • Employment: 2,833,250
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($24,880)
    • Hattiesburg, MS ($25,270)
    • Albany, GA ($25,740)
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#42. First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in preparing and serving food.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $30,350
  • #30 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 480

National

  • Annual mean salary: $37,880
  • Employment: 891,540
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA ($27,520)
    • Lawton, OK ($27,770)
    • Logan, UT-ID ($27,950)
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#41. Passenger vehicle drivers, except bus drivers, transit and intercity

Job description: Drive a motor vehicle to transport passengers on a planned or scheduled basis. May collect a fare.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $30,320
  • #147 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 370

National

  • Annual mean salary: $34,360
  • Employment: 599,980
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Decatur, AL ($17,980)
    • Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($18,250)
    • Dothan, AL ($18,260)
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#40. Nursing assistants

Job description: Provide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. Perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $30,080
  • #182 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 720

National

  • Annual mean salary: $32,050
  • Employment: 1,371,050
  • Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Monroe, LA ($21,840)
    • Brunswick, GA ($22,370)
    • Columbus, GA-AL ($22,540)
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#39. Data entry keyers

Job description: Operate data entry device, such as keyboard or photo composing perforator. Duties may include verifying data and preparing materials for printing.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $29,810
  • #46 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 70

National

  • Annual mean salary: $35,850
  • Employment: 151,520
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • El Paso, TX ($22,580)
    • Laredo, TX ($23,940)
    • Las Cruces, NM ($24,280)
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#38. Animal caretakers

Job description: Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise provide care to promote and maintain the well-being of pets and other animals that are not raised for consumption, such as dogs, cats, race horses, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. Work in settings such as kennels, animal shelters, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. May keep records of feedings, treatments, and animals received or discharged. May clean, disinfect, and repair cages, pens, or fish tanks.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $29,380
  • #272 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 110

National

  • Annual mean salary: $28,380
  • Employment: 193,660
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Morristown, TN ($18,810)
    • Greenville, NC ($20,320)
    • Twin Falls, ID ($20,580)
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#37. Funeral attendants

Job description: Perform a variety of tasks during funeral, such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service, arranging floral offerings or lights around casket, directing or escorting mourners, closing casket, and issuing and storing funeral equipment.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $29,330
  • #58 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 50

National

  • Annual mean salary: $31,130
  • Employment: 32,300
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Ogden-Clearfield, UT ($20,980)
    • Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($21,320)
    • Lima, OH ($21,500)
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#36. Receptionists and information clerks

Job description: Answer inquiries and provide information to the general public, customers, visitors, and other interested parties regarding activities conducted at establishment and location of departments, offices, and employees within the organization.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $28,930
  • #138 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 360

National

  • Annual mean salary: $32,410
  • Employment: 968,420
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Gadsden, AL ($22,570)
    • Killeen-Temple, TX ($22,770)
    • Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($22,880)
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#35. Self-enrichment teachers

Job description: Teach or instruct individuals or groups for the primary purpose of self-enrichment or recreation, rather than for an occupational objective, educational attainment, competition, or fitness.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $28,700
  • #5 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 50

National

  • Annual mean salary: $47,930
  • Employment: 222,700
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Owensboro, KY ($21,660)
    • Jackson, MI ($24,890)
    • Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA ($25,490)
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#34. Substitute teachers, short-term

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.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $28,290
  • #99 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 290

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)
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#33. Dental assistants

Job description: Perform limited clinical duties under the direction of a dentist. Clinical duties may include equipment preparation and sterilization, preparing patients for treatment, assisting the dentist during treatment, and providing patients with instructions for oral healthcare procedures. May perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $28,250
  • #2 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 90

National

  • Annual mean salary: $42,310
  • Employment: 312,140
  • Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Logan, UT-ID ($28,090)
    • Terre Haute, IN ($28,250)
    • Beckley, WV ($29,240)
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#32. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

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.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $28,210
  • #100 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 50

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)
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#31. Counter and rental clerks

Job description: Receive orders, generally in person, for repairs, rentals, and services. May describe available options, compute cost, and accept payment.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $27,450
  • #53 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 250

National

  • Annual mean salary: $34,700
  • Employment: 368,300
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Carbondale-Marion, IL ($21,980)
    • Lawton, OK ($22,200)
    • Parkersburg-Vienna, WV ($22,360)
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#30. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

Job description: Keep buildings in clean and orderly condition. Perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. Duties may include tending furnace and boiler, performing routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning snow or debris from sidewalk.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $27,280
  • #129 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 800

National

  • Annual mean salary: $31,410
  • Employment: 1,990,510
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Monroe, LA ($21,200)
    • Sumter, SC ($21,400)
    • Dothan, AL ($21,670)
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#29. Retail salespersons

Job description: Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $27,180
  • #71 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 1,630

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)


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#28. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

Job description: Landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $26,820
  • #34 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 370

National

  • Annual mean salary: $33,800
  • Employment: 872,370
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($22,780)
    • El Paso, TX ($23,330)
    • Charleston, WV ($23,500)
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#27. Tellers

Job description: Receive and pay out money. Keep records of money and negotiable instruments involved in a financial institution’s various transactions.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $26,450
  • #8 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 220

National

  • Annual mean salary: $32,960
  • Employment: 423,570
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Lawton, OK ($25,350)
    • Abilene, TX ($25,860)
    • Las Cruces, NM ($25,970)
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#26. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Job description: Wash or otherwise clean vehicles, machinery, and other equipment. Use such materials as water, cleaning agents, brushes, cloths, and hoses.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $26,110
  • #118 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 110

National

  • Annual mean salary: $29,400
  • Employment: 341,660
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ($20,280)
    • Albany, GA ($20,850)
    • Dalton, GA ($20,890)
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#25. Legislators

Job description: Develop, introduce, or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, state, or federal level. Includes only workers in elected positions.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $26,000
  • #24 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 60

National

  • Annual mean salary: $53,560
  • Employment: 51,290
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Florence, SC ($18,230)
    • Warner Robins, GA ($19,630)
    • Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($19,690)
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#24. Stockers and order fillers

Job description: Receive, store, and issue merchandise, materials, equipment, and other items from stockroom, warehouse, or storage yard to fill shelves, racks, tables, or customers’ orders. May operate power equipment to fill orders. May mark prices on merchandise and set up sales displays.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $25,330
  • #9 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 1,520

National

  • Annual mean salary: $31,010
  • Employment: 2,210,960
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Fond du Lac, WI ($23,990)
    • Monroe, LA ($24,240)
    • Florence, SC ($24,420)
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#23. Packers and packagers, hand

Job description: Pack or package by hand a wide variety of products and materials.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $25,290
  • #101 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: data not available

National

  • Annual mean salary: $29,270
  • Employment: 599,270
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Wichita Falls, TX ($18,740)
    • Casper, WY ($19,850)
    • Johnstown, PA ($19,920)
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#22. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

Job description: Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $25,160
  • #70 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 340

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)
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#21. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

Job description: Operate or tend washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, leather, furs, blankets, draperies, linens, rugs, and carpets. Includes spotters and dyers of these articles.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $25,130
  • #176 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: data not available

National

  • Annual mean salary: $26,600
  • Employment: 179,890
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Hattiesburg, MS ($18,060)
    • Warner Robins, GA ($18,580)
    • Rome, GA ($19,050)
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#20. Library assistants, clerical

Job description: Compile records, and sort, shelve, issue, and receive library materials such as books, electronic media, pictures, cards, slides and microfilm. Locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving area, stacks, or files according to identification number and title. Register patrons to permit them to borrow books, periodicals, and other library materials.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $24,720
  • #43 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 60

National

  • Annual mean salary: $30,740
  • Employment: 84,560
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Rocky Mount, NC ($20,080)
    • Corpus Christi, TX ($20,520)
    • Akron, OH ($20,530)
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#18 (tie). Automotive and watercraft service attendants

Job description: Service automobiles, buses, trucks, boats, and other automotive or marine vehicles with fuel, lubricants, and accessories. Collect payment for services and supplies. May lubricate vehicle, change motor oil, refill antifreeze, or replace lights or other accessories, such as windshield wiper blades or fan belts. May repair or replace tires.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $24,400
  • #23 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 130

National

  • Annual mean salary: $28,150
  • Employment: 112,750
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Valdosta, GA ($21,570)
    • Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA ($21,740)
    • La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN ($21,950)
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#18 (tie). Food preparation workers

Job description: Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $24,400
  • #149 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 340

National

  • Annual mean salary: $26,820
  • Employment: 793,590
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Hammond, LA ($18,290)
    • Morristown, TN ($18,550)
    • Monroe, LA ($19,010)
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#17. Cooks, restaurant

Job description: Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $24,230
  • #51 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 740

National

  • Annual mean salary: $29,530
  • Employment: 1,109,650
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($20,590)
    • Laredo, TX ($21,000)
    • Gadsden, AL ($21,540)
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#16. Couriers and messengers

Job description: Pick up and deliver messages, documents, packages, and other items between offices or departments within an establishment or directly to other business concerns, traveling by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, or public conveyance.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $24,170
  • #18 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 60

National

  • Annual mean salary: $33,010
  • Employment: 70,700
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Tuscaloosa, AL ($19,770)
    • Monroe, LA ($21,160)
    • Lawton, OK ($21,380)
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#15. Food servers, nonrestaurant

Job description: Serve food to individuals outside of a restaurant environment, such as in hotel rooms, hospital rooms, residential care facilities, or cars.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $24,020
  • #119 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 130

National

  • Annual mean salary: $27,460
  • Employment: 254,650
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Decatur, AL ($18,460)
    • Enid, OK ($18,780)
    • Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($18,960)
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#14. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

Job description: Perform any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain private households or commercial establishments, such as hotels and hospitals, in a clean and orderly manner. Duties may include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, and vacuuming.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $23,590
  • #130 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 400

National

  • Annual mean salary: $28,010
  • Employment: 795,590
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Monroe, LA ($18,460)
    • Valdosta, GA ($18,730)
    • Alexandria, LA ($19,070)
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#13. Cashiers

Job description: Receive and disburse money in establishments other than financial institutions. May use electronic scanners, cash registers, or related equipment. May process credit or debit card transactions and validate checks.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $22,280
  • #75 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 1,940

National

  • Annual mean salary: $25,710
  • Employment: 3,333,100
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Hattiesburg, MS ($19,530)
    • Monroe, LA ($19,780)
    • Albany, GA ($20,320)
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#12. Hotel, motel and resort desk clerks

Job description: Accommodate hotel, motel, and resort patrons by registering and assigning rooms to guests, issuing room keys or cards, transmitting and receiving messages, keeping records of occupied rooms and guests’ accounts, making and confirming reservations, and presenting statements to and collecting payments from departing guests.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $21,710
  • #63 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 110

National

  • Annual mean salary: $26,900
  • Employment: 222,550
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Decatur, AL ($18,020)
    • Dalton, GA ($18,450)
    • Monroe, LA ($18,500)
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#11. Tire repairers and changers

Job description: Repair and replace tires.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $21,540
  • #2 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: data not available

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)
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#10. Dishwashers

Job description: Clean dishes, kitchen, food preparation equipment, or utensils.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $21,320
  • #84 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 120

National

Annual mean salary: $25,600

  • Employment: 395,660
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL ($17,490)
    • Fond du Lac, WI ($18,400)
    • Muncie, IN ($18,550)
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#9. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Job description: Assist a preschool, elementary, middle, or secondary school teacher with instructional duties. Serve in a position for which a teacher has primary responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $20,850
  • #22 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 570

National

  • Annual mean salary: $30,630
  • Employment: 1,272,840
  • Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Alexandria, LA ($17,810)
    • Gadsden, AL ($18,110)
    • Hammond, LA ($18,740)
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#8. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

Job description: Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, beaches, or ski slopes, to provide assistance and protection to participants.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $20,410
  • #27 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 40

National

  • Annual mean salary: $27,050
  • Employment: 113,150
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Montgomery, AL ($17,440)
    • Athens-Clarke County, GA ($17,790)
    • Sheboygan, WI ($17,940)
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#7. Waiters and waitresses

Job description: Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $20,350
  • #54 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 1,160

National

  • Annual mean salary: $27,470
  • Employment: 1,944,240
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Brownsville-Harlingen, TX ($17,980)
    • Decatur, AL ($17,980)
    • Shreveport-Bossier City, LA ($18,060)
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#6. Amusement and recreation attendants

Job description: Perform a variety of attending duties at amusement or recreation facility. May schedule use of recreation facilities, maintain and provide equipment to participants of sporting events or recreational pursuits, or operate amusement concessions and rides.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $20,210
  • #40 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 140

National

  • Annual mean salary: $25,610
  • Employment: 248,190
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($18,040)
    • Lynchburg, VA ($18,600)
    • Auburn-Opelika, AL ($18,650)
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#5. Bartenders

Job description: Mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $20,050
  • #27 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 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)
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#4. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge and coffee shop

Job description: Welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $19,660
  • #43 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 230

National

  • Annual mean salary: $24,800
  • Employment: 316,700
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Decatur, AL ($17,940)
    • Gadsden, AL ($18,150)
    • New Bern, NC ($18,190)
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#3. Childcare workers

Job description: Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $19,650
  • #26 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 320

National

  • Annual mean salary: $26,790
  • Employment: 494,360
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Rome, GA ($17,330)
    • Dothan, AL ($18,370)
    • Warner Robins, GA ($18,440)
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#2. Fast food and counter workers

Job description: Perform duties such as taking orders and serving food and beverages. Serve customers at counter or from a steam table. May take payment. May prepare food and beverages.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $19,410
  • #20 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 2,630

National

  • Annual mean salary: $24,540
  • Employment: 3,450,120
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Dothan, AL ($18,690)
    • Mobile, AL ($18,750)
    • Montgomery, AL ($18,780)

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#1. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

Job description: Facilitate food service. Clean tables; remove dirty dishes; replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes; supply service bar with food; and serve items such as water, condiments, and coffee to patrons.

Terre Haute, IN

  • Annual mean salary: $19,390
  • #26 lowest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 150

National

  • Annual mean salary: $26,300
  • Employment: 374,940
  • Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
  • Metros with lowest average pay:
    • Monroe, LA ($18,090)
    • Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($18,100)
    • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX ($18,240)

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