The 25 Worst Paying Jobs in New York State
New York State is not exactly the most affordable place to live, and if your job is on this list, you're probably very familiar with the cost of living.
I've found myself working a few of these jobs in my travels and I can absolutely confirm that I was underpaid. These are some of the most physically and mentally draining jobs that exist, and yet the people who work them can barely survive on their salaries. Add having a family into the mix and there's simply no way to afford to survive without a second job.
Coming in at number four, being a cashier was an especially horrible job. Young James was only 16 years old getting screamed at by daytime shoppers for saying they can't return something without a receipt. And I can't seem to recall any good interactions I had in my time behind the register.
Now teenage James was more than happy to take the low pay since he had no bills that needed to be taken care of, but if I was still behind the register now I would be absolutely miserable. Cashiers certainly deserve more pay and there's no reason why they can't sit down.
And anybody who works in the back of house at a restaurant or bar deserves a huge pay raise. Most times they don't even get to split tips with bartenders and servers. And I've never seen anything more chaotic in my life than the back of house during a dinner rush.
They all deserve hefty raises and if you disagree, just remember that they're the ones that are handling your food so you might want to keep them happy. Not saying I've seen chicken hit the floor before getting grilled for 10 more seconds and thrown back on the plate, but that would be less likely to happen if the back of house staff felt like their labors were appreciated a little bit more.
So according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report from May 2021, here's the list of the 25 worst paying jobs in New York State.