Who makes less than $15/hour in New York area

More than 2.5 million people in the New York metropolitan area work in jobs in which the average hourly wage is less than $15, according to the most recent estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here are the job titles, broken down into categories. In four cases, the table includes an overall employment estimate for an entire category if the average wage for the whole category is less than $15 an hour. The metropolitan area includes Long Island, New York City and northern New Jersey. You can read more about the minimum wage.



JobEstimated total employment Average hourly wage
Food Preparation and Serving-Related Occupations644,120 $12.44
Cooks, Fast Food17,470 $10.22
Cooks, RestaurantNot available $13.67
Cooks, Short Order8,050 $11.43
Cooks, All Other1,250 $13.28
Food Preparation Workers57,550 $11.80
Bartenders33,970 $12.44
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food134,510 $10.14
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee ShopNot available $10.11
Waiters and Waitresses137,570 $12.42
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant18,840 $14.50
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers30,780 $10.72
Dishwashers27,260 $10.32
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop17,910 $11.27
Food Preparation and Serving-Related Workers, All Other2,100 $11.94
Personal Care and Service Occupations320,490 $14.03
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers9,620 $12.34
Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners860 $14.94
Motion Picture Projectionists390 $14.28
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers7,760 $12.85
Amusement and Recreation Attendants14,690 $10.81
Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants1,880 $14.03
Entertainment Attendants and Related Workers, All Other150 $13.71
Funeral AttendantsNot available $13.48
Barbers1,660 $12.14
Manicurists and Pedicurists19,730 $10.02
Shampooers3,710 $9.45
Childcare Workers48,320 $12.70
Personal Care Aides103,720 $11.58
Recreation Workers24,020 $13.82
Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other2,800 $13.81
Sales and Related Occupations  
Cashiers181,640 $10.47
Gaming Change Persons and Booth CashiersNot available $13.20
Counter and Rental Clerks16,640 $14.48
Retail Salespersons305,790 $13.12
Telemarketers7,010 $14.98
Door-to-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers450 $12.94
Healthcare Support Occupations348,040 $14.17
Home Health Aides146,900 $10.59
Physical Therapist Aides5,330 $13.27
Pharmacy Aides2,160 $13.13
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers2,570 $13.62
Office and Administrative Support  
Tellers31,780 $14.04
File Clerks13,160 $14.03
Library Assistants, Clerical7,630 $14.15
Receptionists and Information Clerks97,660 $14.68
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers120,700 $12.48
Transportation and Material Moving  
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians2,340 $12.98
Driver/Sales Workers17,620 $14.51
Parking Lot Attendants15,950 $11.06
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants8,830 $9.80
Transportation Attendants, Except Flight AttendantsNot available $10.88
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment15,720 $14.44
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand120,400 $13.79
Machine Feeders and Offbearers3,440 $11.94
Packers and Packagers, Hand41,020 $11.14
Production Occupations  
Team Assemblers17,630 $13.33
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other9,690 $14.24
Bakers9,410 $13.40
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers3,550 $12.29
Slaughterers and Meat Packers860 $12.51
Food Batchmakers5,790 $12.67
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders1,980 $12.23
Food Processing Workers, All Other800 $11.14
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic2,220 $13.48
Pourers and Casters, Metal50 $14.68
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1,370 $13.91
Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic590 $14.78
Print Binding and Finishing Workers2,140 $14.39
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers16,220 $11.46
Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials3,230 $9.88
Sewing Machine Operators12,760 $11.72
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers460 $12.38
Sewers, Hand560 $13.59
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders280 $12.94
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders1,060 $12.78
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders460 $11.64
Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders150 $12.84
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers90 $12.35
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other1,100 $13.30
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood400 $14.85
Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand1,210 $14.85
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders18,970 $12.83
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders470 $13.90
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders110 $14.70
Tire Builders140 $11.16
Helpers--Production Workers12,620 $11.81
Production Workers, All Other5,480 $14.80
Buildings and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance  
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers43,770 $14.79
Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other2,960 $12.51
Protective Services  
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers7,920 $11.30
Protective Service Workers, All Other13,230 $13.58
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations2,440 $14.93
Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products120 $10.58
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse1,430 $11.81
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch and Aquacultural Animals330 $12.52
Construction and Extraction  
Helpers--Carpenters2,930 $13.03
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers and Stucco Masons510 $13.56
Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other740 $14.96
Installation, Maintenance, Repair  
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers570 $14.03
Bicycle RepairersNot available $14.82
Tire Repairers and Changers3,190 $14.04
Art, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media  
Floral Designers2,930 $14.82
Community and Social Service  
Religious Workers, All OtherNot available $14.42
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