We spend a lot of time writing about jobs and job growth, sometimes perhaps emphasizing the number of jobs being added to the economy without a lot of attention to the size of the paychecks.
And sometimes we note the share of jobs that pay well or pay badly – since the income of consumers has a lot to with how much they can spend at their neighborhood restaurant or retail store or, for that matter, on their monthly mortgage payment.
A lot of the jobs added to the Georgia economy are, for certain, in sectors that do not typically reimburse generously.
But just what are those jobs, anyhow?
Zippia, a San Francisco-based firm that specializes in career information, has (ahem) zipped through the federal data and come up with a list of the top – or maybe it’s the bottom? – 100 lowest-paying jobs in the state.
The dubious honor of lowest average salary is held by the position of hostess at a restaurant, lounge or coffee shop: $17,980.
But that’s not all so common a job – there are just 12,700 of these people in the state, Zippia says. The second-lowest average pay is for food preparation and serving workers, including those in fast good: There are eight times as many of them and they average $18,100 a year.
As context, the Census Bureau’s most recent estimate puts the median household income for Georgia at $49,321.
Among the metro area’s five core counties, Cobb has the highest median income, $65,522 and Clayton the lowest, $43,311.
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