Lowest-Paid Workers Mostly in Food Industry

And what, we were surprised by this?
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While we may spend most of our days eating ramen on our writers' salaries, we will say that looking at this list of the worst-paid occupations of all time does make us count our blessings.

According to the Labor Department's latest numbers, seven out of the 10 lowest-paying jobs are in the food or hospitality industry. Shampooers are at the bottom of the list, making some $18,600 a year, but food prep and servers only make $120 more, at $18,720 a year.

Fast-food cooks and dishwashers are next on the ladder ($18,780 and $18,930, respectively); workers who work at cafeterias, concession stands, and coffee shops make $19,430.

Meanwhile, hosts and hostesses make $19,570 (we're not sure if Girls' Marnie was making much more, but she must to afford a New York apartment); meanwhile, dining room, cafeteria, and bartender helpers make $19,690.

Finally, the last of the lot, farm workers and laborers tend to make $19,990 a year. And while that is some $1,300 more than shampooers, when compared to the average pay for all occupations ($45,790), it's all a little disheartening. Come on; Guy Fieri makes $100,000 an hour for speaking. Surely we can pay our farmers a little bit more?

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