Here's another reason to start leaving bigger tips: the Labor Department's latest data on the how much American workers are paid.
Food service workers and their colleagues at bars and restaurants dominate the list of the lowest-paid professions, taking up six of the top 10 spots. Still, the people who shampoo your hair at the local salon take the top spot, at $18,600 per year. That's not much to live on, and if one of those workers is a single parent, it's not far above the poverty line, at around $15,800 for a single parent, according to the Census Bureau.
Below, the 10 lowest-paid workers as measured by average annual pay, according to Labor Department data from 2012:
|Occupation||Average Annual Wages|
|Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers||$18,720|
|Fast Food Cooks||$18,780|
|Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop||$19,430|
|Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurants, Lounge and Coffee Shop||$19,570|
|Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers||$19,690|
|Farm Workers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse||$19,990|
|Amusement and Recreation Attendants||$20,020|
|Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers||$20,320|
How does that stack up? All of these jobs have less than half the average pay for all occupations, which is $45,790. And the highest-paid workers in America, anesthesiologists, average more than 12 times the annual pay of the lowest-paid workers, shampooers.