(Forbes) It’s no surprise that fast food workers, cashiers and amusement park attendants don’t pull in a pretty penny on the job—but did you know most legislators, firefighters and surgical technologists earn fairly small paychecks, too?
Forbes combed through data gathered annually by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a division of the Labor Department, to find the 13 most surprising low-paying jobs. The BLS culls its information from surveys it mails to businesses, and it releases its Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Data each spring. The report shares information about hundreds of occupations, including hourly and annual wages, total numbers of workers in the profession, and the states and metro areas that pay the best.
To make the cut for our list, the average pay of employees in the profession had to be less than $50,000—when you’d think it would be more.