The 10 Worst Jobs in 2017 All Pay Under $50,000

A roach crawling across the floor
A roach needing to be exterminated by pest control | Luis Davilla/Cover/Getty Images

Bad jobs are a dime a dozen — and often don’t pay much more than that either. We’ve all had our fair share of bad jobs. Perhaps you were overworked and under appreciated, felt a lack of fulfillment, or simply found the work to be undesirable for your mental, physical, and financial health. In an economy filled with more than 150 million jobs, which jobs are the worst?
To answer that question, CareerCast analyzed job environments, salaries, income growth potential, career outlook, and several other stress factors to determine which 200 professions are among the most and least desirable. Despite the headline unemployment rate hovering around 5%, a lack of employment opportunities was the primary force placing many of the worst jobs at the bottom of the list.
The best jobs involve computer and number related professions, like data scientist, statistician, and software engineer. However, the worst jobs include a variety of occupations — everything from sales positions to pest control. Let’s take a closer look at the 10 worst jobs in America in 2017, all of which pay under $50,000 a year.

10. Taxi driver

  • Annual median salary: $23,510
  • Growth outlook: 13%

9. Retail salesperson

Shoppers look at laptop computers inside a Best Buy store
Because dealing with consumers all day is always a pleasant experience | MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Annual median salary: $22,040
  • Growth outlook: 7%

8. Firefighter

firefighter carrying equipment over to the truck
Hard, dangerous work for modest pay takes its toll |
  • Annual median salary: $46,870
  • Growth outlook: 5%

7. Advertising sales person

It’s tough always trying to sell yourself (and ad space) | The Office/NBC
  • Annual median salary: $48,490
  • Growth outlook: -3%

6. Disc Jockey

DJ Khaled holds a microphone while performing on stage
You have your work cut out for you if you want to become the next big thing in music | Rick Diamond/Getty Images
  • Annual median salary: $30,080
  • Growth outlook: -11%

5. Pest control worker

plate full of bugs
Somebody needs to take care of the bugs, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good job |
  • Annual median salary: $32,162
  • Growth outlook: -1%

4. Enlisted military personnel

Running soldiers carrying weapons
U.S. soldiers |
  • Annual median salary: $27,936
  • Growth outlook: N/A

3. Logger

Nope. That’s what most people are thinking after seeing a logger at work. | AX Men
  • Annual median salary: $36,210
  • Growth outlook: 4%

2. Broadcaster

ESPN continues to layoff employees who don’t strike a nerve with viewers | ESPN
  • Annual median salary: $37,720
  • Growth outlook: -13%

1. Newspaper reporter

Newspaper readers
Newspapers were so yesterday. Everything is on the interwebs these days. | George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images
  • Annual median salary: $36,360
  • Growth outlook: -9%

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