Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

51-3021 Butchers and Meat Cutters

Cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
125,910 1.8 % $14.51 $30,190 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.69 $10.50 $13.75 $17.97 $21.88
Annual Wage (2) $18,060 $21,850 $28,600 $37,380 $45,500


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grocery Stores 89,550 3.62 $14.69 $30,550
Specialty Food Stores 12,770 6.02 $13.42 $27,910
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 11,010 2.23 $13.16 $27,380
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,000 0.40 $15.61 $32,460
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 3,220 0.45 $14.78 $30,750

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty Food Stores 12,770 6.02 $13.42 $27,910
Grocery Stores 89,550 3.62 $14.69 $30,550
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 11,010 2.23 $13.16 $27,380
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 3,220 0.45 $14.78 $30,750
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,000 0.40 $15.61 $32,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,160 0.06 $21.28 $44,270
Traveler Accommodation 140 0.01 $17.08 $35,540
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,000 0.40 $15.61 $32,460
Full-Service Restaurants 460 0.01 $15.25 $31,710
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 3,220 0.45 $14.78 $30,750


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 17,520 1.25 1.26 $15.00 $31,210
Texas 10,190 1.01 1.02 $12.06 $25,080
Illinois 6,880 1.24 1.26 $13.92 $28,960
Florida 6,810 0.96 0.97 $14.21 $29,560
Pennsylvania 6,550 1.19 1.21 $15.27 $31,760




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 2,680 1.86 1.88 $11.29 $23,480
North Dakota 600 1.68 1.70 $12.16 $25,300
South Dakota 540 1.38 1.40 $13.05 $27,140
North Carolina 5,040 1.34 1.35 $12.59 $26,180
Wyoming 350 1.30 1.31 $12.96 $26,950




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 770 0.48 0.48 $20.37 $42,360
New Jersey 2,760 0.73 0.74 $19.73 $41,030
Massachusetts 1,970 0.63 0.64 $19.46 $40,480
Alaska 290 0.93 0.94 $19.16 $39,860
Hawaii 470 0.83 0.83 $18.67 $38,830

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 4,210 1.19 1.20 $13.71 $28,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,900 1.02 1.03 $14.64 $30,450
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,370 0.68 0.68 $18.10 $37,660
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,490 1.81 1.83 $12.49 $25,980
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,440 0.98 0.99 $12.36 $25,710
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.88 0.89 $12.49 $25,980
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.98 0.99 $16.41 $34,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,530 0.67 0.68 $17.29 $35,950
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,500 0.68 0.69 $14.14 $29,400
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,490 1.57 1.58 $16.24 $33,780




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 300 5.86 5.92 $12.56 $26,130
Harrisonburg, VA 280 4.88 4.93 $11.06 $23,000
Gainesville, GA 330 4.81 4.85 $11.56 $24,040
Amarillo, TX 510 4.73 4.77 $11.21 $23,320
Merced, CA 270 4.65 4.69 $14.77 $30,720
Yakima, WA 220 2.75 2.77 $13.13 $27,300
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 180 2.60 2.63 $10.83 $22,520
Fort Wayne, IN 500 2.57 2.59 $11.28 $23,470
Laredo, TX 210 2.53 2.56 $10.17 $21,160
Jefferson City, MO 180 2.47 2.50 $12.40 $25,790