Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

51-3022 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Use hand or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.


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)
163,080 2.9 % $11.27 $23,440 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.33 $9.37 $10.74 $12.49 $15.03
Annual Wage (2) $17,330 $19,500 $22,330 $25,980 $31,270


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)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 112,450 22.82 $11.12 $23,130
Grocery Stores 24,770 1.00 $11.89 $24,730
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 12,180 36.95 $10.45 $21,730
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 6,860 0.96 $12.40 $25,790
Specialty Food Stores 4,560 2.15 $11.99 $24,940

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 12,180 36.95 $10.45 $21,730
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 112,450 22.82 $11.12 $23,130
Specialty Food Stores 4,560 2.15 $11.99 $24,940
Grocery Stores 24,770 1.00 $11.89 $24,730
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 6,860 0.96 $12.40 $25,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other General Merchandise Stores 390 0.03 $13.08 $27,200
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 6,860 0.96 $12.40 $25,790
Limited-Service Eating Places (8) (8) $12.28 $25,540
Specialty Food Stores 4,560 2.15 $11.99 $24,940
Grocery Stores 24,770 1.00 $11.89 $24,730


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 13,120 0.94 0.73 $11.84 $24,640
Alabama 11,150 6.17 4.81 $10.09 $20,990
Nebraska 9,290 10.30 8.03 $13.49 $28,060
Texas 9,070 0.90 0.70 $10.32 $21,470
Georgia 8,490 2.27 1.77 $10.22 $21,250




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)
Delaware 4,960 12.46 9.71 $10.95 $22,780
Alaska 3,580 11.62 9.05 $10.20 $21,210
Nebraska 9,290 10.30 8.03 $13.49 $28,060
Mississippi 8,180 7.64 5.95 $9.83 $20,460
Arkansas 7,400 6.52 5.08 $10.30 $21,430




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,540 0.50 0.39 $13.99 $29,090
South Dakota 1,730 4.46 3.48 $13.69 $28,480
Nebraska 9,290 10.30 8.03 $13.49 $28,060
Hawaii 440 0.76 0.60 $13.14 $27,330
Arizona 1,020 0.43 0.34 $13.09 $27,230

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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,580 1.20 0.94 $11.62 $24,160
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 3,560 1.00 0.78 $11.41 $23,740
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,680 0.54 0.42 $13.10 $27,240
Gainesville, GA 2,670 39.28 30.61 $11.03 $22,940
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,570 13.38 10.43 $10.34 $21,510
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 2,560 5.78 4.50 $12.64 $26,290
Harrisonburg, VA 1,940 33.74 26.30 $10.47 $21,780
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,930 1.44 1.12 $14.96 $31,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,650 0.75 0.58 $9.72 $20,220
Fort Smith, AR-OK 1,590 13.80 10.75 $9.39 $19,520




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)
Gainesville, GA 2,670 39.28 30.61 $11.03 $22,940
Harrisonburg, VA 1,940 33.74 26.30 $10.47 $21,780
Fort Smith, AR-OK 1,590 13.80 10.75 $9.39 $19,520
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,570 13.38 10.43 $10.34 $21,510
Joplin, MO 740 9.90 7.72 $10.11 $21,030
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 670 7.96 6.21 $12.41 $25,810
San Angelo, TX 320 7.57 5.90 $12.00 $24,970
Amarillo, TX 650 6.07 4.73 $11.64 $24,210
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 240 5.83 4.54 $11.84 $24,630
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 2,560 5.78 4.50 $12.64 $26,290




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 90 0.88 0.69 $17.63 $36,680
Baltimore-Towson, MD 350 0.28 0.22 $15.81 $32,890
Napa, CA 40 0.66 0.52 $15.63 $32,500
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 210 0.42 0.33 $15.45 $32,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 520 0.23 0.18 $15.38 $31,990
Reno-Sparks, NV 60 0.31 0.24 $15.34 $31,900
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 60 0.32 0.25 $15.26 $31,750
Binghamton, NY 30 0.29 0.22 $15.02 $31,240
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 50 1.21 0.94 $14.97 $31,130
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,930 1.44 1.12 $14.96 $31,110

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 5,680 15.02 11.71 $12.53 $26,060
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 4,910 71.34 55.60 $10.94 $22,750
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 3,880 31.40 24.48 $9.98 $20,760
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 3,150 44.88 34.98 $10.06 $20,930
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 3,040 10.47 8.16 $10.28 $21,390

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 4,910 71.34 55.60 $10.94 $22,750
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 3,150 44.88 34.98 $10.06 $20,930
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 3,880 31.40 24.48 $9.98 $20,760
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 2,670 31.24 24.35 $10.68 $22,220
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 1,120 23.46 18.29 $19.15 $39,830

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 1,120 23.46 18.29 $19.15 $39,830
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.84 $30,880
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.74 0.58 $14.46 $30,070
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.64 $28,370
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.28 $27,630


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011