Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
134,210 1.5 % $14.42 $30,000 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.73 $10.42 $13.70 $17.75 $21.78
Annual Wage (2) $18,150 $21,670 $28,490 $36,920 $45,300


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 100,030 4.00 $14.43 $30,010
Specialty Food Stores 12,360 5.69 $13.72 $28,530
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 8,600 1.77 $13.46 $28,000
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,310 0.39 $16.40 $34,110
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 3,420 0.48 $14.07 $29,270

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 12,360 5.69 $13.72 $28,530
Grocery Stores 100,030 4.00 $14.43 $30,010
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 8,600 1.77 $13.46 $28,000
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 3,420 0.48 $14.07 $29,270
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,310 0.39 $16.40 $34,110

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) 1,140 0.06 $21.41 $44,530
Management of Companies and Enterprises 70 (7) $17.39 $36,170
Traveler Accommodation 120 0.01 $17.03 $35,430
Warehousing and Storage 130 0.02 $16.57 $34,460
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,310 0.39 $16.40 $34,110


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 20,280 1.42 1.38 $14.54 $30,240
Texas 10,920 1.03 1.00 $12.05 $25,070
Florida 8,830 1.21 1.18 $13.60 $28,290
Pennsylvania 7,790 1.39 1.35 $14.98 $31,150
Illinois 7,330 1.30 1.26 $13.60 $28,300




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 2,850 1.94 1.88 $11.82 $24,590
New Hampshire 900 1.47 1.43 $15.47 $32,180
Montana 620 1.44 1.40 $13.34 $27,750
South Dakota 570 1.43 1.39 $12.90 $26,840
California 20,280 1.42 1.38 $14.54 $30,240




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 850 0.52 0.51 $20.35 $42,320
New York 5,170 0.61 0.59 $19.56 $40,680
Alaska 270 0.84 0.81 $19.08 $39,680
Hawaii 480 0.81 0.79 $19.05 $39,630
Massachusetts 2,000 0.63 0.61 $19.03 $39,580





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 5,040 1.30 1.26 $12.89 $26,810
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,810 1.32 1.28 $13.31 $27,690
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,800 1.54 1.49 $15.91 $33,080
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,770 0.54 0.52 $20.64 $42,940
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,630 1.86 1.81 $12.26 $25,490
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,410 0.91 0.89 $12.37 $25,730
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,930 0.92 0.89 $11.50 $23,910
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,860 1.86 1.80 $12.70 $26,410
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,760 0.78 0.76 $12.75 $26,510
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,740 1.42 1.38 $14.29 $29,710