Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
158,480 2.7 % $11.39 $23,690 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.35 $9.42 $10.98 $13.09 $14.76
Annual Wage (2) $17,380 $19,600 $22,830 $27,230 $30,690


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 110,480 22.77 $11.44 $23,790
Grocery Stores 19,620 0.79 $11.27 $23,430
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 14,610 42.65 $10.76 $22,380
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 5,400 0.75 $12.13 $25,220
Specialty Food Stores 4,510 2.08 $12.10 $25,170

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 14,610 42.65 $10.76 $22,380
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 110,480 22.77 $11.44 $23,790
Specialty Food Stores 4,510 2.08 $12.10 $25,170
Grocery Stores 19,620 0.79 $11.27 $23,430
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 5,400 0.75 $12.13 $25,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other General Merchandise Stores 970 0.06 $12.90 $26,840
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 5,400 0.75 $12.13 $25,220
Animal Food Manufacturing 100 0.20 $12.11 $25,190
Specialty Food Stores 4,510 2.08 $12.10 $25,170
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 110,480 22.77 $11.44 $23,790


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)
Alabama 13,230 7.25 5.96 $10.87 $22,610
Nebraska 11,380 12.43 10.22 $13.60 $28,280
Georgia 9,200 2.41 1.98 $10.05 $20,910
Mississippi 8,820 8.16 6.71 $9.92 $20,640
Texas 8,770 0.83 0.68 $10.41 $21,660




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)
Alaska 5,090 15.96 13.12 $9.89 $20,560
Nebraska 11,380 12.43 10.22 $13.60 $28,280
Delaware 4,640 11.44 9.41 $10.95 $22,780
Mississippi 8,820 8.16 6.71 $9.92 $20,640
Alabama 13,230 7.25 5.96 $10.87 $22,610




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 140 0.09 0.07 $15.12 $31,440
Massachusetts 930 0.29 0.24 $14.64 $30,440
Utah (8) (8) (8) $14.22 $29,570
Nebraska 11,380 12.43 10.22 $13.60 $28,280
South Dakota 1,780 4.47 3.68 $13.47 $28,010





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)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,600 1.59 1.31 $9.75 $20,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,430 0.89 0.73 $10.38 $21,580
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,050 2.17 1.78 $14.44 $30,040
Gainesville, GA 2,820 39.41 32.40 $10.08 $20,980
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,720 0.53 0.43 $12.45 $25,890
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,440 12.02 9.88 $11.18 $23,260
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,870 4.16 3.42 $13.74 $28,590
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,770 0.49 0.40 $12.82 $26,660
Harrisonburg, VA 1,630 28.26 23.24 $11.05 $22,980
Fort Smith, AR-OK 1,390 12.30 10.12 $9.67 $20,110




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 2,820 39.41 32.40 $10.08 $20,980
Harrisonburg, VA 1,630 28.26 23.24 $11.05 $22,980
Fort Smith, AR-OK 1,390 12.30 10.12 $9.67 $20,110
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,440 12.02 9.88 $11.18 $23,260
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 460 10.79 8.87 $12.28 $25,530
Tuscaloosa, AL 730 8.19 6.73 $10.30 $21,420
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 1,090 6.11 5.02 $13.09 $27,230
Jackson, MS 1,160 4.61 3.79 $10.16 $21,140
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,870 4.16 3.42 $13.74 $28,590
Bellingham, WA 250 3.27 2.69 $11.08 $23,040




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)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $18.10 $37,640
Barnstable Town, MA 30 0.34 0.28 $17.18 $35,740
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 100 0.98 0.81 $16.79 $34,930
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 60 0.13 0.11 $16.70 $34,730
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY (8) (8) (8) $16.36 $34,030
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 280 0.16 0.13 $16.08 $33,440
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.47 0.39 $15.76 $32,780
Binghamton, NY 50 0.49 0.40 $14.62 $30,410
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 80 0.16 0.13 $14.62 $30,400
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 910 0.50 0.41 $14.47 $30,090

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 5,180 13.52 11.11 $12.85 $26,720
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 4,550 65.12 53.54 $10.94 $22,750
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 4,310 34.56 28.41 $9.44 $19,640
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 4,180 57.03 46.88 $9.36 $19,480
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 3,750 12.93 10.63 $9.95 $20,690

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 4,550 65.12 53.54 $10.94 $22,750
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 4,180 57.03 46.88 $9.36 $19,480
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 3,030 35.83 29.45 $11.00 $22,870
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 4,310 34.56 28.41 $9.44 $19,640
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 1,350 28.72 23.61 (8) (8)

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)
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 1.26 1.03 $14.18 $29,490
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.87 $28,850
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.79 $28,680
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.62 $28,340
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 0.22 $13.51 $28,090


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013