Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-3023 Slaughterers and Meat Packers

Work in slaughtering, meat packing, or wholesale establishments performing precision functions involving the preparation of meat. Work may include specialized slaughtering tasks, cutting standard or premium cuts of meat for marketing, making sausage, or wrapping meats. Excludes "Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers" (51-3022) who perform routine meat cutting.


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)
79,370 2.7 % $11.99 $24,930 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.76 $10.05 $11.70 $13.70 $15.71
Annual Wage (2) $18,210 $20,910 $24,330 $28,500 $32,670


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 75,620 15.59 $12.03 $25,010
Grocery Stores 1,430 0.06 $11.25 $23,390
Employment Services 780 0.03 $9.47 $19,700
Specialty Food Stores 760 0.35 $12.56 $26,120
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 140 0.02 $10.34 $21,510

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 75,620 15.59 $12.03 $25,010
Specialty Food Stores 760 0.35 $12.56 $26,120
Grocery Stores 1,430 0.06 $11.25 $23,390
Employment Services 780 0.03 $9.47 $19,700
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 140 0.02 $10.34 $21,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty Food Stores 760 0.35 $12.56 $26,120
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 75,620 15.59 $12.03 $25,010
Grocery Stores 1,430 0.06 $11.25 $23,390
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 140 0.02 $10.34 $21,510
Employment Services 780 0.03 $9.47 $19,700


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)
North Carolina 10,940 2.82 4.63 $11.42 $23,750
Minnesota 7,830 2.96 4.87 $12.85 $26,730
Texas 7,380 0.70 1.14 $11.09 $23,070
Illinois 4,830 0.86 1.40 $14.92 $31,030
Iowa 4,320 2.94 4.82 $11.99 $24,930




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)
Nebraska 3,220 3.52 5.78 $12.24 $25,460
Minnesota 7,830 2.96 4.87 $12.85 $26,730
Iowa 4,320 2.94 4.82 $11.99 $24,930
North Carolina 10,940 2.82 4.63 $11.42 $23,750
Kansas 2,660 2.01 3.30 $12.50 $25,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 4,830 0.86 1.40 $14.92 $31,030
Oregon 350 0.21 0.35 $14.38 $29,910
Alaska 60 0.17 0.29 $14.02 $29,150
Michigan 880 0.23 0.37 $13.79 $28,690
Washington 980 0.36 0.58 $13.43 $27,940





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)
Amarillo, TX 1,240 11.32 18.58 $13.33 $27,720
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.33 0.55 $12.80 $26,630
Fresno, CA 1,000 3.17 5.21 $11.16 $23,220
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 950 1.18 1.93 $12.73 $26,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 800 0.21 0.34 $10.82 $22,510
Salt Lake City, UT 780 1.26 2.07 $12.29 $25,570
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 620 0.29 0.48 $8.61 $17,920
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 610 3.44 5.64 $12.91 $26,850
Columbia, SC 560 1.66 2.72 $10.54 $21,920
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 540 0.61 1.00 $10.16 $21,120




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)
Amarillo, TX 1,240 11.32 18.58 $13.33 $27,720
San Angelo, TX 400 9.06 14.87 $9.93 $20,650
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 610 3.44 5.64 $12.91 $26,850
Fresno, CA 1,000 3.17 5.21 $11.16 $23,220
Fort Smith, AR-OK 260 2.30 3.77 $8.51 $17,700
Harrisonburg, VA 130 2.17 3.56 $11.91 $24,780
Columbia, SC 560 1.66 2.72 $10.54 $21,920
Longview, WA 50 1.61 2.65 $12.12 $25,200
Salt Lake City, UT 780 1.26 2.07 $12.29 $25,570
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 950 1.18 1.93 $12.73 $26,490




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)
Boulder, CO 40 0.23 0.37 $15.88 $33,030
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 180 0.18 0.30 $15.60 $32,450
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 460 0.25 0.41 $15.10 $31,400
Logan, UT-ID (8) (8) (8) $14.13 $29,380
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 190 0.22 0.36 $13.76 $28,620
Pittsburgh, PA 220 0.20 0.32 $13.43 $27,940
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $13.41 $27,890
Amarillo, TX 1,240 11.32 18.58 $13.33 $27,720
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.08 $13.25 $27,570
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 260 0.18 0.30 $12.97 $26,980

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)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 7,290 25.11 41.22 $11.85 $24,650
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 3,190 18.26 29.97 $12.56 $26,130
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 3,150 25.92 42.55 $12.92 $26,870
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 2,370 9.36 15.37 $11.04 $22,970
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 2,110 11.66 19.15 $10.70 $22,260

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)
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 1,520 27.33 44.86 $12.93 $26,890
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 3,150 25.92 42.55 $12.92 $26,870
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 7,290 25.11 41.22 $11.85 $24,650
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 3,190 18.26 29.97 $12.56 $26,130
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 2,110 11.66 19.15 $10.70 $22,260

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)
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 0.69 $14.30 $29,750
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 700 3.91 6.42 $13.51 $28,110
West Central Utah nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.50 $28,080
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 0.80 $13.38 $27,830
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 920 3.91 6.42 $12.96 $26,960


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