Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
137,350 1.6 % $14.88 $30,940 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.23 $10.85 $14.01 $18.04 $22.51
Annual Wage (2) $19,200 $22,570 $29,130 $37,520 $46,820


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 99,630 3.73 $14.79 $30,760
Specialty Food Stores 11,980 5.22 $14.14 $29,410
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 11,010 2.27 $14.08 $29,280
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,990 0.38 $17.83 $37,090
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 3,880 0.52 $14.95 $31,090

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 11,980 5.22 $14.14 $29,410
Grocery Stores 99,630 3.73 $14.79 $30,760
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 11,010 2.27 $14.08 $29,280
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 3,880 0.52 $14.95 $31,090
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,990 0.38 $17.83 $37,090

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) 1,290 0.06 $21.23 $44,170
Traveler Accommodation 160 0.01 $17.99 $37,410
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,990 0.38 $17.83 $37,090
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 (7) $16.77 $34,870
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 40 0.01 $15.48 $32,190


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 20,650 1.33 1.34 $14.51 $30,180
Florida 10,650 1.34 1.35 $14.35 $29,840
Texas 10,470 0.90 0.91 $12.68 $26,380
Illinois 7,740 1.32 1.33 $13.57 $28,220
Ohio 5,960 1.13 1.13 $15.54 $32,320



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 1.75 1.76 $12.19 $25,360
Montana 780 1.74 1.74 $14.72 $30,610
South Dakota 700 1.70 1.70 $14.03 $29,180
Florida 10,650 1.34 1.35 $14.35 $29,840
California 20,650 1.33 1.34 $14.51 $30,180



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 240 0.75 0.75 $20.60 $42,860
Connecticut 780 0.47 0.47 $20.23 $42,080
Massachusetts 1,860 0.55 0.55 $19.76 $41,110
New Jersey 3,440 0.88 0.88 $19.40 $40,350
Hawaii 510 0.82 0.83 $18.91 $39,340




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 5,510 1.34 1.35 $13.48 $28,030
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,810 1.35 1.35 $13.73 $28,560
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,370 0.67 0.68 $19.14 $39,810
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,710 0.93 0.93 $12.10 $25,160
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,240 0.90 0.91 $13.66 $28,420
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,110 1.56 1.57 $13.06 $27,160
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,870 1.71 1.72 $12.47 $25,940
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,740 1.33 1.33 $14.67 $30,510
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,660 1.57 1.58 $14.54 $30,250
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.68 0.68 $13.45 $27,970