Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
150,310 2.3 % $11.63 $24,190 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.49 $9.56 $11.23 $13.39 $14.99
Annual Wage (2) $17,650 $19,880 $23,350 $27,850 $31,180


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 102,740 21.18 $11.76 $24,470
Grocery Stores 19,980 0.76 $11.64 $24,220
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 12,360 37.12 $10.48 $21,790
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 7,620 1.04 $11.81 $24,560
Specialty Food Stores 4,330 1.91 $11.56 $24,050

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 12,360 37.12 $10.48 $21,790
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 102,740 21.18 $11.76 $24,470
Specialty Food Stores 4,330 1.91 $11.56 $24,050
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 7,620 1.04 $11.81 $24,560
Grocery Stores 19,980 0.76 $11.64 $24,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Food Manufacturing 130 0.23 $13.32 $27,700
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 70 0.02 $12.97 $26,970
Other General Merchandise Stores (8) (8) $12.48 $25,960
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 7,620 1.04 $11.81 $24,560
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 102,740 21.18 $11.76 $24,470


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 11,510 6.19 5.57 $10.54 $21,930
Nebraska 11,090 11.76 10.57 $13.65 $28,390
Georgia 10,420 2.62 2.35 $10.04 $20,870
Texas 9,800 0.87 0.78 $10.25 $21,320
California 8,920 0.59 0.53 $11.59 $24,110



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 4,550 14.01 12.60 $9.53 $19,830
Nebraska 11,090 11.76 10.57 $13.65 $28,390
Delaware 3,520 8.29 7.45 $11.36 $23,620
Mississippi 8,840 8.08 7.27 $11.13 $23,150
Alabama 11,510 6.19 5.57 $10.54 $21,930



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 740 0.29 0.26 $17.48 $36,360
Massachusetts 1,170 0.35 0.32 $14.57 $30,310
Vermont 260 0.85 0.76 $14.04 $29,200
Pennsylvania 2,190 0.39 0.35 $13.81 $28,730
Nebraska 11,090 11.76 10.57 $13.65 $28,390




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 3,640 0.90 0.81 $11.09 $23,070
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,650 12.34 11.09 $11.44 $23,780
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,600 1.09 0.98 $9.68 $20,130
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 2,370 5.08 4.56 $11.91 $24,770
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,230 0.41 0.37 $12.18 $25,340
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,180 0.58 0.52 $11.86 $24,670
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,850 1.24 1.11 $12.53 $26,070
Gainesville, GA 1,770 23.14 20.80 $9.66 $20,090
Harrisonburg, VA 1,760 29.42 26.45 $11.88 $24,720
Fort Smith, AR-OK 1,430 12.64 11.36 $10.53 $21,910



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)
Harrisonburg, VA 1,760 29.42 26.45 $11.88 $24,720
Gainesville, GA 1,770 23.14 20.80 $9.66 $20,090
Fort Smith, AR-OK 1,430 12.64 11.36 $10.53 $21,910
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,650 12.34 11.09 $11.44 $23,780
Amarillo, TX 1,200 10.67 9.59 $13.30 $27,670
Pine Bluff, AR 220 6.95 6.25 $11.49 $23,900
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 1,100 6.07 5.46 $13.77 $28,630
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 2,370 5.08 4.56 $11.91 $24,770
Green Bay, WI 750 4.54 4.08 $13.65 $28,400
Bellingham, WA 330 4.19 3.77 $11.41 $23,740



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)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 60 0.14 0.12 $16.93 $35,220
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 480 0.27 0.24 $16.70 $34,730
Baltimore-Towson, MD 140 0.11 0.10 $16.50 $34,330
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA (8) (8) (8) $16.12 $33,530
Springfield, MA-CT 40 0.15 0.14 $15.55 $32,340
Albuquerque, NM 40 0.12 0.10 $15.51 $32,260
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.23 0.20 $15.14 $31,490
Salisbury, MD 70 1.44 1.30 $14.77 $30,720
Syracuse, NY (8) (8) (8) $14.63 $30,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 370 0.16 0.14 $14.52 $30,210

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 4,470 11.51 10.35 $13.72 $28,530
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 3,950 30.12 27.07 $10.69 $22,240
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 3,730 49.38 44.39 $9.47 $19,690
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 3,360 24.17 21.73 $10.69 $22,240
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 2,840 39.15 35.20 $11.52 $23,970

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 3,730 49.38 44.39 $9.47 $19,690
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 2,840 39.15 35.20 $11.52 $23,970
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 3,950 30.12 27.07 $10.69 $22,240
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 1,370 29.20 26.25 $10.25 $21,320
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 3,360 24.17 21.73 $10.69 $22,240

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 0.29 $15.16 $31,540
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 0.43 $14.72 $30,620
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.64 $30,440
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.56 $30,290
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 150 2.29 2.06 $14.47 $30,100


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015