Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
160,920 2.5 % $11.47 $23,850 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.40 $9.45 $11.12 $13.28 $14.83
Annual Wage (2) $17,460 $19,660 $23,120 $27,620 $30,850


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 112,490 23.24 $11.64 $24,220
Grocery Stores 20,060 0.79 $11.36 $23,640
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 13,370 39.73 $10.26 $21,340
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 6,610 0.90 $11.80 $24,540
Specialty Food Stores 4,820 2.16 $11.18 $23,240

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 13,370 39.73 $10.26 $21,340
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 112,490 23.24 $11.64 $24,220
Specialty Food Stores 4,820 2.16 $11.18 $23,240
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 6,610 0.90 $11.80 $24,540
Grocery Stores 20,060 0.79 $11.36 $23,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Direct Selling Establishments 50 0.03 $15.09 $31,390
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing (8) (8) $12.70 $26,410
Other General Merchandise Stores 1,150 0.06 $12.31 $25,600
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 6,610 0.90 $11.80 $24,540
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 112,490 23.24 $11.64 $24,220


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 14,360 7.79 6.42 $10.99 $22,860
Georgia 12,500 3.22 2.65 $9.99 $20,770
Nebraska 11,620 12.54 10.33 $13.43 $27,940
Texas 9,320 0.85 0.70 $10.20 $21,220
Mississippi 8,930 8.24 6.79 $10.78 $22,420




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 5,040 15.63 12.88 $9.68 $20,130
Nebraska 11,620 12.54 10.33 $13.43 $27,940
Delaware 4,140 10.05 8.28 $11.26 $23,420
Mississippi 8,930 8.24 6.79 $10.78 $22,420
Alabama 14,360 7.79 6.42 $10.99 $22,860




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 70 0.11 0.09 $15.45 $32,130
Connecticut 150 0.09 0.08 $14.78 $30,730
Massachusetts 830 0.26 0.21 $14.54 $30,240
Utah 1,080 0.87 0.71 $14.35 $29,860
Pennsylvania 2,180 0.39 0.32 $13.96 $29,050





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 3,720 1.61 1.33 $9.97 $20,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,460 0.87 0.72 $10.68 $22,220
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,510 12.05 9.93 $11.20 $23,300
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,380 0.45 0.37 $11.61 $24,140
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,160 1.49 1.23 $12.03 $25,020
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,030 0.55 0.45 $11.78 $24,500
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,940 4.23 3.49 $11.57 $24,070
Gainesville, GA 1,810 24.43 20.13 $9.76 $20,300
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,760 2.43 2.00 $9.41 $19,570
Harrisonburg, VA 1,670 28.45 23.44 $12.09 $25,140




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 1,670 28.45 23.44 $12.09 $25,140
Gainesville, GA 1,810 24.43 20.13 $9.76 $20,300
Fort Smith, AR-OK 1,380 12.36 10.19 $10.33 $21,480
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,510 12.05 9.93 $11.20 $23,300
Columbus, GA-AL 1,320 11.79 9.71 $12.00 $24,960
Tuscaloosa, AL 700 7.63 6.29 $10.82 $22,500
Pine Bluff, AR 250 7.62 6.28 $11.28 $23,450
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 1,350 7.50 6.18 $13.50 $28,070
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,940 4.23 3.49 $11.57 $24,070
Mobile, AL 620 3.72 3.06 $10.92 $22,710




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 250 0.14 0.12 $18.69 $38,870
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $18.06 $37,560
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 70 0.17 0.14 $16.31 $33,930
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 30 0.40 0.33 $15.92 $33,110
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 50 0.46 0.38 $15.09 $31,380
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 770 0.42 0.35 $15.08 $31,360
Yakima, WA (8) (8) (8) $14.63 $30,440
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 200 0.83 0.68 $14.63 $30,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 350 0.15 0.12 $14.51 $30,180
Lebanon, PA (8) (8) (8) $14.43 $30,010

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 4,970 12.83 10.57 $13.22 $27,490
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 4,130 55.91 46.06 $9.11 $18,950
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 4,080 57.77 47.60 $11.27 $23,430
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 3,880 29.82 24.57 $10.29 $21,410
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 3,620 12.26 10.10 $10.30 $21,420

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 4,080 57.77 47.60 $11.27 $23,430
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 4,130 55.91 46.06 $9.11 $18,950
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 2,530 30.22 24.90 $11.18 $23,260
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 3,880 29.82 24.57 $10.29 $21,410
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 1,330 28.34 23.35 $9.86 $20,510

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)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.49 $30,140
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.42 $30,000
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 100 0.61 0.50 $14.38 $29,900
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.13 $29,390
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.02 $29,160


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014