|Quick Facts: Butchers and Meat Cutters|
|2012 Median Pay||
$28,490 per year
$13.70 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Long-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||136,700|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||5% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||6,500|
Butchers and meat cutters cut, trim, and package meat for retail sale.
Although most butchers and meat cutters work in grocery stores and specialty meat shops, some work in animal slaughtering and processing plants. The work can be physically demanding and may include exposure to repetitive motions, dangerous equipment, and cold temperatures.
Butchers and meat cutters learn their skills through long-term on-the-job training. No formal education is required.
The median annual wage for butchers and meat cutters was $28,490 in May 2012.
Employment of butchers and meat cutters is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Because the work is physically demanding, most job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation each year.
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