|Quick Facts: Butchers|
|2014 Median Pay||
$28,660 per year
$13.78 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||No formal educational credential|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Long-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2014||139,000|
|Job Outlook, 2014-24||5% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2014-24||7,000|
Butchers cut, trim, and package meat for retail sale.
Although most butchers 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 learn their skills on the job. No formal education is required.
The median annual wage for butchers was $28,660 in May 2014.
Employment of butchers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Because the work is physically demanding, many job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation each year.
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