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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Butchers and Meat Cutters
Industry profile for Butchers and Meat Cutters
Geographic profile for Butchers and Meat Cutters

National estimates for Butchers and Meat Cutters: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Butchers and Meat Cutters:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
142,220 3.0 % $ 16.65 $ 34,630 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Butchers and Meat Cutters:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.68 $ 12.96 $ 15.82 $ 19.68 $ 24.25
Annual Wage (2) $ 22,210 $ 26,950 $ 32,900 $ 40,930 $ 50,440


Industry profile for Butchers and Meat Cutters: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Butchers and Meat Cutters are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Butchers and Meat Cutters, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Butchers and Meat Cutters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 116,060 3.99 $ 16.47 $ 34,250
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 8,960 1.68 $ 16.06 $ 33,400
General Merchandise Stores 8,170 0.27 $ 18.91 $ 39,330
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 4,770 0.50 $ 17.24 $ 35,860
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 1,560 0.02 $ 14.99 $ 31,170

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Butchers and Meat Cutters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 116,060 3.99 $ 16.47 $ 34,250
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 8,960 1.68 $ 16.06 $ 33,400
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 4,770 0.50 $ 17.24 $ 35,860
General Merchandise Stores 8,170 0.27 $ 18.91 $ 39,330
Other Food Manufacturing 190 0.08 $ 14.31 $ 29,750

Top paying industries for Butchers and Meat Cutters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,160 0.06 $ 23.73 $ 49,360
Traveler Accommodation 130 0.01 $ 20.41 $ 42,450
General Merchandise Stores 8,170 0.27 $ 18.91 $ 39,330
Direct Selling Establishments 40 0.03 $ 18.65 $ 38,780
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 50 (7) $ 18.36 $ 38,180


Geographic profile for Butchers and Meat Cutters: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Butchers and Meat Cutters are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Butchers and Meat Cutters, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Butchers and Meat Cutters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 25,900 1.58 1.54 $ 17.38 $ 36,140
Texas 14,270 1.18 1.15 $ 14.02 $ 29,150
New York 10,650 1.22 1.20 $ 16.76 $ 34,850
Florida 8,500 1.01 0.99 $ 16.99 $ 35,340
Illinois 6,660 1.18 1.16 $ 16.20 $ 33,700




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Butchers and Meat Cutters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 2,630 1.79 1.75 $ 13.85 $ 28,800
California 25,900 1.58 1.54 $ 17.38 $ 36,140
Montana 710 1.57 1.53 $ 16.41 $ 34,120
Maine 790 1.37 1.34 $ 17.86 $ 37,150
New York 10,650 1.22 1.20 $ 16.76 $ 34,850




Top paying states for Butchers and Meat Cutters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 150 0.52 0.51 $ 23.78 $ 49,460
Massachusetts 2,040 0.61 0.60 $ 23.06 $ 47,950
District of Columbia 190 0.28 0.27 $ 22.82 $ 47,470
New Jersey 2,980 0.79 0.77 $ 22.48 $ 46,750
Connecticut 960 0.63 0.61 $ 21.57 $ 44,880





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Butchers and Meat Cutters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 11,840 2.03 1.99 $ 16.63 $ 34,600
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 10,150 1.15 1.12 $ 17.35 $ 36,080
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 5,120 1.17 1.15 $ 16.69 $ 34,710
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,970 1.11 1.08 $ 12.84 $ 26,710
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,060 1.03 1.01 $ 13.50 $ 28,090
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,000 1.14 1.12 $ 13.96 $ 29,030
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,580 1.84 1.80 $ 16.48 $ 34,280
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,270 0.91 0.89 $ 16.28 $ 33,860
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,170 1.22 1.19 $ 15.82 $ 32,910
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,130 0.91 0.89 $ 19.80 $ 41,170




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Butchers and Meat Cutters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Corpus Christi, TX 490 2.72 2.66 $ 13.66 $ 28,420
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 760 2.55 2.49 $ 16.78 $ 34,910
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 190 2.39 2.33 $ 12.74 $ 26,500
Hattiesburg, MS 140 2.31 2.26 $ 12.96 $ 26,960
Merced, CA 160 2.22 2.17 $ 16.81 $ 34,970
Jackson, MI 100 2.20 2.16 $ 13.82 $ 28,740
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 90 2.20 2.15 $ 16.39 $ 34,100
Monroe, LA 150 2.14 2.09 $ 12.90 $ 26,830
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 120 2.11 2.06 $ 17.20 $ 35,770
Danville, IL 50 2.10 2.05 $ 16.22 $ 33,740