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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

51-3022 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Use hands or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.


National estimates for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
Industry profile for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
Geographic profile for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

National estimates for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
147,760 3.2 % $ 14.81 $ 30,800 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.63 $ 12.54 $ 14.51 $ 17.19 $ 19.25
Annual Wage (2) $ 22,100 $ 26,070 $ 30,190 $ 35,760 $ 40,050


Industry profile for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 109,760 20.63 $ 14.79 $ 30,760
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 16,690 0.57 $ 14.62 $ 30,410
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 8,250 27.56 $ 14.44 $ 30,030
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 5,780 0.61 $ 16.04 $ 33,360
General Merchandise Stores 530 0.02 $ 17.68 $ 36,770

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 8,250 27.56 $ 14.44 $ 30,030
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 109,760 20.63 $ 14.79 $ 30,760
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 5,780 0.61 $ 16.04 $ 33,360
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 16,690 0.57 $ 14.62 $ 30,410
Other Food Manufacturing 420 0.18 $ 14.21 $ 29,570

Top paying industries for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Merchandise Stores 530 0.02 $ 17.68 $ 36,770
Management of Companies and Enterprises 470 0.02 $ 16.80 $ 34,940
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 5,780 0.61 $ 16.04 $ 33,360
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 170 0.10 $ 15.44 $ 32,120
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 50 (7) $ 14.98 $ 31,150


Geographic profile for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

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





States with the highest employment level in Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Carolina 11,820 2.76 2.59 $ 13.67 $ 28,430
Alabama 10,570 5.55 5.23 $ 12.26 $ 25,510
Arkansas 9,600 8.15 7.67 $ 13.46 $ 27,990
Georgia 8,380 1.94 1.83 $ 13.35 $ 27,780
California 8,170 0.50 0.47 $ 16.12 $ 33,540




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 5,240 12.29 11.57 $ 13.81 $ 28,730
Nebraska 7,960 8.44 7.95 $ 16.72 $ 34,770
Arkansas 9,600 8.15 7.67 $ 13.46 $ 27,990
Alaska 2,400 8.10 7.63 $ 16.05 $ 33,380
Mississippi 7,010 6.51 6.13 $ 14.37 $ 29,880




Top paying states for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,010 0.30 0.29 $ 17.85 $ 37,130
Iowa 5,640 3.84 3.61 $ 17.27 $ 35,920
Colorado 2,730 1.06 1.00 $ 17.26 $ 35,910
Washington 3,030 0.95 0.89 $ 17.24 $ 35,850
New Hampshire (8) (8) (8) $ 16.92 $ 35,180





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salisbury, MD-DE 4,510 30.47 28.69 $ 13.75 $ 28,600
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 3,670 14.83 13.96 $ 14.07 $ 29,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,080 0.53 0.50 $ 16.34 $ 33,980
Fort Smith, AR-OK 2,680 25.99 24.47 $ 12.08 $ 25,120
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,550 0.97 0.91 $ 13.35 $ 27,770
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,230 0.83 0.78 $ 14.36 $ 29,870
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,100 0.24 0.22 $ 16.48 $ 34,280
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,690 3.57 3.36 $ 16.09 $ 33,480
Gainesville, GA 1,550 17.40 16.38 $ 13.34 $ 27,750
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,430 0.73 0.69 $ 19.28 $ 40,110




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salisbury, MD-DE 4,510 30.47 28.69 $ 13.75 $ 28,600
Fort Smith, AR-OK 2,680 25.99 24.47 $ 12.08 $ 25,120
Gainesville, GA 1,550 17.40 16.38 $ 13.34 $ 27,750
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 3,670 14.83 13.96 $ 14.07 $ 29,270
Harrisonburg, VA 720 11.73 11.05 $ 14.28 $ 29,700
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 320 6.89 6.48 $ 15.30 $ 31,820
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 700 4.82 4.54 $ 13.34 $ 27,740
Fayetteville, NC 460 3.79 3.57 $ 14.01 $ 29,140
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,690 3.57 3.36 $ 16.09 $ 33,480
Lafayette, LA 610 3.24 3.05 $ 11.37 $ 23,650




Top paying metropolitan areas for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Stockton-Lodi, CA 140 0.58 0.55 $ 19.68 $ 40,940
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,430 0.73 0.69 $ 19.28 $ 40,110
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 770 0.30 0.28 $ 18.56 $ 38,600
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 18.38 $ 38,230
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,070 0.46 0.43 $ 17.84 $ 37,110
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC (8) (8) (8) $ 17.80 $ 37,030
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 160 0.09 0.08 $ 17.79 $ 37,000
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 90 0.23 0.22 $ 17.70 $ 36,830
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL (8) (8) (8) $ 17.07 $ 35,500
Port St. Lucie, FL 160 1.07 1.01 $ 17.07 $ 35,500

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 6,330 26.31 24.77 $ 13.97 $ 29,050
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 4,620 12.22 11.50 $ 16.50 $ 34,310
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 3,830 26.98 25.40 $ 11.15 $ 23,200
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 2,330 23.32 21.95 $ 15.85 $ 32,960
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 2,100 24.96 23.50 $ 12.21 $ 25,410

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 3,830 26.98 25.40 $ 11.15 $ 23,200
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 6,330 26.31 24.77 $ 13.97 $ 29,050
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 2,100 24.96 23.50 $ 12.21 $ 25,410
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 2,330 23.32 21.95 $ 15.85 $ 32,960
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 1,730 21.86 20.58 (8) (8)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 1,810 12.47 11.74 $ 17.55 $ 36,490
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 1,160 5.53 5.21 $ 17.41 $ 36,220
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 660 4.05 3.81 $ 17.35 $ 36,100
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 510 2.59 2.44 $ 16.90 $ 35,140
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 4,620 12.22 11.50 $ 16.50 $ 34,310


About May 2020 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 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021