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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

51-3023 Slaughterers and Meat Packers

Perform nonroutine or precision functions involving the preparation of large portions of meat. Work may include specialized slaughtering tasks, cutting standard or premium cuts of meat for marketing, making sausage, or wrapping meats. Work typically occurs in slaughtering, meat packing, or wholesale establishments. Excludes "Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers" (51-3022) who perform routine meat cutting.


National estimates for Slaughterers and Meat Packers
Industry profile for Slaughterers and Meat Packers
Geographic profile for Slaughterers and Meat Packers

National estimates for Slaughterers and Meat Packers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Slaughterers and Meat Packers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
77,980 3.3 % $ 15.00 $ 31,210 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Slaughterers and Meat Packers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.14 $ 13.00 $ 14.76 $ 17.30 $ 19.23
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,170 $ 27,050 $ 30,710 $ 35,980 $ 40,000


Industry profile for Slaughterers and Meat Packers: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Slaughterers and Meat Packers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 72,020 13.54 $ 15.05 $ 31,310
Employment Services 2,020 0.06 $ 13.85 $ 28,820
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 920 0.03 $ 13.54 $ 28,160
Animal Food Manufacturing 50 0.08 $ 15.65 $ 32,550

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Slaughterers and Meat Packers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 72,020 13.54 $ 15.05 $ 31,310
Animal Food Manufacturing 50 0.08 $ 15.65 $ 32,550
Employment Services 2,020 0.06 $ 13.85 $ 28,820
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 920 0.03 $ 13.54 $ 28,160

Top paying industries for Slaughterers and Meat Packers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Food Manufacturing 50 0.08 $ 15.65 $ 32,550
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 72,020 13.54 $ 15.05 $ 31,310
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) (8) (8) $ 14.55 $ 30,250
Employment Services 2,020 0.06 $ 13.85 $ 28,820
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 920 0.03 $ 13.54 $ 28,160


Geographic profile for Slaughterers and Meat Packers: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Slaughterers and Meat Packers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 9,010 0.74 1.33 $ 15.73 $ 32,730
North Carolina 6,340 1.48 2.64 $ 14.75 $ 30,680
Iowa 5,980 4.07 7.26 $ 16.25 $ 33,800
Minnesota 5,590 2.06 3.68 $ 15.79 $ 32,830
California 5,550 0.34 0.60 $ 14.81 $ 30,810




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Slaughterers and Meat Packers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 5,980 4.07 7.26 $ 16.25 $ 33,800
Nebraska 2,200 2.34 4.17 $ 15.64 $ 32,520
South Dakota 870 2.11 3.77 $ 16.24 $ 33,780
Minnesota 5,590 2.06 3.68 $ 15.79 $ 32,830
North Carolina 6,340 1.48 2.64 $ 14.75 $ 30,680




Top paying states for Slaughterers and Meat Packers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 1,720 0.67 1.19 $ 18.37 $ 38,210
Washington 950 0.30 0.53 $ 17.21 $ 35,790
New York 680 0.08 0.14 $ 16.88 $ 35,120
Maryland 100 0.04 0.07 $ 16.34 $ 33,980
Iowa 5,980 4.07 7.26 $ 16.25 $ 33,800





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Slaughterers and Meat Packers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,680 0.61 1.10 $ 15.22 $ 31,660
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,500 0.56 0.99 $ 14.77 $ 30,730
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,150 0.44 0.78 $ 14.28 $ 29,700
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 1,100 13.99 24.95 $ 15.61 $ 32,460
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,050 2.21 3.95 $ 15.31 $ 31,840
Modesto, CA 1,000 5.54 9.89 $ 14.39 $ 29,930
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 910 0.31 0.55 $ 14.31 $ 29,760
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 910 0.10 0.18 $ 15.56 $ 32,370
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 760 0.21 0.38 $ 14.95 $ 31,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 660 0.11 0.20 $ 14.99 $ 31,180




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Slaughterers and Meat Packers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 1,100 13.99 24.95 $ 15.61 $ 32,460
Modesto, CA 1,000 5.54 9.89 $ 14.39 $ 29,930
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,050 2.21 3.95 $ 15.31 $ 31,840
Grand Island, NE 70 1.70 3.03 $ 16.12 $ 33,530
Topeka, KS 130 1.28 2.28 $ 14.49 $ 30,140
Salisbury, MD-DE 160 1.06 1.88 $ 14.70 $ 30,570
Knoxville, TN 370 0.97 1.73 $ 11.92 $ 24,800
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 400 0.78 1.39 $ 14.62 $ 30,420
Salt Lake City, UT 550 0.75 1.34 $ 16.24 $ 33,780
Rocky Mount, NC 30 0.65 1.17 $ 14.98 $ 31,160




Top paying metropolitan areas for Slaughterers and Meat Packers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 110 0.22 0.38 $ 21.55 $ 44,830
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 370 0.25 0.45 $ 18.02 $ 37,480
Pittsburgh, PA 120 0.11 0.20 $ 17.27 $ 35,920
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 16.61 $ 34,540
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 250 0.22 0.39 $ 16.31 $ 33,930
Salt Lake City, UT 550 0.75 1.34 $ 16.24 $ 33,780
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA (8) (8) (8) $ 16.21 $ 33,710
Grand Island, NE 70 1.70 3.03 $ 16.12 $ 33,530
Winston-Salem, NC 90 0.35 0.63 $ 16.08 $ 33,440
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 320 0.16 0.29 $ 16.07 $ 33,430

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Slaughterers and Meat Packers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 4,590 19.08 34.03 $ 15.07 $ 31,350
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 1,960 16.86 30.07 $ 15.54 $ 32,330
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,870 9.69 17.29 $ 18.48 $ 38,430
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 1,830 12.32 21.97 $ 16.67 $ 34,670
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 1,220 9.35 16.68 $ 16.51 $ 34,350

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Slaughterers and Meat Packers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 4,590 19.08 34.03 $ 15.07 $ 31,350
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 1,960 16.86 30.07 $ 15.54 $ 32,330
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 1,830 12.32 21.97 $ 16.67 $ 34,670
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,870 9.69 17.29 $ 18.48 $ 38,430
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 1,220 9.35 16.68 $ 16.51 $ 34,350

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Slaughterers and Meat Packers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,870 9.69 17.29 $ 18.48 $ 38,430
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 18.35 $ 38,160
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 1,150 7.01 12.50 $ 17.71 $ 36,830
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.54 0.96 $ 17.28 $ 35,930
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 16.71 $ 34,760


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.

(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