Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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 this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
133,670 2.1 % $15.97 $33,210 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.05 $11.86 $15.18 $19.27 $23.61
Annual Wage (2) $20,900 $24,670 $31,580 $40,080 $49,110


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 106,910 3.66 $15.80 $32,870
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 8,570 1.65 $15.30 $31,830
General Merchandise Stores 7,380 0.23 $18.03 $37,490
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 6,100 0.62 $16.40 $34,110
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 2,210 0.02 $15.08 $31,370

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 106,910 3.66 $15.80 $32,870
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 8,570 1.65 $15.30 $31,830
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 6,100 0.62 $16.40 $34,110
General Merchandise Stores 7,380 0.23 $18.03 $37,490
Animal Food Manufacturing 50 0.08 $14.82 $30,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,280 0.06 $22.36 $46,510
Traveler Accommodation 160 0.01 $19.68 $40,940
General Merchandise Stores 7,380 0.23 $18.03 $37,490
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $16.82 $34,980
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 60 (7) $16.41 $34,130


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 19,800 1.16 1.26 $16.56 $34,450
Texas 12,590 1.04 1.13 $13.05 $27,140
Florida 9,710 1.13 1.22 $14.88 $30,960
New York 8,140 0.87 0.94 $17.55 $36,500
Illinois 7,490 1.25 1.35 $14.90 $30,990




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 3,230 2.09 2.27 $12.72 $26,460
Montana 720 1.56 1.69 $15.78 $32,820
South Dakota 610 1.44 1.56 $15.22 $31,650
Idaho 1,010 1.43 1.55 $15.59 $32,440
Illinois 7,490 1.25 1.35 $14.90 $30,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 240 0.75 0.81 $22.19 $46,160
Connecticut 870 0.52 0.57 $21.58 $44,880
New Jersey 3,230 0.80 0.86 $21.00 $43,680
District of Columbia 160 0.22 0.24 $20.89 $43,450
New Hampshire 490 0.76 0.82 $20.23 $42,080





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,440 0.89 0.96 $18.34 $38,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,070 1.32 1.43 $15.68 $32,620
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 6,080 1.31 1.42 $15.15 $31,520
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,460 0.97 1.05 $12.94 $26,920
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,300 1.27 1.38 $14.26 $29,660
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,030 1.01 1.10 $12.46 $25,910
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,270 0.94 1.01 $17.93 $37,290
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,140 0.80 0.86 $14.81 $30,810
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,000 1.01 1.09 $20.47 $42,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,820 0.58 0.63 $19.16 $39,850