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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
136,770 2.1 % $16.35 $34,010 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.47 $12.35 $15.62 $19.55 $23.86
Annual Wage (2) $21,780 $25,680 $32,500 $40,660 $49,630


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) 107,960 3.71 $16.20 $33,690
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 10,040 1.90 $15.83 $32,930
General Merchandise Stores 7,970 0.25 $18.32 $38,100
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 2,060 0.02 $15.57 $32,380
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,220 0.06 $22.60 $47,000

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) 107,960 3.71 $16.20 $33,690
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 10,040 1.90 $15.83 $32,930
General Merchandise Stores 7,970 0.25 $18.32 $38,100
Animal Food Manufacturing 50 0.08 $16.76 $34,860
Other Food Manufacturing 150 0.07 $12.67 $26,340

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) 1,220 0.06 $22.60 $47,000
Traveler Accommodation 200 0.01 $20.50 $42,650
General Merchandise Stores 7,970 0.25 $18.32 $38,100
Direct Selling Establishments 60 0.05 $18.15 $37,740
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 (7) $17.07 $35,500


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 24,010 1.38 1.48 $16.56 $34,440
Texas 13,470 1.08 1.16 $13.96 $29,050
Florida 8,780 1.00 1.07 $15.86 $32,980
New York 8,570 0.90 0.97 $18.44 $38,360
Illinois 6,920 1.15 1.23 $15.86 $32,990




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 2,940 1.90 2.04 $13.31 $27,680
Montana 700 1.51 1.62 $15.93 $33,130
California 24,010 1.38 1.48 $16.56 $34,440
South Dakota 580 1.36 1.46 $15.99 $33,260
Missouri 3,700 1.31 1.41 $16.05 $33,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 180 0.58 0.62 $22.77 $47,360
New Jersey 2,730 0.67 0.72 $22.47 $46,740
Massachusetts 1,730 0.48 0.51 $22.43 $46,660
District of Columbia 160 0.22 0.24 $22.23 $46,240
Connecticut 1,030 0.62 0.66 $21.32 $44,340





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 10,870 1.74 1.87 $15.53 $32,300
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,910 0.82 0.88 $19.17 $39,870
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 5,420 1.16 1.25 $16.30 $33,900
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,150 0.86 0.93 $13.39 $27,850
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,780 0.91 0.98 $13.34 $27,750
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,630 1.00 1.07 $15.34 $31,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,510 0.91 0.98 $14.37 $29,880
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,230 0.90 0.97 $18.79 $39,080
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,060 1.37 1.48 $15.74 $32,740
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,020 1.00 1.07 $20.41 $42,460