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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
132,100 1.6 % $ 15.23 $ 31,680 0.3 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.15 $ 13.69 $ 14.29 $ 17.75 $ 18.18
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,190 $ 28,470 $ 29,730 $ 36,920 $ 37,820


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 95,480 18.35 $ 15.31 $ 31,850
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 17,540 0.59 $ 14.61 $ 30,390
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 8,390 28.00 $ 14.90 $ 31,000
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 4,370 0.47 $ 17.15 $ 35,670
General Merchandise Stores 740 0.02 $ 18.54 $ 38,570

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 8,390 28.00 $ 14.90 $ 31,000
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 95,480 18.35 $ 15.31 $ 31,850
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 17,540 0.59 $ 14.61 $ 30,390
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 4,370 0.47 $ 17.15 $ 35,670
Other Food Manufacturing 380 0.16 $ 14.06 $ 29,250

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 740 0.02 $ 18.54 $ 38,570
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 4,370 0.47 $ 17.15 $ 35,670
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 (7) $ 15.96 $ 33,200
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 95,480 18.35 $ 15.31 $ 31,850
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 8,390 28.00 $ 14.90 $ 31,000


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.



Map of employment of meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers by state, May 2021


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)
Georgia 10,580 2.42 2.58 $ 13.78 $ 28,660
Alabama 10,480 5.43 5.80 $ 12.47 $ 25,930
Mississippi 8,290 7.52 8.02 $ 14.00 $ 29,110
California 7,770 0.47 0.50 $ 15.63 $ 32,510
North Carolina 7,090 1.60 1.71 $ 15.21 $ 31,640


Map of location quotient of meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers by state, May 2021


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 4,490 10.31 11.00 $ 14.02 $ 29,150
Alaska 2,450 8.30 8.85 $ 18.11 $ 37,660
Mississippi 8,290 7.52 8.02 $ 14.00 $ 29,110
Nebraska 6,700 6.99 7.45 $ 17.72 $ 36,850
Arkansas 7,010 5.88 6.27 $ 14.19 $ 29,520


Map of annual mean wages of meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers by state, May 2021


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)
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $ 18.21 $ 37,870
Alaska 2,450 8.30 8.85 $ 18.11 $ 37,660
Colorado 2,230 0.85 0.91 $ 17.93 $ 37,300
Kansas 5,230 3.91 4.17 $ 17.88 $ 37,190
Massachusetts 1,440 0.43 0.45 $ 17.86 $ 37,150



Map of employment of meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers by area, May 2021


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 3,590 22.99 24.52 $ 13.96 $ 29,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,390 0.59 0.63 $ 15.59 $ 32,430
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,870 11.74 12.52 $ 14.91 $ 31,000
Gainesville, GA 2,600 28.91 30.84 $ 13.91 $ 28,930
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,530 0.98 1.04 $ 14.85 $ 30,880
Fort Smith, AR-OK 2,310 22.49 23.98 $ 12.81 $ 26,650
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,810 0.21 0.22 $ 15.56 $ 32,360
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 1,550 18.48 19.71 $ 17.51 $ 36,410
Jackson, MS 1,470 6.00 6.40 $ 13.51 $ 28,090
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,370 0.32 0.35 $ 17.09 $ 35,560


Map of location quotient of meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers by area, May 2021


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)
Gainesville, GA 2,600 28.91 30.84 $ 13.91 $ 28,930
Salisbury, MD-DE 3,590 22.99 24.52 $ 13.96 $ 29,050
Fort Smith, AR-OK 2,310 22.49 23.98 $ 12.81 $ 26,650
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 1,550 18.48 19.71 $ 17.51 $ 36,410
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,870 11.74 12.52 $ 14.91 $ 31,000
Harrisonburg, VA 610 9.97 10.64 $ 15.12 $ 31,460
Longview, WA 320 8.32 8.88 $ 14.87 $ 30,940
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 300 6.32 6.74 $ 14.79 $ 30,760
Jackson, MS 1,470 6.00 6.40 $ 13.51 $ 28,090
Gadsden, AL 160 4.96 5.28 $ 10.50 $ 21,830


Map of annual mean wages of meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers by area, May 2021


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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 360 0.20 0.21 $ 19.51 $ 40,580
Anchorage, AK 80 0.51 0.54 $ 19.49 $ 40,540
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 770 0.34 0.37 $ 18.62 $ 38,730
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,020 0.39 0.42 $ 18.31 $ 38,090
Barnstable Town, MA 40 0.43 0.46 $ 18.16 $ 37,780
Rochester, NY 30 0.06 0.07 $ 18.15 $ 37,760
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 40 0.50 0.53 $ 18.09 $ 37,620
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 160 0.15 0.16 $ 18.04 $ 37,510
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,200 2.58 2.75 $ 17.76 $ 36,940
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 190 0.13 0.14 $ 17.73 $ 36,880

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 4,920 13.09 13.96 $ 18.10 $ 37,650
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 3,790 26.68 28.45 $ 11.71 $ 24,350
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 3,350 23.36 24.91 $ 13.18 $ 27,420
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 2,960 12.33 13.16 $ 16.12 $ 33,520
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 2,360 24.28 25.90 $ 18.06 $ 37,570

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 3,790 26.68 28.45 $ 11.71 $ 24,350
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 2,360 24.28 25.90 $ 18.06 $ 37,570
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 3,350 23.36 24.91 $ 13.18 $ 27,420
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 1,920 22.99 24.52 $ 12.22 $ 25,420
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 4,920 13.09 13.96 $ 18.10 $ 37,650

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)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.66 0.71 $ 18.29 $ 38,030
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 4,920 13.09 13.96 $ 18.10 $ 37,650
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 2,360 24.28 25.90 $ 18.06 $ 37,570
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 470 2.34 2.50 $ 17.57 $ 36,550
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 160 1.30 1.39 $ 17.55 $ 36,500


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022