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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
153,990 3.0 % $13.85 $28,810 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.05 $11.55 $13.51 $15.82 $18.47
Annual Wage (2) $20,910 $24,020 $28,100 $32,910 $38,420


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)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 114,160 21.64 $13.88 $28,870
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 18,170 0.62 $13.90 $28,920
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 9,440 29.81 $12.95 $26,940
Employment Services 4,630 0.13 $12.71 $26,440
General Merchandise Stores 600 0.02 $17.41 $36,220

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 9,440 29.81 $12.95 $26,940
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 114,160 21.64 $13.88 $28,870
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 18,170 0.62 $13.90 $28,920
Other Food Manufacturing 460 0.20 $13.43 $27,940
Employment Services 4,630 0.13 $12.71 $26,440

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 150 0.01 $18.24 $37,930
General Merchandise Stores 600 0.02 $17.41 $36,220
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 (7) $14.46 $30,080
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 18,170 0.62 $13.90 $28,920
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 114,160 21.64 $13.88 $28,870


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)
North Carolina 13,320 2.99 2.85 $12.98 $26,990
Alabama 11,580 5.87 5.60 $11.20 $23,310
Georgia 9,810 2.19 2.09 $12.25 $25,490
Nebraska 9,200 9.37 8.94 $16.69 $34,720
Arkansas 8,410 6.91 6.59 $13.07 $27,180




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)
Delaware 5,550 12.29 11.72 $12.98 $27,000
Nebraska 9,200 9.37 8.94 $16.69 $34,720
Alaska 2,370 7.48 7.13 $12.40 $25,790
Arkansas 8,410 6.91 6.59 $13.07 $27,180
Alabama 11,580 5.87 5.60 $11.20 $23,310




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,100 0.30 0.29 $17.55 $36,500
Vermont 50 0.15 0.14 $17.01 $35,390
Iowa 5,870 3.79 3.61 $16.80 $34,940
Colorado 2,940 1.10 1.05 $16.76 $34,850
Nebraska 9,200 9.37 8.94 $16.69 $34,720





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)
Salisbury, MD-DE 4,800 29.42 28.06 $12.82 $26,670
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 3,620 14.55 13.88 $13.42 $27,920
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,990 0.31 0.30 $14.36 $29,870
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,530 0.92 0.88 $12.77 $26,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,500 0.40 0.38 $13.57 $28,230
Gainesville, GA 2,410 26.97 25.72 $11.48 $23,880
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,910 3.87 3.69 $14.98 $31,160
Fort Smith, AR-OK 1,860 17.44 16.63 $11.95 $24,860
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,370 0.48 0.46 $13.77 $28,640
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,280 0.52 0.50 $17.26 $35,910




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salisbury, MD-DE 4,800 29.42 28.06 $12.82 $26,670
Gainesville, GA 2,410 26.97 25.72 $11.48 $23,880
Fort Smith, AR-OK 1,860 17.44 16.63 $11.95 $24,860
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 3,620 14.55 13.88 $13.42 $27,920
Harrisonburg, VA 640 9.99 9.53 $13.01 $27,070
Columbus, GA-AL 920 7.94 7.57 $10.17 $21,150
Green Bay, WI 970 5.55 5.30 $14.77 $30,710
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 220 4.47 4.26 $14.76 $30,700
Lafayette, LA 850 4.28 4.08 $10.44 $21,710
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,910 3.87 3.69 $14.98 $31,160