Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
131,530 1.8 % $15.66 $32,570 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.80 $11.51 $14.85 $18.90 $23.34
Annual Wage (2) $20,370 $23,940 $30,890 $39,300 $48,550


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) 105,310 3.60 $15.45 $32,130
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 9,080 1.80 $15.19 $31,590
General Merchandise Stores 7,830 0.24 $18.50 $38,480
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 5,080 0.54 $15.45 $32,130
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 1,950 0.02 $14.38 $29,910

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) 105,310 3.60 $15.45 $32,130
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 9,080 1.80 $15.19 $31,590
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 5,080 0.54 $15.45 $32,130
General Merchandise Stores 7,830 0.24 $18.50 $38,480
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,290 0.06 $21.98 $45,710

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) 1,290 0.06 $21.98 $45,710
Traveler Accommodation 180 0.01 $18.96 $39,430
General Merchandise Stores 7,830 0.24 $18.50 $38,480
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 (7) $16.32 $33,950
Management of Companies and Enterprises 70 (7) $15.86 $33,000


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 19,280 1.15 1.25 $15.58 $32,410
Texas 9,980 0.84 0.91 $13.50 $28,070
Florida 9,600 1.14 1.24 $14.63 $30,430
Illinois 8,100 1.37 1.48 $15.21 $31,640
New York 6,050 0.66 0.71 $17.86 $37,150




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 3,190 2.08 2.25 $12.44 $25,860
South Dakota 700 1.66 1.80 $14.61 $30,380
Idaho 1,120 1.63 1.76 $15.27 $31,770
Montana 680 1.48 1.60 $15.18 $31,560
Illinois 8,100 1.37 1.48 $15.21 $31,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 280 0.90 0.97 $21.65 $45,030
Connecticut 680 0.41 0.44 $21.45 $44,620
North Dakota 510 1.23 1.33 $21.42 $44,560
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $21.40 $44,520
Hawaii 590 0.94 1.02 $19.90 $41,390



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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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,720 1.56 1.69 $15.43 $32,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,600 1.26 1.37 $14.40 $29,940
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,320 0.65 0.70 $18.79 $39,090
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,920 1.00 1.08 $13.31 $27,690
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 2,030 1.41 1.53 $16.71 $34,760
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,980 0.76 0.82 $14.84 $30,880
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,620 1.42 1.54 $16.06 $33,400
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,510 1.33 1.44 $13.54 $28,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,490 0.59 0.64 $19.05 $39,620
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,460 1.02 1.10 $14.37 $29,900


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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)
The Villages, FL 100 3.96 4.29 $13.73 $28,550
St. Joseph, MO-KS 160 3.08 3.34 $14.34 $29,830
Longview, WA 110 2.86 3.10 $19.09 $39,710
Dothan, AL 150 2.72 2.95 $16.16 $33,610
Merced, CA 180 2.54 2.76 $14.13 $29,390
Yuma, AZ 150 2.53 2.75 $15.11 $31,440
El Centro, CA 150 2.49 2.70 $12.98 $27,000
Lebanon, PA 120 2.46 2.67 $15.68 $32,610
Santa Rosa, CA 500 2.45 2.66 $15.02 $31,250
Yakima, WA 210 2.33 2.52 $18.50 $38,470