Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

51-3022 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Use hand 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)
156,440 2.9 % $13.36 $27,790 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.87 $11.11 $12.96 $15.20 $17.99
Annual Wage (2) $20,540 $23,110 $26,950 $31,610 $37,410


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 117,970 22.78 $13.43 $27,930
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 17,280 0.59 $13.52 $28,110
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 8,940 28.56 $12.42 $25,830
Employment Services 5,090 0.14 $11.95 $24,860
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 4,630 0.47 $13.62 $28,340

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 8,940 28.56 $12.42 $25,830
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 117,970 22.78 $13.43 $27,930
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 17,280 0.59 $13.52 $28,110
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 4,630 0.47 $13.62 $28,340
Animal Food Manufacturing 120 0.20 $13.78 $28,670

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 90 (7) $18.93 $39,370
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 140 0.05 $17.17 $35,700
General Merchandise Stores 670 0.02 $16.98 $35,320
Other Food Manufacturing (8) (8) $16.37 $34,040
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 180 0.11 $14.23 $29,600


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 12,690 2.90 2.68 $12.40 $25,800
Alabama 11,700 6.02 5.57 $11.02 $22,930
Georgia 10,670 2.43 2.25 $11.83 $24,600
Nebraska 10,170 10.40 9.62 $16.32 $33,950
Arkansas 7,400 6.12 5.66 $12.58 $26,170




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 5,540 12.35 11.43 $12.70 $26,430
Nebraska 10,170 10.40 9.62 $16.32 $33,950
Alaska 2,550 8.10 7.49 $12.25 $25,470
Arkansas 7,400 6.12 5.66 $12.58 $26,170
Alabama 11,700 6.02 5.57 $11.02 $22,930




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 120 0.39 0.36 $16.97 $35,300
Nebraska 10,170 10.40 9.62 $16.32 $33,950
Iowa 6,570 4.26 3.94 $16.25 $33,810
Minnesota 5,060 1.77 1.63 $15.09 $31,380
Connecticut 220 0.13 0.12 $15.03 $31,260





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 4,710 29.34 27.14 $12.64 $26,290
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 3,120 12.72 11.77 $12.83 $26,680
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,880 0.30 0.28 $14.17 $29,460
Gainesville, GA 2,760 31.40 29.05 $10.90 $22,670
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,430 0.91 0.84 $12.58 $26,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,350 0.38 0.35 $12.79 $26,600
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 2,000 4.09 3.78 $14.49 $30,140
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 1,690 20.01 18.51 (8) (8)
Jackson, MS 1,570 5.99 5.54 $11.73 $24,390
Columbia, SC 1,550 4.09 3.79 $12.13 $25,240




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)
Gainesville, GA 2,760 31.40 29.05 $10.90 $22,670
Salisbury, MD-DE 4,710 29.34 27.14 $12.64 $26,290
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 1,690 20.01 18.51 (8) (8)
Harrisonburg, VA 1,140 17.86 16.53 $13.38 $27,820
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 3,120 12.72 11.77 $12.83 $26,680
Fort Smith, AR-OK 940 8.68 8.03 $12.16 $25,280
Columbus, GA-AL 870 7.59 7.02 $9.68 $20,130
Jackson, MS 1,570 5.99 5.54 $11.73 $24,390
Green Bay, WI 970 5.56 5.15 $14.35 $29,850
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 260 5.46 5.05 $14.85 $30,890