Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
153,280 2.8 % $12.71 $26,430 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.44 $10.51 $12.14 $14.50 $17.16
Annual Wage (2) $19,630 $21,860 $25,250 $30,160 $35,690


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 112,950 22.36 $12.71 $26,440
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 18,470 0.63 $13.07 $27,180
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 9,950 30.85 $11.88 $24,710
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 5,110 0.54 $13.23 $27,520
Employment Services 4,230 0.12 $11.25 $23,390

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 9,950 30.85 $11.88 $24,710
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 112,950 22.36 $12.71 $26,440
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 18,470 0.63 $13.07 $27,180
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 5,110 0.54 $13.23 $27,520
Animal Food Manufacturing 140 0.24 $13.37 $27,800

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 60 (7) $20.32 $42,260
Other Food Manufacturing 130 0.06 $18.06 $37,560
General Merchandise Stores 1,000 0.03 $15.46 $32,150
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 220 0.07 $15.00 $31,200
Animal Food Manufacturing 140 0.24 $13.37 $27,800


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)
Alabama 12,240 6.37 5.92 $10.82 $22,500
Georgia 9,910 2.30 2.14 $11.29 $23,480
Nebraska 9,450 9.74 9.06 $15.31 $31,850
North Carolina 9,310 2.17 2.01 $11.39 $23,690
Arkansas 7,440 6.20 5.76 $11.76 $24,470




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 5,350 12.09 11.25 $12.29 $25,570
Nebraska 9,450 9.74 9.06 $15.31 $31,850
Alaska 3,000 9.44 8.77 $11.29 $23,480
Alabama 12,240 6.37 5.92 $10.82 $22,500
Arkansas 7,440 6.20 5.76 $11.76 $24,470




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 130 0.08 0.08 $17.03 $35,410
Vermont 190 0.62 0.58 $16.28 $33,870
New York 2,920 0.32 0.29 $15.85 $32,980
Nebraska 9,450 9.74 9.06 $15.31 $31,850
Maryland 630 0.24 0.22 $15.03 $31,250



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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)
Salisbury, MD-DE 4,420 27.98 26.02 $12.22 $25,410
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 3,330 13.90 12.93 $12.18 $25,330
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,840 0.42 0.40 $14.77 $30,710
Gainesville, GA 2,570 30.36 28.24 $10.85 $22,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,110 0.48 0.44 $12.24 $25,460
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,990 4.09 3.80 $13.88 $28,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,720 0.66 0.61 $11.70 $24,340
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,390 0.84 0.78 $14.79 $30,770
Jackson, MS 1,290 4.91 4.56 $10.95 $22,770
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,190 1.00 0.93 $11.55 $24,020


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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)
Gainesville, GA 2,570 30.36 28.24 $10.85 $22,570
Salisbury, MD-DE 4,420 27.98 26.02 $12.22 $25,410
Harrisonburg, VA 1,110 17.54 16.31 $12.97 $26,970
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 3,330 13.90 12.93 $12.18 $25,330
Fort Smith, AR-OK 1,030 9.57 8.90 $11.03 $22,930
Columbus, GA-AL 980 8.64 8.04 $9.49 $19,750
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 260 5.54 5.15 $14.82 $30,830
Jackson, MS 1,290 4.91 4.56 $10.95 $22,770
Green Bay, WI 810 4.66 4.33 $15.00 $31,190
Joplin, MO 330 4.28 3.98 $12.29 $25,560


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Olympia-Tumwater, WA (8) (8) (8) $18.80 $39,090
Syracuse, NY 110 0.38 0.35 $17.74 $36,890
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 160 0.13 0.12 $17.72 $36,850
Rochester, NY 70 0.14 0.13 $17.22 $35,820
Ocala, FL (8) (8) (8) $17.07 $35,510
Barnstable Town, MA 50 0.50 0.46 $16.90 $35,150
Wausau, WI 60 0.80 0.75 $16.49 $34,300
Charlottesville, VA (8) (8) (8) $16.20 $33,700
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 320 0.23 0.22 $16.04 $33,350
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 70 0.17 0.16 $16.02 $33,330

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 4,030 53.70 49.94 $14.73 $30,640
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 4,000 27.71 25.77 $10.60 $22,040
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 3,560 23.76 22.10 $11.71 $24,350
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 2,920 11.80 10.97 $11.27 $23,450
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 2,830 30.23 28.11 $15.29 $31,790

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 4,030 53.70 49.94 $14.73 $30,640
Southeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 1,450 32.14 29.89 $17.60 $36,610
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 2,280 32.09 29.84 $10.87 $22,610
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 2,690 31.77 29.55 $10.75 $22,350
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 2,830 30.23 28.11 $15.29 $31,790

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 1,450 32.14 29.89 $17.60 $36,610
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 80 0.77 0.72 $17.47 $36,330
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 90 0.94 0.88 $16.03 $33,340
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 0.63 $15.66 $32,560
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 2,830 30.23 28.11 $15.29 $31,790


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018