Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

51-3023 Slaughterers and Meat Packers

Work in slaughtering, meat packing, or wholesale establishments performing precision functions involving the preparation of meat. Work may include specialized slaughtering tasks, cutting standard or premium cuts of meat for marketing, making sausage, or wrapping meats. Excludes "Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers" (51-3022) who perform routine meat cutting.


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)
80,780 5.0 % $13.00 $27,040 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.62 $10.80 $12.78 $14.75 $17.39
Annual Wage (2) $20,020 $22,460 $26,590 $30,680 $36,170


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 75,770 15.42 $13.05 $27,140
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,640 0.22 $14.12 $29,360
Employment Services 1,020 0.03 $11.24 $23,390
Grocery Stores 1,000 0.04 $11.15 $23,190
Specialty Food Stores 950 0.41 $11.59 $24,110

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 75,770 15.42 $13.05 $27,140
Specialty Food Stores 950 0.41 $11.59 $24,110
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,640 0.22 $14.12 $29,360
Grocery Stores 1,000 0.04 $11.15 $23,190
Employment Services 1,020 0.03 $11.24 $23,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,640 0.22 $14.12 $29,360
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 75,770 15.42 $13.05 $27,140
Specialty Food Stores 950 0.41 $11.59 $24,110
Employment Services 1,020 0.03 $11.24 $23,390
Grocery Stores 1,000 0.04 $11.15 $23,190


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 7,360 1.74 3.02 $12.76 $26,550
Iowa 5,610 3.66 6.35 $14.83 $30,840
Minnesota 5,430 1.93 3.36 $14.57 $30,310
Illinois 4,910 0.83 1.45 $13.62 $28,320
California 4,590 0.29 0.50 $12.36 $25,710




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 5,610 3.66 6.35 $14.83 $30,840
Kansas 4,210 3.06 5.32 $13.95 $29,010
Mississippi 2,520 2.25 3.92 $11.51 $23,940
Minnesota 5,430 1.93 3.36 $14.57 $30,310
South Dakota 790 1.90 3.29 $14.14 $29,410




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 130 0.32 0.55 $16.62 $34,570
Iowa 5,610 3.66 6.35 $14.83 $30,840
Vermont 50 0.15 0.26 $14.59 $30,340
Minnesota 5,430 1.93 3.36 $14.57 $30,310
Rhode Island 30 0.07 0.12 $14.39 $29,930





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)
College Station-Bryan, TX 3,410 31.84 55.34 $12.56 $26,120
Fresno, CA 1,400 3.99 6.94 $12.98 $27,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.24 0.43 $12.02 $25,000
Amarillo, TX 910 7.86 13.66 $14.36 $29,870
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 760 0.11 0.20 $12.66 $26,330
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 750 0.29 0.51 $11.38 $23,680
Salt Lake City, UT 720 1.06 1.85 $13.10 $27,250
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 680 2.92 5.07 $11.89 $24,730
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 670 0.28 0.48 $10.08 $20,960
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 460 0.24 0.42 $12.96 $26,950




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)
College Station-Bryan, TX 3,410 31.84 55.34 $12.56 $26,120
Amarillo, TX 910 7.86 13.66 $14.36 $29,870
Gainesville, GA 440 5.42 9.42 $12.23 $25,450
St. Joseph, MO-KS 250 4.76 8.27 $13.57 $28,230
Fresno, CA 1,400 3.99 6.94 $12.98 $27,010
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 680 2.92 5.07 $11.89 $24,730
Salisbury, MD-DE 390 2.53 4.40 $11.59 $24,110
Appleton, WI 210 1.74 3.02 $16.98 $35,330
Salt Lake City, UT 720 1.06 1.85 $13.10 $27,250
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 260 1.03 1.79 $12.13 $25,230




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)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $17.01 $35,390
Appleton, WI 210 1.74 3.02 $16.98 $35,330
Green Bay, WI 130 0.77 1.34 $16.71 $34,760
Kansas City, MO-KS 230 0.22 0.39 $14.80 $30,780
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 30 0.06 0.10 $14.39 $29,930
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 440 0.92 1.59 $14.38 $29,920
Amarillo, TX 910 7.86 13.66 $14.36 $29,870
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 260 0.25 0.44 $14.28 $29,690
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $14.11 $29,350
Provo-Orem, UT 30 0.14 0.25 $14.00 $29,120

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)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 5,660 22.83 39.67 $13.00 $27,050
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 1,870 24.29 42.22 $14.28 $29,700
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 1,570 10.39 18.06 $11.99 $24,930
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 1,230 8.85 15.38 $13.87 $28,850
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 780 4.19 7.28 $10.58 $22,010

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 1,870 24.29 42.22 $14.28 $29,700
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 5,660 22.83 39.67 $13.00 $27,050
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 1,570 10.39 18.06 $11.99 $24,930
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 1,230 8.85 15.38 $13.87 $28,850
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 780 4.19 7.28 $10.58 $22,010

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)
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.79 $32,850
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.54 $32,320
Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 190 1.35 2.34 $15.48 $32,190
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.02 $31,230
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 650 2.82 4.91 $14.96 $31,120


About May 2016 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.

(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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017