|Quick Facts: Butchers
$36,930 per year
$17.76 per hour
|No formal educational credential
|Long-term on-the-job training
|-1% (Little or no change)
Butchers cut, trim, and package meat for retail sale.
Most butchers work in grocery stores and specialty meat shops. The work can be physically demanding and may include exposure to repetitive motions, dangerous equipment, and cold temperatures.
Butchers typically need no formal educational credential. They learn their skills on the job.
The median annual wage for butchers was $36,930 in May 2022.
Employment of butchers is projected to show little or no change from 2022 to 2032.
Despite limited employment growth, about 15,300 openings for butchers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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