|Quick Facts: Butchers|
$36,050 per year
$17.33 per hour
|No formal educational credential|
|Long-term on-the-job training|
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 $36,050 in May 2021.
Employment of butchers is projected to decline 3 percent from 2021 to 2031.
Despite declining employment, about 17,700 openings for butchers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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