Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

51-3021 Butchers and Meat Cutters

Cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
125,510 1.7 % $14.55 $30,270 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.62 $10.63 $13.87 $17.97 $21.86
Annual Wage (2) $17,940 $22,120 $28,850 $37,370 $45,470


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Grocery Stores 87,090 $14.77 $30,730
Specialty Food Stores 12,850 $13.62 $28,320
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 12,700 $12.95 $26,930
Other General Merchandise Stores 5,730 $15.78 $32,820
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 3,390 $14.85 $30,900

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,170 $20.66 $42,970
Traveler Accommodation 160 $17.40 $36,180
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 40 $16.95 $35,250
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 400 $16.08 $33,450
Other General Merchandise Stores 5,730 $15.78 $32,820


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
West Virginia 1,060 $12.40 $25,780 1.504
North Dakota 530 $11.52 $23,960 1.496
Iowa 2,200 $11.44 $23,800 1.494
South Dakota 560 $13.21 $27,470 1.430
Illinois 8,010 $13.83 $28,770 1.405

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Connecticut 800 $20.33 $42,290 0.487
New Jersey 2,450 $20.16 $41,940 0.636
Massachusetts 1,880 $19.16 $39,860 0.594
Alaska 280 $19.16 $39,850 0.906
Hawaii 500 $18.54 $38,560 0.845


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 310 $12.21 $25,390 6.046
Gainesville, GA 330 $11.56 $24,050 4.590
Decatur, AL 220 $11.63 $24,200 4.308
Amarillo, TX 430 $11.50 $23,910 3.911
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 120 $15.10 $31,400 3.021

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Barnstable Town, MA 90 $25.86 $53,800 0.946
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 60 $22.19 $46,160 0.350
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 570 $22.18 $46,120 0.578
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,230 $22.00 $45,760 1.001
Bellingham, WA 30 $21.88 $45,520 0.444


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010