Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
88,500 3.9 % $11.55 $24,010 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.32 $9.51 $11.24 $13.46 $15.28
Annual Wage (2) $17,310 $19,790 $23,380 $27,990 $31,790


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 83,390 16.93 $11.60 $24,120
Grocery Stores 1,200 0.05 $10.51 $21,870
Employment Services 910 0.03 $10.33 $21,490
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 490 0.07 $11.50 $23,920
Specialty Food Stores 470 0.22 $10.84 $22,540

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 83,390 16.93 $11.60 $24,120
Specialty Food Stores 470 0.22 $10.84 $22,540
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 490 0.07 $11.50 $23,920
Grocery Stores 1,200 0.05 $10.51 $21,870
Employment Services 910 0.03 $10.33 $21,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 83,390 16.93 $11.60 $24,120
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 490 0.07 $11.50 $23,920
Specialty Food Stores 470 0.22 $10.84 $22,540
Grocery Stores 1,200 0.05 $10.51 $21,870
Employment Services 910 0.03 $10.33 $21,490


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)
Texas 9,300 0.92 1.32 $10.92 $22,700
North Carolina 6,970 1.85 2.65 $10.22 $21,260
Minnesota 6,850 2.67 3.84 $13.52 $28,120
Nebraska 6,700 7.43 10.67 $13.41 $27,900
Iowa 6,510 4.53 6.50 $12.14 $25,250




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)
Nebraska 6,700 7.43 10.67 $13.41 $27,900
Iowa 6,510 4.53 6.50 $12.14 $25,250
Kansas 5,810 4.45 6.40 $12.19 $25,360
Mississippi 4,030 3.76 5.40 $9.73 $20,240
Minnesota 6,850 2.67 3.84 $13.52 $28,120




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 540 0.17 0.25 $14.36 $29,880
Minnesota 6,850 2.67 3.84 $13.52 $28,120
Washington 600 0.22 0.32 $13.45 $27,980
Nebraska 6,700 7.43 10.67 $13.41 $27,900
Wyoming 30 0.12 0.17 $13.41 $27,890

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)
Fresno, CA 1,710 5.49 7.88 $10.50 $21,850
Amarillo, TX 1,390 12.86 18.46 $11.43 $23,770
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.38 0.55 $11.87 $24,680
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,240 2.80 4.02 (8) (8)
Canton-Massillon, OH 1,100 7.02 10.08 $10.93 $22,730
Fayetteville, NC 1,010 8.08 11.60 $10.55 $21,940
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 750 2.37 3.40 $11.20 $23,300
Denver-Aurora, CO 590 0.50 0.72 $12.12 $25,200
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 570 0.32 0.45 $13.27 $27,600
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 560 0.58 0.84 $10.73 $22,310




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)
Amarillo, TX 1,390 12.86 18.46 $11.43 $23,770
Fayetteville, NC 1,010 8.08 11.60 $10.55 $21,940
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 510 7.30 10.49 $12.16 $25,290
Canton-Massillon, OH 1,100 7.02 10.08 $10.93 $22,730
Gainesville, GA 450 6.69 9.60 $10.55 $21,940
Fresno, CA 1,710 5.49 7.88 $10.50 $21,850
Harrisonburg, VA 310 5.45 7.82 $10.70 $22,260
Lebanon, PA 190 4.09 5.87 $10.70 $22,250
Waco, TX 350 3.59 5.15 $10.32 $21,470
Champaign-Urbana, IL 290 2.98 4.28 $10.62 $22,100




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.20 0.28 $16.92 $35,200
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 160 0.16 0.23 $14.54 $30,240
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $14.33 $29,810
Dayton, OH (8) (8) (8) $13.82 $28,730
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 50 0.53 0.76 $13.62 $28,320
Stockton, CA 290 1.45 2.08 $13.47 $28,010
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 210 0.15 0.22 $13.40 $27,880
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 570 0.32 0.45 $13.27 $27,600
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 0.08 $13.15 $27,360
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ (8) (8) (8) $12.68 $26,370

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 4,760 12.59 18.08 $12.03 $25,010
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 4,030 16.76 24.07 $11.42 $23,740
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 3,130 25.68 36.88 $12.39 $25,780
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 2,700 21.91 31.47 $9.76 $20,290
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 2,650 9.14 13.12 $10.28 $21,370

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 Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 3,130 25.68 36.88 $12.39 $25,780
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 1,100 23.04 33.09 $14.34 $29,820
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 2,700 21.91 31.47 $9.76 $20,290
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 4,030 16.76 24.07 $11.42 $23,740
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 2,190 12.92 18.55 $15.38 $31,990

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 Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 2,190 12.92 18.55 $15.38 $31,990
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 1,100 23.04 33.09 $14.34 $29,820
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 1,830 9.93 14.26 $14.03 $29,180
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 720 4.07 5.85 $13.97 $29,060
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 360 2.68 3.85 $13.77 $28,650


About May 2010 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 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.

(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:

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May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011