Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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
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)
130,720 1.7 % $14.43 $30,000 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.70 $10.45 $13.68 $17.81 $21.74
Annual Wage (2) $18,090 $21,730 $28,460 $37,040 $45,220


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)
Grocery Stores 94,060 3.80 $14.54 $30,240
Specialty Food Stores 13,420 6.19 $13.62 $28,320
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 10,230 2.09 $13.18 $27,410
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,290 0.41 $15.78 $32,830
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 3,080 0.43 $13.93 $28,970

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty Food Stores 13,420 6.19 $13.62 $28,320
Grocery Stores 94,060 3.80 $14.54 $30,240
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 10,230 2.09 $13.18 $27,410
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 3,080 0.43 $13.93 $28,970
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,290 0.41 $15.78 $32,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,150 0.06 $21.36 $44,430
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing (8) (8) $18.80 $39,090
Warehousing and Storage 90 0.01 $17.20 $35,780
Traveler Accommodation 110 0.01 $16.67 $34,670
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,290 0.41 $15.78 $32,830


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)
California 18,920 1.35 1.32 $14.48 $30,110
Texas 10,390 1.01 0.99 $12.17 $25,310
Illinois 8,030 1.44 1.41 $13.58 $28,240
Florida 7,920 1.11 1.09 $13.77 $28,640
Pennsylvania 7,260 1.31 1.28 $15.36 $31,940




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 2,790 1.93 1.89 $11.67 $24,280
North Dakota 590 1.58 1.55 $12.33 $25,640
Illinois 8,030 1.44 1.41 $13.58 $28,240
Montana 600 1.41 1.39 $13.36 $27,790
South Dakota 540 1.38 1.36 $12.67 $26,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 840 0.52 0.51 $20.04 $41,680
Massachusetts 1,980 0.63 0.61 $19.36 $40,270
Alaska 270 0.85 0.83 $19.35 $40,250
Hawaii 460 0.79 0.78 $19.09 $39,700
New Jersey 3,450 0.91 0.90 $18.73 $38,970





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,780 1.33 1.31 $13.27 $27,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,460 1.17 1.14 $13.32 $27,700
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,410 0.67 0.66 $17.92 $37,270
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,510 1.38 1.36 $16.66 $34,660
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,480 0.97 0.96 $12.41 $25,810
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,470 1.78 1.75 $12.30 $25,590
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,690 0.83 0.81 $12.36 $25,700
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,660 1.34 1.32 $13.67 $28,440
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,530 1.28 1.25 $14.46 $30,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,460 0.63 0.62 $16.82 $34,980