Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
138,900 1.4 % $14.40 $29,950 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.83 $10.49 $13.63 $17.58 $21.70
Annual Wage (2) $18,370 $21,810 $28,360 $36,570 $45,130


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 102,070 4.01 $14.38 $29,910
Specialty Food Stores 12,120 5.43 $13.76 $28,630
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 10,470 2.16 $13.42 $27,920
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,660 0.38 $16.38 $34,060
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 3,720 0.51 $14.97 $31,140

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 12,120 5.43 $13.76 $28,630
Grocery Stores 102,070 4.01 $14.38 $29,910
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 10,470 2.16 $13.42 $27,920
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 3,720 0.51 $14.97 $31,140
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,660 0.38 $16.38 $34,060

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) 1,170 0.06 $21.29 $44,280
Traveler Accommodation 140 0.01 $17.64 $36,680
Management of Companies and Enterprises 120 0.01 $17.12 $35,610
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,660 0.38 $16.38 $34,060
Local Government (OES Designation) 70 (7) $16.33 $33,960


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 21,620 1.47 1.40 $13.98 $29,080
Texas 11,250 1.03 0.98 $12.33 $25,650
Florida 9,450 1.27 1.21 $13.88 $28,870
Illinois 8,400 1.47 1.40 $12.99 $27,020
Pennsylvania 7,430 1.32 1.26 $15.43 $32,090




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 2,720 1.82 1.74 $12.02 $25,010
South Dakota 680 1.68 1.61 $13.28 $27,620
Illinois 8,400 1.47 1.40 $12.99 $27,020
California 21,620 1.47 1.40 $13.98 $29,080
Montana 640 1.45 1.38 $13.55 $28,170




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 750 0.46 0.44 $20.37 $42,360
Hawaii 420 0.70 0.67 $19.24 $40,020
Alaska 270 0.84 0.80 $18.95 $39,410
New York 6,140 0.71 0.68 $18.88 $39,270
Massachusetts 1,970 0.60 0.58 $18.85 $39,200





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,910 1.49 1.42 $12.50 $26,000
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,180 1.40 1.34 $12.62 $26,260
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,410 0.65 0.62 $20.08 $41,770
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,010 1.63 1.56 $16.37 $34,060
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,430 0.88 0.84 $12.25 $25,480
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 2,150 1.67 1.59 $13.44 $27,960
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,140 2.09 1.99 $12.37 $25,720
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,120 0.92 0.88 $12.92 $26,870
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,990 1.37 1.31 $11.78 $24,500
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,730 0.81 0.77 $12.38 $25,750