Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
137,050 1.5 % $14.61 $30,380 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.97 $10.65 $13.78 $17.79 $22.08
Annual Wage (2) $18,670 $22,160 $28,660 $36,990 $45,920


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 100,840 3.86 $14.54 $30,230
Specialty Food Stores 11,820 5.20 $13.93 $28,970
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 10,320 2.13 $13.69 $28,470
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,690 0.37 $17.25 $35,880
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 3,700 0.51 $15.08 $31,360

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 11,820 5.20 $13.93 $28,970
Grocery Stores 100,840 3.86 $14.54 $30,230
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 10,320 2.13 $13.69 $28,470
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 3,700 0.51 $15.08 $31,360
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,690 0.37 $17.25 $35,880

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) 1,240 0.06 $21.16 $44,020
Traveler Accommodation 150 0.01 $17.94 $37,320
Management of Companies and Enterprises 110 0.01 $17.68 $36,760
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,690 0.37 $17.25 $35,880
Other Food Manufacturing 30 0.02 $16.17 $33,630


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 20,840 1.38 1.36 $14.30 $29,740
Texas 10,260 0.91 0.90 $12.54 $26,070
Florida 9,790 1.28 1.26 $14.17 $29,470
Illinois 7,750 1.34 1.32 $12.96 $26,950
Ohio 6,780 1.30 1.28 $14.58 $30,330



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 2,850 1.88 1.86 $11.98 $24,910
Montana 680 1.53 1.51 $14.51 $30,190
South Dakota 570 1.39 1.37 $13.79 $28,670
California 20,840 1.38 1.36 $14.30 $29,740
Illinois 7,750 1.34 1.32 $12.96 $26,950



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 760 0.46 0.46 $20.16 $41,920
Alaska 270 0.84 0.83 $20.05 $41,700
Massachusetts 1,860 0.56 0.55 $19.41 $40,380
New Jersey 3,170 0.82 0.81 $18.97 $39,450
Hawaii 450 0.74 0.73 $18.23 $37,930




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 5,850 1.44 1.42 $12.92 $26,870
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,010 1.33 1.32 $12.66 $26,340
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,510 0.65 0.64 $19.02 $39,570
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,750 1.48 1.46 $16.61 $34,550
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,380 1.00 0.98 $13.35 $27,760
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,000 0.70 0.70 $12.18 $25,330
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,990 1.50 1.48 $13.90 $28,920
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,940 1.85 1.82 $12.79 $26,590
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,930 0.86 0.85 $13.51 $28,100
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,860 1.25 1.24 $12.79 $26,590