Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
82,070 3.8 % $12.21 $25,400 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.77 $10.14 $12.01 $14.10 $16.39
Annual Wage (2) $18,230 $21,100 $24,980 $29,330 $34,080


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 77,740 16.06 $12.27 $25,510
Grocery Stores 1,630 0.06 $10.77 $22,390
Specialty Food Stores 980 0.44 $12.63 $26,260
Employment Services 790 0.02 $9.70 $20,180
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 100 0.01 $11.17 $23,240

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 77,740 16.06 $12.27 $25,510
Specialty Food Stores 980 0.44 $12.63 $26,260
Grocery Stores 1,630 0.06 $10.77 $22,390
Employment Services 790 0.02 $9.70 $20,180
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 100 0.01 $11.17 $23,240

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty Food Stores 980 0.44 $12.63 $26,260
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 77,740 16.06 $12.27 $25,510
Other Food Manufacturing (8) (8) $11.88 $24,700
Direct Selling Establishments (8) (8) $11.46 $23,840
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 100 0.01 $11.17 $23,240


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)
North Carolina 10,180 2.58 4.17 $11.66 $24,250
Minnesota 8,190 3.04 4.92 $12.77 $26,570
Texas 6,770 0.62 1.00 $11.52 $23,960
California 5,680 0.39 0.62 $12.29 $25,560
Colorado 5,180 2.26 3.65 $14.93 $31,050




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)
Minnesota 8,190 3.04 4.92 $12.77 $26,570
Nebraska 2,440 2.63 4.25 $12.47 $25,930
Iowa 3,920 2.63 4.24 $12.06 $25,080
North Carolina 10,180 2.58 4.17 $11.66 $24,250
Colorado 5,180 2.26 3.65 $14.93 $31,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 40 0.07 0.11 $15.56 $32,370
Colorado 5,180 2.26 3.65 $14.93 $31,050
Michigan 700 0.18 0.28 $14.40 $29,960
Oregon 380 0.23 0.38 $14.38 $29,920
South Dakota 840 2.08 3.36 $13.55 $28,190





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 1,400 4.36 7.04 $12.04 $25,050
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.36 0.59 $12.90 $26,830
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,290 2.83 4.56 $11.97 $24,900
Amarillo, TX 1,240 11.16 18.03 $13.26 $27,580
Salt Lake City, UT 780 1.21 1.96 $12.55 $26,100
Fort Smith, AR-OK 670 5.97 9.64 $8.58 $17,840
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 660 3.15 5.09 $10.57 $21,980
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 480 0.26 0.42 $15.33 $31,880
Columbia, SC 480 1.40 2.25 $10.87 $22,600
Stockton, CA 440 2.19 3.53 $14.46 $30,080




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 1,240 11.16 18.03 $13.26 $27,580
San Angelo, TX 310 6.86 11.09 $11.42 $23,750
Fort Smith, AR-OK 670 5.97 9.64 $8.58 $17,840
Fresno, CA 1,400 4.36 7.04 $12.04 $25,050
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 660 3.15 5.09 $10.57 $21,980
Harrisonburg, VA 170 2.98 4.81 $12.83 $26,690
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,290 2.83 4.56 $11.97 $24,900
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 180 2.58 4.18 $10.98 $22,840
Stockton, CA 440 2.19 3.53 $14.46 $30,080
Columbia, SC 480 1.40 2.25 $10.87 $22,600




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)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.11 0.18 $17.27 $35,910
Provo-Orem, UT 30 0.17 0.28 $15.75 $32,770
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 480 0.26 0.42 $15.33 $31,880
Pittsburgh, PA 150 0.13 0.21 $15.23 $31,680
Madison, WI (8) (8) (8) $15.18 $31,570
Stockton, CA 440 2.19 3.53 $14.46 $30,080
Lancaster, PA 300 1.33 2.15 $14.13 $29,400
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 300 0.11 0.17 $13.82 $28,740
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.10 $13.72 $28,530
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA 100 0.39 0.63 $13.50 $28,090

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)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 7,130 24.16 39.03 (8) (8)
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 3,690 30.46 49.22 $13.05 $27,130
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 2,740 15.83 25.58 $12.58 $26,160
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,920 7.46 12.04 $11.49 $23,890
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 1,720 4.44 7.17 $12.22 $25,430

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 3,690 30.46 49.22 $13.05 $27,130
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 1,420 26.13 42.21 $13.16 $27,380
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 7,130 24.16 39.03 (8) (8)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 2,740 15.83 25.58 $12.58 $26,160
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 1,350 10.35 16.73 $10.62 $22,080

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)
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.32 $31,860
West Central Utah nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.60 $28,290
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.46 $27,990
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 1,420 26.13 42.21 $13.16 $27,380
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 3,690 30.46 49.22 $13.05 $27,130


About May 2013 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:

May 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014