Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
75,550 3.5 % $13.68 $28,450 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.00 $11.49 $13.59 $15.49 $18.02
Annual Wage (2) $20,810 $23,900 $28,260 $32,220 $37,480


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 69,810 13.48 $13.76 $28,620
Employment Services 1,880 0.05 $11.85 $24,640
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 1,760 0.18 $14.52 $30,210
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 1,410 0.05 $11.29 $23,480

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 69,810 13.48 $13.76 $28,620
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 1,760 0.18 $14.52 $30,210
Employment Services 1,880 0.05 $11.85 $24,640
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 1,410 0.05 $11.29 $23,480

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 1,760 0.18 $14.52 $30,210
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 69,810 13.48 $13.76 $28,620
Employment Services 1,880 0.05 $11.85 $24,640
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 1,410 0.05 $11.29 $23,480


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 5,720 1.30 2.50 $13.98 $29,070
California 5,350 0.31 0.60 $13.45 $27,980
Georgia 5,010 1.14 2.18 $11.98 $24,920
Illinois 4,150 0.69 1.33 $14.73 $30,640
Minnesota 4,140 1.44 2.77 $15.16 $31,540




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 3,950 2.56 4.91 $15.36 $31,940
Mississippi 2,520 2.24 4.30 $12.39 $25,780
South Dakota 920 2.17 4.15 $14.50 $30,160
Kansas 2,810 2.05 3.92 $15.53 $32,310
Alabama 3,390 1.74 3.34 $10.45 $21,740




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland (8) (8) (8) $16.83 $35,010
Arizona 580 0.21 0.40 $16.02 $33,330
Washington 1,220 0.38 0.72 $15.90 $33,070
Nebraska 1,640 1.68 3.21 $15.68 $32,610
Kansas 2,810 2.05 3.92 $15.53 $32,310





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)
College Station-Bryan, TX 3,390 29.74 56.96 $13.30 $27,670
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,970 0.42 0.81 $13.83 $28,760
Fresno, CA 1,870 4.96 9.51 $13.61 $28,310
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,220 0.43 0.82 $14.03 $29,170
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,150 0.43 0.82 $12.65 $26,320
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 990 0.92 1.77 $13.28 $27,620
Gainesville, GA 980 11.18 21.43 $12.07 $25,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 950 0.16 0.30 $13.55 $28,190
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 820 9.77 18.72 (8) (8)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 780 0.08 0.16 $14.23 $29,600




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)
College Station-Bryan, TX 3,390 29.74 56.96 $13.30 $27,670
Gainesville, GA 980 11.18 21.43 $12.07 $25,110
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 820 9.77 18.72 (8) (8)
Harrisonburg, VA 490 7.65 14.65 $13.64 $28,370
Fresno, CA 1,870 4.96 9.51 $13.61 $28,310
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 370 4.22 8.09 $15.62 $32,490
Salisbury, MD-DE 310 1.93 3.70 $14.03 $29,180
Jackson, MS 470 1.79 3.43 $11.36 $23,630
Green Bay, WI 240 1.36 2.60 $15.16 $31,530
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 470 1.27 2.42 $15.73 $32,730




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)
Longview, WA (8) (8) (8) $18.10 $37,650
Reading, PA (8) (8) (8) $17.83 $37,090
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $17.26 $35,910
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 550 0.27 0.52 $16.26 $33,820
Salt Lake City, UT 460 0.65 1.25 $15.99 $33,260
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 470 1.27 2.42 $15.73 $32,730
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 370 4.22 8.09 $15.62 $32,490
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 320 0.22 0.42 $15.60 $32,450
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 310 0.16 0.30 $15.47 $32,180
Yakima, WA (8) (8) (8) $15.40 $32,040

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)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 4,520 18.13 34.73 $14.20 $29,540
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 2,210 5.62 10.77 $15.70 $32,650
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 1,710 10.83 20.75 $16.11 $33,500
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 1,480 9.86 18.88 $12.76 $26,540
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 1,120 9.08 17.39 $14.56 $30,290

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)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 4,520 18.13 34.73 $14.20 $29,540
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 1,710 10.83 20.75 $16.11 $33,500
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 1,480 9.86 18.88 $12.76 $26,540
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 1,120 9.08 17.39 $14.56 $30,290
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 1,110 6.38 12.22 $16.62 $34,580

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)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 1,110 6.38 12.22 $16.62 $34,580
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 970 4.30 8.23 $16.36 $34,030
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 1,710 10.83 20.75 $16.11 $33,500
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 860 6.29 12.05 $16.06 $33,410
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 2,210 5.62 10.77 $15.70 $32,650


About May 2018 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 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019