|Quick Facts: Butchers|
$30,890 per year
$14.85 per hour
|No formal educational credential|
|Long-term on-the-job training|
|6% (As fast as average)|
Butchers cut, trim, and package meat for retail sale.
Most butchers work in grocery stores and specialty meat shops, and some work in animal slaughtering and processing plants. The work can be physically demanding and may include exposure to repetitive motions, dangerous equipment, and cold temperatures.
Butchers learn their skills on the job. No formal education is required.
The median annual wage for butchers was $30,890 in May 2017.
Employment of butchers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Many job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation each year.
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