Butchers and other meat processing workers
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Overview
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Use hand or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.
Titles for this career often contain these words
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Education
Only 4% of butchers and other meat processing workers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by butchers and other meat processing workers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer butchers and other meat processing workers have bachelor's degrees than 87% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers, with 164,600 workers, form a larger workforce than 76% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers are expected to grow by 2%, and should have about 20,800 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers are more likely to be automated than 83% of other careers.
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Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 92% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers.
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Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 22% of butchers and other meat processing workers -- that's a smaller percentage than 62% of other jobs.
Gender of butchers and other meat processing workers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For butchers and other meat processing workers, the median men's salary was 27% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 26% of butchers and other meat processing workers are minority, and 39% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of butchers and other meat processing workers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (39%)
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Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 44% of butchers and other meat processing workers, and 58% have company-sponsored health insurance (13% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for butchers and other meat processing workers
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
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Injury and Illness
About 145 meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers become injured or ill for every 10,000 workers, making this job more dangerous than 80% of other careers. The most common specific illnesses or injuries are detailed following.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
All cuts, lacerations, punctures
Soreness and pain
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (90%)
  • Consequence of Error (73%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (68%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (62%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (33%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (33%)
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Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do butchers and other meat processing workers earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group butchers and other meat processing workers, which combines the data for 3 careers, including meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all butchers and other meat processing workers, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for butchers and other meat processing workers compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for butchers and other meat processing workers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Butchers and other meat processing workers (ACS)
Private for-profit (96.0%)
Private not-for-profit (1.2%)
Local government (0.3%)
State government (0.1%)
Federal government (0.4%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.9%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.9%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of butchers and other meat processing workers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of butchers and other meat processing workers, which combines the 3 specialties for this career.
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Distribution: Salaries of meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for butchers and other meat processing workers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? This first chart suggests how much this job rewards experience with increased salaries.

Now let's dive a little deeper. Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Butchers and other meat processing workers and gender

With 22% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 62% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Butchers and other meat processing workers
Men (78%)
Women (22%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 21%, and the difference for butchers and other meat processing workers tops that, with the median salary for men 27% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Butchers and other meat processing workers have one of the higher percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job even higher than that for 74% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of butchers and other meat processing workers

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a higher percentage of minority butchers and other meat processing workers than for 78% of other careers. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of butchers and other meat processing workers
White (63% )
Black (14% )
Other (11% )
Asian (7% )
Multiracial (2% )
Hispanic (2% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for butchers and other meat processing workers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for butchers and other meat processing workers by nativity
$27K$30K$0$20K$40K$60KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Part-time/Full-time
Butchers and other meat processing workers and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 14% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 56% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time butchers and other meat processing workers is shown following.

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Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers typically hold no formal educational credential.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as butchers and other meat processing workers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for butchers and other meat processing workers.

Education attained by butchers and other meat processing workers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for butchers and other meat processing workers? Below we see the distribution of butchers and other meat processing workers salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as butchers and other meat processing workers, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$27K$30K$31K$32K$31K$23K$0$20K$40K$60KNone (33%)High School (41%)Some College (18%)Associate's Degree (4%)Bachelor's Degree (3%)Doctorate (0%)
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for butchers and other meat processing workers

What jobs will most butchers and other meat processing workers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of butchers and other meat processing workers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Butchers and other meat processing workersPackaging and filling machine operatorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersFood processing workersStock clerks and order fillersHand laborers and freight, stock, and material moversCashiersHand packers and packagersDriver/sales workers and truck driversCombined food preparation and serving workersFood preparation workers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for butchers and other meat processing workers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 9 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as butchers and other meat processing workers as well as 1% of respondents after working as butchers and other meat processing workers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for butchers and other meat processing workers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as butchers and other meat processing workers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of butchers and other meat processing workers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 92% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers are anticipated to grow by 2% over the next decade; 66% of jobs are projected to grow more.

The projected employment for meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all butchers and other meat processing workers, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for butchers and other meat processing workers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for butchers and other meat processing workers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all butchers and other meat processing workers, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Location-adjusted median salary for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Butchers and other meat processing workers (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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