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Butchersand Meat Cutter Salary Information

The salary statistics of butchers and meat cutters are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of butchers and meat cutters within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The butchers and meat cutters annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Butchersand Meat Cutter Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,750
25th Percentile Wage
$23,200
50th Percentile Wage
$29,870
75th Percentile Wage
$38,470
90th Percentile Wage
$47,960

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for butchers and meat cutters. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) butchers and meat cutters is $47,960. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $29,870. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,750. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 142% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of butchers and meat cutters from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201629,8702.48%4.62%
201529,1301.61%-
201428,6601.05%-
201328,360-0.46%-
201228,490--

Table 2. Butchersand Meat Cutter Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of butchers and meat cutters in 8 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for butchers and meat cutters occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $43,270. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $24,740).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$43,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$34,780
Retail Trade
$29,910
Transportation and Warehousing
$29,190
Wholesale Trade
$29,020
Manufacturing
$28,740
Accommodation and Food Services
$26,560
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$24,740

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Butchers and Meat Cutters by States

From the above tables we note that not only butchers and meat cutters salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of butchers and meat cutters in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,170 to $45,320. The highest paying state for butchers and meat cutters is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $45,320. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,170. For more salary information of butchers and meat cutters profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$45,320
Alaska
$42,690
New Jersey
$42,490
Hawaii
$42,360
Connecticut
$41,530
Washington
$41,050
Maryland
$40,870
New Hampshire
$39,040
Massachusetts
$38,500
Wisconsin
$38,490
Minnesota
$37,180
Delaware
$36,500
Oregon
$34,790
North Dakota
$34,490
Ohio
$34,280
Idaho
$33,390
Pennsylvania
$33,140
Arizona
$32,710
New York
$32,700
Kansas
$32,550
Wyoming
$32,190
Vermont
$32,060
Virginia
$31,420
Utah
$31,310
Maine
$31,150
Montana
$30,900
Rhode Island
$30,750
New Mexico
$30,710
Colorado
$30,400
Indiana
$29,960
Nebraska
$29,950
Florida
$29,920
South Carolina
$29,130
Tennessee
$28,760
Missouri
$28,440
Michigan
$28,430
Alabama
$28,290
South Dakota
$28,230
Nevada
$27,770
Georgia
$27,600
Oklahoma
$27,600
California
$27,480
Kentucky
$27,440
North Carolina
$27,430
Illinois
$26,380
Texas
$26,180
Louisiana
$26,150
Mississippi
$24,590
Arkansas
$24,360
West Virginia
$24,360
Iowa
$23,880
Guam
$22,450
Puerto Rico
$18,170


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