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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Butchersand Meat Cutter Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,370
25th Percentile Wage
$23,940
50th Percentile Wage
$30,890
75th Percentile Wage
$39,300
90th Percentile Wage
$48,550

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 $48,550. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $30,890. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,370. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 138% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of butchers and meat cutters from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$30,890
3.30% 7.77%
2016
$29,870
2.48% -
2015
$29,130
1.61% -
2014
$28,660
1.05% -
2013
$28,360
-0.46% -
2012
$28,490
- -

Table 2. Butchersand Meat Cutter Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of butchers and meat cutters in 9 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 $44,190. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $28,310).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$44,190
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$33,380
Retail Trade
$30,820
Manufacturing
$30,680
Wholesale Trade
$30,410
Accommodation and Food Services
$29,500
Transportation and Warehousing
$29,190
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$28,890
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$28,310

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 $18,200 to $46,160. The highest paying state for butchers and meat cutters is Alaska with a median annual salary of $46,160. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,200. 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
Alaska
$46,160
District of Columbia
$45,780
Connecticut
$44,550
Hawaii
$42,900
New Jersey
$42,630
Washington
$41,860
Maryland
$41,630
New Hampshire
$40,170
Massachusetts
$39,460
Wisconsin
$38,400
Minnesota
$38,190
Ohio
$35,780
Oregon
$35,730
Delaware
$35,640
Vermont
$35,420
Wyoming
$33,880
North Dakota
$33,720
New York
$33,520
Idaho
$33,340
Arizona
$33,140
Missouri
$32,700
Colorado
$32,370
Virginia
$32,060
Maine
$31,880
Utah
$31,720
Pennsylvania
$31,150
South Carolina
$30,970
Montana
$30,970
Rhode Island
$30,750
Kansas
$30,490
Nebraska
$30,400
Nevada
$30,370
Alabama
$30,130
Florida
$30,070
North Carolina
$30,030
Tennessee
$29,840
South Dakota
$29,570
Indiana
$29,520
California
$29,300
Virgin Islands
$29,130
Illinois
$29,090
Kentucky
$28,610
Georgia
$28,560
Michigan
$28,350
New Mexico
$28,340
Louisiana
$27,540
Oklahoma
$26,780
Texas
$26,370
Arkansas
$25,810
Mississippi
$25,500
West Virginia
$24,710
Iowa
$24,030
Guam
$22,980
Puerto Rico
$18,200



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