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Slaughterer and Meat Packer Salary Information

The salary statistics of slaughterers and meat packers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of slaughterers and meat packers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The slaughterers and meat packers 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. Slaughterer and Meat Packer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,020
25th Percentile Wage
$22,460
50th Percentile Wage
$26,590
75th Percentile Wage
$30,680
90th Percentile Wage
$36,170

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for slaughterers and meat packers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) slaughterers and meat packers is $36,170. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $26,590. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,020. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 80% 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 slaughterers and meat packers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201626,5903.54%8.50%
201525,6500.35%-
201425,5602.27%-
201324,9802.60%-
201224,330--

Table 2. Slaughterer and Meat Packer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of slaughterers and meat packers in 4 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 slaughterers and meat packers occupations is the wholesale trade sector with an annual salary $28,550. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $21,910).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Wholesale Trade
$28,550
Manufacturing
$26,720
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$22,820
Retail Trade
$21,910

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Slaughterers and Meat Packers by States

From the above tables we note that not only slaughterers and meat packers 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 slaughterers and meat packers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,210 to $35,510. The highest paying state for slaughterers and meat packers is North Dakota with a median annual salary of $35,510. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,210. For more salary information of slaughterers and meat packers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
North Dakota
$35,510
Colorado
$34,420
Iowa
$30,920
Minnesota
$30,110
Nebraska
$29,450
South Dakota
$29,190
Wisconsin
$29,090
Washington
$28,900
Utah
$28,590
Kansas
$28,580
Indiana
$28,420
Alaska
$28,310
Illinois
$28,110
Idaho
$27,950
Pennsylvania
$27,930
Maine
$27,830
Montana
$27,670
Vermont
$27,640
Kentucky
$27,270
Michigan
$27,020
Wyoming
$26,930
Virginia
$26,920
New Jersey
$26,450
North Carolina
$26,410
California
$25,500
Ohio
$25,480
Alabama
$25,440
Tennessee
$25,250
Missouri
$24,820
Connecticut
$24,580
Texas
$24,260
Arkansas
$23,850
Mississippi
$23,820
New Mexico
$23,490
Delaware
$23,020
Georgia
$23,020
Oklahoma
$22,550
Oregon
$22,160
Hawaii
$21,870
Florida
$21,270
New York
$20,880
Louisiana
$20,610
West Virginia
$20,100
South Carolina
$18,920
Puerto Rico
$18,210


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