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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Slaughterer and Meat Packer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,300
25th Percentile Wage
$23,180
50th Percentile Wage
$27,530
75th Percentile Wage
$31,570
90th Percentile Wage
$37,150

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 $37,150. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $27,530. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,300. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 83% 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 slaughterers and meat packers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$27,530
3.41% 11.62%
2016
$26,590
3.54% -
2015
$25,650
0.35% -
2014
$25,560
2.27% -
2013
$24,980
2.60% -
2012
$24,330
- -

Table 2. Slaughterer and Meat Packer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of slaughterers and meat packers in 5 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 $30,070. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $22,050).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Wholesale Trade
$30,070
Manufacturing
$27,710
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$23,210
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$22,340
Retail Trade
$22,050

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 $17,860 to $34,420. The highest paying state for slaughterers and meat packers is Colorado with a median annual salary of $34,420. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,860. 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
Colorado
$34,420
Iowa
$33,170
Maryland
$32,620
Nebraska
$32,450
Kansas
$32,100
Minnesota
$30,550
Washington
$29,990
Montana
$29,950
Arizona
$29,210
Pennsylvania
$29,070
Indiana
$28,880
South Dakota
$28,800
New Hampshire
$28,720
Illinois
$28,660
North Carolina
$28,470
Wisconsin
$28,440
Alaska
$28,310
Virginia
$28,250
Utah
$28,080
Missouri
$28,060
Michigan
$27,890
Vermont
$27,640
Maine
$27,580
Massachusetts
$27,280
California
$26,990
Wyoming
$26,930
Ohio
$26,910
Kentucky
$26,760
Rhode Island
$26,720
West Virginia
$26,600
Oregon
$26,430
Arkansas
$26,420
New Jersey
$26,080
North Dakota
$25,860
Mississippi
$25,610
Connecticut
$24,580
Delaware
$24,350
Texas
$24,260
Oklahoma
$23,000
Georgia
$22,930
Tennessee
$22,720
Florida
$22,580
Hawaii
$21,920
New Mexico
$21,720
New York
$21,610
Idaho
$21,500
Louisiana
$21,230
Alabama
$20,900
South Carolina
$20,760
Puerto Rico
$17,860



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