Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

51-3021 Butchers and Meat Cutters

Cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
129,840 1.4 % $13.06 $27,160 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.45 $9.35 $12.26 $16.42 $20.35
Annual Wage (2) $15,490 $19,440 $25,500 $34,140 $42,330

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Grocery stores 86,700 $13.67 $28,430 1 6
Animal slaughtering and processing 13,860 $10.33 $21,480 2 20
Specialty food stores 11,300 $11.53 $23,990 3 13
Other general merchandise stores 6,010 $14.90 $30,990 4 3
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers 4,150 $11.81 $24,560 5 11

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 1,200 $16.97 $35,290 6 1
Department stores 910 $15.91 $33,100 7 2
Other general merchandise stores 6,010 $14.90 $30,990 4 3
Colleges and universities 30 $14.18 $29,490 20 4
Traveler accommodation 430 $14.01 $29,140 13 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Iowa 3,540 $11.46 $23,840 0.251% 473
Nebraska 1,700 $10.55 $21,940 0.195% 456
South Dakota 600 $10.37 $21,570 0.165% 380
North Dakota 450 $10.37 $21,570 0.144% 380
Mississippi 1,430 $10.57 $21,990 0.132% 459

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Connecticut 890 $19.40 $40,340 0.054% 282
Massachusetts 1,930 $18.36 $38,180 0.060% 344
New Jersey 3,080 $17.31 $36,000 0.080% 387
Nevada 990 $17.12 $35,610 0.094% 304
Washington 2,440 $16.26 $33,810 0.095% 411

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Goldsboro, NC MSA 110 $10.57 $21,990 0.257%
Fresno, CA MSA 820 $10.94 $22,760 0.236%
Enid, OK MSA 50 $9.87 $20,540 0.235%
Fort Lauderdale, FL PMSA 1,360 $11.66 $24,260 0.196%
Laredo, TX MSA 140 $8.67 $18,030 0.195%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 1,020 $20.79 $43,240 0.086%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 60 $20.16 $41,930 0.070%
Barnstable-Yarmouth, MA MSA 50 $20.04 $41,680 0.075%
Hartford, CT MSA 250 $19.67 $40,910 0.042%
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA 210 $19.63 $40,820 0.083%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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