Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-3022 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Use hand or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

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)
164,650 2.7 % $11.44 $23,800 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.38 $9.50 $10.92 $12.93 $14.80
Annual Wage (2) $17,430 $19,750 $22,720 $26,900 $30,780


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 117,740 24.03 $11.35 $23,610
Grocery Stores 21,080 0.85 $11.97 $24,900
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 12,450 39.74 $10.80 $22,470
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 5,980 0.84 $12.18 $25,320
Specialty Food Stores 4,340 2.00 $12.41 $25,820

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 12,450 39.74 $10.80 $22,470
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 117,740 24.03 $11.35 $23,610
Specialty Food Stores 4,340 2.00 $12.41 $25,820
Grocery Stores 21,080 0.85 $11.97 $24,900
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 5,980 0.84 $12.18 $25,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other General Merchandise Stores 430 0.03 $13.74 $28,580
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $13.64 $28,370
Specialty Food Stores 4,340 2.00 $12.41 $25,820
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 5,980 0.84 $12.18 $25,320
Animal Food Manufacturing (8) (8) $12.11 $25,200


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alabama 12,680 7.01 5.46 $11.01 $22,910
Nebraska 12,090 13.37 10.42 $14.24 $29,620
Georgia 10,600 2.81 2.19 $10.08 $20,960
California 9,790 0.70 0.54 $11.85 $24,640
Mississippi 9,200 8.57 6.68 $9.91 $20,620




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nebraska 12,090 13.37 10.42 $14.24 $29,620
Alaska 4,040 12.90 10.05 $10.23 $21,270
Delaware 5,060 12.55 9.78 $10.75 $22,370
Mississippi 9,200 8.57 6.68 $9.91 $20,620
Alabama 12,680 7.01 5.46 $11.01 $22,910




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,220 0.39 0.30 $14.44 $30,030
Nebraska 12,090 13.37 10.42 $14.24 $29,620
Connecticut 140 0.09 0.07 $14.05 $29,220
Utah (8) (8) (8) $13.74 $28,580
Arizona 1,010 0.42 0.33 $13.52 $28,130





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,610 1.62 1.26 $9.58 $19,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,460 0.90 0.70 $11.66 $24,260
Gainesville, GA 3,290 46.24 36.03 $10.56 $21,970
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,680 0.53 0.41 $13.09 $27,230
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,530 12.80 9.97 $10.51 $21,860
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,290 1.67 1.30 $15.10 $31,410
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,230 0.62 0.48 $12.46 $25,920
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,810 4.07 3.17 $13.25 $27,550
Harrisonburg, VA 1,750 30.54 23.79 $10.84 $22,560
Fort Smith, AR-OK 1,620 14.32 11.16 $9.64 $20,050




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Gainesville, GA 3,290 46.24 36.03 $10.56 $21,970
Harrisonburg, VA 1,750 30.54 23.79 $10.84 $22,560
Fort Smith, AR-OK 1,620 14.32 11.16 $9.64 $20,050
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 2,530 12.80 9.97 $10.51 $21,860
Amarillo, TX 1,300 11.91 9.28 $13.05 $27,140
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 400 9.55 7.44 $12.00 $24,950
Tuscaloosa, AL 580 6.66 5.19 $10.44 $21,710
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 1,090 6.17 4.80 $12.86 $26,760
Jackson, MS 1,330 5.43 4.23 $10.01 $20,820
Bellingham, WA 380 5.05 3.94 $9.66 $20,100




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $17.98 $37,400
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $17.72 $36,860
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 80 0.83 0.65 $17.23 $35,840
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY (8) (8) (8) $15.79 $32,850
St. Louis, MO-IL 160 0.12 0.10 $15.52 $32,270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,290 1.67 1.30 $15.10 $31,410
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 990 0.55 0.43 $14.68 $30,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 500 0.22 0.17 $14.52 $30,210
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 80 0.40 0.31 $14.45 $30,050
El Centro, CA (8) (8) (8) $14.32 $29,780

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 5,190 13.64 10.62 $12.61 $26,230
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 5,010 72.04 56.13 $10.74 $22,340
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 4,280 34.33 26.75 $9.55 $19,870
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 4,060 13.92 10.85 $10.23 $21,290
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 3,330 46.34 36.10 $9.75 $20,280

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 5,010 72.04 56.13 $10.74 $22,340
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 2,250 47.45 36.97 (8) (8)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 3,330 46.34 36.10 $9.75 $20,280
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 4,280 34.33 26.75 $9.55 $19,870
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 2,840 33.18 25.85 $11.51 $23,930

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 200 1.30 1.01 $13.57 $28,210
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 160 2.18 1.70 $13.53 $28,140
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.48 $28,030
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 180 1.32 1.03 $13.11 $27,260
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 0.46 $13.00 $27,040


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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