Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

51-3023 Slaughterers and Meat Packers

Work in slaughtering, meat packing, or wholesale establishments performing precision functions involving the preparation of meat. Work may include specialized slaughtering tasks, cutting standard or premium cuts of meat for marketing, making sausage, or wrapping meats. Excludes "Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers" (51-3022) who perform routine meat cutting.


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)
80,250 5.9 % $12.70 $26,420 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.19 $10.39 $12.33 $14.72 $17.37
Annual Wage (2) $19,110 $21,600 $25,650 $30,610 $36,130


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 75,200 15.51 $12.76 $26,530
Grocery Stores 1,350 0.05 $11.07 $23,030
Specialty Food Stores 1,210 0.52 $11.40 $23,710
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,190 0.16 $13.91 $28,940
Employment Services 810 0.02 $10.84 $22,550

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 75,200 15.51 $12.76 $26,530
Specialty Food Stores 1,210 0.52 $11.40 $23,710
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,190 0.16 $13.91 $28,940
Grocery Stores 1,350 0.05 $11.07 $23,030
Employment Services 810 0.02 $10.84 $22,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 1,190 0.16 $13.91 $28,940
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 75,200 15.51 $12.76 $26,530
Other Food Manufacturing 40 0.02 $12.15 $25,260
Specialty Food Stores 1,210 0.52 $11.40 $23,710
Grocery Stores 1,350 0.05 $11.07 $23,030


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)
Minnesota 6,910 2.49 4.28 $13.73 $28,550
North Carolina 6,900 1.67 2.87 $12.04 $25,050
Texas 5,510 0.48 0.82 $11.95 $24,870
Colorado 5,110 2.08 3.58 $15.63 $32,510
California 5,100 0.33 0.57 $12.21 $25,390




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)
Iowa 5,020 3.29 5.65 $14.52 $30,210
Minnesota 6,910 2.49 4.28 $13.73 $28,550
Kansas 3,190 2.32 3.99 $13.67 $28,440
Colorado 5,110 2.08 3.58 $15.63 $32,510
Arkansas 2,080 1.77 3.04 $11.13 $23,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 110 0.25 0.44 $16.67 $34,670
Colorado 5,110 2.08 3.58 $15.63 $32,510
Iowa 5,020 3.29 5.65 $14.52 $30,210
Vermont 70 0.22 0.38 $14.13 $29,390
Idaho 70 0.11 0.20 $14.13 $29,390





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,380 0.34 0.58 $11.72 $24,390
Fresno, CA 1,270 3.74 6.42 $12.54 $26,070
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.32 0.54 $13.08 $27,210
Amarillo, TX 1,040 9.06 15.57 $13.87 $28,860
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.16 0.27 $11.35 $23,600
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 860 0.37 0.63 $10.32 $21,460
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 790 3.55 6.10 $10.91 $22,700
Salt Lake City, UT 640 0.97 1.66 $12.78 $26,570
Salisbury, MD-DE 600 3.93 6.75 $11.32 $23,550
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 590 0.24 0.41 $10.76 $22,370




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)
Amarillo, TX 1,040 9.06 15.57 $13.87 $28,860
Gainesville, GA 320 4.11 7.06 $12.27 $25,520
Salisbury, MD-DE 600 3.93 6.75 $11.32 $23,550
Fresno, CA 1,270 3.74 6.42 $12.54 $26,070
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 790 3.55 6.10 $10.91 $22,700
Decatur, AL 120 2.38 4.08 $11.44 $23,790
Goldsboro, NC 80 1.94 3.33 $12.52 $26,040
Harrisonburg, VA 100 1.62 2.78 $14.45 $30,050
Salt Lake City, UT 640 0.97 1.66 $12.78 $26,570
Columbia, SC 340 0.93 1.60 $9.75 $20,280




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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 170 0.09 0.16 $19.37 $40,300
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.04 0.07 $17.39 $36,160
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $16.44 $34,200
Green Bay, WI 130 0.79 1.37 $16.27 $33,840
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 150 0.13 0.23 $15.28 $31,780
Lancaster, PA 190 0.82 1.41 $14.98 $31,150
Rochester, NY (8) (8) (8) $14.47 $30,090
Harrisonburg, VA 100 1.62 2.78 $14.45 $30,050
Kansas City, MO-KS 310 0.31 0.53 $14.25 $29,640
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 240 0.24 0.41 $14.17 $29,470

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)
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 1,620 20.86 35.84 $14.18 $29,490
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 1,120 8.05 13.82 $13.47 $28,010
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 980 6.42 11.03 $10.75 $22,360
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 930 5.30 9.10 $12.58 $26,170
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 780 6.48 11.14 $11.87 $24,680

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)
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 1,620 20.86 35.84 $14.18 $29,490
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 1,120 8.05 13.82 $13.47 $28,010
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 780 6.48 11.14 $11.87 $24,680
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 980 6.42 11.03 $10.75 $22,360
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area 520 6.21 10.67 $9.66 $20,100

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.28 0.49 $16.04 $33,350
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.38 $31,980
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.89 $30,980
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 430 1.88 3.23 $14.87 $30,930
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.76 $30,700


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016