Butchers and Meat Cutters

General Information

Description

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

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of butchers is projected to decline 5 percent from 2020 to 2030. Despite declining employment, about 15,400 openings for butchers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$32,900

State-by-state Salary

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$48,650
$24,300
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 69%
  • Less than high school 20%
  • Some college 7%
  • Post-secondary certificate 2%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Food Production
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Production and Processing
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Mechanical

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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