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Salary for Butchers and Meat Cutters

Also known as:  Butcher, Butcher Apprentice, Halal Butcher, Kosher Butcher, Meat Carver, Meat Clerk, Meat Counter Worker

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As one of the most ancient trades dating back to the first domestication of livestock, butchers have a very long trade history. In modern society, meat cutters and butchers are usually employed by grocery markets, supermarkets, large chains, or specialty butcher and fish shops. Additionally, butchers can be employed in the food industry in the manufacturing and production of meat products. Although food purchases have been largely centralized to major grocery stores and retailers, specialty butcher shops are still popular in most metropolitan areas.

A Butchers or Meat Cutter can receive an average pay level ranging between 24000 - 36000 based on experience and education levels. Butchers and Meat Cutters earn an average wage of Thirty Thousand One Hundred dollars annually.

Butchers and Meat Cutters are paid the highest in Connecticut, where they earn average pay of just about $42290. People holding this job title have the highest average potential salary in Wholesale Trade, where they can earn a compensation of $43740.

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ANNUAL SALARY
HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 10.11 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Butchers and Meat Cutters tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $43,740
Wholesale Trade $30,610
Retail Trade $30,340
Management of Companies and Enterprises $30,250
Manufacturing $27,560
Accommodation and Food Services $26,590
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $26,430
Accommodation and Food Services $26,590
Manufacturing $27,560
Management of Companies and Enterprises $30,250
Retail Trade $30,340
Wholesale Trade $30,610