Butcher Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Butchers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $12.31 per hour nationwide. Pay generally varies between $9.04 per hour and $19.19. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Butchers. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-half lack any form of coverage — but approximately half have medical insurance, and around one in three have dental, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,513 - $52,527

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$9.04 - $19.19

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$19,513 - $52,527  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,968  
Total Pay (?
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$19,098 - $44,434  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.04 - $19.19  
   
Overtime
$12.37 - $26.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,968  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,098 - $44,434  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 278
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Job Description for Butcher

Butchers slaughter, dress and sell meat from animals such as cows, pigs, fish and poultry. They must have experience butchering whole animals, and they are expected to have knowledge of both primal and sub-primal cuts; knowledge of speciality cuts is a must. Butchers are required to clean, shape, de-bone and tie cuts of meat by hand to form roasts. Knowledge of common tools such as knives, saws, trays and slicers is necessary as well. In addition, the butcher must maintain a clean and safe working environment for all equipment and areas. They must also swap and change prices as needed, remove expired meat and ensure stock is available to meet daily demands.

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Butcher Tasks

  • Prepare meat for weighing and packaging.
  • Cut and process a variety of meat products.
  • Clean the meat up by cutting the fat and unwanted parts.
  • Keep an clean work area.

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Pay by Experience Level for Butcher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Butchers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $23K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $31K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $34K in this role. Butchers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $38K.

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Experience Affects Butcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 50%
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