Butcher Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Butchers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $12.45 per hour nationwide. Earnings generally vary between $9.04 per hour and $19.39. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — one-half — do not have any health coverage, nearly one-half do receive medical benefits and just under a third have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,724 - $52,103
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$52K
MEDIAN: $31,305
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$9.04 - $19.39
(Median)
$9
$12
$19
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$19,724 - $52,103  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$19,137 - $44,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.04 - $19.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.53  
Overtime
$12.84 - $26.52  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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).
)
$19,137 - $44,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 338
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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.


For many Butchers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $24K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $31K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $33K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $37K.

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Experience Affects Butcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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