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Butcher Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Butchers earn an average of $12.21 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.96 per hour on the lower side but can approach $19.61 on the higher side. Work is enjoyable for Butchers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by close to one-half and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one-third. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,471 - $60,402
(Median)
$19K
$39K
$60K
MEDIAN: $38,773
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$8.96 - $19.61
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$9
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$19,471 - $60,402  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,927  
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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$18,924 - $46,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.96 - $19.61  
   
Overtime
$12.75 - $26.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,927  
   
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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$18,924 - $46,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 252

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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.


Butchers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $23K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $31K. On average, Butchers make $34K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $39K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Butcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 50%
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