Butcher Salary

Butchers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $13.37 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the particular city and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Although a little more than half lack health benefits of any kind, more than two-fifths do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly less than a third get dental coverage, too. The majority of Butchers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,929 - $60,265
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$33K
$60K
MEDIAN: $33,169
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$9.43 - $19.22
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MEDIAN: $13.37
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$19,929 - $60,265  
   
Bonus
$148.99 - $3,020  
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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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$19,982 - $44,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.43 - $19.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$12.92 - $27.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$148.99 - $3,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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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$19,982 - $44,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 299

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Butcher

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


Butchers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $26K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. On average, Butchers make $35K following one to two decades on the job. Butchers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $38K.

Key Stats for Butcher

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Butcher Salaries

Late-Career
▲29%

Experienced
▲16%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 55%
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