A sizeable majority of Butchers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $13.18 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the company and geographic location. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and a little more than half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than two-fifths and dental coverage is claimed by slightly less than a third. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,180 - $58,175
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$20K
$32K
$58K
MEDIAN: $32,058
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$9.24 - $18.87
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$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$20,180 - $58,175  
   
Bonus
$481.77 - $5,152  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
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$19,737 - $43,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.24 - $18.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.75  
Overtime
$12.81 - $25.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$481.77 - $5,152  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$19,737 - $43,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 295

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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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $25K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $30K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Butchers make a median salary of $33K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $38K on average.

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Experience Affects Butcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 53%
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