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Butcher Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Butchers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $12.02 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $8.91 per hour and $19.39. A little less than one-half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one in three collect dental insurance. The majority of Butchers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Butcher Salary (?
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$19,680 - $65,574
(Median)
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39K
50K
66K
MEDIAN: $39,370
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Butcher Salary (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$8.91 - $19.39
(Median)
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19
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$19,680 - $65,574  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,396  
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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$18,867 - $48,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.91 - $19.39  
   
Overtime
$12.21 - $26.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,396  
   
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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$18,867 - $48,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 187
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Job Description for Butcher

A butcher slices and prepares meat to be distributed to customers. Butchers are responsible for slicing meat and preparing different cuts of meat to be sold. Butchers also inspect meat for safety and prepare meats to be displayed for sale. Butchers today can mainly be found in two different industry's. Grocery store butchers slice, weigh, wrap, and label a large variety of meats to be sold to directly to today's consumers. The work environment for grocery store butchers is pleasant, in that it's indoors and usually only open during day shifts. There are usually only a few butchers per grocery store, so typically they work alone or with one or two other employees. Large meat packing plants also employ butchers to slaughter, slice, and prepare meat. Usually in these positions there is little to no direct interaction with customers. Shifts vary in plants and usually large amounts of butchers work side by side to prepare cut, slice, package, and prepare meat to be sold to grocery stores and other wholesalers. Butchers who work in large plants may have specific duties in the production and processing of meat. While some butchers may slice and cut meat all day, others at the same plant may be responsible for packaging. Assembly lines may even be used. Meat packing plants are usually found in large factory's and use the same tools as most other butchers, sharp knifes, cleavers, saws, and large slicing machines. No specific education is required to work as a butcher, however some culinary schools around the country offer programs in meat cutting.
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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $23K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $31K. Butchers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $37K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $38K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining roughly one in seven.
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Experience Affects Butcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%
Experienced
up arrow 31%
Mid-Career
up arrow 12%
National Average
$28,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 50%