Butcher Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Butchers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $12.02 per hour. Compensation generally starts at $8.91 per hour and does not exceed $19.39. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; about half receive both medical and dental insurance and 20 percent get vision plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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 (?
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$8.91 - $19.39
(Median)
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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  
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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  
PayScale
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.
For Butchers, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. At career start, salaries are typically $23K, which grows to $31K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $37K. Salary increase slows as Butchers pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $38K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Experience Affects Butcher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%
Experienced
up arrow 31%
Mid-Career
up arrow 12%
National Average
$28,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
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%
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