Butcher / Meat Cutter Salary

The average pay for a Butcher / Meat Cutter is $14.20 per hour.

$19,334 - $90,000
$19K
$36K
$90K
MEDIAN: $35,505
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50%
90%

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$9.98 - $21.46
$10
$14
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MEDIAN: $14.43
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$0$90K
Salary $19,334 - $90,000
Bonus $240.88 - $4,036
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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$20,870 - $49,685
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 14
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $9.98 - $21.46
Hourly Tips $0.13
Overtime $12.36 - $30.97
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $240.88 - $4,036
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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$20,870 - $49,685
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 149

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Job Description for Butcher / Meat Cutter

A butcher/meat cutter is a person who prepares meat for consumption in retail businesses or shops. These workers must cut and trim large portions of meat from carcasses into portions that shoppers will want to buy. Butchers/meat cutters must be aware of safety and sanitary conditions, as requirements are typically set by government agencies. They should be able to prepare an attractive showcase of available cuts of meats, and they will be called on to provide customer service functions. Oftentimes, a consumer will ask a butcher how to prepare a certain cut of meat, so a knowledge of cooking meat is also helpful.

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Butcher / Meat Cutter 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.

Butcher / Meat Cutter Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Butcher / Meat Cutter

Pay by Experience for a Butcher / Meat Cutter has a positive trend. An entry-level Butcher / Meat Cutter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 55 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Butcher / Meat Cutter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 38 salaries. An experienced Butcher / Meat Cutter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 48 salaries. A Butcher / Meat Cutter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 34 salaries.

Butcher / Meat Cutter Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Butcher / Meat Cutter?

Butcher / Meat Cutter in Abilene:
"Time consuming."
It's a fun job but don't expect to get holidays or weekends off very often.

Butcher / Meat Cutter in Carroll:
"Life of the humble butcher."
Pros: The customers are great for the most part. Everybody has to eat and most of us eat meat so you end up with a lot of business acquaintances and connections because people want to grill a steak or pork chop but they sure as hell don't want to kill it and get all bloody and covered in guts then cut it up and package it. Not to mention the fact that most people would have no clue where to start with a live animal from the field and the cost of the equipment needed is astonomical. So therefore it's makes a good bargaining chip and can be used to barter for just bout anything, remember 98% of people are ignorant to this trade. It's a skill that you will have forever and can take anywhere and no matter where you go you will be in demand, also it would be a priceless skill set in a survival situation.
Cons: Ignorance. It's abound from farmers to customers to the public. Farmers don't get if they schedule an animal and they don't show time is wasted therefore money is wasted. Customers dont seem to understand that if the order an animal they need to give you their cutting order so it can be processed and many customers are just uneducated they don't understand the concept that they ordered an animal not a box of meat. So you have to play teacher (wasting time) or worse they freak when you educate them and they decide they don't wanna put forth the effort to learn and drop it on you so now you have to find a customer for an animal that could have a total cost of $2000-up before it spoils. Lastly thanks to PETA we are viewed as evil scary sick sadistic people that like to hurt animals but that isn't always the truth. Fact is you gotta eat to live and you gotta work to eat its a necessary trade albeit unpleasant. And of course blood, guts, and odors are awful as well bet ya coulda guess that.

Key Stats for Butcher / Meat Cutter

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Butcher / Meat Cutter Salaries

Late-Career
▲35%

Experienced
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 44%
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