Men make up the majority of Retail Meat Cutters in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $14.17 per hour. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — over a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and close to one-half receive dental plans. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,000 - $44,200
(Median)
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$35K
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MEDIAN: $35,000
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$8.60 - $20.69
(Median)
$8
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$35,000  
   
Bonus
$1,548  
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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$18,004 - $45,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$8.60 - $20.69  
   
Overtime
$13.22 - $33.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$1,548  
   
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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$18,004 - $45,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 137
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Job Description for Meat Cutter, Retail

Meat cutters in retail are tasked with breaking down large meat carcasses of beef, pork, poultry, and fish to create ready-to-use cuts of meat for purchase. As retail workers, they are employed primarily in supermarkets and dedicated butcher shops which have retail sales fronts. They typically maintain stock of popular meat cuts for purchase in cooled displays while also executing made-to-order cuts for customers, such as using slicers or grinding beef or turkey.

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Meat Cutter, Retail 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 Meat Cutter, Retail

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


Retail Meat Cutters with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $24K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $30K. Retail Meat Cutters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $31K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $38K on average.

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Experience Affects Meat Cutter, Retail Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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