Meat Cutter, Retail Salary

Retail Meat Cutters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $13.44 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.68 per hour to $19.77. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — around two in five lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and a little less than one-half receive dental plans. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$8.68 - $19.77
(Median)
$8
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $13.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.68 - $19.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$13.58 - $30.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $611  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,026  
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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$18,427 - $43,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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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. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $24K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $27K. Retail Meat Cutters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $31K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $37K.

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Experience Affects Meat Cutter, Retail Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$29,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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