Meat Cutter, Retail Salary

Retail Meat Cutters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $13.00 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.78 per hour and $18.89. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly more than half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction for Retail Meat Cutters is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,383 - $60,680
(Median)
$18K
$38K
$61K
MEDIAN: $38,000
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90%

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$8.78 - $18.89
(Median)
$8
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$18,383 - $60,680  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $644  
Profit Sharing
$452.00 - $3,100  
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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$18,866 - $41,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.78 - $18.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.80  
Overtime
$13.82 - $27.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $644  
   
Profit Sharing
$452.00 - $3,100  
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).
)
$18,866 - $41,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 208
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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.


For many Retail Meat Cutters, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $24K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $27K. Retail Meat Cutters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $30K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $36K.

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Experience Affects Meat Cutter, Retail Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$28,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 36%
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