Meat Cutter, Retail Salary (United States)

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 $12.90 per hour. The top of the range reaches $19.21, and the bottom approaches $8.76 per hour. While about a third report receiving no health benefits, 64 percent do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Most Retail Meat Cutters like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Meat Cutter, Retail Salary (?
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$19,003 - $58,213
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58K
MEDIAN: $35,749
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Meat Cutter, Retail Salary (?
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$8.76 - $19.21
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$19,003 - $58,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,935  
Profit Sharing
$254.34 - $3,078  
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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$18,731 - $42,630  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.76 - $19.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.80  
Overtime
$13.10 - $30.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,935  
   
Profit Sharing
$254.34 - $3,078  
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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$18,731 - $42,630  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 411
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Job Description for Meat Cutter, Retail

Meat cutters frequently work in grocery stores, supermarkets, and butcher shops. Positions can be either part-time or full-time, with varying and flexible work schedules. This line of work frequently requires occasional hours on weekends, evenings, and holidays. Meat cutters are knowledgeable about the various types of meat and seafood offered where they work, and can help customers choose the meat that fits their needs.
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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 Retail Meat Cutters, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $23K to $29K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $33K. After 20 years in the field, Retail Meat Cutters see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $36K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 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 21 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Experience Affects Meat Cutter, Retail Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%
Experienced
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
National Average
$28,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 33%
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