Meat Cutter, Retail Salary

A sizeable majority of Retail Meat Cutters in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $12.99 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.79 per hour, and the top verges on $18.93. Job satisfaction for Retail Meat Cutters is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and roughly one-half receive dental plans. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,679 - $61,152

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$8.79 - $18.93

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$20,679 - $61,152  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $622  
Profit Sharing
$444.15 - $1,628  
Total Pay (?
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$18,880 - $41,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.79 - $18.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.80  
Overtime
$13.92 - $28.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $622  
   
Profit Sharing
$444.15 - $1,628  
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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$18,880 - $41,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200
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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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $24K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $27K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $30K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $36K on average.

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Experience Affects Meat Cutter, Retail Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$28,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

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: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 37%
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