These Are The 10 Best States For Butchers

We used the most recent data to determine the best states for Butchers to open up shop.

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Butchers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as butchers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since butchers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where butchers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for butchers.

After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s butchers:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Washington
  3. Idaho
  4. Ohio
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Minnesota
  7. Missouri
  8. Kansas
  9. Montana
  10. Wyoming

So there you have it — Butchers And Meat Cutters is the best of the best when it comes to being a butcher.

How did Butchers And Meat Cutters end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for butchers and for more on the top ten states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

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How we determined the best states to be a butcher

Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

So in order to find out the best states for butchers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well butchers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for butchers in California is $31,120 and the average salary in Illinois is $29,810, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for butchers in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for butchers.

1. North Dakota

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 500
Average Annual Salary: $41,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,370
Average Experienced Salary: $106,790
Location Quotient: 1.23

2. Washington

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,630
Average Annual Salary: $39,030
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,640
Average Experienced Salary: $51,690
Location Quotient: 1.24

3. Idaho

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,010
Average Annual Salary: $32,750
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,710
Average Experienced Salary: $46,510
Location Quotient: 1.6

4. Ohio

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,960
Average Annual Salary: $34,430
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,500
Average Experienced Salary: $46,920
Location Quotient: 0.97

5. Wisconsin

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,980
Average Annual Salary: $39,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,550
Average Experienced Salary: $51,940
Location Quotient: 0.74

6. Minnesota

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,310
Average Annual Salary: $38,230
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,900
Average Experienced Salary: $57,980
Location Quotient: 0.86

7. Missouri

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,780
Average Annual Salary: $29,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,080
Average Experienced Salary: $44,440
Location Quotient: 1.06

8. Kansas

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 900
Average Annual Salary: $33,410
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,110
Average Experienced Salary: $48,140
Location Quotient: 0.69

9. Montana

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 740
Average Annual Salary: $32,390
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,800
Average Experienced Salary: $47,020
Location Quotient: 1.7

10. Wyoming

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 270
Average Annual Salary: $31,740
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,090
Average Experienced Salary: $40,480
Location Quotient: 1.04

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Butcher

If you’re looking to start out your career as a butcher these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a butcher in America:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Vermont
  3. Maryland

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For butchers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 North Dakota $41,980 $22,370 500
2 Washington $39,030 $23,640 3,630
3 Idaho $32,750 $19,710 1,010
4 Ohio $34,430 $22,500 4,960
5 Wisconsin $39,290 $26,550 1,980
6 Minnesota $38,230 $21,900 2,310
7 Missouri $29,980 $20,080 2,780
8 Kansas $33,410 $21,110 900
9 Montana $32,390 $21,800 740
10 Wyoming $31,740 $22,090 270
11 Illinois $29,810 $19,800 7,650
12 Michigan $30,010 $19,000 3,690
13 Delaware $36,200 $22,570 310
14 Nebraska $30,450 $19,820 990
15 New Mexico $32,070 $17,810 900
16 Arizona $33,200 $20,900 2,000
17 Tennessee $29,150 $19,590 2,840
18 Arkansas $25,990 $18,980 1,440
19 New Hampshire $39,210 $24,940 500
20 Virginia $33,350 $21,070 2,840
21 Mississippi $26,370 $17,060 1,240
22 Connecticut $42,850 $27,010 760
23 Georgia $28,150 $19,390 4,470
24 Utah $31,220 $19,840 1,010
25 New Jersey $39,880 $19,650 3,640
26 Pennsylvania $33,160 $19,140 5,400
27 Nevada $32,030 $18,040 1,370
28 Indiana $29,930 $18,480 2,500
29 Alaska $42,560 $26,230 290
30 Colorado $32,310 $20,790 2,310
31 Oklahoma $28,190 $17,610 1,680
32 Kentucky $28,930 $18,440 1,570
33 Florida $30,230 $19,290 9,650
34 Alabama $28,890 $18,980 1,620
35 South Dakota $29,170 $21,340 710
36 Oregon $34,580 $22,950 1,870
37 Iowa $25,330 $18,060 3,040
38 Louisiana $27,400 $18,400 2,110
39 North Carolina $27,550 $17,420 4,360
40 West Virginia $26,410 $18,950 650
41 Texas $27,330 $17,100 9,650
42 Maine $31,930 $19,850 600
43 South Carolina $29,740 $18,300 2,000
44 Rhode Island $33,850 $23,440 430
45 California $31,120 $20,920 19,080
46 Massachusetts $40,070 $22,160 1,970
47 New York $37,390 $19,630 5,090
48 Maryland $37,720 $21,950 1,550
49 Vermont $33,350 $23,580 200
50 Hawaii $39,990 $20,130 580

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