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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
Total Jobs: 500
Average Annual Salary: $41,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,370
Average Experienced Salary: $106,790
Location Quotient: 1.23
Total Jobs: 3,630
Average Annual Salary: $39,030
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,640
Average Experienced Salary: $51,690
Location Quotient: 1.24
Total Jobs: 1,010
Average Annual Salary: $32,750
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,710
Average Experienced Salary: $46,510
Location Quotient: 1.6
Total Jobs: 4,960
Average Annual Salary: $34,430
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,500
Average Experienced Salary: $46,920
Location Quotient: 0.97
Total Jobs: 1,980
Average Annual Salary: $39,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,550
Average Experienced Salary: $51,940
Location Quotient: 0.74
Total Jobs: 2,310
Average Annual Salary: $38,230
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,900
Average Experienced Salary: $57,980
Location Quotient: 0.86
Total Jobs: 2,780
Average Annual Salary: $29,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,080
Average Experienced Salary: $44,440
Location Quotient: 1.06
Total Jobs: 900
Average Annual Salary: $33,410
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,110
Average Experienced Salary: $48,140
Location Quotient: 0.69
Total Jobs: 740
Average Annual Salary: $32,390
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,800
Average Experienced Salary: $47,020
Location Quotient: 1.7
Total Jobs: 270
Average Annual Salary: $31,740
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,090
Average Experienced Salary: $40,480
Location Quotient: 1.04
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.
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