The 10 Best States For Butchers In 2019

Chris Kolmar
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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. Washington
  2. Wyoming
  3. North Dakota
  4. Nebraska
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Missouri
  7. Ohio
  8. Illinois
  9. Minnesota
  10. Delaware

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:

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 2018:

  • 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 $34,450 and the average salary in Illinois is $30,990, 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. Washington

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,710
Average Annual Salary: $40,600
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,990
Average Experienced Salary: $54,270
Location Quotient: 1.23

2. Wyoming

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 230
Average Annual Salary: $35,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,160
Average Experienced Salary: $47,900
Location Quotient: 0.92

3. North Dakota

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 470
Average Annual Salary: $35,040
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,600
Average Experienced Salary: $49,720
Location Quotient: 1.23

4. Nebraska

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 850
Average Annual Salary: $33,850
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,540
Average Experienced Salary: $47,210
Location Quotient: 0.94

5. Wisconsin

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,930
Average Annual Salary: $39,830
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,540
Average Experienced Salary: $52,060
Location Quotient: 0.73

6. Missouri

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,380
Average Annual Salary: $32,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,940
Average Experienced Salary: $43,120
Location Quotient: 1.3

7. Ohio

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,410
Average Annual Salary: $34,960
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,490
Average Experienced Salary: $48,300
Location Quotient: 0.88

8. Illinois

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 7,490
Average Annual Salary: $30,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,220
Average Experienced Salary: $47,700
Location Quotient: 1.35

9. Minnesota

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,050
Average Annual Salary: $37,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,190
Average Experienced Salary: $56,300
Location Quotient: 0.77

10. Delaware

Best States For Butchers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 160
Average Annual Salary: $39,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,610
Average Experienced Salary: $51,460
Location Quotient: 0.38

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. Maryland
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Hawaii

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For butchers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Washington $40,600 $25,990 3,710
2 Wyoming $35,240 $25,160 230
3 North Dakota $35,040 $25,600 470
4 Nebraska $33,850 $22,540 850
5 Wisconsin $39,830 $27,540 1,930
6 Missouri $32,260 $20,940 3,380
7 Ohio $34,960 $21,490 4,410
8 Illinois $30,990 $21,220 7,490
9 Minnesota $37,100 $22,190 2,050
10 Delaware $39,140 $26,610 160
11 Arizona $35,420 $22,540 1,940
12 New Hampshire $42,080 $28,970 490
13 Virginia $35,140 $23,970 3,230
14 Idaho $32,440 $20,090 1,010
15 Indiana $31,660 $19,410 2,280
16 Kansas $32,800 $18,540 970
17 Michigan $31,270 $19,990 3,350
18 Utah $32,480 $20,110 1,280
19 Arkansas $30,610 $20,250 900
20 Colorado $35,090 $23,340 2,280
21 Montana $32,820 $22,730 720
22 South Carolina $33,190 $23,470 2,070
23 New Jersey $43,680 $22,370 3,230
24 Alaska $46,160 $27,220 240
25 Tennessee $31,160 $21,570 2,040
26 Nevada $35,160 $20,250 1,140
27 Kentucky $30,340 $18,300 1,650
28 Mississippi $27,350 $17,190 1,220
29 Alabama $30,900 $18,950 1,660
30 North Carolina $31,870 $21,580 3,250
31 Georgia $29,810 $19,520 3,980
32 New Mexico $30,390 $19,120 730
33 South Dakota $31,650 $23,250 610
34 Connecticut $44,880 $23,800 870
35 Iowa $26,460 $20,020 3,230
36 Florida $30,960 $19,140 9,710
37 West Virginia $29,020 $20,240 620
38 Oklahoma $28,600 $18,230 1,330
39 Oregon $35,730 $23,710 1,850
40 Maine $33,160 $21,770 670
41 Texas $27,140 $17,100 12,590
42 Pennsylvania $32,110 $19,470 3,810
43 Louisiana $28,810 $18,990 1,600
44 New York $36,500 $22,850 8,140
45 California $34,450 $23,370 19,800
46 Rhode Island $38,820 $24,340 250
47 Vermont $35,370 $26,620 170
48 Hawaii $40,920 $24,300 680
49 Massachusetts $40,920 $24,660 1,950
50 Maryland $39,810 $23,970 1,300
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