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These Are The 10 Highest Butcher Salaries By State

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do butchers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for butchers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for butchers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for butchers after this adjustment? That would be Butchers And Meat Cutters.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

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

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for butchers from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $31120, so our index value would be:

$31,120 * (100 / 135.9) = $22,899

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for butchers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Butcher Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 North Dakota $42,233 $41,980 99.4
2 Wisconsin $40,588 $39,290 96.8
3 Minnesota $37,926 $38,230 100.8
4 Kansas $37,163 $33,410 89.9
5 Washington $37,100 $39,030 105.2
6 Ohio $36,705 $34,430 93.8
7 Delaware $35,700 $36,200 101.4
8 Idaho $35,559 $32,750 92.1
9 Wyoming $34,575 $31,740 91.8
10 Arizona $33,877 $33,200 98.0
11 Michigan $33,719 $30,010 89.0
12 Utah $33,569 $31,220 93.0
13 Connecticut $33,555 $42,850 127.7
14 New Hampshire $33,512 $39,210 117.0
15 Indiana $33,441 $29,930 89.5
16 Nebraska $33,242 $30,450 91.6
17 New Mexico $33,233 $32,070 96.5
18 Missouri $33,163 $29,980 90.4
19 Virginia $33,085 $33,350 100.8
20 New Jersey $32,715 $39,880 121.9
21 Pennsylvania $32,702 $33,160 101.4
22 Tennessee $32,606 $29,150 89.4
23 Alaska $32,463 $42,560 131.1
24 Montana $32,132 $32,390 100.8
25 Kentucky $31,966 $28,930 90.5
26 Alabama $31,677 $28,890 91.2
27 Oklahoma $31,603 $28,190 89.2
28 Illinois $31,511 $29,810 94.6
29 Colorado $31,127 $32,310 103.8
30 Nevada $31,006 $32,030 103.3
31 Georgia $30,798 $28,150 91.4
32 Florida $30,752 $30,230 98.3
33 Mississippi $30,698 $26,370 85.9
34 Texas $30,132 $27,330 90.7
35 Maryland $30,055 $37,720 125.5
36 Massachusetts $30,037 $40,070 133.4
37 South Carolina $29,979 $29,740 99.2
38 Oregon $29,913 $34,580 115.6
39 Arkansas $29,839 $25,990 87.1
40 North Carolina $29,339 $27,550 93.9
41 Louisiana $28,902 $27,400 94.8
42 Maine $28,817 $31,930 110.8
43 New York $28,541 $37,390 131.0
44 West Virginia $28,276 $26,410 93.4
45 South Dakota $28,129 $29,170 103.7
46 Rhode Island $28,044 $33,850 120.7
47 Iowa $27,835 $25,330 91.0
48 Vermont $27,539 $33,350 121.1
49 Hawaii $23,817 $39,990 167.9
50 California $22,899 $31,120 135.9

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