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Become A Butcher

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Working As A Butcher

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $31,096

    Average Salary

What Does A Butcher Do

Butchers cut, trim, and package meat for retail sale.


Butchers typically do the following:

  • Sharpen and adjust knives and cutting equipment
  • Receive, inspect, and store meat upon delivery
  • Cut, bone, or grind pieces of meat
  • Weigh, wrap, and display meat or meat products
  • Cut or prepare meats to specification or customers’ orders
  • Store meats in refrigerators or freezers at the required temperature
  • Keep inventory of meat and order meat supplies
  • Clean equipment and work areas to maintain health and sanitation standards

Butchers cut and trim meat from larger, wholesale portions into steaks, chops, roasts, and other cuts. They then prepare meat for sale by performing various duties, such as weighing meat, wrapping it, and putting it out for display. In retail stores, they also wait on customers and prepare special cuts of meat upon request.

Butchers in meat processing plants are also known as meat cutters. They may have a more limited range of duties than those working in a grocery store or specialty meat shop. Because they typically work on an assembly line, those in processing plants usually perform one specific function—a single cut—during their shift.

Butchers use tools such as knives, grinders, or meat saws. They must follow sanitation standards while working and when cleaning equipment, countertops, and working areas in order to prevent meat contamination.

Some butchers run their own retail store. In these settings, they usually track inventory, order supplies, and perform other recordkeeping duties.

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How To Become A Butcher

Most butchers learn their skills through on-the-job training lasting more than a year. No formal education is required.


There are no formal education requirements to become a butcher.


Butchers typically learn their skills on the job and the length of training varies considerably. Training for simple cutting may take only a few weeks. However, more complicated cutting tasks generally require training that may last from several months to more than a year.

Training for entry-level workers often begins by learning less difficult tasks, such as making simple cuts, removing bones, or dividing wholesale cuts into retail portions. Under the guidance of more experienced workers, trainees learn the proper use and care of tools and equipment. For example, they learn how to sharpen their knives and clean working areas and equipment.

Trainees also may learn how to shape, roll, and tie roasts, prepare sausage, and cure meat. Those employed in retail stores are usually taught basic business operations, such as inventory control, meat buying, and recordkeeping. Employees also receive training in food safety to minimize the risk of foodborne pathogens in meats.

Butchers who follow religious dietary guidelines for food preparation may be required to undergo more specialized training and certification before becoming endorsed by a religious organization to prepare meat.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Butchers must pay close attention to what they are doing in order to avoid injury and wasting meat.

Customer-service skills. Butchers who work in retail stores should be courteous, be able to answer customers’ questions, and fill orders to customers’ satisfaction.

Dexterity. Butchers use sharp knives and meat cutting equipment as part of their duties. Therefore, they must have good hand control in order to make proper cuts of meat that are the right size.

Physical stamina. Butchers spend hours on their feet while cutting, packaging, or storing meat.

Physical strength. Butchers should be strong enough to lift and carry heavy boxes of meat, which may weigh more than 50 pounds.

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Butcher Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Tagalog

  • Portuguese

  • Mandarin

  • Vietnamese

  • Hebrew

  • Dutch

  • Ilocano

  • Japanese

  • Macedonian

  • Urdu

  • Polish

  • Italian

  • Tibetan

  • Russian

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Real Butcher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Butcher Tychanski Meat Market Inc. New York, NY Jul 10, 2015 $50,960
Butcher Love Farms LLC Paterson, NJ Jul 28, 2015 $50,960
Butcher Pueblo Meat Market, Inc. Newark, NJ Jul 09, 2015 $48,422
Butcher Victor Provision Inc. New York, NY Aug 07, 2016 $47,600
Butcher Furcis Fine Foods Bayport, NY Oct 21, 2008 $47,083
Head Butcher Jon Supermarket Dover, NJ Sep 09, 2010 $46,102
Butcher Tana's Food Market, Inc. Paterson, NJ Mar 18, 2009 $42,617
Butcher Kosher Depot Hempstead, NY May 05, 2008 $42,512
Butcher La Placita Market Corp Peekskill, NY Jun 30, 2016 $39,582
Butcher Foodway Inc. Alexandria, VA Nov 30, 2007 $38,338 -
Butcher Foodway Inc. Alexandria, VA Dec 14, 2009 $38,338
Butcher Beira Rio Food Market, Inc. Elizabeth, NJ Jul 15, 2010 $37,816
Butcher Maywoods Marketplace LLC Maywood, NJ May 04, 2012 $37,648
Butcher Kangjin, Inc. DBA Store Perez II Denver, CO Dec 28, 2007 $36,669
Butcher James Hulteen Clifton, CO Jul 24, 2009 $36,523
Butcher K & M Meat Company, Inc. Rifle, CO Sep 01, 2015 $35,901
Butcher Sana&Saqib, LLC T/A Fair Price INTL Supermarket Alexandria, VA Oct 22, 2014 $34,986
Butcher Casablanca Meat Market LLC New York, NY May 28, 2015 $34,923
Butcher Casablanca Meat Market, LLC New York, NY Jul 02, 2015 $34,923
Butcher Carlton On The Bay Great Neck, NY Feb 16, 2010 $34,832
Butcher House of Glatt New York, NY May 05, 2008 $34,832
Butchers Garrido Food Corp. New York, NY Nov 05, 2010 $30,282
Butchers 2257 East 16 Corp DBA Net Cost Market New York, NY Jul 02, 2010 $30,282
Butcher El Mercado Market Long Beach, CA Aug 22, 2008 $30,262 -
Butcher Tehran Market Santa Monica, CA May 07, 2010 $30,241
Butcher Tehran Market Santa Monica, CA Apr 04, 2008 $30,241
Butcher (de-Boner) Southwest Processor, Inc. Stafford, TX Aug 10, 2015 $30,098
Butcher Ontario Farmers Market, Inc. Ontario, CA Feb 04, 2008 $29,781
Butcher Carniceria Yahualica Parksdale, CA Oct 06, 2010 $29,635

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Top Skills for A Butcher


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Top Butcher Skills

  1. Meat Products
  2. Beef
  3. Pork
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Unloaded meat products for truck trailer using hand jack and storing in designated areas.
  • Monitor usage, temperature control, as well as wet and dry aging of beef and pork.
  • Stuff roast, pork chops, ext.
  • Cut, weighed and packaged steaks, poultry and chops according to butcher's request and customer orders.
  • Prepare and place meat cuts and products in display counter, so they will appear attractive to customers

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