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Working As A Butcher

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $36,663

    Average Salary

What Does A Butcher Do

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

Duties

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.

Education

There are no formal education requirements to become a butcher.

Training

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 Typical Career Paths

Average Length of Employment
Halal Butcher 5.0 years
Meat Cutter 3.0 years
Butcher Supervisor 2.6 years
Meat Butcher 2.1 years
Butcher 2.0 years
Butcher Assistant 1.9 years
Butcher Helper 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Cook 11.6%
Cashier 11.0%
Manager 5.8%
Line Cook 5.3%
Chef 4.3%
Server 4.3%
Stocker 4.2%
Sous Chef 4.0%
Internship 3.8%
Prep Cook 3.6%
Top Employers After
Cook 9.2%
Cashier 7.2%
Manager 6.4%
Chef 4.6%
Line Cook 4.3%
Driver 4.3%
Sous Chef 4.0%
Technician 3.7%
Server 3.4%

Butcher Demographics

Gender

Male

85.1%

Female

13.6%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

76.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.6%

French

7.1%

Chinese

2.4%

German

2.4%

Tagalog

2.4%

Portuguese

1.2%

Mandarin

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Dutch

1.2%

Ilocano

1.2%

Japanese

1.2%

Macedonian

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Polish

1.2%

Italian

1.2%

Tibetan

1.2%

Russian

1.2%
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Butcher Education

Schools

Culinary Institute of America

12.9%

University of Phoenix

12.1%

Johnson & Wales University

9.5%

Fresno City College

5.2%

Liberty University

5.2%

Boise State University

4.3%

Purdue University

4.3%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

4.3%

Ball State University

4.3%

Murray State University

3.4%

University of Cincinnati

3.4%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.4%

Missouri Western State University

3.4%

University of Northern Iowa

3.4%

University of Vermont

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.4%

The Academy

3.4%

McCann School of Business and Technology

3.4%

University of Arkansas at Monticello

3.4%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.4%
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Majors

Business

18.3%

Culinary Arts

11.5%

Criminal Justice

10.8%

General Studies

9.7%

Computer Science

5.1%

Automotive Technology

4.4%

Precision Metal Working

4.2%

Psychology

4.2%

Education

3.4%

Liberal Arts

3.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Accounting

2.8%

Management

2.6%

Food And Nutrition

2.5%

Graphic Design

2.5%

English

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.3%

Fine Arts

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

42.2%

Bachelors

24.7%

Associate

19.1%

Certificate

7.2%

Diploma

2.9%

Masters

2.1%

Doctorate

1.3%

License

0.6%
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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 -
$38,610
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 Jul 02, 2015 $34,923
Butcher Casablanca Meat Market LLC New York, NY May 28, 2015 $34,923
Butcher House of Glatt New York, NY May 05, 2008 $34,832
Butcher Carlton On The Bay Great Neck, NY Feb 16, 2010 $34,832
Butcher El Mercado Market Long Beach, CA Aug 22, 2008 $30,262 -
$31,305
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 Ventura Kosher Meat Corp. CA Mar 25, 2010 $29,635
Butcher Carniceria Yahualica Parksdale, CA Oct 06, 2010 $29,635
Butcher Almanzar Grocey Newark, NJ Apr 28, 2009 $29,615

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Top Skills for A Butcher

MeatProductsBeefPorkPoultryPlaceMeatCutsSafetyStandardsGrindMeatsSpecialCutsDeliMeatsCookingFormStoreMeatFoodSafetyMeatDepartmentPackageMeatDisplayCounterRequisitionMeatSuppliesEnsureMeatQualityCustomerServiceSkillsPrepMeatSales

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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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