Updated August 18, 2021
Average Meat Cutter Salary
$10.81 hourly
$22,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$16,000 yearly
$16,000
10 %
$22,000
Median
$29,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$29,000
$2,417
$14
75th Percentile
$26,000
$2,167
$13
Average
$22,495
$1,875
$11
25th Percentile
$19,000
$1,583
$9
10th Percentile
$16,000
$1,333
$8

Average Meat Cutter Salary By State

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Meat Cutter average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$24,725
$11.89
Alaska
$20,398
$9.81
Arizona
$28,989
$13.94
Arkansas
$20,166
$9.70
California
$28,881
$13.89
Colorado
$31,134
$14.97
Connecticut
$30,536
$14.68
Delaware
$31,102
$14.95
District of Columbia
$30,600
$14.71
Florida
$25,202
$12.12
Georgia
$22,728
$10.93
Hawaii
$29,171
$14.02
Idaho
$30,211
$14.52
Illinois
$27,304
$13.13
Indiana
$31,845
$15.31
Iowa
$26,950
$12.96
Kansas
$24,450
$11.75
Kentucky
$29,064
$13.97
Louisiana
$22,658
$10.89
Maine
$31,014
$14.91
Maryland
$30,714
$14.77
Massachusetts
$29,489
$14.18
Michigan
$29,681
$14.27
Minnesota
$31,250
$15.02
Mississippi
$28,129
$13.52
Missouri
$31,736
$15.26
Montana
$31,557
$15.17
Nebraska
$33,118
$15.92
Nevada
$27,284
$13.12
New Hampshire
$29,134
$14.01
New Jersey
$28,777
$13.84
New Mexico
$20,528
$9.87
New York
$29,498
$14.18
North Carolina
$25,784
$12.40
North Dakota
$30,110
$14.48
Ohio
$31,546
$15.17
Oklahoma
$23,565
$11.33
Oregon
$29,214
$14.05
Pennsylvania
$31,825
$15.30
Rhode Island
$29,999
$14.42
South Carolina
$26,258
$12.62
South Dakota
$28,326
$13.62
Tennessee
$23,816
$11.45
Texas
$21,567
$10.37
Utah
$26,402
$12.69
Vermont
$28,845
$13.87
Virginia
$32,300
$15.53
Washington
$36,631
$17.61
West Virginia
$30,992
$14.90
Wisconsin
$33,087
$15.91
Wyoming
$27,127
$13.04

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Highest Paying Cities For Meat Cutter

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Bellevue, WA
$36,643
$17.62
Arlington, VA
$33,650
$16.18
Baltimore, MD
$30,869
$14.84
Washington, DC
$30,559
$14.69
Detroit, MI
$29,696
$14.28
Gilroy, CA
$29,696
$14.28

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How much does a Meat Cutter make?

The average meat cutter salary is $22,495 per year, or $10.81 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $16,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $29,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Washington, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Indiana provide the highest meat cutter salaries.

Average Meat Cutter Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $22,500
    $10.81
    +2.2%
    2020
    $22,000
    $10.58
    +3.3%
    2019
    $21,300
    $10.23
    +2.5%
    2018
    $20,700
    $9.98
    +1.6%
    2017
    $20,400
    $9.81
    +1.0%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Butcher

    Avg. salary: $29,233

    A butcher is someone responsible for turning whole or large pieces of meat into ready-to-cook or retail-ready portions that can be purchased by customers or restaurants. Butchers know how to cut meat, poultry, and fish properly, so they deal mostly with sharp instruments like knives, grinders, and other cutting equipment. Butchers are knowledgeable in the science of temperature and aging to ensure they are of great quality at all times and adhere to health regulations. They are commonly seen in wet markets, supermarkets, grocery stores, butcher shops, and slaughterhouses, but some are self-employed or have their own meat shop.
    4,673 Butcher Jobs
    Meat Wrapper

    Avg. salary: $26,936

    Typically working at meat and butcher shops, a meat wrapper specializes in preparing, cutting, processing, and wrapping meats for selling. To carry out their duties, they must inspect the meat's quality, utilize saws and grinders, weigh and wrap portions, and display it on shelves while adhering to the health protocols and standards. There are also instances where they must label products according to their price and kind, assist customers, answer inquiries, and provide suggestions. Most importantly, a meat wrapper ensures the cleanliness of work areas in adherence to the food safety regulations.
    6,500 Meat Wrapper Jobs
    Meat Manager

    Avg. salary: $31,147

    A meat manager works in the meat department of a store. The responsibilities of this position include overseeing the department's operations, ensuring food safety, overseeing product preparation, dealing with the suppliers and vendors, carrying out inventory, and performing customer service. They also oversee employees in the department, perform sales related tasks, make changes in inventory and pricing, and schedule employees' shifts.
    6,104 Meat Manager Jobs
    Meat Cutter Apprentice

    Avg. salary: $24,320

    Meat cutter apprentices perform their duties under the supervision of more advanced meat cutters. Besides ensuring meat quality, meat cutter apprentices also rotate, prepare, keep, and receive meat products. Other duties performed by these professionals include displaying meat items correctly, serving customers, and maintaining sales, preparation, and storage areas as per the approved sanitation program. Also, they pack, price, and display meat products attractively. They cut orders as per specific demands, prepare and market meat products.
    9,518 Meat Cutter Apprentice Jobs
    Meat Clerk

    Avg. salary: $30,578

    A meat clerk's role is to provide conveniently cut and packed meat to consumers in a retail store or similar setting. One of their primary responsibilities is to greet customers, respond to their requests and inquiries, manage the display by removing expired meat products, label goods according to their prices and specifications, manage storage, and follow all health standards and protocols. Furthermore, a meat clerk must maintain the store's sanitation, ensuring to abide by all safety policies.
    49,295 Meat Clerk Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Butcher
    $29,234
    $2,436
    $14.05
    4,673
    Meat Wrapper
    $26,936
    $2,245
    $12.95
    6,500
    Meat Manager
    $31,148
    $2,596
    $14.97
    6,104
    Meat Cutter Apprentice
    $24,321
    $2,027
    $11.69
    9,518
    Meat Clerk
    $30,579
    $2,548
    $14.70
    49,295
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    Meat Cutter Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a meat cutter can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Meat Cutters The Most?

    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Town & Country Markets and Graham Holdings as they offer the highest salaries for meat cutters.
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    Recently Added Meat Cutter Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Sysco
    Meat Cutter
    Meat Cutter
    Auburndale, FL
    08/31/2021
    $25,044
    08/31/2021
    Golden Corral
    Meat Cutter
    Meat Cutter
    Walker, MI
    08/29/2021
    $30,000
    08/29/2021
    Botto's BBQ
    Meat Cutter/Prep Cook
    Meat Cutter/Prep Cook
    Portland, OR
    08/27/2021
    $33,392
    08/27/2021
    Whole Foods
    Meat Cutter (Butcher)
    Meat Cutter (Butcher)
    Lakewood, CO
    08/27/2021
    $32,349
    08/27/2021
    Sysco Corp
    Meat Cutter
    Meat Cutter
    Denver, CO
    08/26/2021
    $39,653
    08/26/2021
    Stew Leonard's
    Meat Cutter
    Meat Cutter
    Paramus, NJ
    08/24/2021
    $41,740
    08/24/2021
    Busch's, Inc.
    Meat Cutter
    Meat Cutter
    Ann Arbor, MI
    08/19/2021
    $40,697
    08/19/2021
    Sysco Corp
    Meat Cutter
    Meat Cutter
    New Brunswick, NJ
    08/19/2021
    $41,740
    08/19/2021
    Nugget Market
    Meat Cutter/Butcher !
    Meat Cutter/Butcher !
    Sacramento, CA
    08/15/2021
    $41,740
    08/15/2021
    Meat Cutter
    Chicago, IL
    08/14/2021
    $68,000
    08/14/2021

    Average Meat Cutter Salary by Demographic

    Meat Cutter Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $21,699
    female-income
    Female Income
    $20,376
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$21,699
    Female$20,376
    Median Meat Cutter Income by Race
    Asian meat cutters have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian meat cutters have the lowest average salary at $19,606.
    $25,000
    $20,000
    $15,000
    $10,000
    $5,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$21,622
    Black or African American$20,824
    Asian$21,624
    Hispanic or Latino$21,512
    Average Meat Cutter Salary by Education Level
    Meat cutters with a Associate degree earn more than those without, at $22,777 annually. With a Bachelors degree, meat cutters earn a median annual income of $21,756 compared to $21,699 for meat cutters with an High School Diploma degree.
    $25,000
    $20,000
    $15,000
    $10,000
    $5,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$21,699
    Bachelor's Degree$21,756
    Some College/ Associate Degree$22,777