Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers

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Total Workforce

259k

Average Age

40.5

Estimated Job Growth

2.59%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$28,725

Average Male Salary

$30,147

Average Female Salary

$23,629

About

Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers are most often employed by the Grocery Stores industry. The average yearly wage for Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers was $28,725 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers by wage are Mail clerks & mail machine operators, except postal service, Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers, and Military enlisted tactical operations & air/weapons specialists & crew members.

Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers are part of the Production Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of production & operating workers, Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, & systems assemblers, Electrical, electronics, & electromechanical assemblers, Engine & other machine assemblers, Structural metal fabricators & fitters, Miscellaneous assemblers & fabricators, Bakers, Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, Food & tobacco roasting, baking, & drying machine operators & tenders, Food batchmakers, Food cooking machine operators & tenders, Food processing workers, all other, Computer control programmers & operators, Extruding & drawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Forging machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Rolling machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machine tool cutting setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machinists, Metal furnace operators, tenders, pourers, & casters, Model makers, patternmakers, & molding machine setters, metal & plastic, Tool & die makers, Welding, soldering, & brazing workers, Miscellaneous metal workers & plastic workers, including multiple machine tool setters, Prepress technicians & workers, Printing press operators, Print binding & finishing workers, Laundry & drycleaning workers, Pressers, textile, garment, & related materials, Sewing machine operators, Shoe & leather workers, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, Textile knitting & weaving machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile winding, twisting, & drawing out machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile bleaching & dyeing, & cutting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Upholsterers, Miscellaneous textile, apparel, & furnishings workers except upholsterers, Cabinetmakers & bench carpenters, Furniture finishers, Sawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, wood, Woodworking machine setters, operators, & tenders, except sawing, Miscellaneous woodworkers, including model makers & patternmakers, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Stationary engineers & boiler operators, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, Miscellaneous plant & system operators, Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders, Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, & blending workers, Cutting workers, Extruding, forming, pressing, & compacting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, & kettle operators & tenders, Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers, Jewelers & precious stone & metal workers, Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, Packaging & filling machine operators & tenders, Painting workers, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders, Etchers & engravers, Molders, shapers, & casters, except metal & plastic, Paper goods machine setters, operators, & tenders, Tire builders, Helpersproduction workers, and Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors

The top 3 locations that employ the most Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers are Northeast Nebraska PUMA, NE, Dodge City, Garden City & Liberal City PUMA, KS, and Potter CountyAmarillo City (North) PUMA, TX. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers are Dodge City, Garden City & Liberal City PUMA, KS, Northeast Nebraska PUMA, NE, and Huntsville City (Far Southeast) PUMA, AL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Grocery Stores is the industry that employs the most Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, by average wage, is Miscellaneous general merchandise stores. Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers are paid most in Independence, Cleburne, Van Buren, Sharp, Izard, Stone & Fulton Counties PUMA, AR but are relatively concentrated in Dodge City, Garden City & Liberal City PUMA, KS.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$28,725

AVERAGE SALARY

± $988

In 2017, Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers earned an average of $28,725, $23,340 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Mail clerks & mail machine operators, except postal service make somewhat more than Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers while Military enlisted tactical operations & air/weapons specialists & crew members make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.299

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.299, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, by number of employees, are Grocery Stores, Animal slaughtering & processing, and Specialty food stores.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, by average wage, are Miscellaneous general merchandise stores, Department stores & discount stores, and Grocery & related product merchant wholesalers.

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Industries by Share

259k

2017 Workforce

± 12,484

-3.45%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 7%

The number of people employed as Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers has been declining at a rate of -3.45%, from 268,271 people in 2016 to 259,026 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers employed by various industries. Grocery Stores employs the largest share of Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers at  43.5%, followed by Animal slaughtering & processing with 36.1% and Specialty food stores with 6.58%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers in the US. The average age of male Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers in the workforce is 40.1 and of female Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers is 42, and the most common race/ethnicity for Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers is White.

Gender Composition

203k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 11,041

56.5k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 5,835

78.2% of Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

63.7% of Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 16.1% of Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers.

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Age by Gender

40.1

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.802

42

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.36

The median age of Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers is 40.5, and Male employees are generally 1.89 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers is Business but a relatively high number of Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers hold a major in Visual & Performing Arts.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Troubleshooting, and Repairing.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers are expected to see a growth of 2.59% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

2.59%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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