Butchers and Meat Cutters
SOC: 51-3021.00

Description:

Cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
139,000 employed

Projected (2024):
146,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Blockman
  • Butcher
  • Butcher Apprentice
  • Butcher Assistant
  • Cleaver
  • Halal Butcher
  • Journeyman Meat Cutter
  • Kosher Butcher
  • Market Manager
  • Meat Butcher
  • Meat Carver
  • Meat Clerk
  • Meat Counter Worker
  • Meat Cutter
  • Meat Cutter Apprentice
  • Meat Department Manager
  • Meat Dresser
  • Meat Loiner
  • Meat Manager
  • Meat Service Team Member
  • Meat Slicer
  • Meat Specialist
  • Meat Supervisor
  • Meat Team Member
  • Meat Wrapper
  • Meatman
  • Seafood and Service Meat Manager
  • Seafood Clerk
  • Seafood Service Team Member
  • Slicer
  • Small Order Cutter


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Wrap, weigh, label and price cuts of meat.
  • Prepare and place meat cuts and products in display counter, so they will appear attractive and catch the shopper's eye.
  • Prepare special cuts of meat ordered by customers.
  • Cut, trim, bone, tie, and grind meats, such as beef, pork, poultry, and fish, to prepare meat in cooking form.
  • Receive, inspect, and store meat upon delivery, to ensure meat quality.
  • Shape, lace, and tie roasts, using boning knife, skewer, and twine.
  • Estimate requirements and order or requisition meat supplies to maintain inventories.
  • Supervise other butchers or meat cutters.
  • Record quantity of meat received and issued to cooks or keep records of meat sales.
  • Negotiate with representatives from supply companies to determine order details.
  • Cure, smoke, tenderize and preserve meat.
  • Total sales, and collect money from customers.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air knives
  • Anti-griddles
  • Auto feed grinders
  • Bacon slicers
  • Balers
  • Beef shackles
  • Beef splitting saws
  • Bone dusters
  • Boning hooks
  • Boning knives
  • Bowl choppers
  • Breaking knives
  • Brisket cutters
  • Butcher knives
  • Butcher saws
  • Chefs' knives
  • Dicers
  • Dough mixers
  • Fish scalers
  • Fish skinners
  • Food metal detectors
  • Food thermometers
  • Frozen block grinders
  • Frozen food saws
  • Hamburger presses
  • Hand blenders
  • Handsaws
  • Hog shackles
  • Knife sharpeners
  • Label printers
  • Material conveyors
  • Meat cleavers
  • Meat cubers
  • Meat cutting band saws
  • Meat dehydrators
  • Meat hoists
  • Meat scales
  • Meat stringing machines
  • Meatball molders
  • Mincing machines
  • Net applicators
  • Pallet jacks
  • Paring knives
  • Personal computers
  • Poultry shears
  • Power staple guns
  • Protective ear muffs
  • Protective ear plugs
  • Rotisserie ovens
  • Sausage linkers
  • Smokehouses
  • Specific gravity fat analyzers
  • T-handle boning hooks
  • Thermal circulators
  • Trim knives
  • Vacuum package machines
  • Whizzard knives
  • Wrapping machines
  • Financial accounting software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220