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Slaughterer and Meat Packer Salary, Earnings and Wage Information

  Pay Period Low Median High
  Hourly $7.67 $10.43 $13.73
  Annual $16,000 $21,700 $28,600
  • “High” indicates 90% of workers earn less and 10% earn more.
  • “Median” indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
  • “Low” indicates 10% of workers earn less and 90% earn more.
  • “N/A” indicates the data is not available.

Notes: The yearly wage data presented above represents U.S. workers who are employed full-time with year-round schedules.

Occupation Description

Slaughterers and Meat Packers work in slaughtering, meat packing, or establishments performing functions involving the preparation of meat. Their work may include specialized slaughtering tasks, cutting standard or premium cuts of meat for marketing, making sausage, or wrapping meats. “Meat, Poultry, Fish Cutters/Trimmers” perform routine, lower-skilled meat cutting and are not included in this group.