Butchers and Meat Cutters


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-3.3% (decline)


What Butchers and Meat Cutters Do

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

Other Job Titles Butchers and Meat Cutters May Have

Butcher, Meat Clerk, Meat Cutter, Meat Specialist

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Prepare and place meat cuts and products in display counter to appear attractive and catch the shopper's eye.
  • Wrap, weigh, label, and price cuts of meat.
  • Cut, trim, bone, tie, and grind meats, such as beef, pork, poultry, and fish, to prepare in cooking form.
  • Prepare special cuts of meat ordered by customers.
  • Receive, inspect, and store meat upon delivery to ensure meat quality.

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