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Butchers and Meat Cutters

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

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Currently Employed: 19,500

Projected Annual Job Openings: 2,630

Typical Hourly Wage: $12.91 - $20.30

Typical Annual Salary: $26,800 - $42,200

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Typical education needed for entry: No formal educational credential

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Long-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Total sales, and collect money from customers.
  • Estimate requirements and order or requisition meat supplies to maintain inventories.
  • Record quantity of meat received and issued to cooks or keep records of meat sales.
  • Supervise other butchers or meat cutters.
  • Cure, smoke, tenderize, and preserve meat.

tools & technology

  • Chopping machinery
  • Commercial use cutlery
  • Forming machine
  • Meat tyers
  • Power saws

  • Accounting software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Office suite software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software