Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
SOC: 51-3022.00

Description:

Use hand or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
152,400 employed

Projected (2024):
152,300 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:

  • Abalone Processor
  • Animal Eviscerator
  • Animal Skinner
  • Animal Sticker
  • Bacon de-Rinder
  • Bacon Skin Lifter
  • Bacon Skinner
  • Bacon Slicer
  • Beef Boner
  • Beef Breaker
  • Beef Skinner
  • Bladder Blower
  • Bladder Cleaner
  • Bladder Tier
  • Blowing Weasand
  • Boner
  • Boston Cutter
  • Breast Puller
  • Breast Splitter
  • Breast Trimmer
  • Brisket Puller
  • Bruise Trimmer
  • Bung Dropper
  • Butcher
  • Calf Skinner
  • Carcass Splitter
  • Casing Splitter
  • Cattle Knocker
  • Caul Dresser
  • Caul Puller
  • Chicken Boner
  • Chicken Dresser
  • Chuck Splitter
  • Clean Up Crew Worker
  • Clod Puller
  • Crab Backer
  • Crab Butcher
  • Crab Meat Processor
  • Crop Puller
  • Crotch Breaker
  • Cutter
  • Cutter Off
  • Deboner
  • Draw Off Worker
  • Eviscerator
  • Fatter
  • Fell Cutter
  • Filleter
  • Final Dressing Cutter
  • Fish Butcher
  • Fish Cleaner
  • Fish Cutter
  • Fish Cutting Machine Operator
  • Fish Filleter
  • Fish Flipper
  • Fish Header
  • Fish Processor
  • Fish Roe Processor
  • Frozen Meat Cutter
  • Gamb Cutter
  • Gambreler
  • Gang Knife Fish Chopper
  • General Production Laborer
  • Gizzard Peeler
  • Gizzard Puller
  • Gullet Slitter
  • Gut Cleaner
  • Gut Dropper
  • Gut Puller
  • Gut Snatcher
  • Gutter
  • Ham Boner
  • Ham Facer
  • Ham Sawyer
  • Ham Stripper
  • Ham Trimmer
  • Hand Slitter
  • Head Holder
  • Head Trimmer
  • Header
  • Hide Dropper
  • Hide Trimmer
  • Hog Cutter
  • Hog Dropper
  • Hog Scalder
  • Jaw Skinner
  • Jawbone Puller
  • Kidney Puller
  • Kidney Trimmer
  • Knifeman
  • Leg Breaker
  • Loin Puller
  • Lung Gun Operator
  • Lung Puller
  • Meat Boner
  • Meat Cutter
  • Meat Department Manager
  • Meat Market Manager
  • Meat Trimmer
  • Meatcutter
  • Offal Separator
  • Offal Worker
  • Oyster Opener
  • Oyster Shucker
  • Paunch Trimmer
  • Pluck Separator
  • Pluck Trimmer
  • Pork Cutlet Maker
  • Poultry Boner
  • Poultry Cutter
  • Poultry Dresser
  • Poultry Eviscerator
  • Poultry Killer
  • Poultry Processor
  • Poultry Trimmer
  • Poultryman
  • Retrimmer
  • Rib Chopper
  • Rib Puller
  • Rib Sawyer
  • Rip Sawyer
  • Round Boner
  • Rumper
  • Sausage Cutter
  • Sausage Meat Trimmer
  • Seafood Processor
  • Seafood Team Member
  • Shank Skinner
  • Shrimp Cleaner
  • Shrimp Header
  • Shrimp Peeler
  • Shrimp Picker
  • Shucker
  • Sider
  • Skewer Up
  • Skinner
  • Skirt Trimmer
  • Skull Chopper
  • Skull Splitter
  • Snout Puller
  • Soup Person
  • Squilgeer
  • Sweetbread Trimmer
  • Tail Puller
  • Tail Ripper
  • Tail Sawyer
  • Toe Puller
  • Tongue Trimmer
  • Tonguer
  • Trimmer
  • Tripe Finisher
  • Tripe Scraper
  • Turkey Boner
  • Turkey Roll Maker
  • Weasand Trimmer
  • Wing Scorer


  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

    Education:

    Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • 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
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Use knives, cleavers, meat saws, bandsaws, or other equipment to perform meat cutting and trimming.
  • Clean, trim, slice, and section carcasses for future processing.
  • Cut and trim meat to prepare for packing.
  • Remove parts, such as skin, feathers, scales or bones, from carcass.
  • Inspect meat products for defects, bruises or blemishes and remove them along with any excess fat.
  • Produce hamburger meat and meat trimmings.
  • Process primal parts into cuts that are ready for retail use.
  • Obtain and distribute specified meat or carcass.
  • Separate meats and byproducts into specified containers and seal containers.
  • Weigh meats and tag containers for weight and contents.
  • Clean and salt hides.
  • Prepare sausages, luncheon meats, hot dogs, and other fabricated meat products, using meat trimmings and hamburger meat.
  • Prepare ready-to-heat foods by filleting meat or fish or cutting it into bite-sized pieces, preparing and adding vegetables or applying sauces or breading.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Blast chillers
  • Bone dusters
  • Boning knives
  • Box cutters
  • Butcher knives
  • Cubing machines
  • Derinding machines
  • Electric meat grinders
  • Floor jacks
  • Forklifts
  • Gamb sticks
  • Hamburger patty makers
  • Hand saws
  • Hoisting equipment
  • Kitchen shears
  • Knife sharpeners
  • Machine rollers
  • Manual winches
  • Materials conveyors
  • Meat cleavers
  • Meat saws
  • Meat scales
  • Meat shackles
  • Meat tenderizing tools
  • Meat-cutting bandsaws
  • Needle machines
  • Personal computers
  • Pneumatic staple guns
  • Pressing machines
  • Pressure washers
  • Pricing guns
  • Rotary cleaning brushes
  • Shredding machines
  • Slicers
  • Wrapping machines
  • Data entry software
  • Meat inventory software
  • Sales software
  • Web browser software


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220