Slaughterers and Meat Packers
SOC: 51-3023.00

Description:

Work in slaughtering, meat packing, or wholesale establishments performing precision functions involving the preparation of meat. Work may include specialized slaughtering tasks, cutting standard or premium cuts of meat for marketing, making sausage, or wrapping meats.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
86,400 employed

Projected (2024):
85,900 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:

  • All Around Butcher
  • All-Round Butcher
  • Animal Killer
  • Animal Sticker
  • Animal Stunner
  • Beef Killer
  • Beef Splitter
  • Bitter
  • Boning Room Worker
  • Brainer
  • Breast Trimmer
  • Butcher
  • Butcher Apprentice
  • Cattle Killer
  • Cold Storage Worker
  • Debone Processing Supervisor
  • Debone Supervisor
  • Deboning Team Leader
  • Delivery Driver
  • Fetter Bone Buster
  • Halal Meat Packer
  • Hog Killer
  • Hog Slaughterer
  • Hog Sticker
  • Kill Floor Supervisor
  • Kill Room Operator
  • Killer
  • Laborer
  • Live Hanger
  • Livestock Slaughterer
  • Meat Cutter
  • Meat Dresser
  • Meat Locker Plant Employee
  • Meat Packager
  • Meat Packer
  • Meat Processing Center Manager
  • Meat Processor
  • Meat Trimmer
  • Pelt Dropper
  • Pig Sticker
  • Poleman
  • Poultry Processor
  • Poultry Slaughterer
  • Production Worker
  • Religious Ritual Slaughterer
  • Sausage Maker
  • Saw Operator
  • Sawyer
  • Scriber
  • Seafood Processor
  • Shactor
  • Sheep Killer
  • Shochet
  • Tank House Operator
  • Throat Cutter
  • Trimmer


  • 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
  • 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
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Remove bones, and cut meat into standard cuts in preparation for marketing.
  • Cut, trim, skin, sort, and wash viscera of slaughtered animals to separate edible portions from offal.
  • Slaughter animals in accordance with religious law, and determine that carcasses meet specified religious standards.
  • Slit open, eviscerate, and trim carcasses of slaughtered animals.
  • Tend assembly lines, performing a few of the many cuts needed to process a carcass.
  • Sever jugular veins to drain blood and facilitate slaughtering.
  • Shave or singe and defeather carcasses, and wash them in preparation for further processing or packaging.
  • Trim, clean, or cure animal hides.
  • Shackle hind legs of animals to raise them for slaughtering or skinning.
  • Skin sections of animals or whole animals.
  • Trim head meat, and sever or remove parts of animals' heads or skulls.
  • Saw, split, or scribe carcasses into smaller portions to facilitate handling.
  • Grind meat into hamburger, and into trimmings used to prepare sausages, luncheon meats, and other meat products.
  • Stun animals prior to slaughtering.
  • Wrap dressed carcasses or meat cuts.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Bacon slicers
  • Belt conveyor systems
  • Blast chillers
  • Butcher knives
  • Carcass branding machines
  • Casing stuffing machines
  • Chop cutting machines
  • Cubing machines
  • Dehairing machines
  • Electrical stunning equipment
  • Food cooling equipment
  • Food scales
  • Hoisting equipment
  • Industrial forklifts
  • Knife sharpeners
  • Label printers
  • Livestock shackles
  • Meat cleavers
  • Meat compactors
  • Meat grading probes
  • Meat grinders
  • Meat package filling and sealing machines
  • Meat-cutting bandsaws
  • Motorized saws
  • Package wrapping machines
  • Personal computers
  • Radio frequency identification RFID devices
  • Sharpening steels
  • Shoulder tattooers
  • Shrink wrap meat packing machines
  • Skinning knives
  • Slicing machines
  • Steak patty machines
  • Touch screen computers
  • AccountMate Software AccountMate
  • AgInfoLink Meat Inventory Tracking System MITS
  • Data entry software
  • Integrated Management Systems Food Connex Cloud
  • Microsoft Office software
  • RFID software
  • Second Foundation NaviMeat
  • Traceability software


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220