How Much Do Meat and Fish Cutters Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Meat Cutters

Meat Cutters use hands or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$30800 per year
Hourly wage
$15 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$22,100 to $26,070 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$11 to $13 per hour

Entry-level Meat, Poultry and Fish Cutters and Trimmers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $22,100 to $26,070 per year or $11 to $13 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Meat, Poultry and Fish Cutters and Trimmers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $19 $40,050
Senior (Top 25%) $17 $35,760
Middle (Mid 50%) $15 $30,190
Junior (Bottom 25%) $13 $26,070
No experience (Bottom 10%) $11 $22,100

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
MA $18 $37,130
IA $17 $35,920
CO $17 $35,910
WA $17 $35,850
NH $17 $35,180
DC $17 $35,160
IL $17 $34,850
NE $17 $34,770
KS $16 $34,210
MO $16 $33,970

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Meat, Poultry and Fish Cutter and Trimmer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like MA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at MA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Meat and Fish Cutters are in the states of MA, IA, CO, WA and NH.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
General Merchandise Stores $36770 $17.68
Management of Companies and Enterprises $34940 $16.80
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $33360 $16.04
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing $32120 $15.44
Local Government $31150 $14.98
Animal Food Manufacturing $31070 $14.94
Animal Slaughtering and Processing $30760 $14.79
Food and Beverage Stores $30410 $14.62
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging $30030 $14.44
Employment Services $30020 $14.43
Other Food Manufacturing $29570 $14.21
Restaurants and Other Eating Places $29180 $14.03
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing $27970 $13.45

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