What does a Butcher do?

Butchers are professional meat cutters who prepare various cuts of meat, poultry, and fish for consumer purchases. They are responsible for receiving and storing meat products and adhering to sanitary and health regulations about meat quality. After cutting the meat, they package and price it and prepare meat displays when necessary. Butchers working in a retail environment perform customer service tasks. They must negotiate with suppliers, manage special order cuts, keep records of inventory and transactions, and advise customers on cooking each cut of meat to satisfaction.

Butchers roll and tie roasts, prepare sausages, and cure meat; if working in a processing plant, they operate special equipment to slaughter, break, cut bone, and trim the meat into cuts for processing and sales in both international and domestic marketplaces. Butchers need to understand good hygiene practices, work independently or on a team, and communicate with customers, supervisors, and coworkers. Butchers need a minimum high school diploma, and individuals can pursue certification related to meat processing or meat science.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

Meat Cutting
English Speaking
Excellent Customer Service

Butcher Seniority Levels

Line Cook
34% made the transition
Prep Cook
12% made the transition
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Butcher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$36,157 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $36K
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