What does a Meat Associate 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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Meat Associate Salaries

Average Base Pay

$27,144 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $27K
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Meat Associate Career Path

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Meat Cutter
Aug 5, 2021

“You can save your sick time which is nice and they pay stock dividends quarterly.”

Jimmy John'sJimmy John's
Aug 20, 2020

“It is honestly the best part time job because the hours are really flexible and its easy work.”

Food CityFood City
Meat Cutter
Jun 11, 2021

“The people are amazing and I love what I do there in the meat department.”

Sam's ClubSam's Club
Meat Wrapper
Aug 18, 2021

“There was low manager supervision which I liked because I can get the job done on my own.”

Butcher/Meat Cutter
Jul 1, 2021

“Steady stream of work and good on the job training”

Meat Clerk
Jul 22, 2021

“Pay is terrible and unlivable.”

The Fresh MarketThe Fresh Market
Feb 24, 2021

“Pay is good but not worth the sacrifices of working at the store level”

Whole Foods MarketWhole Foods Market
Butcher/Meat Cutter
Jan 24, 2021

“my boss was absolutely cool and i loved working with the team!”

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