How Much do Butchers Make?

Do butchers make a lot of money? What is the average pay for butchers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, butchers in the United States earn an average of $34,010 a year, equivalent to $16.35 an hour. Butchers make 36% less than the average American worker.

Butchers in Alaska are the best paid, making $47,360 a year, while butchers in Louisiana make the least at $26,890.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Butcher Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $23.86 $49,630
75th $19.55 $40,660
50th $15.62 $32,500
25th $12.35 $25,680
10th $10.47 $21,780
Butcher Wages by State

In what states do butchers make the most? In what states do butchers make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $14.04 $29,190
Alaska $22.77 $47,360
Arizona $15.55 $32,350
Arkansas $14.59 $30,350
California $16.56 $34,440
Colorado $18.04 $37,520
Connecticut $21.32 $44,340
Delaware $19.62 $40,810
Florida $15.86 $32,980
Georgia $14.19 $29,520
Hawaii $20.33 $42,280
Idaho $16.02 $33,320
Illinois $15.86 $32,990
Indiana $15.50 $32,240
Iowa $13.31 $27,680
Kansas $15.65 $32,560
Kentucky $14.49 $30,140
Louisiana $12.93 $26,890
Maine $17.20 $35,790
Maryland $18.66 $38,820
Massachusetts $22.43 $46,660
Michigan $15.05 $31,310
Minnesota $17.12 $35,610
Mississippi $13.24 $27,530
Missouri $16.05 $33,390
Montana $15.93 $33,130
Nebraska $16.30 $33,900
Nevada $19.06 $39,640
New Hampshire $19.40 $40,340
New Jersey $22.47 $46,740
New Mexico $15.71 $32,680
New York $18.44 $38,360
North Carolina $15.70 $32,650
North Dakota $17.10 $35,560
Ohio $15.98 $33,230
Oklahoma $13.70 $28,490
Oregon $17.91 $37,260
Pennsylvania $17.02 $35,410
Rhode Island $18.92 $39,360
South Carolina $16.59 $34,500
South Dakota $15.99 $33,260
Tennessee $15.88 $33,040
Texas $13.96 $29,050
Utah $16.38 $34,060
Vermont $17.99 $37,410
Virginia $17.17 $35,710
Washington $19.28 $40,110
West Virginia $14.52 $30,210
Wisconsin $17.55 $36,510
Wyoming $18.27 $37,990
Metro Areas Where Butchers Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Gardner, MA $25.53 $53,090
Norwich, CT $23.55 $48,990
Bridgeport, CT $22.86 $47,550
Boston, MA $22.76 $47,350
Kingston, NY $22.66 $47,130
Anchorage, AK $22.44 $46,670
Fairbanks, AK $21.89 $45,530
Danbury, CT $21.80 $45,340
Springfield, MA $21.71 $45,150
East Stroudsburg, PA $21.71 $45,150
Butcher Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $16.35 $34,010
2018 $15.97 $33,210
2017 $15.66 $32,570
2016 $15.26 $31,740
2015 $14.88 $30,940
2014 $14.61 $30,380
2013 $14.40 $29,950
2012 $14.42 $30,000
2011 $14.43 $30,000