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What You Need to Know About Slaughterer and Meat Packer

Slaughterer & Meat Packer Job 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.

A Day in the Life of a Slaughterer & Meat Packer

  • Shave or singe and defeather carcasses, and wash them in preparation for further processing or packaging.
  • Remove bones, and cut meat into standard cuts in preparation for marketing.
  • Stun animals prior to slaughtering.
  • Wrap dressed carcasses or meat cuts.
  • Slit open, eviscerate, and trim carcasses of slaughtered animals.
  • Slaughter animals in accordance with religious law, and determine that carcasses meet specified religious standards.

Slaughterer & Meat Packer Skills

Below is a list of the skills most Slaughterers and Meat Packers say are important on the job.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Types of Slaughterer and Meat Packer

  • Meat Packager
  • Beef Splitter
  • Throat Cutter
  • Meat Cutter
  • Meat Wrapper

Slaughterer & Meat Packer Job Outlook

In the United States, there were 82,500 jobs for Slaughterer and Meat Packer in 2016. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Slaughterer and Meat Packer. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 10,100 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Slaughterer & Meat Packer are Utah, Georgia, and Arizona. Watch out if you plan on working in Virginia, Kansas, or Wyoming. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Slaughterer & Meat Packer

Slaughterers and Meat Packers make between $20,810 and $37,480 a year.


Slaughterers and Meat Packers who work in Maryland, Nebraska, or Kansas, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Slaughterers and Meat Packers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $21,740
Arizona $33,330
Arkansas $27,640
California $27,980
Connecticut $27,550
Delaware $28,280
Florida $26,270
Georgia $24,920
Hawaii $26,150
Idaho $24,360
Illinois $30,640
Indiana $30,110
Iowa $31,940
Kansas $32,310
Kentucky $27,170
Louisiana $22,680
Maryland $35,010
Massachusetts $28,270
Michigan $27,920
Minnesota $31,540
Mississippi $25,780
Missouri $28,840
Nebraska $32,610
New Hampshire $25,400
New Jersey $28,120
New Mexico $28,460
New York $30,280
North Carolina $29,070
North Dakota $30,160
Ohio $28,070
Oklahoma $23,730
Oregon $27,980
Pennsylvania $31,540
Rhode Island $27,160
South Carolina $22,400
South Dakota $30,160
Tennessee $25,320
Utah $30,430
Vermont $30,550
Virginia $28,350
Washington $33,070
West Virginia $27,150
Wisconsin $30,320

What Tools do Slaughterers and Meat Packers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Slaughterers and Meat Packers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office
  • Data entry software

Becoming a Slaughterer & Meat Packer

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