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Butcher Hanging Beef



Career Overview

What They Do

Meat processors cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.

Job Duties

  • Wrap, weigh, label and price cuts of meat

  • Prepare and place meat cuts and products in display counter, so they appear attractive and catch the shopper's eye

  • Prepare special cuts of meat ordered by customers

  • Cut, trim, bone, tie and grind meats, such as beef, pork, poultry, and fish to prepare meat in cooking form

  • Estimate requirements and order or requisition meat supplies to maintain inventories

  • Supervise other butchers or meat cutters

  • Receive, inspect, and store meat upon delivery to ensure meat quality

  • Record quantity of meat received and issued to cooks and/or keep records of meat sales

  • Shape, lace, and tie roasts, using boning knife, skewer, and twine

  • Negotiate with representatives from supply companies to determine order details

  • Cure, smoke, tenderize and preserve meat

  • Total sales and collect money from customers

Job Earnings

Source: (**2019 Median Annual Salary)

$22,760 per year average for entry level workers 
$45,670 per year average for experienced workers

Education/Training Requirements


Meat processing and butcher occupations usually require a high school diploma.  Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year working with experienced employees.  A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this job.

Job Outlook & Growth


In New York State based on the total number of annual openings and its growth rate, employment prospects for this occupation are described as favorable.  In 2016, there were approximately 5,200 butchers and meat processors employed in New York State.  It is estimated that in 2026 there will be 5,830 employed in NYS, which represents an 11% increase over the next ten years.

Career Pathway

Ways to Start Preparing for Your Future Career TODAY!

Middle & High School Opportunities

Local Colleges/Training

Local Career Connection

Ronald Falconer, Owner & Operator

Falconer Meats

Arcade, NY

Deeper Dive

Culinary & Hospitality

Opportunities at Wegmans


Pork Processing Time Lapse

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Where Can I Work?

Local GLOW Companies With

Meat Processing Jobs

Falconer Meat Processing Logo
SK Herefords, LLC Logo
Whiteman Meat Processing Logo
HLW Acres Poultry Processing Sign
Kramell's Meat Market & Barbeque Logo
Warsaw Meat Packing Sign
M&M Meats Logo
Save-A-Lot Logo
Tops Friendly Markets Logo
Wegmans Logo

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