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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-3022 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Use hand or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 43081$17.20/hr$15.13/hr$15.27/hr$18.30/hr$19.16/hr$19.16/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities440$20.13/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA 10$15.34/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 20$19.13/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$18.47/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 140$15.78/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 240$15.78/hr4.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 290$20.10/hr3.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 360$20.11/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 430$18.30/hr3.7%
Northwest Minnesota 470$18.90/hr4.3%
Northwest Balance of State 470$18.90/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 520$19.16/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 850$15.34/hr3.5%
Minnesota 2,310$18.27/hr3.5%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals 760$15.58/hr-5.4%
Slaughterers and Meat Packers 6,860$15.43/hr3.8%
Painters, Construction and Maintenance 3,470$24.64/hr3.8%

  • Prepare ready-to-heat foods by filleting meat or fish or cutting it into bite-sized pieces, preparing and adding vegetables or applying sauces or breading.
  • Separate meats and byproducts into specified containers and seal containers.
  • Produce hamburger meat and meat trimmings.
  • Inspect meat products for defects, bruises or blemishes and remove them along with any excess fat.
  • Obtain and distribute specified meat or carcass.
  • Clean and salt hides.
  • Process primal parts into cuts that are ready for retail use.
  • Prepare sausages, luncheon meats, hot dogs, and other fabricated meat products, using meat trimmings and hamburger meat.
  • Use knives, cleavers, meat saws, bandsaws, or other equipment to perform meat cutting and trimming.
  • Weigh meats and tag containers for weight and contents.