(Last Updated On: 05/04/2017)

Butcher Job Description

Butchers prepare meat for use or sale in retail businesses. Butchers cut and trim large portions of meat into the consumable portions that consumers want to buy.

Responsibilities for butcher jobs include:

  • Ensuring that all work spaces are sanitary and meet government health guidelines.
  • Creating attractive displays to promote products for sale.
  • Maintaining a display case to showcase available cuts of meat.
  • Performing general retail and customer service functions.

Work Environment and Schedule

The work environment for butchers varies greatly depending on where they are employed. Butchers who work in a specialty shop probably enjoy the most stability in their schedule. If employed by a grocery store, night, weekend, and holiday work is normally required.

Butchers spend nearly all of their time standing on their feet, and lifting and cutting meat can be very physically demanding.

How to Become a Butcher

Entry-level butchers are trained on the job (often at grocery stores), but becoming a master butcher requires years of experience. Trainees start out learning how to operate the required machinery and learning the basic cuts of meat. There are no formal education requirements for this occupation — experience is the most important factor.

Required Skills

Butchers who work in a retail environment must have strong customer service skills since they frequently interact with customers. They must also be capable of meeting the physical demands of the job, which can be quite high.

Employment Outlook

There are currently 129,110 butchers in the United States, with 4,330 new butcher job openings created each year.

Butcher jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.

Butcher Salaries

Overall Salaries

Butcher salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most butchers make between $21,800 – $37,400 per year, or $10.50 – $17.97 per hour.