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Slaughterers and Meat Packers

Wages & Outlook


Typical Wages

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $18.61
Statewide median: $24.25


This career pays below the statewide median wage.

Wages for Slaughterers and Meat Packers *

Area Low Median High
$15.38 $17.65 $19.26
$17.93 $18.61 $21.99
Central Minnesota
$17.87 $18.61 $18.66
Northwest Minnesota
$17.41 $17.41 $18.25
Southeast Minnesota
$18.50 $18.69 $22.33
Southwest Minnesota
$18.60 $18.82 $23.67

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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In Minnesota, there are 3,980 workers employed in this small career.

Where do Slaughterers and Meat Packers most often work?


Current Demand

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This career is currently in moderate demand.


Future Demand

This career is high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 6,961 new Slaughterers and Meat Packers to meet market demand between 2020-2030. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.


Employment Outlook for Slaughterers and Meat Packers
Area Employment Employment Change
2020 2030 Number Percent
U S 79,700 83,100 3,400 4.3%
Minnesota 5,761 5,978 217 3.8%
Central Minnesota 1,248 1,293 45 3.6%
Northwest Minnesota 837 874 37 4.4%
Southeast Minnesota 1,519 1,576 57 3.8%
Southwest Minnesota 1,603 1,662 59 3.7%

Source: You can learn about our data sources in the About Us section.


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