Butchers and Meat Cutters

risk level
Based on 86 votes
-3.3 %
by year 2032
or $17.75 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

82% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

58% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 82% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Butchers and Meat Cutters will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Butchers and Meat Cutters' job openings is expected to decline 3.3% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Butchers and Meat Cutters' was $36,930, or $17 per hour

'Butchers and Meat Cutters' were paid 20.3% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 129,400 people employed as 'Butchers and Meat Cutters' within the United States.

This represents around 0.09% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Butchers and Meat Cutters'.

Job description

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

SOC Code: 51-3021.00


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Timmo says
The problem with robots cutting primals into different cuts is the variation in the size of primals and finished salable cuts of meat. AI is already deboning chicken parts but the quality of the cut meat is terrible.Different portions , tiny bits , pieces of cartilage and bone remaining in the finished product.
Mar 29, 2023 at 03:33 AM
Nick (Highly likely) says
First off, it's a dying occupation, but a necessary one. I strongly believe that we will be able to fully automate the process from killing to cutting up the animals. It will take a while before a machine can identify every piece of meat, but AI has accomplished a lot already, so I wouldn't be shocked if it achieves this too.
Apr 18, 2022 at 09:59 PM
Jhonno says
There is a high chance robots will take jobs from butchers because they can work faster and don't get tired, so they will be more efficient.
May 22, 2020 at 06:37 AM
Martin (Uncertain) says
Quality will prevail, robots have not shown the precision req.
Sep 04, 2019 at 06:18 PM

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