This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

60.0% probability

of automation

0.5% growth

projected to 2026

82,500 employed

currently in the US

$27,040 annual wage

US, median ($13 hourly)

What they do

Work in slaughtering, meat packing, or wholesale establishments performing precision functions involving the preparation of meat. Work may include specialized slaughtering tasks, cutting standard or premium cuts of meat for marketing, making sausage, or wrapping meats. Excludes “Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers" (51-3022) who perform routine meat cutting.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 60.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 333 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 82,500 people have this job. They earn $27,040 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $2,230,800,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $13.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 0.5% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 82,900 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).