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Career profile Meat Packer

Also known as Boning Room Worker, Meat Packager, Meat Packer, Meat Processor, Meat Trimmer, Meat Wrapper, Saw Man, Side Puller, Wrapper

Meat Packer

Also known as Boning Room Worker, Meat Packager, Meat Packer

Interests Profile
  • Realistic
  • Conventional
  • Enterprising
Pay Range
$23,170 - $0 (annual)
Required Skills
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
Knowledge Areas
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Food Production
  • Production and Processing
Core tasks
  • Remove bones, and cut meat into standard cuts in preparation for marketing.
  • Sever jugular veins to drain blood and facilitate slaughtering.
  • Tend assembly lines, performing a few of the many cuts needed to process a carcass.
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What does a Meat Packer do?

Meat Packers perform nonroutine or precision functions involving the preparation of large portions of meat.

In addition, Meat Packers

  • work may include specialized slaughtering tasks, cutting standard or premium cuts of meat for marketing, making sausage, or wrapping meats,
  • work typically occurs in slaughtering, meat packing, or wholesale establishments.

What kind of tasks does a Meat Packer perform regularly?

Meat Packers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:

The above responsibilities are specific to Meat Packers. More generally, Meat Packers are involved in several broader types of activities:

Handling and Moving Objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Materials
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Performing General Physical Activities
Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling materials.
Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Getting Information
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

What is a Meat Packer salary?

The median salary for a Meat Packer is $30,710, and the average salary is $31,210. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Meat Packer salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.

Many Meat Packers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Meat Packers earn less than $23,170 per year, 25% earn less than $27,050, 75% earn less than $35,980, and 90% earn less than $0.

Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Meat Packers is expected to change by 4.3%, and there should be roughly 9,700 open positions for Meat Packers every year.

Median annual salary
Typical salary range
$23,170 - $0
Projected growth (2020 - 2030)

What personality traits are common among Meat Packers?


Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.

Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Meat Packer are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.

Meat Packers typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Also, Meat Packers typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.


People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.

Compared to most people, those working as a Meat Packer tend to value Relationships, Support, and Independence.

Most importantly, Meat Packers moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

Second, Meat Packers moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

Lastly, Meat Packers very slightly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.

Psychological Demands

Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.

In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Meat Packers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, integrity, and attention to detail.

Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Meat Packers, ranked by importance:

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

What education and training do Meat Packers need?

Working as a Meat Packer usually requires a high school diploma.

Meat Packers need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.

Educational degrees among Meat Packers

  • 29.5% did not complete high school or secondary school
  • 43.7% completed high school or secondary school
  • 17.8% completed some college coursework
  • 4.5% earned a Associate's degree
  • 3.8% earned a Bachelor's degree
  • 0.6% earned a Master's degree
  • 0.1% earned a doctorate or professional degree

Knowledge and expertise required by Meat Packers

Meat Packers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, food production, or production and processing knowledge.

The list below shows several areas in which most Meat Packers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.

Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Food Production
Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Law and Government
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Important Abilities needed by Meat Packers

Meat Packers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.

For example, Meat Packers need abilities such as arm-hand steadiness, finger dexterity, and manual dexterity in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Meat Packers, ranked by their relative importance.

Arm-Hand Steadiness
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Finger Dexterity
The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Manual Dexterity
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Control Precision
The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

Critical Skills needed by Meat Packers

Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.

Meat Packers frequently use skills like speaking, active listening, and critical thinking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Meat Packers, ranked by their relative importance.

Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

What is the source of this information?

The information provided on this page is adapted from data and descriptions published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration under the CC BY 4.0 license. TraitLab has modified some information for ease of use and reading, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration has not approved, endorsed, or tested these modifications.

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