Wages and Pay
Wages among the more 500,000 employees in the meat and poultry industry are competitive for positions that require no formal education or pervious experience. Hourly workers in packing plants earn, on average, $12.32 per hour. Hourly workers in meat processing plants earn $12.94 per hour, on average.
These hourly wages translate into more than $25,000 a year in annual wages. By comparison, in Iowa, the nationís largest pork state, preschool teachers in 2007 earned $23,130; nursing aides, orderlies and attendants earned $23,160; security guards earned $24,350; and hairdressers earned $23,400.
Likewise, in Kansas, the nationís largest beef state, preschool teachers earned $23,960; nursing aides, orderlies and attendants earned $21,680; security guards earned $26,240; and hairdressers earned $22,460 in 2007.