Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers - retail and wholesale jobs in Canada

Salary

34 270 $
This salary is an average estimate between all available diplomas degrees related to this career. Click here to get an overview of salary depending of diploma.
No certificate, diploma or degree : 32 180 $
High school diploma or equivalent : 34 700 $
Postsecondary certificate or diploma below bachelor level : 35 280 $
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above : 31 160 $

Career's stability

Stable
The career's stability is based on the employment projection for that working area for the year 2022.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • Completion of a college or other meat-and-fish-cutting training program, or a three-year meat cutting apprenticeship may be required.
  • On-the-job training in food stores is usually provided for retail butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers.
  • Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Quebec and British Columbia.

Job overview

Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers, retail and wholesale, prepare standard cuts of meat, poultry, fish and shellfish for sale in retail or wholesale food establishments. They are employed in supermarkets, grocery stores, butcher shops and fish stores or may be self-employed. Butchers who are supervisors or heads of departments are included in this group.

Main duties

  • Cut, trim, and otherwise prepare standard cuts of meat, poultry, fish and shellfish for sale at self-serve counters or according to customers' orders
  • Grind meats and slice cooked meats using powered grinders and slicing machines
  • Prepare special displays of meat, poultry, fish and shellfish
  • Shape, lace and tie roasts and other meats, poultry or fish and may wrap prepared meats, poultry, fish and shellfish
  • Manage inventory, keep records of sales and determine amount, product line and freshness of products according to company and customer requirements
  • Ensure food storage conditions are adequate
  • May supervise other butchers, or meat cutters or fishmongers.

Illustrative example(s)

  • butcher apprentice
  • butcher, retail
  • fishmonger - retail
  • head butcher - wholesale
  • meat cutter - retail or wholesale
  • supermarket meat cutter

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