Hide Handler

Salt and trim hides to prepare the hides for storage or shipment.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hide Handlers do?

Salts and trims hides to prepare hides for storage or shipment, performing any combination of following tasks: Spreads hides, flesh side up, in layers on pile. Shovels and spreads salt over each layer of hides to preserve hides. Drags cured hides from pile and strikes hide against table to remove caked salt or sweeps salt from hides, using broom. Trims ears, ragged edges, snout skin, tail, and excess flesh from hide, using knife. Folds hides, flesh side inward, and ties cord around bundle. May scan hides for defects, such as holes and brandmarks. May be designated according to duty performed as Hide Salter; Hide Shaker; Hide Spreader.


Should I be a Hide Handler?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Cigar-Tobacco Rehandler, Ice Handler, Tie Handler

    How to become a Hide Handler

    Most Hide Handlers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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