Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

43-5051 Postal Service Clerks

Perform any combination of tasks in a post office, such as receive letters and parcels; sell postage and revenue stamps, postal cards, and stamped envelopes; fill out and sell money orders; place mail in pigeon holes of mail rack or in bags; and examine mail for correct postage.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
67,320 0.2 % $25.25 $52,520 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.38 $25.52 $25.53 $26.08 $26.55
Annual Wage (2) $48,630 $53,090 $53,100 $54,250 $55,230


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 66,800 9.92 $25.35 $52,730

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 66,800 9.92 $25.35 $52,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 66,800 9.92 $25.35 $52,730


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,520 0.54 1.01 $25.23 $52,470
New York 5,360 0.64 1.21 $25.41 $52,860
Texas 3,870 0.38 0.73 $25.45 $52,930
Florida 3,760 0.53 1.00 $25.44 $52,910
Pennsylvania 3,250 0.59 1.12 $25.47 $52,970




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 270 0.96 1.80 $25.05 $52,090
New Hampshire 480 0.80 1.51 $25.38 $52,790
Maine 460 0.80 1.50 $25.15 $52,310
Hawaii 440 0.77 1.46 $25.08 $52,170
Alaska 230 0.76 1.44 $25.24 $52,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 290 0.65 1.23 $25.60 $53,260
Georgia 2,030 0.54 1.03 $25.60 $53,260
Illinois 2,700 0.49 0.92 $25.58 $53,200
Ohio 2,270 0.46 0.87 $25.55 $53,150
New Jersey 2,710 0.72 1.36 $25.55 $53,140

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,070 0.62 1.16 $25.52 $53,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,790 0.47 0.88 $25.47 $52,990
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,680 0.47 0.89 $25.65 $53,360
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,230 0.54 1.01 $25.43 $52,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,180 0.54 1.01 $25.67 $53,400
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.64 1.21 $25.66 $53,360
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.87 1.63 $25.36 $52,740
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,020 0.62 1.16 $25.49 $53,020
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 850 0.42 0.80 $25.52 $53,080
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 710 0.63 1.18 $25.03 $52,060




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Barnstable Town, MA 160 1.71 3.24 $25.21 $52,440
Kingston, NY 90 1.50 2.82 $25.32 $52,650
Ocean City, NJ 50 1.33 2.50 $25.20 $52,420
Jacksonville, NC 50 1.19 2.25 $18.49 $38,450
Monroe, MI 40 1.12 2.12 $25.36 $52,740
Prescott, AZ 60 1.12 2.11 $24.91 $51,810
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 240 0.99 1.87 $25.46 $52,970
Hot Springs, AR 40 0.98 1.85 $24.41 $50,780
Yuba City, CA 40 0.94 1.78 $25.28 $52,590
Fayetteville, NC 120 0.92 1.74 $20.28 $42,180




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 270 0.54 1.02 $26.28 $54,670
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 40 0.75 1.42 $25.98 $54,040
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 180 0.55 1.04 $25.88 $53,820
Manchester, NH 50 0.50 0.95 $25.79 $53,630
Rockford, IL 50 0.35 0.66 $25.77 $53,610
Akron, OH 180 0.57 1.08 $25.75 $53,550
Macon, GA 50 0.60 1.13 $25.74 $53,540
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 100 0.47 0.89 $25.74 $53,530
Terre Haute, IN 30 0.48 0.91 $25.72 $53,500
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 70 0.54 1.01 $25.72 $53,500

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 250 0.65 1.23 $25.49 $53,020
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 220 0.78 1.48 $24.99 $51,970
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 210 0.77 1.46 $25.66 $53,380
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.81 1.52 $25.05 $52,100
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 180 0.96 1.81 $25.04 $52,070

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 40 2.60 4.90 $24.31 $50,570
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 60 1.71 3.22 $25.08 $52,180
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 1.68 3.16 $25.06 $52,120
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area 50 1.62 3.06 $25.20 $52,420
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.47 2.78 $25.08 $52,160

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Indiana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.61 1.16 $25.90 $53,870
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 40 0.85 1.60 $25.80 $53,670
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.68 1.29 $25.74 $53,540
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 0.57 1.08 $25.74 $53,530
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.41 0.77 $25.73 $53,520


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011