Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

43-5053 Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators

Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Examine, sort, and route mail. Load, operate, and occasionally adjust and repair mail processing, sorting, and canceling machinery. Keep records of shipments, pouches, and sacks; and other duties related to mail handling within the postal service. Excludes "Postal Service Clerks" (43-5051) and "Postal Service Mail Carriers" (43-5052).


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)
139,700 0.0 % $23.26 $48,380 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.01 $24.41 $25.52 $25.53 $25.53
Annual Wage (2) $24,970 $50,770 $53,080 $53,100 $53,100


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 139,680 21.54 $23.26 $48,380

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 139,680 21.54 $23.26 $48,380

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 139,680 21.54 $23.26 $48,380


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 15,140 1.08 0.99 $24.28 $50,490
New York 10,910 1.29 1.19 $24.04 $50,010
Texas 8,990 0.87 0.80 $23.51 $48,900
Illinois 7,600 1.36 1.25 $23.44 $48,760
Pennsylvania 7,500 1.35 1.24 $22.90 $47,620




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)
New Jersey 6,380 1.69 1.55 $24.15 $50,230
Montana 640 1.50 1.38 $18.20 $37,850
Alaska 470 1.50 1.38 $19.02 $39,560
Rhode Island 650 1.45 1.33 $23.61 $49,110
Missouri 3,660 1.41 1.30 $22.58 $46,970




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 720 1.12 1.03 $25.22 $52,460
Connecticut 1,670 1.04 0.96 $24.75 $51,490
Delaware 420 1.04 0.95 $24.49 $50,940
California 15,140 1.08 0.99 $24.28 $50,490
Maryland 3,280 1.32 1.21 $24.21 $50,350





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 9,730 1.92 1.76 $24.65 $51,270
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,870 1.64 1.50 $24.16 $50,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,110 1.34 1.23 $24.53 $51,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,970 1.29 1.18 $24.72 $51,410
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,830 1.56 1.43 $23.89 $49,690
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,740 1.34 1.23 $24.90 $51,790
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,630 1.18 1.08 $24.29 $50,520
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,140 1.77 1.63 $24.00 $49,920
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,100 1.23 1.13 $24.95 $51,890
Pittsburgh, PA 1,900 1.71 1.57 $22.87 $47,580




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)
Springfield, MA-CT 1,260 4.41 4.05 $23.60 $49,090
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 310 3.58 3.28 $23.57 $49,020
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 1,110 3.50 3.21 $23.45 $48,780
Manchester, NH 300 3.00 2.76 $24.55 $51,060
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 640 2.94 2.70 $24.37 $50,680
Greensboro-High Point, NC 950 2.77 2.55 $24.35 $50,650
Rocky Mount, NC 150 2.65 2.44 $22.80 $47,410
Bangor, ME 150 2.48 2.28 $22.83 $47,480
Fayetteville, NC 310 2.42 2.22 $24.01 $49,950
Macon, GA 210 2.29 2.10 $24.31 $50,560