Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

43-9051 Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service

Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Use hand or mail handling machines to time stamp, open, read, sort, and route incoming mail; and address, seal, stamp, fold, stuff, and affix postage to outgoing mail or packages. Duties may also include keeping necessary records and completed forms.


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)
115,010 3.9 % $13.47 $28,010 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.73 $10.23 $12.79 $16.09 $19.55
Annual Wage (2) $18,160 $21,270 $26,610 $33,460 $40,670


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)
Business Support Services 19,100 2.34 $11.91 $24,770
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 14,510 3.46 $12.25 $25,480
Employment Services 11,890 0.40 $12.33 $25,650
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 8,620 1.78 $13.28 $27,620
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,700 0.32 $16.23 $33,750

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 14,510 3.46 $12.25 $25,480
Business Support Services 19,100 2.34 $11.91 $24,770
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 8,620 1.78 $13.28 $27,620
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 2,250 0.94 $13.45 $27,970
Printing and Related Support Activities 4,030 0.84 $13.95 $29,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 0.01 $19.18 $39,900
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 140 0.10 $17.58 $36,560
Other Information Services (8) (8) $17.38 $36,140
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 150 0.04 $17.17 $35,720
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 60 0.32 $16.94 $35,240


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)
New York 10,310 1.22 1.36 $15.24 $31,690
California 9,260 0.66 0.74 $14.59 $30,350
Texas 7,610 0.74 0.82 $12.62 $26,260
Pennsylvania 6,810 1.23 1.37 $13.61 $28,320
Illinois 5,180 0.93 1.04 $13.07 $27,180




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)
District of Columbia 1,060 1.65 1.84 $18.50 $38,490
Connecticut 2,210 1.37 1.53 $13.53 $28,150
Iowa 1,960 1.35 1.51 $11.98 $24,910
Pennsylvania 6,810 1.23 1.37 $13.61 $28,320
New York 10,310 1.22 1.36 $15.24 $31,690




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 1,060 1.65 1.84 $18.50 $38,490
Massachusetts 3,020 0.96 1.07 $15.37 $31,970
New York 10,310 1.22 1.36 $15.24 $31,690
Arizona 1,930 0.81 0.91 $14.70 $30,580
Rhode Island 410 0.90 1.01 $14.60 $30,360





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 7,170 1.42 1.58 $15.66 $32,570
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,370 1.22 1.36 $13.11 $27,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,510 1.52 1.69 $16.08 $33,450
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,680 1.20 1.34 $12.56 $26,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,670 0.70 0.78 $14.33 $29,800
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,560 1.41 1.57 $14.99 $31,190
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,410 1.99 2.22 $13.54 $28,150
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,270 1.11 1.24 $13.32 $27,690
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,010 1.18 1.31 $14.36 $29,870
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,820 1.09 1.21 $15.41 $32,050




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)
Lynchburg, VA 430 4.44 4.96 $10.43 $21,700
Topeka, KS 330 3.12 3.48 $12.20 $25,370
Fresno, CA 960 3.09 3.45 $12.92 $26,870
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,670 3.04 3.40 $12.87 $26,780
Battle Creek, MI 130 2.38 2.66 $11.92 $24,800
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 710 2.23 2.49 $12.15 $25,280
Akron, OH 690 2.20 2.45 $10.98 $22,840
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 410 2.13 2.38 $13.79 $28,680
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,410 1.99 2.22 $13.54 $28,150
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,640 1.68 1.87 $11.94 $24,840