Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
121,580 0.0 % $23.09 $48,040 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.76 $24.15 $25.88 $25.89 $25.98
Annual Wage (2) $28,620 $50,220 $53,830 $53,850 $54,030


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 121,580 19.83 $23.09 $48,040

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 121,580 19.83 $23.09 $48,040

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 121,580 19.83 $23.09 $48,040


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 13,710 0.93 1.02 $23.60 $49,090
New York 10,060 1.17 1.27 $23.34 $48,540
Texas 7,610 0.70 0.76 $23.40 $48,670
Illinois 6,740 1.18 1.29 $22.92 $47,670
Florida 6,460 0.87 0.94 $23.66 $49,220




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)
Alaska 510 1.57 1.71 $18.32 $38,100
New Jersey 5,760 1.51 1.64 $23.67 $49,240
Rhode Island 660 1.46 1.59 $23.08 $48,000
Maryland 3,070 1.21 1.32 $23.40 $48,670
Missouri 3,150 1.19 1.30 $22.85 $47,530




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 410 0.69 0.75 $23.90 $49,720
Delaware 410 1.00 1.09 $23.88 $49,660
District of Columbia 650 0.98 1.07 $23.85 $49,600
Massachusetts 3,380 1.04 1.13 $23.84 $49,590
New Jersey 5,760 1.51 1.64 $23.67 $49,240





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 9,290 1.77 1.93 $23.77 $49,440
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,580 1.51 1.64 $23.22 $48,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,740 1.19 1.30 $23.42 $48,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,750 1.16 1.27 $23.66 $49,220
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,610 1.22 1.33 $24.36 $50,660
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,550 1.11 1.21 $23.43 $48,730
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,540 1.38 1.50 $23.99 $49,910
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,120 1.72 1.87 $23.28 $48,430
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,930 1.08 1.18 $24.25 $50,450
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,770 1.38 1.50 $23.88 $49,670




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 1,090 3.77 4.11 $23.91 $49,730
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 700 3.24 3.53 $24.27 $50,480
Manchester, NH 330 3.21 3.51 $23.28 $48,420
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 270 3.04 3.31 $23.60 $49,090
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 990 3.00 3.28 $23.60 $49,090
Greensboro-High Point, NC 960 2.79 3.04 $23.36 $48,580
Fayetteville, NC 340 2.72 2.97 $22.47 $46,740
Charleston, WV 370 2.58 2.81 $20.43 $42,500
Rocky Mount, NC 140 2.46 2.68 $23.24 $48,330
Macon, GA 220 2.32 2.53 $23.40 $48,670