Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
95,640 1.9 % $14.39 $29,930 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.00 $10.68 $13.74 $17.41 $21.23
Annual Wage (2) $18,720 $22,220 $28,570 $36,200 $44,150


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 15,950 1.77 $13.07 $27,190
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 12,420 2.59 $13.73 $28,570
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 9,270 2.31 $13.71 $28,510
Employment Services 5,730 0.16 $12.83 $26,680
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,930 0.25 $16.90 $35,150

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 12,420 2.59 $13.73 $28,570
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 9,270 2.31 $13.71 $28,510
Business Support Services 15,950 1.77 $13.07 $27,190
Printing and Related Support Activities 4,080 0.90 $14.48 $30,110
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 60 0.78 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 160 0.03 $23.04 $47,930
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 50 0.01 $22.28 $46,330
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 640 0.15 $18.50 $38,480
Scientific Research and Development Services 100 0.02 $18.22 $37,900
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 540 0.08 $17.96 $37,360


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)
Texas 7,980 0.69 0.99 $13.82 $28,750
New York 7,260 0.81 1.17 $15.85 $32,970
California 6,780 0.44 0.63 $16.03 $33,350
Pennsylvania 5,700 1.00 1.44 $14.15 $29,430
Illinois 5,190 0.89 1.28 $14.44 $30,040



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 1,230 1.82 2.63 $20.44 $42,520
Iowa 2,250 1.47 2.12 $13.10 $27,260
Utah 1,620 1.22 1.76 $14.13 $29,380
Nevada 1,330 1.08 1.56 $15.03 $31,270
Delaware 460 1.07 1.54 $13.45 $27,980



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 1,230 1.82 2.63 $20.44 $42,520
Alaska 190 0.58 0.83 $17.15 $35,670
Massachusetts 2,040 0.60 0.87 $16.80 $34,950
Connecticut 1,590 0.96 1.38 $16.67 $34,670
Colorado 1,240 0.51 0.73 $16.60 $34,520




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,750 0.89 1.28 $15.75 $32,750
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,060 1.14 1.64 $14.76 $30,700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,350 1.39 2.00 $16.37 $34,050
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,850 1.15 1.66 $14.10 $29,330
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,160 0.93 1.34 $14.25 $29,640
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,090 1.11 1.60 $15.56 $32,370
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,740 0.93 1.34 $12.17 $25,320
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,720 0.59 0.85 $14.34 $29,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.40 0.57 $16.51 $34,340
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,370 1.33 1.92 $13.25 $27,560



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 460 4.62 6.65 $11.63 $24,190
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 410 4.12 5.94 $10.80 $22,460
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 1,260 3.63 5.24 $13.81 $28,730
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 140 3.35 4.83 $11.22 $23,340
Columbus, GA-AL 290 2.52 3.64 $14.17 $29,470
Fresno, CA 730 2.14 3.08 $13.80 $28,700
Fayetteville, NC 270 2.13 3.07 (8) (8)
Springfield, IL 220 2.07 2.98 $11.30 $23,500
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 370 2.05 2.96 $11.24 $23,370
Topeka, KS 210 1.93 2.78 $14.46 $30,070