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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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

Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. 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 Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service
Industry profile for Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service
Geographic profile for Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service

National estimates for Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
79,310 2.6 % $ 16.20 $ 33,700 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.71 $ 12.91 $ 15.35 $ 18.98 $ 23.22
Annual Wage (2) $ 22,290 $ 26,850 $ 31,920 $ 39,470 $ 48,300


Industry profile for Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business Support Services 13,350 1.61 $ 15.22 $ 31,660
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 7,440 1.64 $ 14.86 $ 30,910
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 5,680 2.07 $ 14.79 $ 30,760
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 4,560 0.22 $ 18.18 $ 37,820
Printing and Related Support Activities 3,950 1.01 $ 16.77 $ 34,890

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 5,680 2.07 $ 14.79 $ 30,760
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 7,440 1.64 $ 14.86 $ 30,910
Business Support Services 13,350 1.61 $ 15.22 $ 31,660
Printing and Related Support Activities 3,950 1.01 $ 16.77 $ 34,890
Facilities Support Services 800 0.50 $ 15.59 $ 32,430

Top paying industries for Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 0.01 $ 22.24 $ 46,260
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) (8) (8) $ 21.48 $ 44,690
Grantmaking and Giving Services 40 0.02 $ 20.25 $ 42,130
Radio and Television Broadcasting 40 0.02 $ 19.88 $ 41,360
Educational Support Services 30 0.02 $ 19.86 $ 41,300


Geographic profile for Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 8,420 0.70 1.22 $ 14.81 $ 30,810
New York 8,400 0.97 1.70 $ 17.84 $ 37,100
California 4,710 0.29 0.50 $ 18.01 $ 37,460
Illinois 4,220 0.75 1.31 $ 15.49 $ 32,230
Virginia 3,710 1.00 1.76 $ 15.78 $ 32,820




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 1,660 1.08 1.89 $ 17.74 $ 36,890
Montana 480 1.06 1.86 $ 13.66 $ 28,420
Virginia 3,710 1.00 1.76 $ 15.78 $ 32,820
New York 8,400 0.97 1.70 $ 17.84 $ 37,100
District of Columbia 630 0.92 1.61 $ 22.78 $ 47,390




Top paying states for Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 630 0.92 1.61 $ 22.78 $ 47,390
Massachusetts 1,330 0.40 0.70 $ 20.96 $ 43,590
Washington 930 0.29 0.51 $ 19.25 $ 40,050
Rhode Island 260 0.59 1.03 $ 18.48 $ 38,440
Maryland 1,650 0.66 1.15 $ 18.09 $ 37,630





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,690 0.98 1.72 $ 17.48 $ 36,360
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,830 0.88 1.54 $ 15.34 $ 31,900
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,450 0.96 1.69 $ 14.55 $ 30,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,780 0.92 1.61 $ 18.11 $ 37,660
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,270 0.86 1.51 $ 14.92 $ 31,040
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,960 0.73 1.27 $ 16.92 $ 35,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,600 0.28 0.48 $ 17.62 $ 36,660
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,560 0.84 1.48 $ 16.48 $ 34,270
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,520 1.48 2.59 $ 15.92 $ 33,120
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,330 0.45 0.79 $ 16.75 $ 34,830




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 160 4.01 7.03 $ 13.31 $ 27,680
Lynchburg, VA 380 3.91 6.85 $ 13.65 $ 28,400
Topeka, KS 350 3.31 5.81 $ 12.40 $ 25,780
Jefferson City, MO 180 2.52 4.41 $ 15.79 $ 32,850
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 230 2.36 4.14 $ 14.75 $ 30,690
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,120 2.04 3.58 $ 16.84 $ 35,020
Carson City, NV 50 1.61 2.83 $ 14.23 $ 29,600
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,520 1.48 2.59 $ 15.92 $ 33,120
St. Cloud, MN 150 1.46 2.56 $ 17.69 $ 36,790
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 70 1.43 2.50 $ 14.95 $ 31,090




Top paying metropolitan areas for Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Bedford, MA (8) (8) (8) $ 21.33 $ 44,370
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,050 0.40 0.70 $ 21.33 $ 44,360
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 700 0.30 0.53 $ 20.90 $ 43,470
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.22 0.39 $ 20.85 $ 43,370
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 190 0.50 0.88 $ 20.55 $ 42,740
Fayetteville, NC 80 0.63 1.11 $ 20.05 $ 41,700
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 650 0.33 0.58 $ 19.99 $ 41,570
Lebanon, PA 30 0.73 1.28 $ 19.91 $ 41,410
Kingston, NY 40 0.74 1.30 $ 19.65 $ 40,880
Iowa City, IA 40 0.50 0.87 $ 19.54 $ 40,650

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 280 1.35 2.36 $ 15.23 $ 31,670
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 250 1.65 2.90 $ 14.35 $ 29,850
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 180 1.37 2.39 $ 16.36 $ 34,030
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 150 0.73 1.29 $ 16.02 $ 33,330
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 1.07 1.88 $ 14.88 $ 30,950

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 250 1.65 2.90 $ 14.35 $ 29,850
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 180 1.37 2.39 $ 16.36 $ 34,030
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 280 1.35 2.36 $ 15.23 $ 31,670
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 130 1.30 2.29 $ 15.27 $ 31,770
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 1.07 1.88 $ 14.88 $ 30,950

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.23 0.40 $ 19.41 $ 40,370
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 0.73 $ 18.92 $ 39,350
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 18.23 $ 37,920
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 30 0.56 0.99 $ 17.54 $ 36,490
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.34 0.60 $ 17.54 $ 36,480


About May 2020 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 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021