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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

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)
69,400 2.6 % $ 16.54 $ 34,390 0.5 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.27 $ 13.94 $ 15.65 $ 18.03 $ 22.60
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,430 $ 28,990 $ 32,550 $ 37,500 $ 47,000


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

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 12,290 1.49 $ 15.55 $ 32,350
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 5,680 1.31 $ 14.95 $ 31,090
Employment Services 4,850 0.14 $ 14.46 $ 30,070
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 4,590 1.85 $ 13.81 $ 28,730
Printing and Related Support Activities 4,480 1.22 $ 16.82 $ 34,990

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 4,590 1.85 $ 13.81 $ 28,730
Business Support Services 12,290 1.49 $ 15.55 $ 32,350
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 5,680 1.31 $ 14.95 $ 31,090
Printing and Related Support Activities 4,480 1.22 $ 16.82 $ 34,990
Facilities Support Services 1,080 0.64 $ 14.98 $ 31,160

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)
Grantmaking and Giving Services 40 0.03 $ 25.33 $ 52,690
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 120 0.03 $ 24.12 $ 50,160
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 40 (7) $ 22.72 $ 47,260
Nonresidential Building Construction (8) (8) $ 22.35 $ 46,480
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 50 0.04 $ 21.95 $ 45,660


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

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.



Map of employment of mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service by state, May 2021


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)
New York 7,060 0.81 1.65 $ 17.89 $ 37,210
Texas 6,610 0.54 1.10 $ 16.52 $ 34,360
California 4,500 0.27 0.55 $ 18.32 $ 38,100
Pennsylvania 4,200 0.75 1.53 $ 16.43 $ 34,180
New Jersey 3,310 0.86 1.75 $ 17.09 $ 35,560


Map of location quotient of mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service by state, May 2021


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)
Nebraska 1,600 1.67 3.39 $ 16.79 $ 34,930
District of Columbia 780 1.19 2.41 $ 21.21 $ 44,120
Virginia 3,290 0.88 1.78 $ 14.63 $ 30,430
New Jersey 3,310 0.86 1.75 $ 17.09 $ 35,560
Delaware 370 0.85 1.72 $ 16.15 $ 33,600


Map of annual mean wages of mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service by state, May 2021


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 780 1.19 2.41 $ 21.21 $ 44,120
Massachusetts 1,080 0.32 0.64 $ 19.94 $ 41,470
Washington 1,370 0.43 0.87 $ 19.73 $ 41,040
Connecticut 880 0.56 1.14 $ 18.69 $ 38,880
Louisiana 330 0.18 0.37 $ 18.47 $ 38,410



Map of employment of mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service by area, May 2021


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 7,110 0.82 1.66 $ 17.95 $ 37,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,950 1.01 2.05 $ 17.83 $ 37,080
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,640 0.74 1.49 $ 17.42 $ 36,230
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,110 0.79 1.61 $ 17.40 $ 36,190
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,630 0.39 0.78 $ 17.16 $ 35,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,560 0.27 0.55 $ 17.91 $ 37,250
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,480 1.46 2.96 $ 16.39 $ 34,090
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,430 0.55 1.12 $ 15.27 $ 31,760
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,270 2.74 5.56 $ 17.11 $ 35,580
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,210 0.42 0.85 $ 16.91 $ 35,180


Map of location quotient of mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service by area, May 2021


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)
Topeka, KS 360 3.35 6.79 $ 12.71 $ 26,440
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 1,270 2.74 5.56 $ 17.11 $ 35,580
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 100 2.59 5.26 $ 14.14 $ 29,400
Lynchburg, VA 210 2.21 4.49 $ 12.85 $ 26,720
Reading, PA 290 1.80 3.65 $ 15.17 $ 31,560
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 480 1.78 3.61 $ 15.27 $ 31,750
Trenton, NJ 380 1.68 3.40 $ 17.95 $ 37,330
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,480 1.46 2.96 $ 16.39 $ 34,090
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 460 1.28 2.61 $ 16.90 $ 35,160
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 540 1.28 2.60 $ 17.48 $ 36,370


Map of annual mean wages of mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service by area, May 2021


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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 160 0.15 0.30 $ 21.02 $ 43,730
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 970 0.50 1.02 $ 20.78 $ 43,210
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 700 0.31 0.63 $ 20.38 $ 42,390
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 130 0.34 0.68 $ 20.20 $ 42,020
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 830 0.32 0.65 $ 20.19 $ 42,000
Worcester, MA-CT 100 0.39 0.78 $ 20.12 $ 41,850
New Haven, CT 140 0.51 1.04 $ 19.43 $ 40,410
Springfield, MA-CT 100 0.33 0.67 $ 19.09 $ 39,710
Pine Bluff, AR 30 1.14 2.32 $ 19.04 $ 39,600
Kingston, NY 40 0.76 1.55 $ 19.02 $ 39,560

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 260 1.24 2.51 $ 14.28 $ 29,700
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 190 1.44 2.91 $ 16.59 $ 34,520
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.44 0.90 $ 14.51 $ 30,170
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 0.99 2.00 $ 14.33 $ 29,810
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 130 0.90 1.82 $ 15.63 $ 32,500

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 190 1.44 2.91 $ 16.59 $ 34,520
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 260 1.24 2.51 $ 14.28 $ 29,700
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 100 1.13 2.30 $ 15.33 $ 31,880
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 0.99 2.00 $ 14.33 $ 29,810
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 90 0.96 1.94 $ 15.77 $ 32,800

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)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.54 1.09 $ 17.82 $ 37,070
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 0.44 $ 17.76 $ 36,940
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.62 1.25 $ 17.63 $ 36,670
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 0.62 $ 17.16 $ 35,690
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 0.84 $ 16.95 $ 35,260


About May 2021 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022