Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
111,960 0.0 % $24.12 $50,160 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.49 $19.02 $27.53 $28.15 $28.16
Annual Wage (2) $34,310 $39,560 $57,260 $58,560 $58,570


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 (federal government) 111,960 17.45 $24.12 $50,160

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 (federal government) 111,960 17.45 $24.12 $50,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service (federal government) 111,960 17.45 $24.12 $50,160


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 13,620 0.82 1.04 $24.13 $50,200
New York 9,500 1.03 1.31 $24.23 $50,400
Texas 6,870 0.58 0.74 $24.55 $51,070
Florida 6,220 0.74 0.94 $24.56 $51,090
Illinois 6,180 1.04 1.33 $23.95 $49,820




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)
Rhode Island 650 1.37 1.74 $24.04 $50,010
New Jersey 5,450 1.36 1.73 $24.35 $50,640
Maryland 2,950 1.11 1.41 $23.91 $49,720
Missouri 2,900 1.04 1.32 $23.96 $49,840
Illinois 6,180 1.04 1.33 $23.95 $49,820




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho 220 0.32 0.41 $25.14 $52,280
Delaware 440 1.00 1.27 $25.01 $52,020
Wisconsin 1,720 0.61 0.78 $24.64 $51,250
District of Columbia 640 0.90 1.14 $24.58 $51,120
Connecticut 1,250 0.75 0.96 $24.58 $51,120



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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 9,720 1.45 1.85 $24.22 $50,390
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,340 1.46 1.86 $23.90 $49,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,800 1.08 1.38 $23.76 $49,420
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,640 1.05 1.34 $24.38 $50,700
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,520 1.01 1.29 $24.98 $51,950
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,450 0.94 1.19 $24.47 $50,900
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,050 1.06 1.35 $23.70 $49,300
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,940 1.49 1.89 $24.56 $51,090
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,860 1.29 1.64 $23.94 $49,800
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,810 2.00 2.54 $25.61 $53,260


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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)
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 290 3.66 4.66 $24.41 $50,770
Charleston, WV 400 3.64 4.63 $21.93 $45,620
Springfield, MA-CT 1,110 3.37 4.29 $23.98 $49,880
Manchester, NH 310 2.76 3.51 $24.58 $51,120
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 1,000 2.76 3.51 $23.84 $49,590
Trenton, NJ 630 2.73 3.48 $25.43 $52,880
Greensboro-High Point, NC 950 2.62 3.33 $24.35 $50,640
Fayetteville, NC 310 2.46 3.13 $22.77 $47,350
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 770 2.36 3.01 $23.11 $48,060
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 300 2.30 2.92 $23.98 $49,880


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rockford, IL 40 0.25 0.32 $28.07 $58,390
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 60 0.07 0.09 $27.95 $58,130
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 90 0.08 0.11 $27.83 $57,880
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 100 0.09 0.11 $27.46 $57,110
Saginaw, MI 30 0.38 0.48 $26.78 $55,710
Wausau, WI 50 0.66 0.84 $26.75 $55,650
Asheville, NC 40 0.18 0.23 $26.53 $55,190
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 60 0.36 0.46 $26.43 $54,980
New Haven, CT 180 0.64 0.82 $26.17 $54,440
Baton Rouge, LA 240 0.60 0.76 $25.99 $54,060

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.84 1.07 $21.75 $45,240
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 100 0.92 1.17 $24.83 $51,650
Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland nonmetropolitan area 80 1.70 2.17 $23.76 $49,430
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 0.81 $20.10 $41,810
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 0.49 $20.78 $43,230

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland nonmetropolitan area 80 1.70 2.17 $23.76 $49,430
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 100 0.92 1.17 $24.83 $51,650
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.84 1.07 $21.75 $45,240
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 0.81 $20.10 $41,810
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 0.57 $22.31 $46,410

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 100 0.92 1.17 $24.83 $51,650
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.27 $24.46 $50,870
Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland nonmetropolitan area 80 1.70 2.17 $23.76 $49,430
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 0.57 $22.31 $46,410
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 0.44 $22.26 $46,310


About May 2017 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.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018