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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
103,830 0.0 % $24.64 $51,250 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.94 $18.36 $28.26 $28.89 $28.90
Annual Wage (2) $35,230 $38,180 $58,770 $60,100 $60,110


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) 103,830 16.38 $24.64 $51,250

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) 103,830 16.38 $24.64 $51,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service (federal government) 103,830 16.38 $24.64 $51,250


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 12,510 0.74 1.03 $24.77 $51,520
New York 8,920 0.95 1.32 $24.71 $51,390
Texas 6,410 0.53 0.74 $25.21 $52,430
Florida 5,840 0.68 0.95 $24.94 $51,870
Illinois 5,710 0.95 1.33 $24.46 $50,880




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 590 1.22 1.69 $24.74 $51,460
New Jersey 4,860 1.20 1.67 $25.20 $52,420
New Hampshire 660 1.01 1.40 $24.10 $50,120
Maryland 2,590 0.96 1.34 $24.77 $51,520
New York 8,920 0.95 1.32 $24.71 $51,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 400 0.90 1.25 $25.91 $53,890
Vermont 160 0.53 0.74 $25.51 $53,070
District of Columbia 570 0.80 1.11 $25.45 $52,930
Idaho 220 0.31 0.43 $25.40 $52,820
Connecticut 1,160 0.70 0.97 $25.28 $52,580





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 10,860 1.14 1.59 $24.99 $51,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,630 0.92 1.28 $24.51 $50,970
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 5,190 1.12 1.56 $24.44 $50,830
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,990 0.84 1.17 $25.79 $53,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,790 0.89 1.24 $25.19 $52,400
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,690 0.94 1.32 $25.93 $53,930
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,560 1.06 1.47 $25.71 $53,470
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,260 1.14 1.59 $25.03 $52,070
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,200 0.82 1.14 $25.14 $52,300
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,030 0.74 1.03 $24.71 $51,400




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)
Charleston, WV 400 3.59 5.01 $22.14 $46,040
Springfield, MA-CT 1,010 3.05 4.25 $24.72 $51,420
Manchester, NH 290 2.57 3.58 $24.65 $51,270
Trenton, NJ 560 2.42 3.37 $26.14 $54,380
Greensboro-High Point, NC 860 2.38 3.31 $24.93 $51,850
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 850 2.31 3.22 $24.82 $51,620
Fayetteville, NC 290 2.25 3.14 $23.15 $48,150
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 700 2.14 2.99 $23.76 $49,410
Champaign-Urbana, IL 210 2.07 2.89 $23.97 $49,850
Bangor, ME 120 1.78 2.48 $23.08 $48,000