Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
85,800 2.0 % $15.00 $31,200 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.52 $11.24 $14.24 $18.03 $22.17
Annual Wage (2) $19,800 $23,380 $29,620 $37,500 $46,100


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 12,930 1.42 $13.59 $28,270
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 10,130 2.05 $13.54 $28,150
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 7,970 2.25 $14.37 $29,900
Employment Services 5,490 0.15 $13.30 $27,660
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,820 0.24 $17.21 $35,790

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 7,970 2.25 $14.37 $29,900
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 10,130 2.05 $13.54 $28,150
Business Support Services 12,930 1.42 $13.59 $28,270
Printing and Related Support Activities 4,210 0.95 $15.44 $32,110
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 590 0.88 $13.24 $27,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution (8) (8) $25.29 $52,610
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 50 0.01 $22.92 $47,670
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures (8) (8) $21.78 $45,310
Telecommunications 190 0.02 $21.59 $44,910
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $20.52 $42,680


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)
New York 7,700 0.84 1.39 $16.88 $35,110
California 6,850 0.41 0.68 $16.11 $33,500
Texas 6,040 0.51 0.84 $14.15 $29,440
Illinois 5,600 0.94 1.57 $13.78 $28,650
Pennsylvania 4,700 0.81 1.35 $14.71 $30,600




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 1,300 1.84 3.06 $21.30 $44,310
Vermont 510 1.66 2.76 $16.41 $34,130
Minnesota 2,930 1.03 1.71 $15.72 $32,700
Virginia 3,840 1.01 1.68 $14.34 $29,840
Delaware 440 0.98 1.64 $14.82 $30,830




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 1,300 1.84 3.06 $21.30 $44,310
Alaska 130 0.42 0.69 $19.06 $39,640
Massachusetts 2,170 0.61 1.02 $17.34 $36,060
New York 7,700 0.84 1.39 $16.88 $35,110
Connecticut 1,380 0.83 1.38 $16.84 $35,020



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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 5,460 0.81 1.35 $16.59 $34,510
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,200 1.15 1.91 $13.89 $28,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,250 1.29 2.14 $17.64 $36,690
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,950 0.74 1.24 $13.47 $28,020
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,800 0.93 1.55 $15.60 $32,450
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.71 1.17 $14.50 $30,160
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,550 0.84 1.40 $17.82 $37,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,460 0.33 0.55 $17.32 $36,020
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,390 1.07 1.78 $16.86 $35,070
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,270 0.43 0.72 $14.45 $30,060


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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)
Lynchburg, VA 430 4.41 7.32 $12.37 $25,720
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 440 3.51 5.83 $16.34 $33,980
Topeka, KS 280 2.55 4.23 $11.44 $23,800
Reading, PA 420 2.46 4.08 $11.13 $23,160
Springfield, IL 230 2.13 3.55 $11.34 $23,590
Fresno, CA 770 2.06 3.42 $14.12 $29,380
Fayetteville, NC 240 1.85 3.07 (8) (8)
Wheeling, WV-OH 90 1.46 2.43 $13.46 $28,000
Roanoke, VA 210 1.37 2.27 $11.36 $23,620
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 330 1.33 2.21 $15.10 $31,400


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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)
Danbury, CT (8) (8) (8) $21.67 $45,070
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.46 0.76 $18.57 $38,630
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division 40 0.29 0.48 $18.48 $38,440
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.45 $38,370
Anchorage, AK 50 0.27 0.45 $18.40 $38,280
Trenton, NJ 290 1.27 2.12 $18.32 $38,110
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 290 0.50 0.83 $18.19 $37,830
Ithaca, NY (8) (8) (8) $18.08 $37,600
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 40 0.21 0.35 $18.04 $37,530
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 120 0.11 0.18 $18.02 $37,480

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 Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 440 2.31 3.83 $15.38 $31,980
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 340 2.12 3.52 $17.13 $35,640
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 310 1.36 2.26 $12.67 $26,350
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 140 0.43 0.71 $10.21 $21,240
Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.97 1.61 $13.42 $27,920

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 440 2.31 3.83 $15.38 $31,980
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 340 2.12 3.52 $17.13 $35,640
Northwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.77 2.94 $9.68 $20,140
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 310 1.36 2.26 $12.67 $26,350
Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.97 1.61 $13.42 $27,920

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.31 $42,240
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 0.92 $19.26 $40,050
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 340 2.12 3.52 $17.13 $35,640
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 110 0.74 1.22 $16.73 $34,790
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 0.56 $15.87 $33,020


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.

(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 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