Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
91,530 3.0 % $14.70 $30,580 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.19 $10.94 $14.02 $17.76 $21.74
Annual Wage (2) $19,110 $22,750 $29,160 $36,940 $45,220


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 14,140 1.54 $13.20 $27,450
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 11,370 2.35 $13.90 $28,900
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 9,020 2.39 $13.92 $28,950
Employment Services 6,050 0.17 $13.04 $27,120
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,990 0.25 $16.97 $35,300

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 9,020 2.39 $13.92 $28,950
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 11,370 2.35 $13.90 $28,900
Business Support Services 14,140 1.54 $13.20 $27,450
Printing and Related Support Activities 4,440 0.98 $14.98 $31,150
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation 1,490 0.51 $15.40 $32,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 50 0.04 $24.56 $51,080
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 50 0.01 $23.33 $48,520
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 520 0.12 $19.19 $39,910
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 440 0.06 $18.67 $38,840
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 50 0.02 $18.62 $38,720


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 8,280 0.91 1.40 $16.72 $34,780
Texas 7,190 0.61 0.94 $14.09 $29,300
California 6,290 0.39 0.60 $16.39 $34,100
Illinois 5,480 0.93 1.42 $14.03 $29,170
Florida 5,330 0.65 0.99 $12.91 $26,860




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 1,280 1.82 2.80 $21.00 $43,680
Iowa 2,020 1.31 2.02 $13.21 $27,470
Minnesota 2,950 1.05 1.61 $15.21 $31,650
Delaware 460 1.04 1.59 $13.48 $28,040
Utah 1,410 1.03 1.57 $14.35 $29,860




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 1,280 1.82 2.80 $21.00 $43,680
Alaska 160 0.50 0.77 $17.75 $36,930
Massachusetts 2,030 0.59 0.90 $17.21 $35,800
New York 8,280 0.91 1.40 $16.72 $34,780
Washington 880 0.29 0.44 $16.59 $34,500





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 6,040 0.92 1.41 $16.43 $34,180
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,240 1.16 1.79 $14.37 $29,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,360 1.35 2.07 $17.15 $35,670
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,340 0.92 1.40 $13.17 $27,390
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,950 1.02 1.57 $15.40 $32,030
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,880 0.77 1.19 $14.62 $30,410
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,460 0.50 0.76 $14.70 $30,570
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,440 0.74 1.14 $12.84 $26,700
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,420 1.11 1.70 $16.63 $34,600
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,370 0.76 1.17 $17.38 $36,150




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 470 4.73 7.26 $11.77 $24,490
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 1,080 3.04 4.67 $13.51 $28,110
Topeka, KS 260 2.37 3.63 $11.47 $23,850
Springfield, IL 240 2.27 3.49 $11.28 $23,470
Fresno, CA 700 1.99 3.05 $14.17 $29,470
Cedar Rapids, IA 220 1.57 2.41 $13.98 $29,090
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 1,290 1.53 2.35 $13.75 $28,610
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 350 1.44 2.20 $13.85 $28,810
Great Falls, MT 50 1.44 2.21 $10.65 $22,160
Reading, PA 240 1.42 2.18 $14.47 $30,110