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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
83,580 2.5 % $15.68 $32,620 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.28 $12.22 $14.89 $18.49 $22.65
Annual Wage (2) $21,380 $25,420 $30,960 $38,470 $47,110


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)
Business Support Services 14,050 1.58 $14.72 $30,610
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 8,890 1.81 $14.42 $30,000
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 6,370 2.09 $14.23 $29,590
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,830 0.24 $17.27 $35,910
Printing and Related Support Activities 3,850 0.90 $16.36 $34,040

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 6,370 2.09 $14.23 $29,590
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 8,890 1.81 $14.42 $30,000
Business Support Services 14,050 1.58 $14.72 $30,610
Printing and Related Support Activities 3,850 0.90 $16.36 $34,040
Facilities Support Services 920 0.56 $14.60 $30,370

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 50 0.01 $22.34 $46,470
Educational Support Services 40 0.02 $20.56 $42,770
Grantmaking and Giving Services 50 0.03 $20.28 $42,190
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) (8) (8) $20.12 $41,850
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 150 0.04 $20.03 $41,670


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)
Texas 8,260 0.66 1.17 $14.51 $30,170
New York 8,180 0.86 1.51 $17.33 $36,050
California 6,020 0.35 0.61 $16.57 $34,480
Illinois 5,500 0.91 1.60 $14.96 $31,110
Pennsylvania 4,420 0.75 1.32 $15.70 $32,650




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)
Vermont 470 1.53 2.68 $17.46 $36,320
Connecticut 1,850 1.11 1.96 $17.07 $35,500
Virginia 4,230 1.09 1.92 $15.36 $31,940
Illinois 5,500 0.91 1.60 $14.96 $31,110
Delaware 400 0.90 1.57 $15.29 $31,800




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 610 0.85 1.49 $23.08 $48,010
Rhode Island 230 0.47 0.82 $19.47 $40,500
Massachusetts 1,810 0.50 0.88 $19.42 $40,400
Alaska 130 0.39 0.69 $18.73 $38,960
Hawaii 150 0.24 0.43 $17.80 $37,020





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 8,450 0.87 1.54 $16.90 $35,150
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 4,990 1.07 1.87 $14.85 $30,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,120 0.98 1.72 $17.60 $36,610
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,710 0.94 1.65 $16.98 $35,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,980 0.32 0.56 $16.01 $33,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,610 0.59 1.03 $14.52 $30,200
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,580 0.80 1.41 $16.25 $33,810
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,550 0.55 0.97 $19.55 $40,670
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,250 2.14 3.76 $16.08 $33,440
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,140 0.37 0.65 $15.75 $32,750




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 480 4.61 8.10 $13.30 $27,670
Topeka, KS 350 3.21 5.63 $11.96 $24,880
Reading, PA 550 3.07 5.40 $12.41 $25,820
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 120 2.97 5.22 $12.25 $25,470
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 250 2.37 4.17 $14.21 $29,560
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,250 2.14 3.76 $16.08 $33,440
Jefferson City, MO 140 1.94 3.42 $14.63 $30,420
Carson City, NV 50 1.80 3.17 $13.75 $28,600
Fresno, CA 690 1.79 3.15 $14.25 $29,640
Richmond, VA 1,020 1.55 2.73 $15.22 $31,660