Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

43-5053 Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators

Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Examine, sort, and route mail by State, type of mail, or other scheme. 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. Must complete a competitive exam. Exclude "Postal Service Clerks" (43-5051) and "Postal Service Mail Carriers" (43-5052).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
221,930 0.0 % $18.05 $37,540 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.54 $17.39 $18.92 $20.46 $21.38
Annual Wage (2) $23,990 $36,170 $39,360 $42,550 $44,460

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Postal service 221,930 $18.05 $37,540

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Postal service 221,930 $18.05 $37,540

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
New Jersey 10,140 $18.37 $38,220 0.261%
Maryland 5,640 $18.41 $38,300 0.230%
Alaska 660 $16.29 $33,890 0.227%
Illinois 12,810 $18.57 $38,620 0.224%
Massachusetts 6,780 $18.42 $38,310 0.217%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 1,010 $19.58 $40,730 0.170%
Connecticut 2,870 $18.93 $39,380 0.176%
New York 17,330 $18.76 $39,020 0.210%
Illinois 12,810 $18.57 $38,620 0.224%
Rhode Island 1,010 $18.51 $38,500 0.212%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 3,970 $18.20 $37,860 1.671%
Cumberland, MD-WV MSA 550 $18.73 $38,960 1.391%
Yolo, CA PMSA 1,150 $16.98 $35,320 1.202%
Springfield, MA MSA 1,880 $18.32 $38,110 0.745%
Brockton, MA PMSA 460 $18.91 $39,340 0.469%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Muncie, IN MSA 110 $20.76 $43,180 0.216%
Kankakee, IL PMSA 40 $19.76 $41,110 0.092%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 110 $19.58 $40,720 0.129%
Odessa-Midland, TX MSA 140 $19.58 $40,720 0.135%
South Bend, IN MSA 270 $19.40 $40,350 0.217%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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