Occupational Employment Statistics

May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

NAICS 491000 - Postal Service


These national industry-specific occupational employment and wage estimates are calculated with data collected from employers of all sizes, in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia, in NAICS 491000 - Postal Service.

These and other data elements, including the 10th, 25th, 75th, and 90th percentile wages, are available in the downloadable Excel files (XLS).

NAICS Industry 491000 - Postal Service is part of: Sectors 48 and 49 - Transportation and Warehousing.

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NAICS 491000 - Postal Service

All Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
00-0000 All Occupations 804,750 100.00% $20.41 $20.62 $42,890 0.2 %
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Management Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
11-0000 Management Occupations 33,110 4.11% $25.68 $26.72 $55,570 0.1 %
11-1011 Chief Executives 50 0.01% (5) $81.11 $168,720 6.0 %
11-1021 General and Operations Managers 580 0.07% $41.30 $46.56 $96,840 0.9 %
11-2021 Marketing Managers 3,060 0.38% $31.25 $31.63 $65,800 0.3 %
11-2022 Sales Managers 180 0.02% $31.22 $33.97 $70,660 1.0 %
11-3011 Administrative Services Managers 480 0.06% $38.55 $39.13 $81,380 0.6 %
11-3021 Computer and Information Systems Managers 90 0.01% $37.17 $38.63 $80,360 1.1 %
11-3031 Financial Managers 210 0.03% $40.98 $43.32 $90,110 1.0 %
11-3042 Training and Development Managers 80 0.01% $31.85 $32.90 $68,420 0.8 %
11-3071 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers 1,310 0.16% $34.91 $35.83 $74,530 0.4 %
11-9121 Natural Sciences Managers 80 0.01% $28.40 $29.12 $60,580 0.8 %
11-9131 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents 26,430 3.28% $24.32 $24.43 $50,820 0.1 %
11-9199 Managers, All Other 450 0.06% $32.52 $36.54 $75,990 0.8 %
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Business and Financial Operations Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 11,240 1.40% $26.82 $27.52 $57,230 0.3 %
13-1023 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 910 0.11% $27.77 $29.74 $61,850 0.6 %
13-1031 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 50 0.01% $24.26 $24.04 $49,990 (8)
13-1041 Compliance Officers, Except Agriculture, Construction, Health and Safety, and Transportation 1,820 0.23% $34.42 $32.32 $67,230 0.6 %
13-1071 Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists 2,490 0.31% $26.13 $27.06 $56,290 0.3 %
13-1072 Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists 470 0.06% $26.37 $28.15 $58,550 0.5 %
13-1073 Training and Development Specialists 740 0.09% $24.68 $25.40 $52,830 0.6 %
13-1079 Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Specialists, All Other 250 0.03% $32.54 $33.33 $69,320 0.7 %
13-1081 Logisticians 590 0.07% $26.96 $28.45 $59,170 0.5 %
13-1111 Management Analysts 740 0.09% $29.43 $30.16 $62,730 0.5 %
13-1199 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 2,180 0.27% $21.56 $19.52 $40,590 0.3 %
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors 560 0.07% $30.95 $32.14 $66,850 0.7 %
13-2021 Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate 70 0.01% $39.74 $39.94 $83,070 1.2 %
13-2031 Budget Analysts 210 0.03% $31.80 $32.17 $66,920 0.7 %
13-2051 Financial Analysts 40 (7) $37.97 $39.03 $81,190 2.7 %
13-2099 Financial Specialists, All Other 140 0.02% $30.39 $30.75 $63,950 0.7 %
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Computer and Mathematical Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 3,450 0.43% $30.08 $31.00 $64,480 0.5 %
15-1021 Computer Programmers 90 0.01% $36.37 $36.49 $75,900 1.2 %
15-1051 Computer Systems Analysts 450 0.06% $32.55 $32.69 $67,990 1.0 %
15-1061 Database Administrators 540 0.07% $24.85 $25.58 $53,210 0.5 %
15-1071 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 240 0.03% $25.58 $27.35 $56,900 0.7 %
15-1081 Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts 310 0.04% $32.01 $32.47 $67,540 0.7 %
15-1099 Computer Specialists, All Other 240 0.03% $34.81 $35.38 $73,600 0.9 %
15-2031 Operations Research Analysts 1,540 0.19% $30.85 $31.44 $65,400 0.6 %
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Architecture and Engineering Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 8,270 1.03% $24.54 $24.86 $51,710 0.3 %
17-1011 Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 130 0.02% $35.20 $35.87 $74,610 0.8 %
17-2072 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 50 0.01% $34.30 $34.35 $71,460 1.2 %
17-2112 Industrial Engineers 240 0.03% $32.41 $32.79 $68,210 0.6 %
17-2141 Mechanical Engineers 50 0.01% $37.25 $36.55 $76,030 1.9 %
17-3023 Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians 7,630 0.95% $24.33 $24.14 $50,210 0.4 %
17-3027 Mechanical Engineering Technicians 120 0.01% $30.62 $30.15 $62,720 0.7 %
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Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 220 0.03% $36.66 $36.75 $76,440 1.5 %
19-3011 Economists 40 (7) $41.03 $40.67 $84,600 2.0 %
19-3021 Market Research Analysts 150 0.02% $35.47 $36.09 $75,060 1.9 %
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Legal Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
23-0000 Legal Occupations 450 0.06% $40.72 $40.86 $85,000 1.0 %
23-1011 Lawyers 340 0.04% $44.72 $45.21 $94,030 1.1 %
23-2011 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 100 0.01% $24.72 $24.68 $51,330 1.1 %
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Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 480 0.06% $27.92 $28.78 $59,860 0.5 %
27-3031 Public Relations Specialists 50 0.01% $37.78 $37.79 $78,600 1.9 %
27-3041 Editors 260 0.03% $26.41 $26.69 $55,520 0.5 %
27-3099 Media and Communication Workers, All Other 120 0.01% $29.78 $28.88 $60,070 0.9 %
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Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
29-0000 Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations 610 0.08% $25.14 $26.22 $54,530 0.4 %
29-1111 Registered Nurses 210 0.03% $24.46 $24.47 $50,890 0.6 %
29-9011 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 390 0.05% $25.39 $25.78 $53,630 0.5 %
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Protective Service Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
33-0000 Protective Service Occupations 1,940 0.24% $24.94 $28.47 $59,230 0.7 %
33-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives 210 0.03% $29.09 $30.81 $64,090 1.1 %
33-2011 Fire Fighters 180 0.02% $19.25 $19.04 $39,610 0.5 %
33-3021 Detectives and Criminal Investigators 260 0.03% $33.17 $34.68 $72,130 0.9 %
33-3051 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 860 0.11% $22.66 $22.28 $46,340 1.4 %
33-9099 Protective Service Workers, All Other 430 0.05% $40.41 $39.78 $82,750 0.8 %
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Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
37-0000 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 16,610 2.06% $18.76 $18.35 $38,170 0.4 %
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 16,040 1.99% $18.67 $18.16 $37,770 0.4 %
37-3019 Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other 560 0.07% $24.11 $23.78 $49,460 0.5 %
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Sales and Related Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations 19,930 2.48% $24.68 $24.91 $51,820 0.2 %
41-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Non-Retail Sales Workers 13,890 1.73% $25.24 $25.66 $53,370 0.3 %
41-2011 Cashiers 4,480 0.56% $20.65 $21.03 $43,750 0.3 %
41-9022 Real Estate Sales Agents 60 0.01% $30.63 $30.63 $63,710 0.9 %
41-9099 Sales and Related Workers, All Other 1,500 0.19% $29.01 $29.25 $60,830 0.4 %
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Office and Administrative Support Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 668,740 83.10% $19.96 $19.81 $41,210 0.2 %
43-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office and Administrative Support Workers 920 0.11% $25.20 $25.63 $53,300 0.4 %
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1,450 0.18% $24.28 $24.18 $50,290 0.7 %
43-3051 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks 650 0.08% $21.72 $21.77 $45,280 1.0 %
43-4051 Customer Service Representatives 390 0.05% $24.54 $24.59 $51,140 1.3 %
43-4161 Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping 80 0.01% $19.48 $19.51 $40,590 1.0 %
43-4171 Receptionists and Information Clerks 340 0.04% $24.10 $23.77 $49,440 0.6 %
43-4199 Information and Record Clerks, All Other 700 0.09% $24.25 $24.01 $49,930 0.6 %
43-5011 Cargo and Freight Agents 130 0.02% $24.54 $24.56 $51,090 0.7 %
43-5021 Couriers and Messengers 730 0.09% $19.32 $19.20 $39,930 0.7 %
43-5051 Postal Service Clerks 76,860 9.55% $19.69 $19.82 $41,230 0.2 %
43-5052 Postal Service Mail Carriers 344,050 42.75% $21.37 $20.85 $43,370 0.2 %
43-5053 Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators 214,400 26.64% $18.96 $18.12 $37,690 0.3 %
43-5061 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 6,690 0.83% $23.17 $22.67 $47,150 0.4 %
43-5071 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 2,100 0.26% $23.22 $22.79 $47,410 0.6 %
43-5081 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 3,840 0.48% $19.77 $20.01 $41,620 0.7 %
43-6011 Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 40 (7) $22.22 $23.76 $49,410 2.0 %
43-6012 Legal Secretaries 60 0.01% $19.87 $20.20 $42,020 1.3 %
43-6014 Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1,110 0.14% $22.95 $22.57 $46,950 0.5 %
43-9011 Computer Operators 1,740 0.22% $23.19 $22.74 $47,290 0.4 %
43-9021 Data Entry Keyers 7,850 0.98% $12.68 $13.62 $28,320 0.6 %
43-9041 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 310 0.04% $20.65 $21.27 $44,250 0.6 %
43-9061 Office Clerks, General 3,940 0.49% $19.54 $19.63 $40,840 0.4 %
43-9111 Statistical Assistants 90 0.01% $24.41 $24.30 $50,540 0.7 %
43-9199 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 170 0.02% $11.82 $12.99 $27,020 1.1 %
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Construction and Extraction Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations 430 0.05% $23.76 $23.28 $48,420 1.0 %
47-2031 Carpenters 100 0.01% $23.90 $23.45 $48,770 1.0 %
47-2111 Electricians 150 0.02% $23.75 $23.28 $48,420 1.0 %
47-2141 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 130 0.02% $23.68 $23.22 $48,300 1.2 %
47-2152 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 40 (7) $23.68 $23.12 $48,090 1.9 %
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Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
49-0000 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 20,990 2.61% $22.87 $22.76 $47,330 0.4 %
49-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 3,130 0.39% $26.72 $27.60 $57,420 0.4 %
49-2011 Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers 750 0.09% $24.34 $24.18 $50,290 0.5 %
49-3021 Automotive Body and Related Repairers 250 0.03% $23.90 $23.47 $48,820 0.7 %
49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 3,770 0.47% $23.08 $22.43 $46,650 0.4 %
49-3093 Tire Repairers and Changers 40 (7) $19.25 $19.04 $39,610 1.2 %
49-9021 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 2,390 0.30% $23.89 $23.48 $48,830 0.5 %
49-9041 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 60 0.01% $24.38 $24.23 $50,390 1.2 %
49-9042 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 10,570 1.31% $20.90 $21.14 $43,980 0.4 %
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Production Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
51-0000 Production Occupations 330 0.04% $24.41 $24.95 $51,900 0.7 %
51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 80 0.01% $23.27 $22.60 $47,010 1.1 %
51-8021 Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators 110 0.01% $29.45 $29.41 $61,170 1.1 %
51-9123 Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers 40 (7) $21.39 $21.57 $44,860 1.4 %
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Transportation and Material Moving Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 17,910 2.23% $24.02 $23.89 $49,700 0.4 %
53-1011 Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors 50 0.01% $32.93 $33.30 $69,260 1.0 %
53-1031 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 8,280 1.03% $26.50 $26.93 $56,010 0.4 %
53-3032 Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer 5,680 0.71% $22.27 $22.02 $45,800 0.6 %
53-3033 Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services 2,950 0.37% $21.67 $21.59 $44,900 0.6 %
53-6099 Transportation Workers, All Other 430 0.05% $11.03 $10.94 $22,740 1.9 %
53-7064 Packers and Packagers, Hand 60 0.01% $19.21 $18.98 $39,470 3.2 %
53-7081 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors 220 0.03% $19.27 $19.12 $39,770 0.9 %
53-7199 Material Moving Workers, All Other 200 0.02% $18.79 $18.17 $37,790 1.5 %

About May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

(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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $70.00 per hour or $145,600 per year.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimates not released.

(9) Wage data for this occupation were removed because of reporting errors.




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