Occupational Employment Statistics

May 2008 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 nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia, in NAICS 491000 - Postal Service.

Additional information, including the hourly and annual 10th, 25th, 75th, and 90th percentile wages, percent of establishments reporting the occupation, and the employment percent relative standard error, is available in the downloadable XLS files.

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

NAICS 491000 - Postal Service consists of:

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NAICS 491000 - Postal Service

All Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
00-0000 All Occupations 771,930 100.00% $25.34 $24.63 $51,240 0.2 %
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 29,460 3.82% $29.50 $30.29 $63,010 0.2 %
11-1021 General and Operations Managers 390 0.05% $59.52 $57.93 $120,500 1.1 %
11-2021 Marketing Managers 220 0.03% $45.02 $45.92 $95,510 0.7 %
11-2022 Sales Managers 200 0.03% $35.99 $39.25 $81,650 0.9 %
11-3011 Administrative Services Managers 450 0.06% $38.53 $41.04 $85,360 0.4 %
11-3021 Computer and Information Systems Managers 50 0.01% $62.41 $63.40 $131,870 3.4 %
11-3031 Financial Managers 300 0.04% $46.19 $48.04 $99,920 1.0 %
11-3049 Human Resources Managers, All Other 50 0.01% $62.21 $60.15 $125,110 2.7 %
11-3061 Purchasing Managers 40 0.01% $57.85 $57.38 $119,350 1.8 %
11-3071 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers 1,040 0.13% $39.99 $40.75 $84,770 0.5 %
11-9131 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents 26,400 3.42% $28.52 $28.44 $59,150 0.1 %
11-9199 Managers, All Other 200 0.03% $42.70 $46.83 $97,410 2.8 %
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 11,530 1.49% $33.90 $34.21 $71,160 0.4 %
13-1023 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 770 0.10% $33.03 $34.90 $72,600 0.7 %
13-1041 Compliance Officers, Except Agriculture, Construction, Health and Safety, and Transportation 1,970 0.26% $37.26 $36.59 $76,120 0.7 %
13-1071 Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists 40 0.01% $42.87 $41.74 $86,830 1.8 %
13-1072 Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists 460 0.06% $32.37 $32.67 $67,960 0.7 %
13-1073 Training and Development Specialists 660 0.09% $28.90 $30.45 $63,330 0.6 %
13-1079 Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Specialists, All Other 2,060 0.27% $33.60 $33.05 $68,740 0.5 %
13-1081 Logisticians 590 0.08% $32.19 $33.26 $69,170 0.6 %
13-1111 Management Analysts 590 0.08% $40.43 $40.09 $83,390 1.1 %
13-1199 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 2,930 0.38% $32.39 $32.02 $66,590 0.4 %
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors 670 0.09% $35.71 $36.48 $75,880 0.8 %
13-2021 Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate 80 0.01% $44.62 $43.83 $91,180 1.4 %
13-2031 Budget Analysts 220 0.03% $36.28 $36.84 $76,630 0.7 %
13-2051 Financial Analysts 420 0.05% $34.78 $34.45 $71,660 0.6 %
13-2099 Financial Specialists, All Other 60 0.01% $44.33 $43.81 $91,120 1.9 %
Computer and Mathematical 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)
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Science Occupations 2,870 0.37% $35.24 $36.02 $74,930 0.9 %
15-1021 Computer Programmers 70 0.01% $42.22 $40.72 $84,710 2.3 %
15-1041 Computer Support Specialists 110 0.01% $28.10 $28.68 $59,650 2.4 %
15-1051 Computer Systems Analysts 530 0.07% $35.85 $37.33 $77,640 1.4 %
15-1061 Database Administrators 520 0.07% $28.42 $29.54 $61,430 0.9 %
15-1071 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 80 0.01% $41.00 $40.42 $84,070 1.2 %
15-1081 Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts 480 0.06% $37.02 $37.07 $77,100 0.7 %
15-1099 Computer Specialists, All Other 350 0.05% $41.27 $39.62 $82,400 1.8 %
15-2031 Operations Research Analysts 530 0.07% $38.03 $38.66 $80,410 1.7 %
15-2041 Statisticians 180 0.02% $33.06 $33.68 $70,050 0.7 %
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 8,240 1.07% $27.90 $28.32 $58,900 0.4 %
17-1011 Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 130 0.02% $43.58 $43.00 $89,450 1.4 %
17-2072 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 40 0.01% $42.65 $41.79 $86,920 1.9 %
17-2112 Industrial Engineers 260 0.03% $37.19 $37.71 $78,440 0.7 %
17-2141 Mechanical Engineers 60 0.01% $42.06 $41.87 $87,100 2.0 %
17-2199 Engineers, All Other 60 0.01% $46.47 $46.37 $96,440 2.3 %
17-3023 Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians 7,690 1.00% $27.69 $27.44 $57,070 0.4 %
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 350 0.05% $39.65 $40.54 $84,320 2.1 %
19-3011 Economists 40 0.01% $50.36 $48.54 $100,960 3.0 %
19-3021 Market Research Analysts 170 0.02% $41.34 $41.49 $86,290 2.9 %
19-3099 Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other 80 0.01% $34.99 $34.68 $72,140 0.9 %
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 370 0.05% $52.66 $51.55 $107,220 1.3 %
23-1011 Lawyers 300 0.04% $56.33 $56.43 $117,370 1.4 %
23-2011 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 60 0.01% $29.14 $29.05 $60,420 1.2 %
Education, Training, and Library 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)
25-0000 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 210 0.03% $27.51 $27.29 $56,750 0.6 %
25-3099 Teachers and Instructors, All Other 210 0.03% (4) (4) $56,100 0.6 %
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 160 0.02% $38.41 $37.72 $78,450 1.5 %
27-3031 Public Relations Specialists 80 0.01% $41.30 $39.81 $82,810 1.5 %
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 590 0.08% $30.35 $31.26 $65,020 0.5 %
29-1111 Registered Nurses 170 0.02% $27.54 $27.49 $57,170 0.7 %
29-9011 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 410 0.05% $31.84 $31.52 $65,560 0.5 %
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 1,690 0.22% $29.84 $32.63 $67,870 0.7 %
33-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives 200 0.03% $35.13 $36.55 $76,020 1.0 %
33-2011 Fire Fighters 100 0.01% $21.85 $21.62 $44,980 0.7 %
33-3021 Detectives and Criminal Investigators 570 0.07% $38.88 $41.24 $85,780 0.6 %
33-3051 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers (8) (8) $25.73 $25.29 $52,610 1.7 %
33-9099 Protective Service Workers, All Other 210 0.03% $30.38 $31.67 $65,860 0.9 %
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 16,790 2.18% $21.59 $21.33 $44,360 0.4 %
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 16,190 2.10% $21.48 $21.11 $43,910 0.4 %
37-3019 Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other 590 0.08% $27.56 $27.22 $56,630 0.5 %
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 13,680 1.77% $29.33 $29.92 $62,220 0.3 %
41-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Non-Retail Sales Workers 12,990 1.68% $29.20 $29.68 $61,730 0.3 %
41-3099 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 100 0.01% $31.77 $33.83 $70,370 1.5 %
41-9099 Sales and Related Workers, All Other 590 0.08% $34.52 $34.56 $71,880 0.5 %
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 648,160 83.97% $24.91 $23.85 $49,600 0.3 %
43-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office and Administrative Support Workers 4,290 0.56% $33.90 $33.78 $70,260 0.3 %
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 880 0.11% $27.74 $27.57 $57,340 1.8 %
43-3051 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks 410 0.05% $27.75 $27.54 $57,290 0.6 %
43-3061 Procurement Clerks 70 0.01% $27.90 $27.88 $57,980 1.0 %
43-4051 Customer Service Representatives 320 0.04% $28.94 $29.19 $60,720 0.8 %
43-4161 Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping 50 0.01% $27.68 $27.42 $57,030 1.3 %
43-4171 Receptionists and Information Clerks 310 0.04% $27.64 $27.36 $56,900 0.7 %
43-4199 Information and Record Clerks, All Other 640 0.08% $27.75 $27.55 $57,300 0.7 %
43-5011 Cargo and Freight Agents 120 0.02% $32.65 $31.91 $66,380 0.7 %
43-5021 Couriers and Messengers 470 0.06% $27.72 $27.48 $57,160 0.8 %
43-5032 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance 30 (7) $27.54 $27.19 $56,550 1.9 %
43-5051 Postal Service Clerks 77,800 10.08% (c) $24.54 (c) $24.11 (c) $50,150 (9)
43-5052 Postal Service Mail Carriers 354,570 45.93% (c) $23.94 (c) $22.58 (c) $46,970 (9)
43-5053 Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators 185,610 24.04% (c) $24.05 (c) $21.87 (c) $45,490 (9)
43-5061 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 6,970 0.90% $27.51 $27.12 $56,410 0.5 %
43-5071 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1,620 0.21% $27.71 $27.50 $57,200 0.8 %
43-5081 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2,520 0.33% $27.60 $27.28 $56,740 1.0 %
43-6012 Legal Secretaries 50 0.01% $23.15 $23.77 $49,430 1.3 %
43-6014 Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1,130 0.15% $24.10 $24.49 $50,950 0.5 %
43-9011 Computer Operators 1,600 0.21% $27.44 $27.08 $56,330 0.5 %
43-9021 Data Entry Keyers 5,400 0.70% $14.31 $15.82 $32,910 1.4 %
43-9041 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 120 0.02% $27.72 $27.50 $57,190 0.8 %
43-9061 Office Clerks, General 3,020 0.39% $27.58 $27.24 $56,650 0.5 %
43-9199 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 60 0.01% $14.47 $17.49 $36,380 1.4 %
Construction and Extraction Occupations top
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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 340 0.04% $27.36 $26.91 $55,970 1.1 %
47-2031 Carpenters 70 0.01% $27.56 $27.22 $56,620 1.2 %
47-2111 Electricians 110 0.01% $27.33 $26.87 $55,890 1.1 %
47-2141 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 120 0.02% $27.28 $26.80 $55,740 1.4 %
47-2152 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 30 (7) $27.40 $26.98 $56,110 2.2 %
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 20,860 2.70% $27.36 $27.38 $56,940 0.4 %
49-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 3,180 0.41% $34.60 $34.20 $71,130 0.4 %
49-2011 Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers 420 0.05% $27.72 $27.49 $57,180 0.7 %
49-3021 Automotive Body and Related Repairers 220 0.03% $27.58 $27.25 $56,670 0.9 %
49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 3,820 0.49% $26.25 $25.69 $53,430 0.5 %
49-3093 Tire Repairers and Changers 30 (7) $26.97 $26.41 $54,930 1.3 %
49-9021 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 2,370 0.31% $27.40 $26.97 $56,090 0.5 %
49-9042 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 10,360 1.34% $26.51 $25.91 $53,890 0.5 %
49-9099 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other 410 0.05% $29.14 $29.71 $61,790 0.5 %
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 770 0.10% $28.22 $28.49 $59,250 0.6 %
51-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production and Operating Workers 520 0.07% $27.96 $28.08 $58,410 0.6 %
51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 70 0.01% $27.30 $26.83 $55,810 1.3 %
51-8021 Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators 100 0.01% $33.58 $32.74 $68,110 1.4 %
51-9123 Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers 40 0.01% $27.75 $27.54 $57,290 1.6 %
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 15,870 2.06% $28.09 $28.21 $58,680 0.4 %
53-1031 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 7,050 0.91% $31.91 $31.58 $65,690 0.4 %
53-3032 Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer 5,600 0.73% $26.26 $25.69 $53,440 0.6 %
53-3033 Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services 2,800 0.36% $26.09 $25.56 $53,160 0.6 %
53-7064 Packers and Packagers, Hand 30 (7) $21.88 $21.67 $45,070 (8)
53-7081 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors 180 0.02% $21.81 $21.61 $44,950 0.8 %
53-7199 Material Moving Workers, All Other 140 0.02% $21.29 $20.86 $43,400 1.5 %

About May 2008 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.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

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

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) Estimate not available.

(c) Corrected on May 29, 2009.




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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: May 29, 2009

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