Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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

Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Examine, sort, and route mail. 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. Excludes "Postal Service Clerks" (43-5051) and "Postal Service Mail Carriers" (43-5052).


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)
145,690 0.0 % $23.24 $48,340 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.76 $24.15 $25.52 $25.53 $25.53
Annual Wage (2) $26,540 $50,220 $53,080 $53,100 $53,100


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)
Postal Service 145,630 21.62 $23.24 $48,350

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 145,630 21.62 $23.24 $48,350

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 145,630 21.62 $23.24 $48,350


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)
California 15,840 1.13 0.99 $24.13 $50,190
New York 11,450 1.37 1.20 $23.83 $49,570
Texas 9,410 0.93 0.81 $23.37 $48,600
Illinois 7,960 1.44 1.26 $23.73 $49,350
Pennsylvania 7,780 1.42 1.24 $22.63 $47,070




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)
New Jersey 6,580 1.75 1.52 $24.15 $50,240
Alaska 480 1.57 1.37 $19.09 $39,700
Montana 660 1.56 1.36 $18.56 $38,600
Missouri 3,790 1.47 1.28 $22.82 $47,470
Vermont 420 1.45 1.27 $20.03 $41,660




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 830 1.30 1.13 $24.77 $51,530
Connecticut 1,780 1.12 0.97 $24.56 $51,090
Florida 7,530 1.06 0.92 $24.37 $50,690
Massachusetts 3,880 1.24 1.09 $24.36 $50,680
Rhode Island 630 1.41 1.23 $24.23 $50,400

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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,910 1.99 1.74 $24.49 $50,940
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 6,120 1.73 1.51 $24.54 $51,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,330 1.40 1.22 $24.32 $50,580
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,210 1.40 1.22 $24.49 $50,930
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,000 1.66 1.45 $23.44 $48,750
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,900 1.45 1.26 $24.44 $50,830
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,560 1.16 1.02 $24.90 $51,800
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,270 1.35 1.18 $24.74 $51,470
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,100 1.75 1.52 $24.03 $49,980
Denver-Aurora, CO 1,920 1.63 1.42 $24.32 $50,580




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)
Springfield, MA-CT 1,210 4.28 3.73 $24.44 $50,840
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 300 3.52 3.07 $24.17 $50,270
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 1,060 3.33 2.90 $23.30 $48,460
Manchester, NH 290 3.01 2.63 $24.91 $51,810
Greensboro-High Point, NC 1,000 2.98 2.60 $23.83 $49,570
Rocky Mount, NC 150 2.66 2.32 $22.74 $47,300
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 570 2.64 2.31 $24.61 $51,180
Fayetteville, NC 330 2.60 2.27 $23.72 $49,330
Bangor, ME 160 2.53 2.21 $23.33 $48,530
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI 190 2.37 2.07 $24.93 $51,860




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 1,550 2.31 2.02 $25.33 $52,690
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 700 1.02 0.89 $25.25 $52,520
New Haven, CT 530 2.01 1.75 $25.03 $52,050
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,770 1.87 1.63 $25.02 $52,040
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 220 0.93 0.81 $24.98 $51,950
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI 190 2.37 2.07 $24.93 $51,860
Manchester, NH 290 3.01 2.63 $24.91 $51,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,560 1.16 1.02 $24.90 $51,800
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 610 1.23 1.07 $24.81 $51,600
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 540 0.56 0.49 $24.76 $51,500

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 340 0.90 0.79 $16.43 $34,170
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 250 2.44 2.13 $20.76 $43,180
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 240 1.89 1.65 $14.77 $30,730
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 220 1.39 1.22 $19.14 $39,810
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 220 1.21 1.06 $17.22 $35,820

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 3.27 2.85 $13.72 $28,540
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 110 2.89 2.52 $13.49 $28,060
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 180 2.62 2.29 $12.96 $26,950
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 250 2.44 2.13 $20.76 $43,180
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 2.05 1.79 $15.60 $32,460

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.28 1.12 $21.98 $45,720
Upper Eastern Shore nonmetropolitan area 120 1.83 1.60 $21.08 $43,840
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 250 2.44 2.13 $20.76 $43,180
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 1.04 0.91 $20.02 $41,650
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 140 1.22 1.07 $19.83 $41,250


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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