Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
119,960 3.6 % $13.23 $27,530 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.61 $10.15 $12.54 $15.68 $19.08
Annual Wage (2) $17,920 $21,110 $26,090 $32,600 $39,680


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 17,760 2.15 $11.64 $24,210
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 14,880 3.64 $12.10 $25,160
Employment Services 13,450 0.50 $12.29 $25,570
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 9,440 1.87 $13.43 $27,930
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,410 0.36 $15.93 $33,140

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 14,880 3.64 $12.10 $25,160
Business Support Services 17,760 2.15 $11.64 $24,210
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 9,440 1.87 $13.43 $27,930
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 2,410 1.01 $12.92 $26,870
Facilities Support Services 1,260 0.94 $12.65 $26,310

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 60 0.06 $22.12 $46,000
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 0.01 $18.45 $38,380
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 180 0.05 $18.10 $37,650
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 70 0.35 $17.09 $35,560
Other Information Services (8) (8) $16.86 $35,070


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)
New York 11,270 1.35 1.43 $14.79 $30,770
California 9,940 0.71 0.75 $14.17 $29,470
Texas 7,490 0.74 0.79 $12.71 $26,430
Pennsylvania 7,020 1.28 1.36 $13.51 $28,110
Illinois 5,700 1.03 1.09 $12.99 $27,020




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)
District of Columbia 1,010 1.57 1.67 $18.76 $39,030
New York 11,270 1.35 1.43 $14.79 $30,770
Connecticut 2,120 1.33 1.41 $13.24 $27,540
Iowa 1,890 1.32 1.39 $11.98 $24,910
Virginia 4,560 1.29 1.37 $13.02 $27,070




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 1,010 1.57 1.67 $18.76 $39,030
Massachusetts 3,400 1.09 1.16 $15.53 $32,300
New York 11,270 1.35 1.43 $14.79 $30,770
Maryland 3,070 1.25 1.32 $14.24 $29,610
California 9,940 0.71 0.75 $14.17 $29,470

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 7,580 1.52 1.61 $15.22 $31,670
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 4,610 1.30 1.38 $13.06 $27,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,490 1.52 1.62 $15.73 $32,720
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,900 1.61 1.70 $14.58 $30,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,900 0.76 0.80 $14.13 $29,390
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,570 1.17 1.24 $12.38 $25,750
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,490 2.07 2.19 $13.26 $27,590
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,310 1.15 1.22 $13.07 $27,180
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,260 1.36 1.45 $15.69 $32,630
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,020 1.20 1.27 $14.52 $30,210




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)
Palm Coast, FL 90 5.35 5.67 $8.65 $17,990
Lynchburg, VA 500 5.13 5.43 $10.62 $22,080
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 390 4.22 4.47 $9.66 $20,100
Fresno, CA 1,290 4.13 4.37 $12.72 $26,460
Dubuque, IA 160 3.13 3.32 $10.06 $20,920
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,500 2.74 2.90 $12.76 $26,550
Topeka, KS 290 2.69 2.85 $11.78 $24,510
Great Falls, MT 90 2.54 2.69 $9.75 $20,280
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 470 2.45 2.59 $13.43 $27,940
Akron, OH 670 2.18 2.31 $10.81 $22,490




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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 660 0.69 0.73 $17.82 $37,070
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 310 1.44 1.53 $16.96 $35,270
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 790 1.44 1.53 $16.50 $34,310
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 100 1.18 1.25 $16.43 $34,170
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 120 0.66 0.70 $16.37 $34,060
Amarillo, TX 60 0.57 0.60 $16.29 $33,880
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 630 0.67 0.71 $16.21 $33,710
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 40 0.38 0.40 $16.19 $33,660
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 120 0.51 0.54 $15.95 $33,180
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 480 0.57 0.60 $15.87 $33,010

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 510 2.33 2.47 $10.95 $22,780
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 250 1.06 1.12 $15.12 $31,460
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 190 1.62 1.72 $9.67 $20,110
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 170 1.49 1.58 $11.22 $23,330
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 160 0.85 0.90 $15.02 $31,240

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 510 2.33 2.47 $10.95 $22,780
Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 2.15 2.28 $13.55 $28,190
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 190 1.62 1.72 $9.67 $20,110
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 170 1.49 1.58 $11.22 $23,330
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 160 1.39 1.47 $12.87 $26,760

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)
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.59 $34,520
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.29 0.30 $15.31 $31,840
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 250 1.06 1.12 $15.12 $31,460
Northeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 160 0.85 0.90 $15.02 $31,240
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.59 0.63 $14.79 $30,770


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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(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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