Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
134,230 0.0 % $23.44 $48,750 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.60 $24.74 $25.52 $25.53 $25.98
Annual Wage (2) $30,380 $51,450 $53,090 $53,100 $54,040


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 134,230 21.21 $23.44 $48,750

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 134,230 21.21 $23.44 $48,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 134,230 21.21 $23.44 $48,750


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 14,920 1.04 1.01 $24.09 $50,110
New York 10,510 1.23 1.19 $24.23 $50,390
Texas 8,290 0.78 0.76 $23.94 $49,800
Illinois 7,300 1.29 1.26 $23.64 $49,160
Pennsylvania 7,240 1.29 1.26 $23.27 $48,410




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 6,240 1.65 1.60 $24.26 $50,460
Alaska 500 1.56 1.51 $18.53 $38,540
Rhode Island 640 1.41 1.37 $24.02 $49,970
Montana 590 1.37 1.33 $18.40 $38,260
Missouri 3,540 1.36 1.32 $22.72 $47,260




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 400 0.98 0.95 $25.03 $52,060
District of Columbia 740 1.13 1.10 $24.82 $51,630
Connecticut 1,660 1.03 1.00 $24.58 $51,130
Florida 7,010 0.96 0.94 $24.30 $50,550
New Jersey 6,240 1.65 1.60 $24.26 $50,460





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 9,490 1.84 1.79 $24.72 $51,430
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,730 1.57 1.53 $24.25 $50,430
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,150 1.33 1.29 $24.18 $50,290
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,940 1.26 1.22 $24.49 $50,930
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,800 1.53 1.49 $23.95 $49,810
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,620 1.25 1.21 $25.03 $52,070
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,600 1.15 1.12 $24.11 $50,140
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,130 1.74 1.69 $24.13 $50,200
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,050 1.17 1.14 $24.84 $51,670
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,930 1.57 1.52 $23.85 $49,610




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 1,240 4.33 4.20 $23.79 $49,490
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 300 3.48 3.38 $23.98 $49,880
Manchester, NH 350 3.46 3.36 $23.98 $49,880
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 1,060 3.26 3.16 $24.08 $50,100
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 660 3.08 2.99 $24.19 $50,320
Greensboro-High Point, NC 960 2.78 2.70 $23.94 $49,790
Rocky Mount, NC 150 2.57 2.49 $22.95 $47,740
Charleston, WV 360 2.46 2.39 $21.24 $44,180
Macon, GA 220 2.33 2.26 $23.74 $49,380
Fayetteville, NC 300 2.32 2.25 $23.98 $49,870