Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
102,410 1.7 % $13.53 $28,140 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.66 $10.16 $12.93 $16.33 $19.63
Annual Wage (2) $18,020 $21,140 $26,900 $33,960 $40,830


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 18,400 2.22 $12.06 $25,080
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 12,760 2.96 $12.30 $25,570
Employment Services 7,110 0.23 $11.67 $24,280
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 7,050 1.53 $12.93 $26,890
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,140 0.30 $16.44 $34,190

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 12,760 2.96 $12.30 $25,570
Business Support Services 18,400 2.22 $12.06 $25,080
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 7,050 1.53 $12.93 $26,890
Printing and Related Support Activities 3,980 0.86 $14.07 $29,260
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 2,020 0.80 $13.46 $27,990

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 0.01 $19.21 $39,950
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 740 0.12 $18.84 $39,190
Wired Telecommunications Carriers (8) (8) $18.32 $38,100
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 30 0.02 $18.29 $38,030
Scientific Research and Development Services 150 0.02 $17.74 $36,900


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 8,590 0.60 0.76 $15.02 $31,240
Texas 8,150 0.77 0.98 $12.59 $26,180
New York 8,150 0.95 1.21 $15.09 $31,390
Pennsylvania 7,060 1.26 1.60 $13.53 $28,130
Florida 6,470 0.89 1.13 $12.50 $26,010




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 1,260 1.93 2.45 $18.95 $39,420
Iowa 1,910 1.30 1.65 $11.90 $24,750
Pennsylvania 7,060 1.26 1.60 $13.53 $28,130
Delaware 460 1.14 1.45 $12.26 $25,500
Vermont 330 1.11 1.42 $14.31 $29,760




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 1,260 1.93 2.45 $18.95 $39,420
Massachusetts 2,370 0.74 0.94 $15.71 $32,680
Rhode Island 270 0.61 0.77 $15.70 $32,650
Alaska 190 0.59 0.75 $15.55 $32,350
New York 8,150 0.95 1.21 $15.09 $31,390





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 5,830 1.13 1.44 $15.60 $32,450
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,630 1.00 1.27 $11.82 $24,590
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,600 1.54 1.96 $15.93 $33,140
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,820 1.35 1.71 $12.98 $27,000
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,710 1.49 1.89 $14.99 $31,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,330 0.60 0.77 $14.74 $30,660
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,240 0.99 1.26 $12.72 $26,450
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,910 1.09 1.39 $13.76 $28,610
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,670 1.48 1.88 $12.24 $25,460
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,640 1.34 1.70 $13.10 $27,250




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)
Lynchburg, VA 410 4.26 5.42 $10.43 $21,690
Topeka, KS 270 2.50 3.18 $12.61 $26,220
Fresno, CA 770 2.44 3.11 $13.33 $27,720
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 610 1.89 2.40 $12.05 $25,060
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 1,360 1.69 2.15 $13.16 $27,370
Portsmouth, NH-ME 90 1.68 2.13 $14.21 $29,550
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 190 1.63 2.08 $13.58 $28,240
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 320 1.63 2.07 $14.30 $29,740
Columbus, GA-AL 180 1.61 2.05 $12.40 $25,800
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,370 1.55 1.98 $11.11 $23,110