Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
121,590 0.0 % $23.42 $48,710 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.04 $24.46 $26.21 $26.22 $26.31
Annual Wage (2) $29,200 $50,870 $54,520 $54,530 $54,720


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 121,580 19.83 $23.42 $48,710

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 121,580 19.83 $23.42 $48,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 121,580 19.83 $23.42 $48,710


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 13,710 0.91 1.01 $23.93 $49,770
New York 10,060 1.14 1.27 $23.66 $49,220
Texas 7,620 0.68 0.75 $23.70 $49,300
Illinois 6,740 1.17 1.30 $23.24 $48,350
Florida 6,460 0.84 0.94 $23.99 $49,900



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)
Alaska 510 1.55 1.73 $18.61 $38,710
New Jersey 5,760 1.49 1.65 $24.00 $49,920
Rhode Island 660 1.43 1.59 $23.41 $48,680
Maryland 3,070 1.20 1.33 $23.72 $49,340
Missouri 3,150 1.18 1.31 $23.17 $48,200



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 410 0.68 0.75 $24.23 $50,390
Delaware 410 0.97 1.08 $24.21 $50,350
District of Columbia 650 0.97 1.07 $24.18 $50,290
Massachusetts 3,380 1.02 1.13 $24.17 $50,270
New Jersey 5,760 1.49 1.65 $24.00 $49,920




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 9,290 1.72 1.92 $24.10 $50,130
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,580 1.49 1.65 $23.54 $48,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,740 1.17 1.30 $23.75 $49,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,750 1.16 1.28 $23.99 $49,900
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,610 1.17 1.30 $24.69 $51,350
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,550 1.07 1.19 $23.75 $49,410
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,540 1.36 1.51 $24.32 $50,580
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,120 1.68 1.87 $23.61 $49,110
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,930 1.06 1.18 $24.58 $51,130
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,770 1.33 1.48 $24.20 $50,340



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 1,090 3.75 4.17 $24.23 $50,400
Manchester, NH 330 3.16 3.51 $23.61 $49,110
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 700 3.12 3.47 $24.60 $51,160
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 270 2.98 3.31 $23.93 $49,780
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 990 2.89 3.21 $23.93 $49,770
Fayetteville, NC 340 2.75 3.05 $22.81 $47,440
Greensboro-High Point, NC 960 2.74 3.04 $23.68 $49,260
Charleston, WV 370 2.61 2.90 $20.76 $43,190
Rocky Mount, NC 140 2.43 2.70 $23.56 $49,010
Champaign-Urbana, IL 220 2.30 2.56 $22.67 $47,150