Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
109,930 0.0 % $24.35 $50,650 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.63 $25.25 $27.28 $27.31 $27.31
Annual Wage (2) $32,510 $52,510 $56,740 $56,800 $56,800


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 109,900 17.87 $24.35 $50,650

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 109,900 17.87 $24.35 $50,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 109,900 17.87 $24.35 $50,650


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 13,210 0.85 1.07 $24.37 $50,700
New York 9,290 1.03 1.30 $24.55 $51,070
Texas 6,950 0.60 0.75 $24.44 $50,840
Illinois 6,190 1.06 1.33 $24.15 $50,230
Florida 6,050 0.76 0.96 $24.78 $51,540



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)
Rhode Island 660 1.39 1.75 $24.27 $50,490
New Jersey 5,310 1.36 1.71 $24.76 $51,490
Illinois 6,190 1.06 1.33 $24.15 $50,230
Maryland 2,730 1.05 1.32 $24.76 $51,490
Delaware 450 1.04 1.30 $24.79 $51,560



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho 240 0.37 0.46 $25.32 $52,670
Hawaii 390 0.62 0.78 $25.17 $52,350
Connecticut 1,220 0.73 0.92 $25.06 $52,130
District of Columbia 630 0.93 1.17 $24.95 $51,910
Wisconsin 1,740 0.63 0.79 $24.95 $51,890




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,280 1.43 1.80 $24.69 $51,360
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,290 1.48 1.86 $24.11 $50,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,520 1.10 1.38 $24.15 $50,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,560 1.06 1.33 $24.79 $51,560
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,510 1.08 1.35 $25.05 $52,090
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,370 0.96 1.20 $24.79 $51,570
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,980 1.55 1.94 $24.54 $51,040
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,950 2.22 2.78 $25.42 $52,870
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,920 1.02 1.28 $24.42 $50,800
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,740 1.27 1.59 $24.13 $50,200



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)
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 270 3.45 4.33 $24.61 $51,180
Springfield, MA-CT 1,030 3.26 4.09 $24.95 $51,900
Charleston, WV 380 3.24 4.07 $21.73 $45,190
Trenton, NJ 660 2.95 3.70 $25.39 $52,810
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 1,010 2.92 3.66 $23.99 $49,900
Manchester, NH 310 2.83 3.55 $25.09 $52,180
Fayetteville, NC 340 2.69 3.37 $22.92 $47,660
Greensboro-High Point, NC 920 2.59 3.25 $24.26 $50,460
Champaign-Urbana, IL 240 2.43 3.05 $23.09 $48,030
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 730 2.33 2.92 $23.38 $48,640