Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
99,140 1.8 % $13.83 $28,760 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.77 $10.35 $13.20 $16.68 $20.21
Annual Wage (2) $18,250 $21,520 $27,450 $34,700 $42,040


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)
Business Support Services 16,700 1.95 $12.50 $25,990
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 13,570 3.06 $12.36 $25,710
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 7,790 1.78 $13.32 $27,700
Employment Services 5,970 0.18 $12.02 $25,010
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,910 0.29 $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 13,570 3.06 $12.36 $25,710
Business Support Services 16,700 1.95 $12.50 $25,990
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 7,790 1.78 $13.32 $27,700
Printing and Related Support Activities 3,530 0.77 $14.50 $30,160
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 2,010 0.76 $13.32 $27,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wired Telecommunications Carriers (8) (8) $19.55 $40,670
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 60 0.01 $19.22 $39,980
Other Investment Pools and Funds (8) (8) $18.42 $38,310
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 600 0.10 $17.98 $37,400
Scientific Research and Development Services 130 0.02 $17.67 $36,750


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)
Texas 8,940 0.82 1.10 $12.84 $26,720
California 7,760 0.53 0.70 $15.56 $32,360
New York 7,200 0.83 1.11 $15.26 $31,750
Pennsylvania 6,740 1.20 1.60 $13.74 $28,570
Illinois 5,280 0.93 1.24 $12.39 $25,770




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 1,290 1.93 2.59 $19.23 $39,990
Iowa 1,940 1.30 1.74 $12.47 $25,940
Utah 1,520 1.23 1.64 $12.16 $25,280
Pennsylvania 6,740 1.20 1.60 $13.74 $28,570
Minnesota 2,680 1.00 1.33 $13.81 $28,720




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 1,290 1.93 2.59 $19.23 $39,990
Washington 910 0.32 0.43 $16.42 $34,150
Massachusetts 2,250 0.69 0.93 $16.02 $33,330
Rhode Island 230 0.50 0.66 $15.93 $33,140
Alaska 170 0.53 0.71 $15.75 $32,750





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 5,080 0.97 1.30 $16.05 $33,380
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,380 1.18 1.58 $12.20 $25,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,570 1.51 2.02 $16.12 $33,530
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,070 1.43 1.91 $13.11 $27,280
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,620 1.42 1.90 $15.21 $31,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,590 1.12 1.50 $13.68 $28,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,120 0.53 0.71 $15.41 $32,060
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,000 1.12 1.50 $14.41 $29,980
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,790 1.01 1.34 $13.30 $27,660
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,460 1.27 1.69 $12.45 $25,900




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 360 3.63 4.85 $10.53 $21,900
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 990 3.00 4.02 $13.12 $27,280
Topeka, KS 300 2.77 3.70 $13.60 $28,280
Fresno, CA 830 2.59 3.47 $13.29 $27,640
Columbus, GA-AL 270 2.41 3.22 (8) (8)
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 80 1.73 2.32 $11.77 $24,470
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 340 1.56 2.08 $17.00 $35,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,570 1.51 2.02 $16.12 $33,530
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,380 1.51 2.02 $12.06 $25,080
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 300 1.50 2.01 $14.02 $29,170