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Northwest Workforce Development Area (1Q 2020)
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Estimated employment20
Mean wage$27.72
Entry wage$22.80
10th percentile wage$17.01
50th percentile wage$29.62
90th percentile wage$30.52
Top Employing Industries
Trade, Transportation,, and Utilities20100%
Top Paying Industries
Median Wage
Trade, Transportation,, and Utilities20$29.62
Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators (43-5053)
Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution for the United States Postal Service (USPS). 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 perform other duties related to mail handling within the postal service. Includes postal service mail sorters and processors employed by USPS contractors. Excludes Postal Service Clerks (43-5051) and Postal Service Mail Carriers (43-5052).
Median Wage History
Compared to
Occupational Group
Current$29.62 $20.80  $8.82
2019$28.38+4.4%$19.93 +4.4%$8.45
2018$27.41+3.5%$19.25 +3.5%$8.16
2017$26.71+2.6%$18.76 +2.6%$7.95
2016$25.91+3.1%$18.19 +3.1%$7.71
2015$25.27+2.5%$17.74 +2.5%$7.52
2014$24.77+2.0%$17.40 +2.0%$7.38
2013$24.28+2.0%$17.05 +2.0%$7.23
2012$23.87+1.7%$16.76 +1.7%$7.11
2011$23.43+1.8%$16.45 +1.8%$6.98
Compared to
All Occupations
Current$29.62 $21.91  $7.71
2019$28.38+4.4%$21.02 +4.2%$7.36
2018$27.41+3.5%$20.38 +3.1%$7.03
2017$26.71+2.6%$19.83 +2.8%$6.88
2016$25.91+3.1%$19.38 +2.3%$6.53
2015$25.27+2.5%$18.98 +2.1%$6.29
2014$24.77+2.0%$18.57 +2.2%$6.20
2013$24.28+2.0%$18.20 +2.1%$6.08
2012$23.87+1.7%$17.88 +1.7%$5.98
2011$23.43+1.8%$17.60 +1.6%$5.83
Note: The mid-wage is the median wage. The average wage is the mean wage. The entry-level wage is equal to the average of the lower third of reported wages for the occupation. The wage range consists of the 10th and 90th percentiles; 80% of workers earn between this wage range, 10% earn less while 10% earn more.
Reference Date: 1st Quarter 2020
Top Areas For This Occupation
Best Pay
Median Wage / Employment
Eastern $29.9110
South Central $29.91150
Northwest $29.6220
Southwest $29.62220
Highest Employment
Median Wage / Employment
North Central $29.61730
Southwest $29.62220
South Central $29.91150
Northwest $29.6220
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