Postal Service

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Workforce

609k

2016 BLS Estimate

Average Employee Age

47.3

Estimated Job Growth

-1.4%

10-Year Projection

Average Salary

$51,108

Average Male Salary

$53,966

Average Female Salary

$47,300

About

The top three occupations in the Postal Service Industry Group are Postal service mail carriers, Postal service clerks, Postal service mail sorters, processors, & processing machine operators, Miscellaneous managers, and Driver/sales workers & truck drivers. On average, full-time employees in the Postal Service Industry Group work 43 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $54,456. Part-time employees in the same industry work 22.5 hours and earn an average annual salary of $21,296.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Postal Service Industry Group are Memphis (East), Lakeland Cities & Arlington Town (South) PUMA, TN, Plymouth & Bristol Counties (Outside Brockton City) PUMA, MA, and Milwaukee City (North) PUMA, WI. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Postal Service.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Postal Service Industry Group. Postal service mail carriers are the most common position, but the Postal Service Industry Group employs a relatively high number of Postal service mail sorters, processors, & processing machine operators, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Postal Service goes to General & operations managers.

Occupations

Occupations by Share

609k

Workforce (BLS Estimate)

ACS Estimate: 691k

0.434%

1 Year Growth

± 4.15%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 609k people employed in the Postal Service Industry Group in 2016.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Postal Service Industry Group has been growing at a rate of 0.434%, , from 688k people in 2016 to 691k people in 2017.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Postal Service by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Postal service mail carriers represent the largest share of positions held in Postal Service at 48%, followed by Postal service clerks with 16.5% and Postal service mail sorters, processors, & processing machine operators with 9.83%.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other Industry Groups, Postal Service employs an unusually high number of Postal service mail sorters, processors, & processing machine operators, Postal service mail carriers, and Postal service clerks.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations in Postal Service, by average wage, are General & operations managers, Accountants & auditors, and Computer systems analysts.

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Wages

Average Salary

$51,108

AVERAGE WAGE

± $698

On average, employees in the Postal Service Industry Group make $51,108 per year. This number makes Postal Service the 137 highest paying Industry Group in the United States out of a total of 266 Industry Groups.

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Wage by Location

HIGHEST PAYING PUBLIC USE MICRODATA AREA

This map shows which public use microdata areas (PUMAs) pay the highest average salary to employees in the Postal Service Industry Group.

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Wage Distribution

0.236

WAGE GINI

Postal Service has a wage GINI of 0.236, which is less than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Postal Service (shown in red) in comparison to the national average for those wage buckets (shown in gray).

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Opportunities

Spatial Concentration

This map shows the PUMAs in the United States that have revealed comparative advantage in the Postal Service Industry Group.

These are locations that employ more people in the Postal Service Industry Group than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Postal Service Industry Group.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Postal Service Industry Group in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $53,966 and $47,300. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

296k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

±13.3k

395k

MALE WORKFORCE

±15.4k

57.1% of workers in the Postal Service Industry Group are Male, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Postal Service Industry Group.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$53,966

AVERAGE MALE SALARY

±$923

$47,300

AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY

±$1,043

On average, Male workers in the Postal Service Industry Group make 1.14 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Postal Service Industry Group.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY

  1. Asian

  2. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

On average, Asian employees in the Postal Service Industry Group earn 1.14 times more than other races and ethnicities. This chart shows the race and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in the Postal Service Industry Group.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Postal Service Industry Group. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this section indicates the amount of money spent by a specific industry in other industries. Manufacturing has the highest single input, by dollars, to the Postal Service Industry Group, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Postal Service Industry Group is Educational services, health care, and social assistance.

In this visualization, click on a category to expand or collapse it. All of the industries listed to the left are those places from which the highlighted industry has made purchases. They are the intermediate inputs to the highlighted industry. All those industries listed on the right side are those industries that have made purchases from the highlighted industry. They are the use of outputs of the highlighted industry. The visualizations below offer alternative ways to see and understand this data.

Industrial Flow

The closest comparable data for Postal Service is from Transportation & Warehousing, and Utilities.

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Intermediate Inputs

The Postal Service Industry Group gets the most input, by its share of the cost of all intermediate inputs, from the Manufacturing Industry. This visualization does not include labor and capital costs.

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Use of Output by Other Industries

The Educational services, health care, and social assistance Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Postal Service Industry Group in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Postal Service Industry Group for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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Projections

Growth projections of the Postal Service Industry Group, both by number of employees and output, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The national workforce is projected to grow 8.13% in the next ten years. The Postal Service Industry Group has a lower projected workforce growth at -1.4%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (-1.7%) is lower than the projected national growth in output (24.6%).

Job Growth

-1.4%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for the Postal Service Industry Group.

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Output Growth

-1.7%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in output of the Postal Service Industry Group.

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