Postal service mail carriers

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Total Workforce

331k

Average Age

45.8

Estimated Job Growth

-121%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$49,112

Average Male Salary

$51,905

Average Female Salary

$44,848

About

Postal service mail carriers are most often employed by the Postal Service industry. The average yearly wage for Postal service mail carriers was $49,112 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Postal service mail carriers by wage are Bailiffs, correctional officers, & jailers, Flight attendants, and Security & fire alarm systems installers.

Postal service mail carriers are part of the Office & Administrative Support Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of office & administrative support workers, Switchboard operators, including answering service, Telephone operators, Communications equipment operators, all other, Bill & account collectors, Billing & posting clerks, Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks, Gaming cage workers, Payroll & timekeeping clerks, Procurement clerks, Tellers, Other financial clerks, Brokerage clerks, Court, municipal, & license clerks, Credit authorizers, checkers, & clerks, Customer service representatives, Eligibility interviewers, government programs, File clerks, Hotel, motel, & resort desk clerks, Interviewers, except eligibility & loan, Library assistants, clerical, Loan interviewers & clerks, New accounts clerks, Human resources assistants, except payroll & timekeeping, Receptionists & information clerks, Reservation & transportation ticket agents & travel clerks, Information & record clerks, all other, Correspondence clerks & order clerks, Cargo & freight agents, Couriers & messengers, Dispatchers, Meter readers, utilities, Postal service clerks, Postal service mail carriers, Postal service mail sorters, processors, & processing machine operators, Production, planning, & expediting clerks, Shipping, receiving, & traffic clerks, Stock clerks & order fillers, Weighers, measurers, checkers, & samplers, recordkeeping, Secretaries & administrative assistants, Computer operators, Data entry keyers, Word processors & typists, Insurance claims & policy processing clerks, Mail clerks & mail machine operators, except postal service, Office clerks, general, Office machine operators, except computer, Proofreaders & copy markers, Statistical assistants, and Miscellaneous office & administrative support workers, including desktop publishers

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Postal service mail carriers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Postal Service is the industry that employs the most Postal service mail carriers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Postal service mail carriers, by average wage, is Postal Service. Postal service mail carriers are paid most in Minot City PUMA, ND but are relatively concentrated in Ingham County (Northwest) PUMA, MI.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$49,112

AVERAGE SALARY

± $896

In 2017, Postal service mail carriers earned an average of $49,112, $2,953 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Bailiffs, correctional officers, & jailers make somewhat more than Postal service mail carriers while Flight attendants make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Postal service mail carriers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.224

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Postal service mail carriers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.224, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Postal service mail carriers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Postal service mail carriers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Postal service mail carriers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Postal service mail carriers, by number of employees, are N/A.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Postal service mail carriers, by average wage, are Postal Service.

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Industries by Share

331k

2017 Workforce

± 14,117

0.896%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 5.98%

The number of people employed as Postal service mail carriers has been growing at a rate of 0.896%, from 328,443 people in 2016 to 331,385 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Postal service mail carriers employed by various industries. N/A employs the largest share of Postal service mail carriers at  N/A%, followed by N/A with N/A% and N/A with N/A%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Postal service mail carriers in the US. The average age of male Postal service mail carriers in the workforce is 46.5 and of female Postal service mail carriers is 44.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Postal service mail carriers is White.

Gender Composition

200k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 10,978

131k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 8,888

60.4% of Postal service mail carriers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Postal service mail carriers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Postal service mail carriers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

67.8% of Postal service mail carriers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 19.8% of Postal service mail carriers, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Postal service mail carriers.

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Age by Gender

46.5

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.696

44.8

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.804

The median age of Postal service mail carriers is 45.8, and Male employees are generally 1.62 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Postal service mail carriers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Postal service mail carriers is Business but a relatively high number of Postal service mail carriers hold a major in Theology.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Postal service mail carriers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Postal service mail carriers need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Speaking, and Social Perceptiveness. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Postal service mail carriers need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Social Perceptiveness, and Operation Monitoring.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Postal service mail carriers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Postal service mail carriers are expected to see a growth of -121% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

-121%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Postal service mail carriers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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