Postal service clerks

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Total Workforce

114k

Average Age

48.9

Estimated Job Growth

-12%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$50,099

Average Male Salary

$54,869

Average Female Salary

$46,392

About

Postal service clerks are most often employed by the Postal Service industry. The average yearly wage for Postal service clerks was $50,099 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Postal service clerks by wage are Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers, Motion picture projectionists, and Production, planning, & expediting clerks.

Postal service clerks 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

The top 3 locations that employ the most Postal service clerks are Thornton Township PUMA, IL, Bensonhurst & Bath Beach PUMA, NY, and Cache, Summit, Morgan & Rich Counties PUMA, UT. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Postal service clerks are Thornton Township PUMA, IL, Bensonhurst & Bath Beach PUMA, NY, and Cache, Summit, Morgan & Rich Counties PUMA, UT.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Postal service clerks and on wages and locations for those in the field. Postal Service is the industry that employs the most Postal service clerks, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Postal service clerks, by average wage, is Postal Service. Postal service clerks are paid most in Babylon Town (Southeast) PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Thornton Township PUMA, IL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$50,099

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,824

In 2017, Postal service clerks earned an average of $50,099, $1,966 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Production, planning, & expediting clerks make somewhat more than Postal service clerks while Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Postal service clerks as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.214

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Postal service clerks had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.214, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Postal service clerks (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 clerks.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Postal service clerks

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

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Industries

Most Common

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

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Highest Paying

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

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Industries by Share

114k

2017 Workforce

± 8,294

-0.255%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 10.3%

The number of people employed as Postal service clerks has been declining at a rate of -0.255%, from 114,495 people in 2016 to 114,203 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Postal service clerks employed by various industries. N/A employs the largest share of Postal service clerks 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 clerks in the US. The average age of male Postal service clerks in the workforce is 50.2 and of female Postal service clerks is 47.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Postal service clerks is White.

Gender Composition

49.9k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,486

64.3k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 6,222

56.3% of Postal service clerks are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Postal service clerks.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Postal service clerks

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

54.4% of Postal service clerks are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 27.9% of Postal service clerks, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Postal service clerks.

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Age by Gender

50.2

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.36

47.9

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.21

The median age of Postal service clerks is 48.9, and Male employees are generally 2.29 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Postal service clerks from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Postal service clerks is Business but a relatively high number of Postal service clerks hold a major in Liberal Arts & Humanities.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Postal service clerks from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Postal service clerks need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Postal service clerks need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Management of Financial Resources, and Mathematics.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Postal service clerks from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Postal service clerks are expected to see a growth of -12% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

-12%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

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

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