Postal service clerks

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2019 Workforce
130k
Average Age
49
Estimated Job Growth
−13.6%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$51,165
Average Male Salary
$54,875
Average Female Salary
$48,386

About

Postal service clerks are most often employed by the Postal Service industry. The average yearly wage for Postal service clerks was $51,165 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Postal service clerks by wage are Machinists, Avionics technicians, and Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Postal service clerks are Phoenix (Southwest) & Tolleson Cities PUMA, AZ, Altoona City PUMA, PA, and Brockton City, Stoughton & Avon Towns PUMA, MA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Postal service clerks are Phoenix (Southwest) & Tolleson Cities PUMA, AZ, Altoona City PUMA, PA, and Brockton City, Stoughton & Avon Towns PUMA, MA.

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 Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission (Outside Roanoke & Salem Cities) PUMA, VA but are relatively concentrated in Phoenix (Southwest) & Tolleson Cities PUMA, AZ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$51,165
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,606

In 2019, Postal service clerks earned an average of $51,165, $4,359 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Machinists make somewhat more than Postal service clerks while Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers 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

0.215
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Postal service clerks had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.215, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

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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Employment Over Time

130k
2019 Workforce
± 8,864
9.68%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 8.97%

The number of people employed as Postal service clerks has been growing at a rate of 9.68%, from 118,947 people in 2018 to 130,460 people in 2019.

This graphic shows how the number of Postal service clerks employed by the Postal Service industry has changed over time.

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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 49.9 and of female Postal service clerks is 48.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Postal service clerks is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

55.9k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,803
74.6k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 6,703

57.2% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

44.9% of Postal service clerks are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 32% of Postal service clerks, Black (Non-Hispanic) 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

49.9
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.45
48.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.1

The median age of Postal service clerks is 49, and Male employees are generally 1.5 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 Math & Statistics.

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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Projections

Projections on job growth for Postal Service Clerks from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Postal Service Clerks are expected to see a growth of −13.6% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−13.6%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Postal Service Clerks. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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