Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

43-5053 Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators



Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. 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 other duties related to mail handling within the postal service. Excludes "Postal Service Clerks" (43-5051) and "Postal Service Mail Carriers" (43-5052).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 400$22.30/hr$17.61/hr$17.62/hr$18.87/hr$29.59/hr$30.20/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities2,160$28.94/hr
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 10$29.60/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$29.59/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 20$29.59/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$17.62/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 30$21.06/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 30$19.10/hr-10.6%
Northwest Minnesota 40$18.87/hr-11.6%
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$21.54/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 50$20.13/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 60$28.94/hr-11.8%
Southwest Minnesota 60$28.94/hr-12.9%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 60$28.94/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 80$22.31/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 160$22.01/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 200$22.32/hr-5.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,860$28.94/hr-11.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,880$28.95/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,160$28.94/hr-11.2%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service 2,920$14.65/hr-11.7%
Sewing Machine Operators 2,070$14.06/hr-2.0%
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 43,790$16.56/hr5.5%


  • Operate various types of equipment, such as computer scanning equipment, addressographs, mimeographs, optical character readers, and bar-code sorters.
  • Clear jams in sorting equipment.
  • Sort odd-sized mail by hand, sort mail that other workers have been unable to sort, and segregate items requiring special handling.
  • Sort odd-sized mail by hand, sort mail that other workers have been unable to sort, and segregate items requiring special handling.
  • Operate various types of equipment, such as computer scanning equipment, addressographs, mimeographs, optical character readers, and bar-code sorters.
  • Clear jams in sorting equipment.
  • Clear jams in sorting equipment.
  • Sort odd-sized mail by hand, sort mail that other workers have been unable to sort, and segregate items requiring special handling.
  • Operate various types of equipment, such as computer scanning equipment, addressographs, mimeographs, optical character readers, and bar-code sorters.
  • Sort odd-sized mail by hand, sort mail that other workers have been unable to sort, and segregate items requiring special handling.