Postal service mail carriers

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Total Workforce

330k

Average Age

45.6

Average Salary

$50,059

Average Male Salary

$52,812

Average Female Salary

$46,160

About

Postal service mail carriers are most often employed by the Postal Service industry. The average yearly wage for Postal service mail carriers was $50,059 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Postal service mail carriers by wage are Military, rank not specified, Other education, training, & library workers, and Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Postal service mail carriers are Watsonville & Scotts Valley Cities PUMA, CA, Aiken & North Augusta Cities PUMA, SC, and Thornton Township PUMA, IL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Postal service mail carriers are Watsonville & Scotts Valley Cities PUMA, CA, Miami Gardens City (North & West) PUMA, FL, and Thornton Township PUMA, IL.

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 Watsonville & Scotts Valley Cities PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$50,059

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,110

In 2018, Postal service mail carriers earned an average of $50,059, $3,830 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers make somewhat more than Postal service mail carriers while Military, rank not specified 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

0.234

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Postal service mail carriers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.234, 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

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Postal service mail carriers

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 and Postal Service.

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Industries by Share

330k

2018 Workforce

± 14,082

-0.5%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 6.06%

The number of people employed as Postal service mail carriers has been declining at a rate of -0.5%, from 331,385 people in 2017 to 329,727 people in 2018.

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 and of female Postal service mail carriers is 45.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Postal service mail carriers is White.

Gender Composition

193k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 10,786

136k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 9,065

58.6% 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

67.9% of Postal service mail carriers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 19.9% 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

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.716

45.1

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.796

The median age of Postal service mail carriers is 45.6, and Male employees are generally 0.907 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 Agriculture.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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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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