Postal Service

Industry Group

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Workforce
2.43M
2019 BLS Estimate
Average Employee Age
47.2
Estimated Job Growth
584%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$53,917
Average Male Salary
$57,146
Average Female Salary
$56,880

About

The top three occupations in the Postal Service Industry Group are Postal service mail carriers, Postal service clerks, Postal service mail sorters, processors, & processing machine operators, Other managers, and Driver/sales workers & truck drivers. On average, full-time employees in the Postal Service Industry Group work 43.3 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $57,546. Part-time employees in the same industry work 22.5 hours and earn an average annual salary of $23,306.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Postal Service Industry Group are St. Louis County (Northeast) PUMA, MO, Thornton Township PUMA, IL, and Seat Pleasant City, Capitol Heights Town & Landover PUMA, MD. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Postal Service.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Postal Service Industry Group. Postal service mail carriers are the most common position, but the Postal Service Industry Group employs a relatively high number of Postal service mail sorters, processors, & processing machine operators, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Postal Service goes to Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers.

Monthly Employment

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9.62%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 27.4M people employed in the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities industry. This represents a 9.62% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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Occupations

Occupations by Share

2.43M
Workforce (BLS Estimate)
ACS Estimate: 687k
0.44%
1 Year Growth
± 4.16%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 2.43M people employed in the Postal Service Industry Group in 2019.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Postal Service Industry Group has been growing at a rate of 0.44%, , from 684k people in 2019 to 687k people in 2020.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Postal Service by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Postal service mail carriers represent the largest share of positions held in Postal Service at 48.6%, followed by Postal service clerks with 17.5% and Postal service mail sorters, processors, & processing machine operators with 8.95%.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other Industry Groups, Postal Service employs an unusually high number of Postal service mail sorters, processors, & processing machine operators, Postal service mail carriers, and Postal service clerks.

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Wages

Average Salary

$53,917
AVERAGE WAGE
± $835

On average, employees in the Postal Service Industry Group make $53,917 per year. This number makes Postal Service the 148 highest paying Industry Group in the United States out of a total of 269 Industry Groups.

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Wage by Location

HIGHEST PAYING PUBLIC USE MICRODATA AREA

This map shows which public use microdata areas (PUMAs) pay the highest average salary to employees in the Postal Service Industry Group.

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Wage Distribution

0.253
WAGE GINI

Postal Service has a wage GINI of 0.253, which is less than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Postal Service (shown in red) in comparison to the national average for those wage buckets (shown in gray).

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Opportunities

Spatial Concentration

This map shows the PUMAs in the United States that have revealed comparative advantage in the Postal Service Industry Group.

These are locations that employ more people in the Postal Service Industry Group than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Postal Service Industry Group.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Postal Service Industry Group in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $57,146 and $56,880. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Composition by Sex

294k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±13.3k
393k
MALE WORKFORCE
±15.4k

57.2% of workers in the Postal Service Industry Group are Male, making them the more common sex in the workforce. This chart shows the sex breakdown of the Postal Service Industry Group.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

$57,146
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$1,079
$56,880
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$1,086

On average, Male workers in the Postal Service Industry Group make 1 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Postal Service Industry Group.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY
  1. Asian
  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  3. White

On average, Asian employees in the Postal Service Industry Group earn 1.16 times more than other races and ethnicities. This chart shows the race and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in the Postal Service Industry Group.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Postal Service Industry Group. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this section indicates the amount of money spent by a specific industry in other industries. Professional and business services has the highest single input, by dollars, to the Postal Service Industry Group, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Postal Service Industry Group is Professional and business services.

In this flow diagram, all of the industries listed to the left are those places from which the highlighted industry has made purchases. They are the intermediate inputs to the highlighted industry. All those industries listed on the right side are those industries that have made purchases from the highlighted industry. They are the use of outputs of the highlighted industry. The visualizations below offer alternative ways to see and understand this data.

Industrial Flow

The closest comparable data for Postal Service is from Transportation & Warehousing, and Utilities.
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Intermediate Inputs

The closest comparable data for Postal Service is from Transportation & Warehousing, and Utilities.

The Postal Service Industry Group gets the most input, by its share of the cost of all intermediate inputs, from the Professional and business services Industry. This visualization does not include labor and capital costs.

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Use of Output by Other Industries

The closest comparable data for Postal Service is from Transportation & Warehousing, and Utilities.

The Professional and business services Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Postal Service Industry Group in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Postal Service Industry Group for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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Projections

Growth projections of the Postal service industry, both by number of employees and output, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The national workforce is projected to grow 7.66% in the next ten years. The Postal service industry has a higher projected workforce growth at 584%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (637%) is higher than the projected national growth in output (24.2%).

Job Growth

584%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
7.66%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Postal service. This industry is expected to grow more than than 7.66%, the average rate of national job growth.

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Output Growth

637%
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10-year Projection

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