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Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
 
Description

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.

O*NET code 43-5053.00

 
Wages

The national typical annual salary for this occupation is $53,830 per year. Nationally, the typical hourly wage for this occupation is $25.88.The state typical wage is $52,980. The typcial wage in New Mexico is slightly below the national average. In New Mexico, the typical hourly wage is $25.47 and most workers in this occupation earn between $14.89 and $25.89 per hour based on the 25th and 75th percentile wage in the survey.

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New Mexico Local Wages for Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
AreaEntry WageTypical WageExperienced Wage
National Annual$53,830
National Hourly$25.88
Statewide Annual$25,910$52,980$52,460
Statewide Hourly$12.46$25.47$25.22
+ Metro Areas
Albuquerque Annual$37,660$53,000$53,680
Hourly $18.11$25.48$25.81
Farmington Annual---
Hourly ---
Las Cruces Annual---
Hourly ---
Santa Fe Annual---
Hourly ---
+ Regions
Central Annual$37,657$52,996$53,682
Hourly $18.10$25.48$25.81
Eastern Annual$21,811$30,973$43,215
Hourly $10.49$14.89$20.78
Northern Annual$22,606$30,108$40,606
Hourly $10.87$14.48$19.52
Southwestern Annual$22,531$30,980$43,279
Hourly $10.83$14.89$20.81

A dash '-' indicates that information is not available for this occupation or area.
Metro Areas refer to Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
Regions refer to Workforce Investment Areas.
For more detailed information about New Mexico wages visit the Occupational Employment Statistics program website. Information displayed represents annual 2013 wages.

 
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Job Growth

New Mexico

2012 to 2022

In 2012 there were about 700 workers in this occupation in New Mexico. The Department of Workforce Solutions estimates that by 2022 this number will decrease by about -20 percent and an estmated 560 will be employed in this occupation. Employment growth in this occupation is declining. Job opportunities indicate few and keen competition, as there will be no openings due to growth or replacement needs in this occupation.

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New Mexico Local Needs for Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
AreaEstimated
Employment
2012
Projected
Employment
2022
Annual
Percent
Change
Total
Annual
Average
Openings
New Mexico700560-2.26%0
+ Metro Areas
Albuquerque430340-2.18%0
Farmington----
Las Cruces----
Santa Fe----
+ Regions
Central430340-2.18%0
Eastern11090-2.21%0
Northern10080-2.18%0
Southwestern6040-2.16%0

A dash '-' indicates that information is not available for this occupation or area.
Metro Areas refer to Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
Regions refer to Workforce Investment Areas.

Employment estimates are rounded.

Source: NMDWS, Economic Research and Analysis Bureau.

 
Education

Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators usually need Less than a High School Diploma.

Education LevelPercentage
Less than a High School Diploma54%
High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)40%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)4%
Bachelor's Degree1%
Some College Courses1%

Information based on O*NET data and is the result of a national survey.

Use this list to find educational opportunities for this occupation. Contact the specific schools directly to find out application requirements and program availability.

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New Mexico Schools with programs for Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators

No New Mexico public based training programs found for this specific occupation. However, please consider reviewing the list of NM Educational Opportunities and contacting a New Mexico Institution of Higher Education to see if a program in the related Career Cluster is available.

This list is updated once a year and is compiled from the NM Department of Higher Education and other sources.

 
License

No New Mexico occupational license is required.

Other available certificates or credentials may also be desirable. Additional local licenses or permits may be required, and individual businesses may have specific employment requirements. Licensing information is collected through a variety of New Mexico-based resources and does NOT include federal licensing requirements.

Source: NMDWS, Economic Research and Analysis Bureau, bi-annual survey of NM license boards and commissions.

 
WorkKeys Skill Levels
Applied MathematicsApplied TechnologyListeningLocating InformationObservationReading for InformationTeamworkWriting
30344440

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Industires that Hire Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators in New Mexico.
IndustryPercent of Employed
Government100.0%
Government100.0%
Postal Service100.0%
Services Providing100.0%
Total All Industries100.0%
Total Federal Government Employment100.0%

* Data is confidential.

Source: NMDWS, Economic Research and Analysis Bureau Projections Unit

 
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