Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
100%
risk level
POLLING
75%
Based on 17 votes
LABOR DEMAND
GROWTH
-9.4 %
by year 2032
WAGES
$49,130
or $23.62 per hour
Volume
119,530
as of 2022
SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
1.7/10

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Automation risk

100% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

75% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 100% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?






Growth

Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators' job openings is expected to decline 9.4% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.

Wages

Low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators' was $49,130, or $23 per hour

'Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators' were paid 6.1% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 119,530 people employed as 'Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators' within the United States.

This represents around 0.08% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators'.

Job description

Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution for the United States Postal Service (USPS). 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 perform other duties related to mail handling within the postal service. Includes postal service mail sorters and processors employed by USPS contractors.

SOC Code: 43-5053.00

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