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Sorter Demographics in the US

The average employee age for sorters is 42 years. The sorter workforce reached a whopping 43,471 in 2020!

Among sorters, we discovered that 40.5% of them are women, while 54.5% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among sorters is White, which makes up 42.0% of all sorters. Comparatively, there are 41.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 9.1% of the Black or African American ethnicity. The majority of sorters are located in TN, Memphis and IL, Chicago.

Sorter Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 43,471 sorters currently employed in the United States.
  • 40.5% of all sorters are women, while only 54.5% are men.
  • The average age of an employed sorter is 42 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of sorters is White (42.0%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (41.0%) and Black or African American (9.1%).
  • The majority of sorters are located in TN, Memphis and IL, Chicago.
  • Sorters are most in-demand in Seattle, WA.
  • Sorters are paid an average annual salary of $30,063.
  • Minneapolis, MN pays an annual average wage of $36,866, the highest in the US.
  • Sorters average starting salary is $24,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 96% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid sorters earn as much as $36,000 or more.
  • Minnesota is the best state for sorters to live.
  • Sorters are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Sorter Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among sorters is White, which makes up 42.0% of all sorters. Comparatively, there are 41.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 9.1% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 42.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 41.1%
  • Black or African American, 9.1%
  • Asian, 5.9%
  • Unknown, 1.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.8%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Sorters

The chart below shows that 77.7% of sorters speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 5.4% and German is the third-most popular at 2.0%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 77.7%
  • French, 5.4%
  • German, 2.0%
  • Hmong, 1.5%
  • Portuguese, 1.4%
  • Other, 12.0%

Types of Sorter Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for sorters. The most common degree for sorters is high school diploma. In fact, 38% of sorters earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 11% and rounding it off is bachelor's degree with 10%.

Job Title
  • High School Diploma degree, 38%
  • Associate degree, 11%
  • Bachelors degree, 10%
  • Diploma degree, 10%
  • Other Degrees, 31%

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Sorter Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among sorters.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Sorter Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the sorter position over time.

Male
Female
39%
36%
32%
29%
25%
22%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Sorter Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of sorters changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of a Sorter Based On Race And Gender

We determined the average age of sorters based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

The Average Number of Years That Sorter Stay in a Job

By looking over 51,444 sorters resumes, we figured out that the average sorter enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 48%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Sorter Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of sorter employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of sorters is 40+ years old, which represents 59% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Sorter Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, hay baler and ditch rider have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Peanut Grader18%76%
Stable Hand21%74%
Groom21%75%
Sorter54%41%
Custom Harvester88%8%
Ditch Rider90%4%
Hay Baler92%6%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Hay Baler
Ditch Rider
Custom Harvester
Sorter
Groom
Stable Hand
Peanut Grader
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

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Sorter Gender Pay Gap

male-income
Male Income
$29,835
female-income
Female Income
$28,553

Sorter Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Asian men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$31,747
$30,926
$30,104
$29,283
$28,461
$27,640
$26,818
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Sorter Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
No Education$29,076
Some College/ Associate Degree$29,179
High School Diploma or Less$29,596
Bachelor's Degree$31,055

Sorter Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

    $32,030
    $31,055
    $30,079
    $29,104
    $28,129
    $27,154
    $26,178
    No Education
    High School Diploma or Less
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree

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    Where Do Sorters Earn The Most?

    The map here shows where sorters earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

    Average Salary

    Where Are Sorters Located?

    By looking through more than 51,444 resumes, we found that the most popular places for sorters are TN, Memphis and IL, Chicago.

    Number of Sorters

    Where Are Sorters In High Demand?

    We looked over job openings to determine where in the country sorters are in the most demand.

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    Sorter Employment Statistics

    This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ sorters. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most sorters is the retail industry.

    Company Size

    We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire sorters.

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    < 50 employees

    50 - 100 employees

    100 - 500 employees

    500 - 1,000 employees

    1,000 - 10,000 employees

    > 10,000

    The Types Of Companies Sorter Work In

    Employees with the sorter job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most sorters prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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    Public

    Private

    Government

    Top Industries Hiring Sorters

    Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ sorters. Those industries include retail, professional and transportation.

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    Retail

    Fortune 500

    Professional

    Transportation

    Manufacturing