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What Does a Postal Mail Carrier Do

Postal service workers sell postal products and collect, sort, and deliver mail. 

Duties

Postal service workers typically do the following:

  • Collect letters and parcels
  • Sort incoming letters and parcels
  • Sell stamps and other postal products
  • Get customer signatures for registered, certified, and insured mail
  • Operate various types of postal equipment
  • Distribute incoming mail from postal trucks

Postal service workers receive and process mail for delivery to homes, businesses, and post office boxes. Workers are classified based on the type of work they perform.

The following are examples of types of Postal Service workers:

Postal service mail carriers deliver mail to homes and businesses in cities, towns, and rural areas. Most travel established routes, delivering and collecting mail. Carriers cover their routes by foot, vehicle, or a combination of both. Some mail carriers collect money for postage due. Others, particularly in rural areas, sell postal products, such as stamps and money orders. All carriers must be able to answer customers’ questions about postal regulations and services and, upon request, provide change-of-address cards and other postal forms. 

Postal service clerks sell stamps, money orders, postal stationery, mailing envelopes, and boxes in post offices throughout the country. These workers register, certify, and insure mail, calculate and collect postage, and answer questions about other postal matters. They also may help sort mail.

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution at post offices and mail processing centers. They load and unload postal trucks and move mail around processing centers. They also operate and adjust mail processing and sorting machinery.

How To Become a Postal Mail Carrier

A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become a postal service worker. All applicants for these jobs must take a written exam. 

Education

Although there is no specific postsecondary education requirement to become a postal service worker, all applicants must have a good command of English.

Postal service mail carriers must be at least 18 years old. They must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident-alien status. Males must have registered with the Selective Service when they reached age 18.

All applicants must pass a written exam that measures speed and accuracy at checking names and numbers and the ability to memorize mail distribution procedures. Jobseekers should contact the post office or mail processing center where they want to work to find out when exams are given.

When accepted, applicants must undergo a criminal background check and pass a physical exam and a drug test. Applicants also may be asked to show that they can lift and handle heavy mail sacks. Mail carriers who drive at work must have a safe driving record, and applicants must receive a passing grade on a road test.

Training

Newly hired postal service workers receive short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting less than 1 month. Those who have a mail route may initially work alongside an experienced carrier.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Postal service workers, particularly clerks, regularly interact with customers. As a result, they must be courteous and tactful and provide good client service. 

Physical stamina. Postal service workers, particularly carriers, must be able to stand or walk for long periods.

Physical strength. Postal service workers must be able to lift heavy mail bags and parcels without injuring themselves.

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Average Salary
$52,719
Average Salary
Job Growth Rate
-21%
Job Growth Rate
Job Openings
3,300
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Average Salary for a Postal Mail Carrier

Postal Mail Carriers in America make an average salary of $52,719 per year or $25 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $53,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $51,000 per year.
Average Salary
$52,719

Best Paying Cities

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Las Vegas, NV
Salary Range59k - 71k$65k$65,129
Manchester, NH
Salary Range59k - 70k$65k$64,758
Providence, RI
Salary Range59k - 70k$65k$64,688
Bridgeport, CT
Salary Range59k - 70k$64k$64,482
Wilmington, DE
Salary Range59k - 69k$64k$64,218
Boston, MA
Salary Range54k - 64k$59k$59,484
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Postal Mail Carrier Demographics

Gender

male

53.5 %

female

43.2 %

unknown

3.2 %

Ethnicity

White

63.1 %

Hispanic or Latino

15.3 %

Black or African American

13.5 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Uyghur

16.7 %

Chinese

16.7 %

Turkish

16.7 %
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Postal Mail Carrier Education

Majors

Business
30.2 %

Degrees

High School Diploma

37.5 %

Associate

27.3 %

Bachelors

20.5 %
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Top Skills For a Postal Mail Carrier

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 21.1% of postal mail carriers listed delivery sequence on their resume, but soft skills such as customer-service skills and physical stamina are important as well.

Best States For a Postal Mail Carrier

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a postal mail carrier. The best states for people in this position are Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Postal mail carriers make the most in Nevada with an average salary of $65,176. Whereas in New Hampshire and Rhode Island, they would average $64,770 and $64,682, respectively. While postal mail carriers would only make an average of $64,524 in Connecticut, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Rhode Island

Total Postal Mail Carrier Jobs:
17
Highest 10% Earn:
$75,000
Location Quotient:
1.33
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Nevada

Total Postal Mail Carrier Jobs:
25
Highest 10% Earn:
$77,000
Location Quotient:
1.14
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Connecticut

Total Postal Mail Carrier Jobs:
35
Highest 10% Earn:
$75,000
Location Quotient:
1
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Postal Mail Carrier Employers

1. United States Postal Service
3.6
Avg. Salary: 
$52,674
Postal Mail Carriers Hired: 
181+
2. University of Central Arkansas
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$51,925
Postal Mail Carriers Hired: 
1+
3. Infinite Computer Solutions
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$52,789
Postal Mail Carriers Hired: 
1+
4. IVAX
3.1
Avg. Salary: 
$49,738
Postal Mail Carriers Hired: 
1+
5. Bryn Mawr College
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$52,958
Postal Mail Carriers Hired: 
1+
6. United States Army
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$53,254
Postal Mail Carriers Hired: 
1+
Updated October 2, 2020