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Become A Rural Carrier

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Working As A Rural Carrier

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $58,280

    Average Salary

What Does A Rural Carrier Do At USPS

* Loads packages in delivery sequence in vehicle.
* Delivers packages to customers along a prescribed route.
* Sorts mail in delivery sequence for the assigned route.
* Receives and signs for accountable mail.
* Loads mail and packages in vehicle
* Delivers mail and packages to customers along a prescribed route or as an auxiliary assistant by a vehicle; collectsmonies and receipts for accountable mail; picks up mail from customers' roadside boxes.
* Furnishes routine information concerning postal matters to customer.
* Returns mail collected, undeliverable mail, and submits monies and receipts to post office.
* Prepares appropriate time records.
* Provides for mail security at all times.
* May be required to provide a vehicle for delivery if an employer provided vehicle is not assigned.
* ARCs are non-career employees who provide customers along a rural route services which includes delivering and collecting
* mail.
* Desirable candidates may be required to have a vehicle suitable for use and live within easy commuting distance of the
* facility location.
* If required to provide own vehicle, ARCs will receive an Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
* Work is performed indoors and outdoors in all types of weather.
* Carriers may be required to load and unload trays and
* containers of mail and parcels weighing as much as 70 pounds.
* Manager, Customer Services; Supervisor, Customer Services; or Postmaster BARGAINING UNIT RURAL CARRIER
* The United States Postal Service has the following excellent and challenging employment opportunity for highly motivated
* and innovative individuals.
* Successful candidates must demonstrate through a combination of education, training, and

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How To Become A Rural 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. 


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.


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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Rural Carrier Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

  • Unknown



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Swedish

  • Chinese

  • Urdu

  • Russian

  • Arabic

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Top Skills for A Rural Carrier


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Top Rural Carrier Skills

  1. Delivery Sequence
  2. Scan Packages
  3. Sort
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Sorted mail for delivery, arranging it in delivery sequence.
  • Scan packages accordingly and deliver them in a timely manner over 4 different rural routes.
  • Sorted and delivered mail to residential and commercial customers.
  • Prepare and load sorted mail onto delivery vehicle.
  • Provided customer service needs to mail distribution centers outside of the postal facility.

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