Postal Service Mail Carriers

Sort mail for delivery. Deliver mail on established route by vehicle or on foot.

Median Annual Wage: $57,200

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (68%); Less than high school diploma (24%); Some college, no degree (8%)

Projected Growth: Decline (-3% or lower)

Related Job Titles: Letter Carrier; City Letter Carrier; Rural Carrier Associate (RCA); Mail Carrier; City Mail Carrier; Rural Mail Carrier; Mail Carrier Technician; Rural Route Carrier; Letter Carrier Technician; USPS Letter Carrier (United States Postal Service Letter Carrier)

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Postal Service Mail Carriers.

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  • Sort mail for delivery, arranging it in delivery sequence.
  • Deliver mail to residences and business establishments along specified routes by walking or driving, using a combination of satchels, carts, cars, and small trucks.
  • Return to the post office with mail collected from homes, businesses, and public mailboxes.
  • Turn in money and receipts collected along mail routes.
  • Sign for cash-on-delivery and registered mail before leaving the post office.
  • Record address changes and redirect mail for those addresses.
  • Hold mail for customers who are away from delivery locations.
  • Bundle mail in preparation for delivery or transportation to relay boxes.
  • Leave notices telling patrons where to collect mail that could not be delivered.
  • Meet schedules for the collection and return of mail.
  • Return incorrectly addressed mail to senders.
  • Maintain accurate records of deliveries.
  • Answer customers' questions about postal services and regulations.
  • Provide customers with change of address cards and other forms.
  • Report any unusual circumstances concerning mail delivery, including the condition of street letter boxes.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Postal Service Mail Carriers.

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Postal Service Mail Carriers.

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