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Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service
District Of Columbia

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Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Use hand or mail handling machines to time stamp, open, read, sort, and route incoming mail and address, seal, stamp, fold, stuff, and affix postage to outgoing mail or packages. Duties may also include keeping necessary records and completed forms.

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Currently Employed: 1,170

Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

Typical Hourly Wage: $17.06 - $23.29

Typical Annual Salary: $35,500 - $48,400

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Seal or open envelopes, by hand or by using machines.
  • Affix postage to packages or letters by hand, or stamp materials, using postage meters.
  • Start machines that automatically feed plates, stencils, or tapes through mechanisms, and observe machine operations to detect any malfunctions.
  • Verify that items are addressed correctly, marked with the proper postage, and in suitable condition for processing.
  • Read production orders to determine types and sizes of items scheduled for printing and mailing.
  • Place incoming or outgoing letters or packages into sacks or bins based on destination or type, and place identifying tags on sacks or bins.
  • Clear jams in sortation equipment.
  • Sort and route incoming mail, and collect outgoing mail, using carts as necessary.
  • Mail merchandise samples or promotional literature in response to requests.
  • Weigh packages or letters to determine postage needed, using weighing scales and rate charts.

tools & technology

  • Automatic postal or mailing machine
  • Carts
  • Dollies
  • Franking or postage machines
  • Hand trucks or accessories

  • Accounting software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Mailing and shipping software
  • Word processing software

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