Occupation information for Postal Service Mail Carriers California


Sort and deliver mail for the United States Postal Service (USPS). Deliver mail on established route by vehicle or on foot. Includes postal service mail carriers employed by USPS contractors.

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Currently Employed: 32,200

Projected Annual Job Openings: 2,400

Typical Hourly Wage: $22.59 - $36.20

Typical Annual Salary: $46,990 - $75,300

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Typical education needed for entry: No formal educational credential

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: No work experience

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Less than 1 month on-the-job training

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typical job duties
  • Scan labels on letters or parcels to confirm receipt.
  • Obtain signed receipts for registered, certified, and insured mail, collect associated charges, and complete any necessary paperwork.
  • Return to the post office with mail collected from homes, businesses, and public mailboxes.
  • 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.
  • Register, certify, and insure parcels and letters.
  • Sign for cash-on-delivery and registered mail before leaving the post office.
  • Hold mail for customers who are away from delivery locations.
  • Turn in money and receipts collected along mail routes.
  • Enter change of address orders into computers that process forwarding address stickers.
tools & technology
  • Automobiles or cars
  • Bar code reader equipment
  • Carts
  • Portable data input terminals
  • Storage racks or shelves

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