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Postal Service Mail Carriers

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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: 33,400

Projected Annual Job Openings: 2,420

Typical Hourly Wage: $19.44 - $30.97

Typical Annual Salary: $40,400 - $64,400

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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

  • 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.
  • Meet schedules for the collection and return of mail.
  • 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.

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  • Mailboxes
  • Non metallic baskets
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  • Storage racks or shelves

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