Occupation information for Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service California


Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. 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: 4,600

Projected Annual Job Openings: 510

Typical Hourly Wage: $16.73 - $22.50

Typical Annual Salary: $34,810 - $46,800

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

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
  • Wrap packages or bundles by hand, or by using tying machines.
  • Weigh packages or letters to determine postage needed, using weighing scales and rate charts.
  • Verify that items are addressed correctly, marked with the proper postage, and in suitable condition for processing.
  • Operate embossing machines or typewriters to make corrections, additions, and changes to address plates.
  • Inspect mail machine output for defects and determine how to eliminate causes of any defects.
  • Remove containers of sorted mail or parcels and transfer them to designated areas according to established procedures.
  • Sort and route incoming mail, and collect outgoing mail, using carts as necessary.
  • Remove from machines printed materials, such as labeled articles, postmarked envelopes or tape, and folded sheets.
  • Affix postage to packages or letters by hand, or stamp materials, using postage meters.
  • Determine manner in which mail is to be sent, and prepare it for delivery to mailing facilities.
tools & technology
  • Addressing machines
  • Automated storage or retrieval systems
  • Automatic postal or mailing machine
  • Carts
  • Franking or postage machines

  • Accounting software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Document management software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Word processing software