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Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service

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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: 6,500

Projected Annual Job Openings: 690

Typical Hourly Wage: $12.78 - $19.24

Typical Annual Salary: $26,600 - $40,000

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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

  • 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.
  • Inspect mail machine output for defects and determine how to eliminate causes of any defects.
  • Operate embossing machines or typewriters to make corrections, additions, and changes to address plates.
  • 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.
  • Determine manner in which mail is to be sent, and prepare it for delivery to mailing facilities.
  • Affix postage to packages or letters by hand, or stamp materials, using postage meters.

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
  • Office suite software