Postal Service Mail Carriers

General Information

Description

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.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Federal government90.02%
  2. Private, for profit8.06%
  3. Self-employed1.12%
  4. Private, not for profit0.78%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of postal service workers is projected to decline 9 percent from 2020 to 2030. Despite declining employment, about 31,900 openings for postal service workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$51,080

State-by-state Salary

Gray states indicate no data available

$65,020
$47,150
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 78%
  • Less than high school 14%
  • Some college 7%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Public Safety and Security

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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