Mail carrier

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How much does a Mail Carrier make in the United States?

Average base salary
4.2k salaries reported, updated at Jul 03, 2020
per hour
The average salary for a mail carrier is $22.27 per hour in the United States and $6,667 overtime per year.
Additional compensation
per year
Most common benefits
  • Paid sick time
  • Life insurance
  • Referral program
  • Paid time off
  • Health insurance

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What does a Mail Carrier do?

A mail carrier is responsible for sorting and preparing mail for deliveries and delivering letters and parcels to residents and business owners throughout a designated route, either by foot or by vehicle. If you have been authorized to use a company vehicle, you are required to operate the vehicle in accordance with motor vehicle regulations and company policies. As a mail carrier, you are also responsible for collecting mailing shipments and collecting signatures for delivery confirmation slips. Mail carriers also sell stamps and collect cash on delivery for shipments.

Working as a Mail Carrier

The duties and responsibilities of a mail carrier are diverse every day. You might see the mail carrier in your residential neighborhood or at the local post office. The tasks of a mail carrier include:

  • Sorting and preparing mail at the post office
  • Delivering and collecting mail to residents and local businesses along a designated route
  • Answering customer questions regarding the postal service and regulations
  • Accepting money for postage and cash-on-delivery orders
  • Selling stamps for outgoing mail
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being a Mail Carrier

How many hours a day does a mail carrier work?

While specific hours may vary from location to location, a mail carrier can expect to work at least six days per week during regular business hours.

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Is the 473 Postal Exam difficult?

To pass the exam, you must score more than 70%. However, it is reported that more than 80% of candidates fail the exam on the first try.

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When can I retake the 473 Postal Exam?

If you failed the exam, you will be eligible to retake the exam in 120 days.

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Do mail carriers work in the rain?