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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.


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

Average base salary

Average $19.41
Low $12.75
High $29.54
$6,669per year
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a mail carrier is $19.41 per hour in the United States and $6,669 overtime per year.2.6k salaries reported, updated at November 25, 2023

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Postal Clerk

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Average $17.67 per hour

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Common questions about for 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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