Mail Clerk or Mail Machine Operator (but not Postal Service) Salary
Mail Clerks in the United States can expect wages of $13.39 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men working as Mail Clerks who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While just over one in five report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Mail Clerk or Mail Machine Operator (but not Postal Service)
Mail clerk or mail machine operator (but not postal service) are responsible for sorting company mail, delivering mail as needed, and performing any other necessary mail-related duties for their organization. They are in charge of operating the mail machine and making sure all incoming and outgoing mail is not damaged. Their main responsibilities also include providing regular maintenance to the mail machine, organizing mailroom supplies, and ordering additional supplies as required. They must use problem-solving skills to overcome daily obstacles and multitask effectively.Read More...
Mail clerks and mail machine operators operate mail-sorting machines to process letters, packages, and other important documents. Some of their main duties also include opening mail, calculating and posting charges to departmental accounts, and using voicemail systems. They follow strict safety and privacy regulations, as well as report their progress to the mailroom supervisor in their department. They participate in additional training sessions as required and follow company distribution schedules and proper handling techniques at all times. One of their main tools includes a personal computer to log all incoming and outgoing mail to keep accurate mailing records for future reference.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required for this job. Previous experience in a mailroom environment may be required or preferred. Mail clerks and mail machine operators must pay strong attention to detail and be proficient with basic computer programs. They should work well with other clerks/operators in a team setting to reach all company goals in a timely manner; however, they also need to perform efficiently with minimal supervision. Additionally, they must possess strong communication skills
Mail Clerk or Mail Machine Operator (but not Postal Service) Tasks
- Open, date stamp, classify and sort envelopes.
- Meter outgoing mail.
- Stuff outgoing mail.
- Unload mail truck.
Common Career Paths for Mail Clerk or Mail Machine Operator (but not Postal Service)
It doesn't happen often, but some Mail Clerks do move on to become Mailroom Supervisors. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $35K per year. The most common career progression for Mail Clerks leads to becoming a Mailroom Clerk, where pay is typically $26K. However, many Mail Clerks also opt to become Administrative Assistants, a position that pays $31K on average.
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Pay by Experience Level for Mail Clerk or Mail Machine Operator (but not Postal Service)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average beginner in this position makes around $27K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $29K. For Mail Clerks, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $31K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $30K on average.