Mail Clerk or Mail Machine Operator (but not Postal Service) Salary

Earnings for Mail Clerks in the United States come in at around $12.98 per hour on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.45 per hour to $16.58. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Mail Clerks are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. Nearly one-fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well.

$19,588 - $40,492
(Median)
$20K
$27K
$40K
MEDIAN: $27,223
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$9.45 - $16.58
(Median)
$9
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,588 - $40,492  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,276  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,134 - $36,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.45 - $16.58  
   
Overtime
$13.73 - $24.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,276  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,134 - $36,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 231
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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.

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Mail Clerk or Mail Machine Operator (but not Postal Service) Tasks

  • Stuff outgoing mail.
  • Unload mail truck.
  • Open, date stamp, classify and sort envelopes.
  • Meter outgoing mail.

Common Career Paths for Mail Clerk or Mail Machine Operator (but not Postal Service)


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Many Mail Clerks move into a Mailroom Supervisor role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $35K per year.

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Mail Clerks usually report a few specific skills. Machine Operation and Sorting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Sorting.

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.


For many Mail Clerks, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $26K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $27K on average. Mail Clerks bring in $31K after working for 10 to 20 years. Mail Clerks who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Mail Clerk or Mail Machine Operator (but not Postal Service) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$28,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Mail Clerk or Mail Machine Operator (but not Postal Service) Salaries

Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

National Average
$28,000

Sorting
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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