Postal Service Mail Sorter / Processor or Processing Machine Operator Salary

Postal Service Mail Sorters in the United States take home an average $14.96 per hour. Though the majority of Postal Service Mail Sorters do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, around one in four claim no health benefits at all. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Postal Service Mail Sorters making up 56 percent of survey respondents. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$27,404 - $58,495
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MEDIAN: $50,145
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$27,404 - $58,495  
   
Bonus
$2,950  
Total Pay (?
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$21,286 - $55,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.05 - $20.27  
   
Overtime
$1.89 - $33.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$2,950  
   
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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$21,286 - $55,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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Job Description for Postal Service Mail Sorter / Processor or Processing Machine Operator

Postal service mail sorters/processors are responsible for ensuring that mail and parcels get to their proper destinations as efficiently as possible, as well as managing the operation of complex visual recognition computers and high-tech sorting machinery which separate mail according to zip codes, priority requirements, and other factors like the size and weight of mail or packages. These sorters also help prepare incoming mail to be sorted in the automated process and perform diagnostics, spot checks, and visual inspections to ensure that processing machines are functioning properly.

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Postal Service Mail Sorter / Processor or Processing Machine Operator Tasks

  • Move sorted mail to appropriate delivery areas.
  • Sort mail by hand and move sorted and unsorted boxes.
  • Place trays and boxes into the appropriate area for machine sorting.
  • Empty recycle and trash bins.

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Pay by Experience Level for Postal Service Mail Sorter / Processor or Processing Machine Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker earns $31K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $30K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Postal Service Mail Sorters who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $55K.

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What is it like working as a Postal Service Mail Sorter / Processor or Processing Machine Operator?

Postal Service Mail Sorter / Processor or Processing Machine Operator in Union City:
"Proud Dar Pro Employee."
Pros: Getting up every morning and going to a job with good people. Know my job well and being very good at it. I love my job and I take it very seriously. I love a challenge and accepting new and greater responsibility.
Cons: Sometimes things do not go the way I plan them to. Every company has one person you can not get along with. That I am not a supervisor already.

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Experience Affects Postal Service Mail Sorter / Processor or Processing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 66%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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