Postal Service Mail Sorter / Processor or Processing Machine Operator Salary

An average Postal Service Mail Sorter in the United States can expect to take home roughly $13.67 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.48 per hour on the lower side but can approach $19.88 on the higher side. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a little over a half receive dental plans. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Postal Service Mail Sorters (53 percent) who responded to the survey. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$21,724 - $57,002
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$22K
$48K
$57K
MEDIAN: $48,083
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$9.48 - $19.88
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$21,724 - $57,002  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
Total Pay (?
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$20,524 - $53,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.48 - $19.88  
   
Overtime
$11.08 - $27.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
   
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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$20,524 - $53,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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Job Description for Postal Service Mail Sorter / Processor or Processing Machine Operator

  • 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.


Postal Service Mail Sorters with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $27K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $32K. Postal Service Mail Sorters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $51K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 56%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

National Average
$32,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 21%
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