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.
Job Description for Postal Service Mail Sorter / Processor or Processing Machine Operator
Postal service mail sorters/processors and processing machine operators are responsible for operating machinery to process and sort mail and packages, as well as facilitating the processing time of classified mail envelopes and packages for postal service. They are also tasked with classifying envelopes and packages according to destinations and priority.Read More...
Mail sorters/processors should be organized and pay close attention to detail to prevent errors, and they typically work in a sorting office environment with other processors and sorters to complete objectives in a timely manner. These processors handle specialized sorting equipment to separate mail into several bins, and they may use protective gear such as gloves when handling fragile packages and must follow strict safety regulations to prevent accidents when operating machinery. They should be able to stand on their feet for long periods of time and carry heavy objects on a regular basis, and they also use a personal computer to log mail information and record tracking numbers.
These sorters/processors may also analyze packages for suspicious materials, help organize large volumes of mail, and develop strong business relationships with postmasters and and delivery staff to ensure customer satisfaction. They also distribute mail according to type and weight and use processing tools to read printed materials and organized mailing products according to regions. A high school diploma is generally required for this position, and relevant prior experience is highly beneficial.
Postal Service Mail Sorter / Processor or Processing Machine Operator Tasks
- Place trays and boxes into the appropriate area for machine sorting.
- Empty recycle and trash bins.
- Move sorted mail to appropriate delivery areas.
- Sort mail by hand and move sorted and unsorted boxes.
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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.