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 $14.07 per hour. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Men make up a slight majority of Postal Service Mail Sorters (52 percent) who responded to the survey. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$22,097 - $56,812
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$57K
MEDIAN: $45,500
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$8.79 - $20.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$22,097 - $56,812  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
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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$20,398 - $53,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.79 - $20.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$9.57 - $31.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
   
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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$20,398 - $53,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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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.


For many Postal Service Mail Sorters, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $28K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $31K. On average, Postal Service Mail Sorters make $41K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $52K.

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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 57%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

National Average
$33,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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