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 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.Read More...
Most processors work in centralized sorting facilities and receive mail that is picked up by carriers or in bulk from post offices and then prepared for sorting by processing machinery. The mail sorter monitors both mail and machinery to ensure accuracy and efficiency, and may also determine how incoming and outgoing mail is routed. They may also perform routine checks for postage and ensure that mail requiring special handling or priority service is routed and processed according to protocols designed for specialty items.
Mail sorters also perform regular checks of mail proceeding through processing machines to ensure that necessary visual recognition by these machines is functioning accurately. They may also monitor the sorting rates of mail to ensure that the machine maintains optimum time-parameters meant to ensure precision and speed, and they must document all necessary repairs, malfunctions, and ongoing issues so they may be addressed immediately.
Mail sorters/processors are generally required to have a high school diploma or equivalent and some secondary or technical school education at an associate's degree level in machine operations. They typically work in a machine-oriented warehouse or sorting facility environment for long shifts and are often on their feet for long periods of time. They should also be comfortable lifting up to 50 pounds at a time and expect shift work that includes days, evenings, and even nights if necessary.
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.