Postal Service Mail Sorter / Processor or Processing Machine Operator Salary

Median pay for Postal Service Mail Sorters in the United States is around $13.72 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $9.46 per hour and $19.93. Men working as Postal Service Mail Sorters who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. While some workers in this profession — slightly more than a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and a little more than half have dental insurance. Though the majority of Postal Service Mail Sorters do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$21,675 - $57,169
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$22K
$48K
$57K
MEDIAN: $48,101
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$9.46 - $19.93
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$21,675 - $57,169  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
Total Pay (?
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$20,481 - $53,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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Hourly Rate
$9.46 - $19.93  
   
Overtime
$11.08 - $27.66  
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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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$20,481 - $53,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $28K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $31K. Postal Service Mail Sorters see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $51K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 22%
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