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Mail Handlers

Department: Processing and Distribution

Mail Handlers have a starting wage of $15 to $20 per hour, on average. This is a full time position and is eligible for full federal benefits. Click "Pay Tables" for more details.

These valued postal workers typically work in the “back house” of the Post Office and are responsible for loading and unloading postal items weighing up to 70 pounds.

A Mail Handlers job usually consists of sorting, moving, organizing, loading and shipping mail before it ends up with the actual mailperson who delivers it.

Mail Handlers will operate sorting machinery and other machinery to sort mail and load packages into trucks and vans.

Mail Handlers may also work the front counter of a post office as a clerk. Here they sell postage stamps to customers, help them affix postage, weigh packages and route mail.

Mail Handlers also separate all mail received from trucks and conveyors for dispatch to other conveying units.

Mail Handler Associates responsibilities include:

  • Separates and delivers mail for delivery to distribution areas,
  • Places empty sacks or pouches on racks & labels them where prearranged or where racks are plainly marked,
  • Dumps mail from sacks, cuts ties, faces letter mail,
  • Carries mail to distributors for processing,
  • Places processed mail into sacks,
  • Removes filled sacks and pouches from racks and closes and locks sacks and pouches,
  • Picks up sacks, pouches, and outside pieces,
  • Separates outgoing bulk mails for dispatch and loads mail onto trucks,
  • Cancels stamps on parcel post,
  • Operates cancelling machines,
  • Carries mail from cancelling machine to distribution area,
  • Assists in supply and slip rooms and operates copy machine and related office equipment,
  • Makes occasional simple distribution of parcel post mail that requires no scheme knowledge,
  • Operates electric fork lifts,
  • Rewraps damaged parcels & weighs incoming sacks,
  • Lifts and carries packages and empty sacks of mail to be sorted, and pushing heavy rolling containers weighing up to 1,500 pounds.
  • Cleans and sweep work areas, office rest rooms, and trucks where work is not performed by a regular cleaner,
  • Unloads mail from trucks & handles and sacks empty equipment,
  • Inspects empty equipment for mail and restrings sacks,
  • Operates equipment and machinery assigned to the jurisdiction of the Mail Handler Union, &
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

The U.S. Postal Service is now hiring.

  • Over 1,000 entry level job openings nationwide.
  • Starting pay is $21 an hour, on average, with benefits.
  • With benefits, the average postal worker makes just over $72,000 a year.
  • No experience is necessary, and if you are 18 or older you don’t even need a high school diploma.
  • Need to be a U.S Citizen or have a green card.
  • Employees receive full federal benefits, paid training, paid vacation and retirement.

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