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Mail Processing Clerks

Department:Processing and Distribution

Mail Processing Clerks have a starting wage of $15 to $2 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 are similar to Mail Handlers, but handle inbound and outbound mail in larger post office branches, as well as the plants and distribution centers.

USPS mail clerks are often required to serve customers on a fill-in basis and will also be required to perform record-keeping functions as well as calculating and preparing items that require special postage.

Although automation has been integrated into the USPS system, there are still occasions when hand sorting is required, and the mail clerk needs to be able to perform this duty in an expedient manner.

Manual sorting also applies to the movement of postal items from the processing center to the appropriate location for further processing, either by the carriers or through the post office boxes and front counter.

In addition to handling heavy items up to 70 pounds, Mail Processing Clerks are also responsible for operating manual and automated processing equipment to distribute and sort mail as well as transport collated and bundled mailings within their facility.

Makes one or more sortation’s of outgoing and/or incoming mail using the appropriate sort program or manual distribution scheme, on a rotation basis, performs all of the following duties:

  • Loads mail onto automated equipment, pulling out non-process able items,
  • Enters sort plan and starts equipment,
  • Monitors flow of mail to ensure continuous feed,
  • Sweeps separated mail from bins stackers,
  • Stops equipment when distribution run or operation is completed,
  • Runs machine reports, clears jams and contacts maintenance for assistance when required,
  • Prepares work area, ensuring all necessary support equipment and materials, including labels, trays, and other containers, are in place,
  • Removes sorted mail from bins or separations and places into appropriate trays or containers for further processing,
  • Dispatches based on knowledge of operating plans and dispatch schedules, or at the instruction of supervisors or expediters,
  • May riffle or verify mail to ensure sortation accuracy as needed,
  • Provides service at public window for non-financial transactions,
  • Maintains records of mails
  • Examines balances in advance deposit accounts,
  • Records and bills mail requiring special service,
  • Follows established safe work methods, procedures and safety precautions while performing all duties &
  • 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.

To locate jobs in your area and to receive a FREE Hiring Guide, fill out the form on the right and click Learn More to continue.

What's Included with My Registration?

To help you get hired by the USPS as quickly as possible, once you register, you will be given immediate access to each of the following:

  • Personal Placement Assistant – A designated person on staff assigned to you, to help you get hired, available weekdays from 9 am to 9 pm EST
  • Postal Exam Simulator – The official postal exam is given on a computer and is timed, so it helps to practice ahead of time on a computer, rather than from a book. Our online simulator allows you to practice taking replicated postal exams, which are automatically timed and graded, and teach you how to achieve a higher score.
  • Video and Booklets – To guide you and help you succeed in each step of the postal hiring process
  • Job Locator Tool – A much easier way to find USPS jobs that are available now in your area
  • Postal Job Alerts – Receive an email each time a new job opening at the USPS becomes available in your area
  • “Pass the Exam or It’s Free” Guarantee – Our program is guaranteed. We are so confident in the assistance we provide, if you don’t pass the exam, your registration is refunded in full.
  • Starting Bonus of Up to $1,000 – Once you are hired, simply share your success story on video, and you will receive your Starting Bonus of up to $1,000.
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