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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.

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