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Rural Carrier Associates

Department: Customer Service/Delivery

Rural Carrier Associates have a starting wage that ranges from $21 to $27 per hour depending on location. Click "Pay Tables" for more details.

Rural Carrier Associates, or RCA’s cover and backfill for Rural Carriers, which is a career position into which RCA’s can be easily promoted.

RCA’s are assigned a particular geographical area in which they deliver incoming mail and pick up outgoing mail on foot and/or in a motor vehicle.

RCA’s work in rural and suburban areas whereas City Carriers work in more metropolitan areas.

This position is attractive to many people because there is little supervision, almost like working for yourself.

Another benefit of being a Rural Carrier Associate is that your position can be part time or full time.

Delivering mail on time to the correct customers is the main job of a rural carrier associate.

Organizational abilities are needed for a rural carrier associate to deliver mail to all the customers on his/her route in a timely manner.

They are expected to manage time wisely and map out routes to avoid retracing delivery paths.

Good oral communication skills are required to interact with customers and answer their questions.

Keeping detailed records of attempted and missed deliveries is required.

Obtaining signatures for certified, registered and delivery confirmations is a job requirement.

The ability to decipher addresses and the names of addressees from frequently illegible writings on envelopes and address labels is required.

Electronic device skills are needed to obtain signatures from customers on handheld computerized equipment used by the USPS.

Rural Carrier Associates responsibilities include:

  • Sorting mail in delivery sequence for the assigned route,
  • Receives and signs for accountable mail,
  • Loads mail in vehicle,
  • Delivers mail to customers along a prescribed route and on a regular schedule by a vehicle;
  • Collects monies and receipts for accountable mail;
  • Picks up mail from customers' roadside boxes,
  • Sells stamps, stamped paper and money orders;
  • Accepts C.O.D., registered, certified, and insured mail and parcel post;
  • Furnishes routine information concerning postal matters and provides requested forms to customer,
  • Returns mail collected, undeliverable mail, and submits monies and receipts to post office,
  • Prepares mail for forwarding and maintains records of change of address information,
  • Prepares a daily trip report and maintains a list of the customers on the route,
  • Conducts special surveys when required,
  • Maintains an inventory of stamps and stamped paper as needed to provide service to customers on the route,
  • Provides for mail security at all times.

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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