Occupational Employment Statistics


43-5052 Postal Service Mail Carriers

Sort mail for delivery. Deliver mail on established route by vehicle or on foot.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 7700$24.85/hr$18.21/hr$18.22/hr$22.91/hr$30.77/hr$33.39/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities6,370$25.60/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 110$22.91/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 140$26.78/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 140$23.87/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 150$24.47/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 230$27.19/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 250$26.47/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 290$22.91/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 380$22.91/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 410$22.91/hr-7.2%
Southwest Balance of State 490$22.91/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 510$25.40/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 630$26.60/hr-5.8%
Southwest Minnesota 640$22.91/hr-7.3%
Northwest Balance of State 650$22.91/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 650$23.81/hr0.0%
Northwest Minnesota 770$22.91/hr-7.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,110$29.28/hr-7.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,660$27.81/hrN/A
Minnesota 6,370$25.60/hr-6.5%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Couriers and Messengers 750$14.04/hr7.3%
Parking Lot Attendants 2,010$12.46/hr-0.9%
Baggage Porters and Bellhops 430$11.91/hr8.6%

  • Return to the post office with mail collected from homes, businesses, and public mailboxes.
  • Sort mail for delivery, arranging it in delivery sequence.
  • Meet schedules for the collection and return of mail.
  • Bundle mail in preparation for delivery or transportation to relay boxes.
  • Deliver mail to residences and business establishments along specified routes by walking or driving, using a combination of satchels, carts, cars, and small trucks.
  • Obtain signed receipts for registered, certified, and insured mail, collect associated charges, and complete any necessary paperwork.
  • Maintain accurate records of deliveries.
  • Return incorrectly addressed mail to senders.
  • Hold mail for customers who are away from delivery locations.
  • Leave notices telling patrons where to collect mail that could not be delivered.