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Occupational Employment Statistics


43-5052 Postal Service Mail Carriers

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

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 580159$27.72/hr$19.69/hr$21.78/hr$26.66/hr$35.40/hr$35.43/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities5,620$27.63/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 100$28.22/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 120$25.68/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 120$24.54/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 150$25.68/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 200$28.70/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 220$26.97/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 250$28.70/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 340$26.23/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 360$25.68/hr-9.8%
Southwest Balance of State 420$24.79/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 460$26.24/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 510$26.57/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 560$25.68/hr-10.0%
Southeast Minnesota 580$26.66/hr-10.1%
Northwest Minnesota 600$26.71/hr-10.2%
Central Minnesota 710$26.74/hr-9.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,810$28.61/hr-8.5%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,330$28.52/hrN/A
Minnesota 5,620$27.63/hr-9.0%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Couriers and Messengers 630$19.34/hr-5.7%
Parking Attendants 1,240$15.36/hr5.5%
Baggage Porters and Bellhops 320$14.17/hr23.9%

  • 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.
  • Travel to post offices to pick up the mail for routes or pick up mail from postal relay boxes.
  • Maintain accurate records of deliveries.
  • Return incorrectly addressed mail to senders.
  • Hold mail for customers who are away from delivery locations.