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 6100$25.31/hr$18.00/hr$18.51/hr$25.43/hr$31.34/hr$32.00/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities6,250$24.30/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 110$24.18/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 130$27.21/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 140$22.68/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 150$22.73/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 220$26.67/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 240$25.33/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 280$23.59/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 370$22.73/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 390$22.76/hr-7.2%
Southwest Balance of State 460$22.64/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 500$24.45/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 600$22.79/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 610$25.43/hr-5.8%
Southwest Minnesota 610$22.64/hr-7.3%
Central Minnesota 630$24.47/hr0.0%
Northwest Minnesota 720$22.64/hr-7.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,140$25.30/hr-7.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,690$24.97/hrN/A
Minnesota 6,250$24.30/hr-6.5%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Couriers and Messengers 660$16.21/hr7.3%
Parking Attendants 2,390$12.95/hr-0.9%
Baggage Porters and Bellhops 660$12.14/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.