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DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

43-5053 Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators



Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Examine, sort, and route mail. Load, operate, and occasionally adjust and repair mail processing, sorting, and canceling machinery. Keep records of shipments, pouches, and sacks; and other duties related to mail handling within the postal service. Excludes "Postal Service Clerks" (43-5051) and "Postal Service Mail Carriers" (43-5052).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Southwest Minnesota 5016$28.61/hr$20.02/hr$24.34/hr$32.35/hr$33.06/hr$34.39/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities2,090$25.37/hr
Professional and Business Services130$15.41/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State 10$20.02/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$25.49/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$23.32/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 20$33.06/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 30$24.86/hr-14.3%
Northwest Balance of State 30$24.93/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 40$20.02/hr-13.2%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 40$23.57/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 40$26.66/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 50$32.35/hr-14.0%
Northeast Minnesota 60$32.35/hr-15.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 60$27.93/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 70$25.49/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 90$25.88/hr-13.3%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 140$25.12/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,950$24.34/hr-10.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,970$24.34/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,220$24.34/hr-11.7%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Cutters and Trimmers, Hand 140$19.02/hr-21.6%
Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service 1,600$19.10/hr-8.2%
Sewing Machine Operators 1,990$16.23/hr-6.1%


  • Operate various types of equipment, such as computer scanning equipment, addressographs, mimeographs, optical character readers, and bar-code sorters.
  • Clear jams in sorting equipment.
  • Bundle, label, and route sorted mail to designated areas, depending on destinations and according to established procedures and deadlines.
  • Direct items according to established routing schemes, using computer-controlled keyboards or voice-recognition equipment.
  • Open and label mail containers.
  • Accept and check containers of mail from large volume mailers, couriers, and contractors.
  • Sort odd-sized mail by hand, sort mail that other workers have been unable to sort, and segregate items requiring special handling.
  • Load and unload mail trucks, sometimes lifting containers of mail onto equipment that transports items to sorting stations.
  • Check items to ensure that addresses are legible and correct, that sufficient postage has been paid or the appropriate documentation is attached, and that items are in a suitable condition for processing.
  • Check items to ensure that addresses are legible and correct, that sufficient postage has been paid or the appropriate documentation is attached, and that items are in a suitable condition for processing.