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Occupational Employment Statistics


43-9051 Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service

Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Use hand or mail handling machines to time stamp, open, read, sort, and route incoming mail; and address, seal, stamp, fold, stuff, and affix postage to outgoing mail or packages. Duties may also include keeping necessary records and completed forms.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northeast Minnesota 6013$19.85/hr$12.34/hr$15.14/hr$19.00/hr$24.10/hr$24.87/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities30$19.10/hr
Financial Activities140$19.19/hr
Professional and Business Services610$15.43/hr
Education and Health Services80$19.45/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 10$18.71/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$15.33/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 20$19.00/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$18.82/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 50$15.64/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 60$19.00/hr-15.3%
Southwest Minnesota 60$18.82/hr-17.1%
Northwest Balance of State 60$18.72/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 70$18.93/hr-15.6%
Southeast Minnesota 70$15.97/hr-17.6%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 70$19.00/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 100$19.29/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 110$15.09/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 150$19.29/hr-8.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,130$19.10/hr-5.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,190$19.10/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,600$19.10/hr-8.2%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators 2,220$24.34/hr-11.7%
Gambling Change Persons and Booth Cashiers 400$14.84/hr23.6%
Office Machine Operators, Except Computer 890$20.80/hr-14.0%

  • Stamp dates and times of receipt of incoming mail.
  • Remove containers of sorted mail or parcels and transfer them to designated areas according to established procedures.
  • Accept and check containers of mail or parcels from large volume mailers, couriers, and contractors.
  • Sort and route incoming mail, and collect outgoing mail, using carts as necessary.
  • Determine manner in which mail is to be sent, and prepare it for delivery to mailing facilities.
  • Clear jams in sortation equipment.
  • Place incoming or outgoing letters or packages into sacks or bins based on destination or type, and place identifying tags on sacks or bins.
  • Answer inquiries regarding shipping or mailing policies.
  • Release packages or letters to customers upon presentation of written notices or other identification.
  • Lift and unload containers of mail or parcels onto equipment for transportation to sortation stations.