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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
Northwest Minnesota 7013$17.94/hr$14.33/hr$15.01/hr$17.94/hr$19.12/hr$23.70/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities30$20.34/hr
Financial Activities90$18.63/hr
Professional and Business Services490$18.29/hr
Education and Health Services80$21.54/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services20$12.03/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State 20$18.86/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$17.04/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 30$21.54/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 30$16.51/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 40$18.04/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 50$16.51/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 50$18.07/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 50$17.17/hr-15.3%
Southwest Minnesota 60$18.41/hr-17.1%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 60$17.04/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 60$18.77/hr-17.6%
Northwest Minnesota 70$17.94/hr-15.6%
St Cloud MN MSA 80$17.29/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 110$16.98/hr-8.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,090$18.53/hr-5.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,120$18.53/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,490$18.29/hr-8.2%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators 2,390$24.40/hr-11.7%
Gambling Change Persons and Booth Cashiers 420$15.90/hr23.6%
Office Machine Operators, Except Computer 520$21.18/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.