What does a Mail Processing Clerk do?

Mail processing clerks work as postal support employees for the U.S Postal Service where they sort and prepare mail for distribution by mail carriers by hand or machine. They are responsible for loading and operating machinery involved in the machine processing, sorting, and canceling of items. They sort and organize mail for delivery and prepare mail to load into carrier and postal trucks while ensuring to pack parcels in a delivery route’s chronological order. They bundle, label, and route mail depending upon the destination as well as established guidelines or special services including Next Day Air or registered mail and help unload mail trucks when a route ends.

Mail processing clerks operate optical character readers including scanning equipment and assist customers with inquiries and concerns. If a package or a letter is damaged or broken, mail processing clerks fix them to make them eligible for shipment. They check each item’s address for legibility and place mail onto conveyors where they are coded and sorted, and if machines break, mail processing clerks oversee their repair and maintenance. They assist customers by weighing parcels to determine postage costs and sometimes operate forklifts and trains to move large boxes and mail items. Mail processing clerks need a high-school diploma, basic computer and arithmetic skills, and a valid driver's license.

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Avg. Experience8+ years

Mail Processing Clerk Salaries

Average Base Pay

£21,083 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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PSE Mail Processing Clerk
24 Feb 2020

“Good pay for regulars... honestly outta difficult to find the pros anymore bc of the weight of the cons”

Royal MailRoyal Mail
Mail Sorter
7 Sep 2021

“And I worked with some really great staff”

CIOX HealthCIOX Health
Mail Clerk
18 Oct 2021

“I'm not to fond of the pay but I will be looking for better opportunities within the company”

South African Embassy Muscat, Oman
Administrative Clerk
17 Mar 2021

“best place to work you get to learn and gain good experiences”

University of TennesseeUniversity of Tennessee
Mail Clerk
7 Dec 2020

“Flexible hours and a fun group to work with”

US Postal ServiceUS Postal Service
PSE Mail Processing Clerk
2 Jun 2021

“good pay and overtime nothing else”

US Postal ServiceUS Postal Service
Postal Carrier Assistant
7 Jul 2020

“pay is not bad and there is enough work to do.”

IST ManagementIST Management
5 Oct 2020

“Decent pay but not great.”

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