What do they do?

Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. 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.

Also known as:

Insert Operator, Inserter Operator, Mail Clerk, Mail Handler, Mail Machine Operator, Mail Processing Clerk, Mail Processor, Mail Reader, Mail Sorter, Mailroom Clerk, Postal Clerk

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service is projected to Decline 2 percent from 2020 to 2030

Projected Employment in KS

No Data Available
  • -2.5%


    Ranks #71 in job growth rate

    Job Openings

    Ranks #46 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (<1%)
  • Master's degree  (2%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (14%)
  • Associate's degree  (11%)
  • Some college, no degree  (23%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (40%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (8%)

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Package objects for shipping.
  • Weigh parcels to determine shipping costs.
  • Verify shipping documentation.
  • Operate office equipment.
  • Inspect items for damage or defects.
  • Unload materials or equipment.
  • Sort mail.
  • Route mail to correct destinations.
  • Prepare outgoing mail.
  • Analyze shipping information to make routing decisions.
  • Obtain written authorization to perform activities.
  • Operate computers or computerized equipment.
  • Receive shipments.
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures.
  • Coordinate shipping activities with external parties.
  • Attach identification information to products, items or containers.
  • Maintain office equipment in proper operating condition.
  • Send information, materials or documentation.
  • Adjust office equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Read work orders to determine material or setup requirements.
  • Sell products or services.
  • Collect deposits, payments or fees.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Logo Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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