A mailman is a postal service worker that sorts mail and delivers it on foot or by vehicle using an established route. They will also collect any outgoing mail that may be left on their routes.
Postal workers typically make very good salaries. The current average mailman salary is about $51,000 per year.
This will depend on factors such as your experience and the location that you work in. Experience is generally the number one thing that all employers look at when it comes to deciding on a mailman wage. The amount of experience you have will greatly affect the amount of the mailman salary. As a new mailman, the salary starts out at $40,000 per year. Each year you will gain valuable experience. Within five years the mailman income will increase to $47,000 per year. With ten years of experience the mailman pay rate will reach the $55,000 per year range. After you have more than fifteen years of experience you can expect a mailman salary of $56,000 per year. The top salary can be found among mailmen with more than twenty years of experience. At this level the pay for mailmen averages out to be $57,000 per year. There is not much of a variance for mailmen salaries as other careers may have. Typically it is a job that pays that same no matter what city or state you work in.
A mailman has various different job duties.
- One of their first and most important duties is to sort mail and arrange it in delivery order.
- They bundle this mail for preparation of delivery to their route or relay boxes.
- They record address changes and redirect mail to these new addresses.
- They sign for on cash delivery and registered mail before leaving the post office for their daily route.
- They deliver mail to homes and businesses along their route on foot and with the use of an approved vehicle.
- They may use satchels, carts, cars and small trucks.
- They obtain signed paperwork for mail such as certified mail, registered mail
- They hold mail for customers who are away for an extended period of time.
- They leave notices in case a recipient was unable to receive a registered or certified letter with information on how to retrieve their item.
- They return to the post office with any mail they have collected.
- They turn in money and receipts they have collected along their routes.
There are some requirements for becoming a mailman. There is no college degree or college course work that is required to start in this career. However they do require applicants to be English speaking, a United States citizen or have permanent residential alien status, and be at least eighteen years of age. Male postal workers must be registered with selective service. A written exam must be passed before you can become a mailman. This will test your reading and comprehension capabilities. It will test how well you read names and addresses and your memorization capabilities. Check with your local post office for exam times and requirements. A criminal and background check is also required. You will also need to be able to lift fifty pounds at once. A good driving record may be required and a road test may be given for mailmen who drive. Newly hired mailmen typically receive on the job paid training to provide additional training and procedures.
Mailmen Work Environment
The work environment for a mailman is typically working outside in the elements walking from houses and businesses on foot or driving in an approved car or truck. Typically you will be walking and collecting mail for many hours each day. You may also have to interact with people on your route. There is a lot of lifting, bending and walking required as a part of this job. Mailmen are also exposed to the weather elements as a normal part of their every day work. Typically mailmen should be in good shape and have a good level of stamina. The work schedule for a mailman is full time. Overtime can often be required during the holiday season due to a higher amount of mail and deliveries. Since mail is delivered six days a week, many mailmen work on Saturdays too.
The job of a mailman is an important one. Many people depend on you to bring mail that may be very important so you must take your job very seriously and strive to provide good customer service during each and every delivery. This is why it is important that you follow all rules and regulations when sorting and delivering mail. The job of a mailman is highly physical so if you are looking for a desk job this may not be the job for you.