Also known as Bulk Mail Technician, Clerk, Distribution Clerk, Part Time Flexible Clerk (PTF Clerk), Postal Clerk, Sales Service Associate (SSA), Sales and Distribution Clerk, Sales and Service Associate (SSA), Window Clerk, Window/Distribution Clerk
Also known as Bulk Mail Technician, Clerk, Distribution Clerk
Postal Clerks perform any combination of tasks in a United States Postal Service (USPS) post office, such as receive letters and parcels; sell postage and revenue stamps, postal cards, and stamped envelopes; fill out and sell money orders; place mail in pigeon holes of mail rack or in bags; and examine mail for correct postage.
In addition, Postal Clerks includes postal service clerks employed by USPS contractors.
Postal Clerks are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Postal Clerks. More generally, Postal Clerks are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Postal Clerk is $50,150, and the average salary is $51,200. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Postal Clerk salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Postal Clerks earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Postal Clerks earn less than $37,760 per year, 25% earn less than $38,980, 75% earn less than $62,990, and 90% earn less than $64,260.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Postal Clerks is expected to change by -7.7%, and there should be roughly 5,800 open positions for Postal Clerks every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Postal Clerk are usually higher in their Conventional interests.
Postal Clerks typically have very strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Postal Clerk tend to value Relationships, Support, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Postal Clerks moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, Postal Clerks moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Postal Clerks moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Postal Clerks must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, integrity, and attention to detail.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Postal Clerks, ranked by importance:
Working as a Postal Clerk usually requires a high school diploma.
Postal Clerks need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Postal Clerks may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, mathematics, or administrative knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Postal Clerks might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Postal Clerks must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Postal Clerks need abilities such as oral comprehension, oral expression, and near vision in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Postal Clerks, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Postal Clerks frequently use skills like active listening, speaking, and reading comprehension to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Postal Clerks, ranked by their relative importance.
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