Mail Carriers

Mail Carrier Delivers Mail on His Route

Mail carriers are employees of the United States Postal Service (USPS) or private package delivery companies; at FedEx they are called couriers, and at United Parcel Service (UPS), package delivery drivers. They deliver and collect mail on the specific routes assigned to them. Residential carriers deliver the mail on foot and by vehicle to people in cities and suburbs. Because of the large distances between homes in the country, rural carriers drive their routes to reach customers. The USPS employs 315,950 mail carriers, who are also known as letter carriers. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of mail carriers are employed by private delivery companies.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Couriers, Letter Carriers, Package Delivery Drivers
Duties Deliver and collect mail and packages on the specific routes assigned to them
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Geography
  • Physical Education
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements USPS mail carriers must be 18 years at the time of appointment or 16 years old if they have a high school diploma; must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent resident aliens with a valid driver's license; have basic competency in English; private mail carriers must be at least 21 years old; must be able to lift heavy packages
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor or Manager
  • Mail Carrier
  • Substitute Carrier

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