Mail Carriers

Mail carriers are employees of the United States Postal Service (USPS) or private package delivery companies; at Federal Express (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 307,490 mail carriers, who are also known as letter carriers. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of mail carriers are employed by private delivery companies.


Quick Facts
Duties Deliver and collect mail and packages on the specific routes assigned to them
Alternate Title(s) Couriers, Letter Carriers, Package Delivery Drivers
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Geography
  • Physical Education
Experience On-the-job training
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Public Speaking
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Organized
Licensure/Certification 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
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor or Manager
  • Mail Carrier
  • Substitute Carrier

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