Postal Service Mail Carriers

2.8/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $25.21 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 100% (You are doomed)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Postal Service Mail Carriers' job openings is expected to decline by -4.8% by 2031
'Postal Service Mail Carriers' is expected to be a very slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Postal Service Mail Carriers' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Postal Service Mail Carriers' was $52,440, or $25.21 hourly
'Postal Service Mail Carriers' are paid 14.6% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as postal service mail carriers?

As of 2021 there were 335,540 people employed as Postal Service Mail Carriers within the United States.
This represents around 0.24% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 419 people are employed as Postal Service Mail Carriers.

Job description

Sort and deliver mail for the United States Postal Service (USPS). Deliver mail on established route by vehicle or on foot. Includes postal service mail carriers employed by USPS contractors.

SOC Code: 43-5052.00


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Dennis says
Even rural mail carriers?
Mar 09, 2021 at 06:53 PM
Charlie(No chance) (No chance) says
I doubt postal mail carriers will be replaced by robots because of strong labor unions.
Feb 23, 2021 at 06:29 PM
Angus (Highly likely) says
There is already post delivery robots in Brisbane suburbs in Queensland, Australia
Aug 31, 2020 at 12:20 AM
NO (Likely) says
Drone based delivery
Jan 29, 2020 at 10:26 AM
Tony (Likely) says
It's pretty likely that we will find ways to deliver physical mail to people using machines in the next 20 years. :/
Jan 17, 2020 at 05:35 PM
Jak Aser (Could go either way) says
Depends on a few things:
how much does it takes to develop an autodriven car.
how much it costs.
how much it takes to develop an auto-driven drone.
how to make it to get it directly to your home or mailbox, specially big packages.
how to make it less costly than a human delivering the package.
we have been waiting to the electric car like.... 40 years. it was said we would have it by the year 2000 and... still to many costs.
Oct 31, 2019 at 11:28 AM
Patrik (Could go either way) says
Machines already sort most mail, only needs refinement. Selfdriving cars are on the horizon. We only need to combine the two.
Aug 16, 2019 at 05:45 PM
Nilay (Highly likely) says
This job will be taken over due to the coming of drone delivery.
Jun 24, 2019 at 11:21 AM
Steve Jennings (Highly likely) says
Small robots would be faster and more efficient
May 08, 2019 at 03:39 AM

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