Mailman (City Letter Carrier)

Mailman (City Letter Carrier)


17 Years Experience

Long Island, NY

Male, 43

I am a City Letter Carrier for the US Postal Service in NY. I've been a city letter carrier for over 17 years and it is the best job I've ever had. I mostly work 5 days per week (sometimes includes a Saturday) and often have the opportunity for overtime, which is usually voluntary. The route I deliver has about 350 homes and I walk to each of their doors to deliver the mail. Please keep in mind that I don't have authority to speak for the USPS, so all opinions are solely mine, not my employer.

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Last Answer on February 18, 2022

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This is probably a first .. But do you think a full-time college student can keep up with at least a part time job as a mail carrier? The salary is attractive to me, but I feel like leaving college for it would be an awful idea. Thank up for any help

Asked by David about 10 years ago

Possibly. I would think its a good idea to stay in college even if it means giving up this opportunity. There will probably be opportunities in the future for city carrier assistant positions. 

I used 1st class Int letter frm Michigan to Malaysia. Sent on 08/21 Current status: Processed Through Sort Facility, ISC Chicago IL 08/30. Does this mean that it has left USA? How long does it take usually? Thanks :)

Asked by Adelene about 10 years ago

The ISC is the International Service Center. There are several around the US that handle the incoming and outgoing international mail. For logistical reasons, they are often found at or near major airports. On the USPS website, I looked up 1st class mail int'l letter to Malaysia and it didn't give any time estimate of how long it would usually take. You can do a google search for "Michigan to Malaysia Mail Delivery Time" and see what results you get. My very non-scientific answer would be at least 10 days.

Depart USPS Sort Facility

Asked by micheal frazier about 10 years ago

Are you asking what this means? If you see this on the tracking info of a parcel, it usually means it has left a centralized sorting facility (often a Processing and Distribution Center). The next step is usually the destination PO, but it could go to another sort facility if the parcel is traveling a long distance. I hope this helps you!

I live in the city limits of a small town. Many years agoI put a curbside mailbox at the foot of my yard because I wanted to. I am 60 yrs old now with health problems and requested my mail to be delivered back to my box on the porch.Now they wont.

Asked by Pam over 10 years ago

I am sorry to say that I don't know enough about this. If you had a medical note that you couldn't go to the curb, maybe that would help. The reason why it may not help is the PO might wonder how you get other things done. For example, a home health aide could get the mail for you. Curbside delivery is more efficient for the USPS Which may be why they are reluctant to honor your request. 

How can I tip a PO Box mail man?

Asked by Joe Mass over 10 years ago

Good question. If the deliver to a PO Box, they are almost always a Clerk who works inside the whole day. I don't know exactly how to tip them. If you know their name, maybe you can mail a letter to them c/o of the Post Office. Hopefully it would get to him/her. 

Do you wear gloves when you deliver mail because of anthrax / ricin scares? Are postal workers really scared of that stuff, or do they just see it as a super-rare risk like a plane crash or something?

Asked by Izie over 10 years ago

I don't wear gloves when handling the mail though some co-workers do. I did for a little while when my hands got very dry and cracked due to paper and working outside. During the Anthrax scare in 2001, some coworkers did wear masks/gloves for a short while. It definitely was a scary time but thankfully it didnt last long. Sadly, 2 postal workers did die of inhalation anthrax.  I would say most of my coworkers aren't scared of this because it is rare. 

Did you relocate to where you were hired or did you wait until there was an opening in your area? Did you start as a carrier?

Asked by cjz over 10 years ago

I am in the same office that I was hired in. I live about 35 minutes from work. I was hired as a carrier, but some clerks have become carriers and vice versa though they are represented by different unions and have a different pay scale. Carriers make a higher Wage. The exam I took was specifically for a certain area that would be hiring on Long Island, but not one specific office.