Letter Carriers

(NOC 1512)

in All Business, Finance, and Administration

Letter carriers sort and deliver mail, record delivery of registered mail and collect money for cash-on-delivery parcels. Letter carriers work for Canada Post Corporation.

Job Outlook

average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 180 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2022

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate 3555 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 9370 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Letter Carriers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 60% of Letter Carriers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $51,397. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$20.00

Minimum

$26.00

Median

$30.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$11,991

Minimum

$45,672

Median

$66,596

Maximum

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$27.85

Median

$38.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,754

Minimum

$36,515

Median

$70,271

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Letter carriers sort and deliver mail, record delivery of registered mail and collect money for cash-on-delivery parcels. Letter carriers work for Canada Post Corporation.

Job duties

Letter carriers:

  • Organize mail by address and load into mailbag.
  • Deliver letters, small parcels and other printed matter along established routes.
  • Deliver telegrams, special delivery and express mail.
  • Collect payment for cash-on-delivery service.
  • Record delivery of registered mail.
  • Leave notices indicating that items could not be delivered and the location where they can be picked up.
  • Return undeliverable mail to postal station.

Sample job titles

  • letter carrier
  • mail carrier
  • mail collector
  • mail deliverer
  • postal carrier
  • postal service deliverer
  • postal worker
  • postman/woman
  • priority post carrier

Skills

  • You must be organized, responsible, and reliable. Your work must be accurate.

Job requirements

  • Some high school education is required.
  • Two weeks to one month of training is provided by Canada Post Corporation.

Other considerations

  • Good health and physical stamina may be needed. Movement to supervisory positions is possible with additional training or experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

885

employed in 2016

79.1%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

41.8%
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58.2%
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52.4

median age

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

63,775

employed in 2016

78.4%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

73.4%
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26.6%
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47.9

median age

Where will I likely work?

36.9%

Halifax

$57,814 median annual income
18.2%

North Shore

$43,111 median annual income
17.0%

Cape Breton

$38,187 median annual income
14.2%

Annapolis Valley

$39,730 median annual income
13.6%

Southern

$31,156 median annual income

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

98.7%

Transportation and warehousing

1.3%

Other services (except public administration)

What is the age of Employment?

32.0%

45-54

31.0%

55-64

22.0%

35-44

7.0%

25-34

6.0%

65+

1.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

26.3%

45-54

22.6%

55-64

19.4%

35-44

16.7%

25-34

7.5%

65+

Top levels of education

42.9%

High school

$49,112 median annual income
16.9%

College Diploma

$45,921 median annual income
13.0%

Bachelor

$48,582 median annual income
13.0%

Less than high school

$37,447 median annual income
10.2%

Trade Certification

$35,849 median annual income

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

33.8%

College Diploma

$36,304 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$32,903 median annual income
22.8%

Bachelor

$41,755 median annual income
5.8%

Trade Certification

$34,807 median annual income
4.9%

Less than high school

$23,174 median annual income

Education & training

High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

Adults without a high school diploma can contact the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) for tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL oversees adult education programs in Nova Scotia. NSSAL partners with the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to deliver programs. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canada Post Corporation
Halifax, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.