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 Decline slightly employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 65 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate -1305 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • 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 decline slightly over the next few years, which may affect the number of new opportunities available. 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.

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

$19.92

Minimum

$26.50

Median

$28.33

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

18.2%

North Shore

17.0%

Cape Breton

14.2%

Annapolis Valley

13.6%

Southern

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 certificate or diploma

$45,921 median annual income
13.0%

Bachelor's degree

$48,582 median annual income
13.0%

Less than high school

$37,447 median annual income
10.2%

Trades certificate

$35,849 median annual income

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

33.8%

College certificate or diploma

$36,304 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$32,903 median annual income
22.8%

Bachelor's degree

$41,755 median annual income
5.8%

Trades certificate

$34,807 median annual income
4.9%

Less than high school

$23,174 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

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
PO Box 1689 Stn Central
Halifax, NS B3J 2B1
Tel: (902) 494-4036
Fax: (902) 494-4781

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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