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US Postal Workers: Average Salaries

Positions in the United States Postal Service are highly-coveted. The USPS takes great pride in giving their employees an outstanding pay and benefits package. Postal workers get regular increases, overtime pay, night shift differential, and Sunday premium pay, for starters. Of course, the benefits like health and life insurance, Social Security and Medicare, retirement plans, paid leaves and holidays, and Flexible Spending Accounts, among others, are also competitive.

While “outstanding” and “competitive” are very promising words for those seeking US Postal Service positions, more concrete figures would give a clearer idea of how good the pay really is. Here is a look at the average salaries of US postal workers, according to figures gathered by Glassdoor:

The highest salary is received by Postmasters who earn an average annual salary of $64,726. Their salary range falls from $32,000 to $81,000 each year. City Letter Carriers earn an average of $45,000 to $65,000 annually. The average pay is $54,314. City Carriers are paid at $53,275 on the average each year. They can earn anywhere from $45,000 to $60,000. Mail Carriers of the US Postal Service, meanwhile, receive $51,009 on the average each year. Their salaries range from $43,000 to $62,000.

Mail Processing Clerks of the USPS earn an average of $51,457 each year, with salaries ranging from $40,000 to $60,000. Clerks earn anywhere from $35,000 to $55,000 with a salary average pegged at $49,888 every year. Mail Handlers are paid anywhere from $27,000 to $60,000 yearly. The average annual salary received by those holding this position is $46,864.

Some US Postal Service job opportunities, especially temporary opportunities and seasonal postal jobs, are paid by the hour. While these positions receive no benefits, many still accept them because it’s one effective way to get permanent post office positions without having to first take a very competitive postal 473-e exam before they are ready.

The hourly rate for Rural Carrier Associates ranges from $16 to $19. The average hourly pay falls at $18.37/hour. Sub-Rural Carriers earn $18.82 per hour, with pay ranges from $18 to $20 for every hour of work. City Letter Carriers paid an hourly rate get around $24.62 per hour with a pay range of $19 to $28 each hour.

The United States Postal Service is a self-funded Federal agency and thus does not rely on tax dollars to give its workers their salaries. Every two weeks, the USPS pays $1.9 billion in salaries and benefits, reveals their website.