Median pay for Postal Service Mail Carriers in the United States is around $16.44 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Postal Service Mail Carriers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although the greater part have medical coverage and just under one-half have dental coverage, close to a third claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Postal Service Mail Carriers (62 percent) who took the survey are men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$30,379 - $62,211
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MEDIAN: $49,303
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$14.38 - $24.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,379 - $62,211  
   
Bonus
$52.55 - $3,430  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,332 - $60,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 365
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.38 - $24.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.75  
Overtime
$16.80 - $42.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$52.55 - $3,430  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,332 - $60,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 590
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Job Description for Postal Service Mail Carrier

Postal service mail carriers are employed to deliver and collect mail on an assigned route with a daily schedule. Postal Service routes may be delivered by vehicle or on foot, depending on the area assigned. Mail delivery must be done in all types of weather. Carriers are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and efficient manner. A basic familiarity with local geography is a necessity. Knowledge of basic postal laws, regulations, and products is also required.

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Postal Service Mail Carrier Tasks

  • Drive the postal service vehicle.
  • Hand-deliver mail and obtain signatures.
  • Deliver mail to business and residencies along an assigned route.

Common Career Paths for Postal Service Mail Carrier


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While not commonly seen, Postal Service Mail Carriers who transition into a Registered Nurse position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Registered Nurses is $56K per year. Becoming an United States Postal Carrier is, more often than not, the most common role that Postal Service Mail Carriers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $43K. Another frequent advance is for Postal Service Mail Carriers to assume a Customer Service Supervisor role; in this role, workers often earn $37K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Postal Service Mail Carrier

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $46K. Postal Service Mail Carriers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. Postal Service Mail Carriers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $57K.

Postal Service Mail Carrier Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Postal Service Mail Carrier in Milton:
"Develop good working habits, work safety and accurately."
Make doing the job according to procedure a habit. Do not cut corners. If you are in the habit of doing it the way it is supposed to be done you won't have to worry about being watched and you are less likely to be injured or make mistakes. Expect to be slow when you start. Don't let management push you to go too fast. HASTE MAKES MISTAKES. If you aim for accuracy and working safely you will become more efficient and being faster will follow. When doing your job, you are a professional behave in a way that projects that to the public. And while driving if you are entering an intersection or pulling on to a road remember to always look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT and really see what is there before moving.

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Experience Affects Postal Service Mail Carrier Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 41%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Postal Service Mail Carrier Salaries

Sorting
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Customer Service
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National Average
$39,000

mail carrier
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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