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Postal Service Mail Carrier Salary

Postal Service Mail Carriers in the United States take home an average $16.50 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $14.56 per hour and $24.78. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Postal Service Mail Carriers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. For the most part, Postal Service Mail Carriers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Close to one-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and more than two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$30,434 - $60,887
(Median)
$30K
$51K
$61K
MEDIAN: $51,194
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90%

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$14.56 - $24.78
(Median)
$15
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,434 - $60,887  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
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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$30,584 - $58,560  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.56 - $24.78  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $41.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
   
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).
)
$30,584 - $58,560  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 224

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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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At the upper end, Postal Service Mail Carriers who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $55K per year. The most common promotion for Postal Service Mail Carriers is United States Postal Carrier, a position that typically pays $45K annually. Another standard transition for Postal Service Mail Carriers seeking advancement is to assume a Customer Service Supervisor role, where pay is often $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.


Postal Service Mail Carriers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $43K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Postal Service Mail Carriers make a median salary of $54K. Postal Service Mail Carriers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $56K on average.

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Experience Affects Postal Service Mail Carrier Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 33%