Postal Service Mail Carrier Salary

Median pay for Postal Service Mail Carriers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.33 per hour. Compensation ranges from $14.54 per hour on the lower end to $24.48 on the higher end. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by roughly two in five. Most Postal Service Mail Carriers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$30,674 - $60,595

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$14.54 - $24.48

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,674 - $60,595  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
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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$30,559 - $58,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 198
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $24.48  
   
Overtime
$18.55 - $41.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
   
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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$30,559 - $58,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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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. As Postal Service Mail Carriers progress in their field, many go on to become United States Postal Carriers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $45K per year. Another common career choice for Postal Service Mail Carriers is to move into a Customer Service Supervisor role. Typically, Customer Service Supervisors get paid $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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $34K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $43K on average. Postal Service Mail Carriers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $56K.

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Experience Affects Postal Service Mail Carrier Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 35%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 36%
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