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Postal Service Mail Carrier Salary

Earnings for Postal Service Mail Carriers in the United States come in at around $16.43 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $14.60 per hour and $24.91. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in three — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. The majority of Postal Service Mail Carriers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$30,474 - $60,764
(Median)
$30K
$51K
$61K
MEDIAN: $51,193
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$14.60 - $24.91
(Median)
$15
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,474 - $60,764  
   
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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$30,624 - $58,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.60 - $24.91  
   
Overtime
$18.25 - $41.76  
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).
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$30,624 - $58,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 234
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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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For Postal Service Mail Carriers, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $55K annually. More often than not, an United States Postal Carrier role is the next step for Postal Service Mail Carriers moving up in the field. United States Postal Carriers usually make $45K per year. Many other Postal Service Mail Carriers choose to take on a Customer Service Supervisor role, where salaries are typically $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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $44K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $54K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $56K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Postal Service Mail Carrier Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

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
18%
1-4 years
33%
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: 36% employee benefits None: 34%
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