Postal Service Mail Carrier Salary

The average Postal Service Mail Carrier in the United States earns approximately $16.33 per hour. Pay ranges from $14.56 per hour on the low end to $24.45 on the high end. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Postal Service Mail Carriers. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Postal Service Mail Carriers making up 58 percent of survey respondents. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and about two in five receive dental plans.

$30,346 - $60,440
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MEDIAN: $50,849
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$14.56 - $24.45
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,346 - $60,440  
   
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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$30,512 - $58,285  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.56 - $24.45  
   
Overtime
$18.25 - $41.75  
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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$30,512 - $58,285  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 257
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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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Postal Service Mail Carriers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $55K annually. 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $34K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $42K. On average, Postal Service Mail Carriers make $54K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $56K.

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Experience Affects Postal Service Mail Carrier Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

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
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 37%
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