Postal Service Mail Carrier Salary

Postal Service Mail Carriers in the United States pull down an average of $16.60 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the specific company. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men make up the majority of Postal Service Mail Carriers (62 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,798 - $62,527
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$49K
$63K
MEDIAN: $49,243
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$14.40 - $25.16
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,798 - $62,527  
   
Bonus
$5.21 - $3,445  
Total Pay (?
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$30,390 - $60,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 420
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.40 - $25.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.43  
Overtime
$16.68 - $42.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$5.21 - $3,445  
   
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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$30,390 - $60,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 639

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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

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

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. The most common career progression for Postal Service Mail Carriers leads to becoming an United States Postal Carrier, where average pay is $43K annually. However, many Postal Service Mail Carriers also opt to become Customer Service Supervisors. Typically, a Customer Service Supervisor brings home $37K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Postal Service Mail Carrier

Pay by Experience for a Postal Service Mail Carrier has a positive trend. An entry-level Postal Service Mail Carrier with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 641 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Postal Service Mail Carrier with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 121 salaries. An experienced Postal Service Mail Carrier which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 190 salaries. A Postal Service Mail Carrier with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 139 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,481

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Postal Service Mail Carriers, Portland offers exceptional salaries, 36 percent above the national average. Postal Service Mail Carriers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+29 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), Cleveland (+15 percent), and Seattle (+11 percent). Columbus is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in New York (6 percent lower) and San Francisco (5 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Postal Service Mail Carrier

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Postal Service Mail Carrier Salaries

Late-Career
▲47%

Experienced
▲38%

Mid-Career
▲15%

National Average
$39,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Postal Service Mail Carrier Salaries

Sorting
▲47%


National Average
$39,000

mail carrier
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
no benefits
None: 33%
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