Postal Service Mail Carrier Salary

Postal Service Mail Carriers in the United States pull down an average of $16.37 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $14.57 per hour and $24.66. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men working as Postal Service Mail Carriers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and approximately two in five have dental, as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$30,304 - $60,471
(Median)
$30K
$51K
$60K
MEDIAN: $50,951
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$14.57 - $24.66
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,304 - $60,471  
   
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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$30,523 - $58,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.57 - $24.66  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $41.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$30,523 - $58,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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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. 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Postal Service Mail Carriers. 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. For Postal Service Mail Carriers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $56K.

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Experience Affects Postal Service Mail Carrier Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 34%

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
34%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 36%
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