Postal Service Mail Carrier Salary

Postal Service Mail Carriers in the United States take home approximately $16.18 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $14.39 per hour on the lower side but can approach $24.27 on the higher side. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Postal Service Mail Carriers is high. Postal Service Mail Carriers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 60 percent.

$30,315 - $61,019
(Median)
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$61K
MEDIAN: $50,142
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$14.39 - $24.27
(Median)
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$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,315 - $61,019  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,012  
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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$30,231 - $58,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $24.27  
   
Overtime
$17.04 - $41.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,012  
   
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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$30,231 - $58,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 420
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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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While Postal Service Mail Carriers do not often become Registered Nurses, the job pays $55K per year on average. With an annual salary of $44K, United States Postal Carrier is the most common role for Postal Service Mail Carriers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Customer Service Supervisor role — which usually pays $37K — is also typical for Postal Service Mail Carriers, though less common by comparison.

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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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Postal Service Mail Carriers. 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 $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Postal Service Mail Carriers make a median 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.

Postal Service Mail Carrier Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Postal Service Mail Carrier in Milton:
"Develop good working habits, work safety and accurately."
Make doing the job according to procedure a habit. Do not cut corners. If you are in the habit of doing it the way it is supposed to be done you won't have to worry about being watched and you are less likely to be injured or make mistakes. Expect to be slow when you start. Don't let management push you to go too fast. HASTE MAKES MISTAKES. If you aim for accuracy and working safely you will become more efficient and being faster will follow. When doing your job, you are a professional behave in a way that projects that to the public. And while driving if you are entering an intersection or pulling on to a road remember to always look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT and really see what is there before moving.

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Experience Affects Postal Service Mail Carrier Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 40%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Postal Service Mail Carrier Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

mail carrier
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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