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Post Office Jobs | US Postal Jobs
The U. S. Postal Service (USPS) employs over 617,000 workers in 300
job categories for positions at 33,000 post offices, branches, stations,
and community post offices throughout the United States. Thousands of post office jobs are available each year to backfill for retirements,
transfers, deaths and employees who choose to leave the Postal Service.
There are jobs available for traditional mail carrier and clerk
positions plus administrative, clerical, and office services at
central facilities. Technical and professionals occupations are also
available and you will find job vacancy listings for all occupations
on this site.
Post Office job vacancies are advertised internally by the USPS and not by
the Office of Personnel Management. In 1971, the US Postal Service became
independent. Pay scales are determined by the Postal Pay Act and are not a
part of the General Pay Schedule. The average pay and benefits for career
bargaining unit employees today is exceeds $75,000 a year even while the private sector suffered
through one of the most extensive recessions in modern history.
The Postal Service has lost revenue during the past few years however the
good news is that the economy is recovering and revenues should increase as
business returns to normal. Almost half of the work force will be eligible
for retirement over the next decade opening up many opportunities for those
seeking employment. Tens of thousands apply each year for post office jobs and
those who understand the hiring process and study for entrance exams — when
required — will dramatically improve their chances. The Postal Service never
charges fees to take an exam or to apply for jobs. Don’t be misled by ads
that offer postal employment and charge a fee for their services.
The US Postal Service is huge by any standard, employing close to 617,000
workers with an annual revenues of $67 billion. It pays over $2 billion in
salaries and benefits every two weeks to workers in 300 occupations for
positions at 33,000 post offices, branches, and stations throughout the United
States. Thousands of post office jobs are filled annually for temporary casual
positions, to backfill for
retirements, transfers, deaths and to replace employees who choose to leave for
Special pay scales are used for rural letter carriers, city carriers,
mail handlers and others. Starting pay in 2014 for city carrier assistants
was $15.30 per hour, $31,793 per year. Part Time Flexible (PTF) sales and
services/distribution associates earn $17.88 per hour, mail handler
assistants $14.03 per hour, and Postal Support Employee (PSE) clerks start
at $12.94 per hour. Tractor trailer operators start at $19 an hour while
automotive mechanics start at $40,124 annually. Mail processing, clerk, and
delivery workers are initially hired as supplemental workers with temporary
appointments and typically work 40 or more hours per week.
The Postal Service also pays extra compensation, overtime, and night shift
differential to post office job holders. A Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) is added to the base
salary of employees at the rate of one cent per hour for each .4 point increase
in the Consumer Price Index.
Post office job
employee benefits are similar to federal employees'
benefits which are featured on this site. There are a few differences.
Postal workers do pay considerably less for health care benefits than do
general schedule federal employees due to negotiated union contracts. US Postal
workers can contribute to a 401K Thrift Savings Plan, purchase low cost life
insurance and they receive generous holiday, vacation and sick leave
Initial appointments are either casual (temporary) or Part-Time Flexible
(Career). Hourly rates for Part-Time Flexible employees vary depending upon the
position's rate schedule. Some US Postal jobs are filled full-time such as the
Maintenance (Custodial) classification.
Full-Time and Part-Time Flexible (career) post office job holders comprise the Regular Work
Force. This category includes security guards. Part-Time Flexible employees are
scheduled to work fewer than 40 hours per week and they must be available for
flexible work hours as assigned. Part-Time Flexible employees are paid by the
hour. Hourly rates vary from $12.29 for PS Grade 1 Step BB to $27.26 for PS
Grade 11 step P.
A Supplemental Work Force is needed by the Postal Service for peak mail
periods and offers casual post office job holders two 89-day employment terms in a
calendar year. During Christmas an additional 21 days of employment can be
offered to supplemental post office job holders.
College students may be considered for casual (temporary) US Postal jobs during the summer months. The rate of pay now exceeds $11.00 per
hour. Tests are not required and appointments can not lead to a career position.
Apply early for summer work. Contact offices in your area by no later than
February for summer post office job applications. Casual temporary positions are also
advertised on the Postal Services’ employment web site.
The all new 6th edition of
Office Jobs" by Dennis V. Damp includes a comprehensive 473/473E study
guide and job finder. You will also find qualifications
requirements, where to find jobs in your area, test preparation and
interview guidance, including pay and benefit information. This book is available
at all bookstores, through Amazon.com, and many libraries have this
title in their reference section. It is the perfect book for those
seeking postal employment.
Don't be enticed by Postal Exam scams. YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY ANYONE to
schedule or take a federal Postal Exam. To find out if exams are currently being
offered in your area go to our "Postal
Exams" page and follow the links to the Postal Services' exam site. You
apply online through the Postal Service to take a postal exam for your area. We
do offer a comprehensive study guide titled "Post
Office Jobs: Explore and Find Jobs, Prepare for the 473 Postal Exam, and
Locate ALL Job Opportunities" for $24.95 that you can purchase from us online
or at your local book store. If you can't afford our book it should be available
at your local library in their reference section. Just make sure they have the
new 5th edition that covers the new application process and 473 exams.\
Also, explore and apply for all job vacancies in the government and private
sectors to improve you chance of employment. Post your resume online
at no cost to expand your job search.
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