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Post Office Jobs | US Postal Careers
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. The Postal Service also hires many temporary workers during peak mail periods.
There are jobs available for traditional mail carrier and clerk positions plus administrative, clerical, and office services at central facilities. There are also technical and professionals occupations available and you will find links to 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 of landing a career with the USPS. 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 other reasons.
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 allowances.
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 careers 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 jobs for a 360 day appointment or a 21 day appointment during the holiday season.
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 "Post 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 job vacancies in your area. We do offer a comprehensive study guide titled "Post Office Jobs: The Ultimate 473 Postal Exam Study Guide and Job Finder" at your local book store or online at Amazon.com. 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 5th or new 6th edition that covers the 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.