How much does a mail man for the USPS make?

Thinking about applying there

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  • 4 months ago

    You will start out with a non-career position, called a City Carrier Assistant (CCA). Starting pay is $17.29. If you have not been converted to career status after one year (don't expect to be but it can happen depending on the staffing needs where you are), you will be up to $18.29.

    When you are converted to a career position, the pay is $19.23. You move up a step every 46 weeks and get an extra 86 cents an hour each time. It takes 12.4 years to reach the top step. Current hourly pay at the top step is $31.27, or $65,000 annually.

    That's with no overtime. In most places, you will work overtime, and for as long as you are a CCA, overtime and working Sundays will be something you cannot refuse. Once you make regular, you can place yourself on the 'No OT' list and only occasionally will you be forced to work OT - generally for holiday coverage.

    If you like overtime and it's available where you are, you can earn $90k - $100k as a career employee.

    But it's a physically-demanding job. I did it 38 years, but for the first 25, it was only really demanding during extreme weather conditions - very hot or blizzards or heavy rain. Not that many days out of the year.

    The routes started getting longer with automation of mail sorting. Office times dropped, on average, to a little over an hour in the office for an 8 hour day from over three hours. Two extra hours on the street when you walk a route (and that's before any OT) over a long career will add up to more shoulder, back and knee problems and it's already starting to show. This is something USPS refuses to admit in its push to make street times even longer.

    If you decide to get in, while you are a CCA you are pretty much at the mercy of management during the first 90 days. They can get rid of you for any reason. After that, you can join the NALC. I advise you to learn, early, to pace yourself. Don't 'run' a route to get it done faster than the time established by the regular carrier, even if you have something to do after work that day. You are hurting yourself. As the runners get older and can't do what they did when they were younger, management expects them to perform at the same pace they showed they could do. Management cares only about numbers, nothing else, because if they don't make the numbers, they don't get their bonuses. Those at the top of management want those bonuses or they make management below them suffer, and guess who is next in line? You. Work smart, learn how to do the annoying paperwork, as far as mail count and requesting carrier assistance when the workload is too much for 8 hours (management will try to get you to do 10 hours work in 8 hours, don't let it happen). Doing that paperwork correctly will cut down on discipline and can save your job. Ask an experienced carrier how to fill out that 3996 correctly.

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  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    you might be able to find that info online

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