Postal Workers Receive Premium Benefits

Enjoy the Benefits of Working for the US Postal Service


The United States Postal Service offers a competitive compensation and benefits package for career employees. Below is the most updated list of available compensation plans provided by the US Postal Service. Starting a career with the Post Office is a great opportunity for those looking for stability and long term growth potential.

Employee Salaries and Compensation

In addition to competitive basic pay rates and regular salary increases, depending on the type of job held, most employees may also receive overtime pay, night shift differential, and Sunday premium pay. Click Here to view employee pay scales.

Health Insurance Benefits

The Postal Service participates in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, which provides excellent coverage and flexibility with most of the cost paid by the Postal Service. There are many plans available, including Fee-For-Service Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and High Deductible & Consumer-Driven Health Plans. Employee premium contributions are not subject to most taxes, making health insurance even more affordable.

Dental and Vision Insurance Benefits

Employees are eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Dental and Insurance Program. While employees pay the full cost, this group insurance offers excellent coverage at rates made even more affordable because premium contributions are not subject to taxes.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Career employees may participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Program after one year of service. Tax-free FSA contributions can be used to cover most out-of-pocket health care and dependent care (day care expenses).

Long Term Care Insurance

Employees may enroll in the Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program, which insures for the costs of receiving long-term care (e.g., nursing home or assisted living), which typically is not covered by health insurance or Medicare.

Retirement Benefits

The Postal Service participates in the federal retirement program, which provides a defined benefit (pension), as well as disability coverage. Eligibility is determined by your age and number of years of creditable service.

Thrift Savings Plan

Career postal employees may contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), which is similar to 401(k) retirement savings plans offered by private sector employers. Employees contribute to TSP on a tax-deferred basis, and may receive automatic and matching contributions (up to 5 percent of pay) from the Postal Service.

Social Security & Medicare

Newly hired postal employees are covered under Social Security and Medicare.

Life Insurance Benefits

The Postal Service offers coverage through the Federal Employee’s Group Life Insurance Program. The cost of basic coverage is fully paid by the Postal Service, with the option to purchase additional coverage through payroll deductions.

Commuter Program

This program offers tax-free purchase of public transportation and parking, up to IRS maximums, to reduce out-of-pocket costs for employees who choose to participate.

Paid Leave

The Postal Service offers generous annual (vacation) and sick leave – 13 days of annual leave per year for the first 3 years, increasing to 20 days per year after 3 years of service, and to 26 days per year after 15 years of service. In addition, full-time employees earn 3 hours per pay period as insurance against loss of income due to illness or accident. Annual and sick leave is prorated based on paid hours for part-time employees.

Effective October 6, 2012, Postmasters, supervisory and managerial employees, and non-career employees converted to those positions, who have no prior federal or USPS service that is creditable toward the leave computation date, receive 10 days of annual leave per year for the first 5 years, increasing to 15 days per year after 5 years, and to 20 days per year after 15 years. In addition, employees earn 3 hours per pay period as insurance against loss of income due to illness or accident. Annual and sick leave is prorated based on paid hours for part-time employees.

Paid Holidays

The Postal Service observes 10 holidays each year.

Career Development & Training

The Postal Service offers a learning environment that reinforces success through training initiatives that allow employees to improve basic operational knowledge and gain leadership skills. Executive-level development is provided through a comprehensive multi-level program designed for those executives meeting certain high-performance criteria.

(1) All Information provided is as of 2016 and provided by the USPS website and bureau of labor statistics 

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