Postal Service Clerk Salary


How Much Does a Postal Service Clerk Make?

On average, a Postal Service Clerk make $50,610 a year. The lowest-paid 10 percent made $35,770, while the top-paid 10 percent made $61,980.

Annually National Average Salary: $50,610

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* Based on information from the May 2019 salary report from the BLS.




Salary by State

  • Annually
  • Monthly
  • Hourly

Annual Salary by State

State10% Annual25% AnnualAvg. Annual75% Annual90% Annual
Alabama$35,760$42,460$49,910$60,750$61,980
Alaska$27,320$27,370$42,950$60,740$61,970
Arizona$41,510$45,180$53,550$60,750$61,980
Arkansas$35,760$35,770$46,740$60,740$61,970
California$35,770$44,380$53,220$60,760$61,980
Colorado$35,770$43,170$50,590$60,750$61,970
Connecticut$35,770$43,170$51,340$60,750$61,970
Delaware$35,770$44,170$52,190$60,750$61,980
District of Columbia$41,500$46,310$53,950$61,960$61,980
Florida$35,770$42,470$51,630$60,750$61,970
Georgia$35,770$44,370$52,280$60,750$61,980
Hawaii$43,160$46,170$54,780$60,760$63,170
Idaho$35,760$43,160$49,150$60,750$61,980
Illinois$35,760$41,510$50,260$60,750$61,980
Indiana$35,760$43,160$49,900$60,750$61,970
Iowa$35,760$35,770$46,300$60,740$61,970
Kansas$35,760$35,780$48,640$60,750$61,980
Kentucky$35,760$43,160$49,420$60,750$61,980
Louisiana$35,770$43,170$51,180$60,750$61,980
Maine$35,760$41,500$47,390$60,740$61,960
Maryland$35,770$44,160$51,700$60,750$61,980
Massachusetts$35,770$43,180$51,550$60,750$61,970
Michigan$35,770$44,170$52,070$60,750$61,980
Minnesota$35,760$43,170$48,970$60,750$61,970
Mississippi$35,760$35,780$48,970$60,750$61,980
Missouri$35,760$35,770$48,190$60,750$61,970
Montana$27,390$35,770$46,550$60,740$61,980
Nebraska$35,760$35,770$47,080$60,740$61,970
Nevada$35,760$42,460$49,450$60,750$61,970
New Hampshire$35,770$43,170$49,710$60,750$63,170
New Jersey$35,770$44,160$53,040$60,750$61,980
New Mexico$35,760$43,170$49,900$60,750$61,980
New York$35,770$42,470$50,910$60,750$61,970
North Carolina$41,500$44,380$52,270$60,750$61,980
North Dakota$31,830$35,770$45,000$50,170$60,750
Ohio$35,770$43,160$50,180$60,750$61,970
Oklahoma$35,760$35,780$48,730$60,750$61,980
Oregon$35,760$43,420$50,140$60,750$61,980
Pennsylvania$35,770$43,170$50,260$60,750$61,970
Rhode Island$35,770$42,470$50,680$60,750$61,970
South Carolina$35,770$45,350$51,830$60,750$61,980
South Dakota$27,390$35,770$45,320$53,600$61,980
Tennessee$35,770$44,170$51,280$60,750$61,970
Texas$35,770$42,470$50,890$60,750$61,970
Utah$35,760$41,510$49,220$60,750$61,970
Vermont$35,770$43,170$47,850$60,740$61,970
Virginia$35,770$43,160$50,570$60,750$61,980
Washington$35,770$43,160$50,020$60,750$61,970
West Virginia$35,760$35,770$46,910$60,740$61,970
Wisconsin$35,760$42,470$49,540$60,750$61,970
Wyoming$27,380$41,500$47,560$60,740$61,970
Puerto Rico$35,770$45,350$52,790$60,750$61,970
Virgin Islands$35,770$46,520$55,070$60,750$61,970

Annual Average Salary: Top 5 States

The top earning state in the field is Virgin Islands, where the average salary is $55,070.

These are the top 5 earning states in the field:

Virgin Islands - $55,070
Hawaii - $54,780
District of Columbia - $53,950
Arizona - $53,550
California - $53,220

Postal Service Clerks: Salary Overview

Postal service clerks perform a variety of tasks in a postal office, including receiving letters and parcels, filling out and selling money orders, and selling postage and revenue stamps.

They also place mail in pigeon holes of mail rack or in bags and examine the mail to see if it has the correct postage.

A postal service clerk’s job description typically also includes insuring mail, calculating and collecting postage, and answering questions but may also be responsible for ordering mail.

Postal clerks also weight parcels in order to determine shipping costs and maintain financial records.

In their work, they use barcode scanners, bin stackers, dispensers of packaging tape, scales, barcode sorters, security devices, and a variety of other tools.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for postal service clerks was $48,330 as of May 2019, which means that half of all workers in this profession earned less than this amount while half earned more.

This is lower than the average salary reported by all postal service workers, which in 2019 was $52,060.

The median hourly rate for this profession was calculated at $26.58 in 2019.

Hourly rates and total annual salaries also vary depending on the region, the level of government spending, the worker’s experience, and education level.

The lowest 10 percent of all postal service clerks reportedly made less than $35,770 while the highest 10 percent made more than $61,330 annually.

These numbers show that most postal service clerks earn more than the national average wage across all industries and professions- which in 2019 was $39,810.

Hourly rates typically range between $17.20 and $29.49.

Postal service clerks work for the field of postal service which is an independent agency of the executive branch of the federal government.

According to the report published by BLS, postal service workers held 503,100 jobs in the United States in 2019 but only 78,100 of them were postal service clerks.

Salaries vary depending on the worker’s level of experience and education.

Postal service professions that are typically better paid are postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators, occupations with a median annual wage of $60,140.

If you want a career as a postal service clerk, there are several other things that you can do in order to improve your earning prospects.

For example, although not a requirement, completing some related college coursework can be a plus.

Having good computer skills and knowing how to use budgeting software, delivery information systems, and time and attendance collection systems are important assets in this profession.

Good customer service skills, attention to detail, self-control, cooperation, and integrity are key work skills for postal service clerks.

Experience in this profession is very important and while as an entry-level employee your earnings will be close to the minimum for this profession, your wage will increase after earning a few years of experience in the field.

Job Prospects

In an era in which fewer and fewer people write letters, employment for postal service clerks is expected to decline in the future by 14 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This decline is caused, in part, by the fact that they are increasingly replaced by “delivery point sequencing” systems that sort letter mail directly.

As more people use automated and electronic bill pay, postal offices will no longer need as many postal service clerks.

Job openings may result from the need to replace workers who retire or leave this occupation but if you want to apply for a job in this field you should be ready to face strong competition because the number of applicants usually exceeds the number of available positions.

* Based on information from the May 2019 salary report from the BLS. The figures represent accumulated data for all states of employment for Postal Service Clerks. BLS data represents averages and medians for workers at all levels of education and experience. This data doesn't represent starting salaries.

* Employment conditions in your area may vary.


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