Mailmen work for the U.S. Postal Service, whose unofficial motto is “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." Requirements to become a mailman include being at least 18 years of age, U.S. citizenship or permanent resident alien status, no criminal history and a negative drug screen, a medical assessment and a valid driver’s license with a safe driving record.
Mailmen earned annual median wages of $52,200 in May 2009. An estimated 339,030 worked for the U.S. Postal Service. The 25th percentile earned $43,580 per year, and the 75th percentile earned $53,680 per year. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,950 per year, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $53,700 per year. Median hourly wages were $30.40. The 25th percentile earned $24.63 per hour and the 75th percentile earned $38.18 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $19.55 per hour and the highest 10 percent earned more than $48.31 per hour.
Additional Compensation and Benefits
Along with basic pay, mailmen earn overtime pay for working over 8 hours per day during a 40-hour work week, evening shift differential pay, and 25 percent pay increase for working on Sunday, which is equivalent to a median hourly rate of $37. Benefits include the Federal Employee Health Benefits program, retirement savings, life insurance and 10 paid holidays per year.
The highest concentration of mailmen were in Michigan, where annual mean wages were $48,710 or $23.42 per hour. Among the Bureau’s metropolitan areas, the highest concentration of mailmen were in the Palm Coast, Florida, area, where annual mean wages were $44,520 or $21.40 per hour. In Connecticut, annual mean wages were $50,120 or $24.10 per hour and in the Madera, California, area, annual mean wages were $44,520 or $21.40 per hour.
The Bureau reported the highest wages for mailmen in the District of Columbia, where annual mean wages were $51,600 or $24.81 per hour. Among its metropolitan areas, the highest wages were in the Fairbanks, Alaska, area, where annual mean wages were $52,530 or $25.25 per hour. In Massachusetts, annual mean wages were $50,500 or $24.28 per hour, and in Carson City, Nevada, annual mean wages were $52,440 or $25.21 per hour.