The Average Salary of Postal Inspectors

by Clayton Browne; Updated September 26, 2017

The United States Postal Service has it's own special group of law enforcement officers called postal inspectors. Postal inspectors are trained law enforcement officers from a wide variety of backgrounds whose mission is to protect the postal service and its employees and customers, and to safeguard the nation's mail system from criminal misuse. Most serve in a role similar to a detective or criminal investigator.

Eligibility Requirements for Postal Inspectors

Eligibility requirements for postal inspectors include being at least 21 years old, being in good physical condition and passing hearing and visual acuity tests, having earned a four year college degree, having a clean criminal record and passing a series of written and verbal assessments of your language and other relevant skills.

Median Annual Salary for Postal Inspectors

Although the postal service does not release specific salary data, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for federal law enforcement officials including postal inspectors is $73,170 as of 2011.

Pay Scale for Postal Inspectors

Postal inspectors are paid using the Inspection Service Law Enforcement pay scale, corresponding to the General Schedule pay scale for other federal law enforcement officers. According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service website, the minimum entry-level salary for a postal inspector would be Grade 9, Step 1 to Grade 12, Step 10 based on education and experience That range is $41,563 to $78,355 in 2011.

Additional Compensation for Postal Inspectors

Postal inspectors, like other federal law enforcement officers, are eligible for law enforcement availability pay - and up to a 25 percent bonus of their base pay - to compensate for the significant amount of overtime usually worked. Postal inspectors are also eligible for additional locality pay based on where they are working. In 2009, locality pay ranged from 13.86 to 34.35 percent of base pay.

About the Author

Clayton Browne has been writing professionally since 1994. He has written and edited everything from science fiction to semiconductor patents to dissertations in linguistics, having worked for Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Steck-Vaughn and The Psychological Corp. Browne has a Master of Science in linguistic anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.