Postal Workers Day: The perks of being a mail carrier

  • Postal workers are subject to retirement funds like 401(k).
  • A degree is not a part of the eligibility criteria to be a postal worker.
  • Postal workers work independently without needing direct supervision by their boss.

Talk about postal workers and we’re sure you reminisce a light-hearted movie montage of postal service activities like dodging sprinklers, running from dogs, mail fight in the back of a mail truck, tending to mail fight-related paper cuts, riding the conveyor belts at a local mail sorting facility, taking the mail truck off-road and building a mail-fueled bonfire on the beach.

The sun has risen on Postal Workers Day, so take some to talk to your postal worker and appreciate their efforts. This will make their day! Apart from all the other benefits they enjoy, of course.

Postal workers and benefits? Yes, postal workers do enjoy a good number. Of course, you’d want to know. Here are 8 to feed your knowledge

Their retirement plan is sorted

When a postal worker retires from the United States Postal Service, one of the many benefits they receive is a pension plan. Postal workers receive 401K and social security payments. They get to retire with plenty of youth to spare and money to spend. And this is just the icing on the cake!

Their daily wage is sorted as well

While being a postal worker doesn’t lead to great wealth, it is a job that pays a living wage. Postal workers make close to $60,000 a year. Now that’s compensation that we can’t look past right?

Aside from the basic pay, postal workers get paid for overtime, they have health and life insurance, retirement plans, paid leaves and paid holidays. And because the USPS is a Federal agency, there is always going to be a benefit of security and tenure in your job.

They get paid to explore every day

Traveling to deliver mail is a bonus. So, if they especially love exploring the nooks and crannies of cities then this job pays them to do just that.

They don’t have to be class toppers

This profession is inclusive! Your grades in school or other academic achievements don’t matter in the profession. You might have to pass the eligibility criteria though! And that is put in place by the USPS but having a degree is not one of these, although being polite and having a nice smile may count! Once hired a special training is organized for all the recruits.

They don’t come under the boss’ direct supervision

Postal workers generally work without being supervised directly by their boss. For obvious reasons, postal work is not an office setting where interacting with your superior is unavoidable. A mail carrier just carries on with his/her job without supervision.

They get to contribute to a thrift savings plan

Career postal employees contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), which is similar to 401(k) retirement savings plans. That is if they are private-sector employers.

Employees contribute to TSP and may or may not receive automatic and matching contributions up to 5 percent of pay from the postal service company.

Take their “leave”

The postal services are known to be generous with their annual vacation and sick leave policies. To start with, postal workers get 13 days of annual leave per year for the first 3 years. Then it goes up to 20 days per year after 3 years of service. It gets even better, for those who work over 15 years get 26 days off per year, that’s close to an entire month!

Some employees earn 4 hours per pay period as insurance against loss of income due to illness or accident.

What holidays look like

The postal services observe 10 major holidays every year.