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The United States Postal Service better known as USPS is an independent federal agency, responsible for providing postal service across the U.S., including its associated states and insular areas. USPS is the only delivery service that reaches every address nationwide. It has more than 155 million delivery points, businesses and Post Office Boxes, and more than 31,600 retail locations. With more than 600,000 employees, it is one of the largest employers in the United States. If you are interested in becoming a part of the USPS team, apply for an open position and start your USPS career.


USPS offers excellent employee benefits including:

  • Health, Vision and Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Mental Health Care
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Vacation & Paid Time Off 
  • Sick Days
  • Paid Holidays
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Military Leave
  • Job Training
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Discount

We currently have 106 open positions across 87 locations spread over 50 states.


Washington, D.C., U.S.




More than $10B


Consulting and Business Services


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Frequently asked questions about USPS

What are career positions at USPS?

There are many career areas and different positions at USPS. Some of the most popular jobs are: Carrier, Clerk, Mail Handler, Rural Carrier, Customer Service, Seasonal Jobs and Management Jobs.

How much does USPS pay hourly?

Salaries at USPS vary depending on the job. For example, the average hourly pay for a City Carrier Assistant is $17, $18 for a Rural Carrier Associate, while a PSE Mail Processing Clerk makes $17 an hour.

How long does the USPS hiring process take?

According to USPS policy, they will conduct a local criminal records check during the screening process. A criminal record check and motor vehicle record check (if the position requires driving). Of course, you will have to consent to a background check.

What kind of background check does the USPS do?

According to USPS policy, they will conduct a local criminal records check during the screening process. A criminal record check and motor vehicle record check (if the position requires driving). Of course, you will have to consent to a background check.

Does USPS hire part time?

Yes, they hire employees to work less than 40 hours per week. Part-time employees must be available to work flexible hours as assigned and are paid by the hour. You don’t have to pass an exam to be hired as a supplemental worker, and if you do well, you can take the 473 exam when there are job openings.

What is the postal exam?

The 473 Postal Exam is an exam required for those who want to enter an entry-level job with the USPS. In this test you will be tested for tasks such as completing forms, memory, checking addresses, accuracy and speed.

How to apply at USPS?

To apply for a job at USPS, check out a job of interest. Once you’ve found one, press the “Apply Now” button next to open positions or click the “See more jobs” button to see similar positions near you. You can search by location, market type, work type or keyword. After that, just follow further instructions.

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USPS awards and recognitions

Some of the company awards and recognitions include: 



  • Top 20 Government Employers – Readers’ ChoiceEqual Opportunity Publications
  • #1 America’s Top Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities — Top 25 Government Agencies,


  • Diversity Elite 60Hispanic Business

USPS cares

When it comes to serving our communities we deliver more than just mail. Our various community minded programs help foster community spirit, while educating and supporting worthwhile causes.

The United States Postal Service has long been an environmental leader. We take our environmental responsibilities seriously and work to put our stamp on a greener tomorrow.

USPS reviews



Rating - Job Title




Wickliffe, OH - March 5, 2020

The company has good benefits.

USPS is great place to work for. The company has good benefits. I am currently a postmaster and have been there over 30years. The good part of my job is to help customers, resolve problems and engage with my employees. The bad part is receiving complaints from customers on missing mail or packages. In which I have research, track and provide the customers with a resolution or answer.


Postal Carrier

West Virginia - March 5, 2020

Rough environment

This is a very cut throat job be willing to work long hours and if someone in your family passes away be prepared to provide a death certificate to say why you needed off


USPS Clerk

Cincinnati, OH - March 5, 2020

Stay for the money, left for a better life.

Working for USPS is great for someone that likes to know what they will be doing, but be warned for the toxic work environment found throughout all offices. Weak management makes for miserable employees. I have worked in North and South California, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Same results in every different city. I tried bouncing around and found that the pay isn't worth the slow crawl towards insanity.


Rural Carrier Associate (RCA)

Chatham, VA - March 5, 2020

Great pay and great people

I love the job. I make good money, I am not stuck inside all day. My postmaster and supervisor are awesome. My coworkers are always happy to help each other.


Processing Mail Clerk (Seasonal Temporary)

Baltimore, MD - March 5, 2020

I love to work and meet people

I am hardworking, friendly , easy going and multitasking. I worked a seasonal holidays only. That was a wonderful experinced for me. I meet all differences people and came from other different countries. And it’s very nice to be one of thier friends. We work as a team. We helping each other and sharing food. In our break time. It’s a amazing experienced to be with. And some of them is my close friend now either we are located different areas.



South Carolina - March 5, 2020

Good job, but very stressful at times.

Working for the post office is a very good job to have, but it is also a very stressful job depending on the time of year and the office you are assigned. The hiring process is extremely slow! As a substitute carrier, it's usually feast or famine depending on the size of the office. It usually takes years to move into a permanent carrier slot where you are guaranteed full time hours and benefits.


PSE Mail Processing Clerk

Capitol Heights, MD - March 5, 2020

Worst company ever!!

The PO is the WORST. Management is horrible, crooks, demonic people. If you’re someone who kisses up, miserable, or an follower, then this may be the place for you. Nepotism and fraternizing is extremely huge in the PO. I wouldn’t recommend ANYONE to work for this organization.


Rural Carrier Associate

Ocala, FL - March 5, 2020

Hard work

Physically and mentally demanding, lots of knowledge to retain.....constantly changing assignments. Team work highly recommended. Speed and accuracy a must



7550 e 53rd pl denver co 80227 - March 5, 2020

Very busy place to work

Long hours and stays busy but you may decent money. A lot more freedom to work in peace and the people are nice. Great benefits once you become a regular


Postal Service Clerk

Kit Carson, CO - March 5, 2020

I liked working for USPS

I liked the hours and the pay. I loved helping people resolve problems. I especially like delivering mail to people who were excited for receiving it.


Rural Carrier Associate

GA - March 5, 2020

Challenging and Satisfying

I feel a real sense of accomplishment when I am charged with getting letters and packages to their correct destination in as good a shape as I am able. I know how I feel when I order something and it either is late or damaged... I do not wish that on anyone and when I deliver, I know I've done good...not just for me, but for the Postal Service and branch in which I work.



Spotsylvania County, VA - March 4, 2020

Simple enough

I like the job. When I come in I know what I have to do. My day tends to move smoothly even if there are some bad moments. I’ve had really good encounters with coworkers. And over all I can figure out my own method to get my job done efficiently.


Mail Carrier

Los Angeles, CA - March 4, 2020

Very stressful jon

very stressful job very atressful job they put more work on you then you can handle very strssful job. they put you in position to fail give you a overload on work


Mail courier

Lewiston, NY - March 4, 2020

Absolutely the worst place to work

First of all they only give you 3 days to learn the ropes and then you're on your own. The only positive is some of the people that work there, they made it somewhat bearable to go to work every day. You'll work 12-17 days straight at times and they could care less how this effects you. The management will belittle you in front of all the employees. They talk as if its the best place to work until you're hired and then their true colors come out. I wouldn't wish this job on my worst enemy. If you get injured do not expect any time off with out a battle. I have all the respect in the world for the people that actually stuck it out and work for these people.


Letter Carrier

Florham Park, NJ - March 4, 2020

Management disrespectful

Harsh work environment employees not appreciated it for Their hard work management treat workers very unfair and degrading only care for mail not the employees that handle the mail they care about


Postal Carrier

Minnesota - March 4, 2020

In need of balance

This is hands down the most unbalanced work places I've ever encountered. One day off a week and you never know which day it's


Letter Carrier

Corpus Christi, TX - March 4, 2020

Fast pase work and very demanding

Meet a lot of great people and learn so much about the history of the postal service as well as learning new things everyday. Also a great work out on a day to day basis


Rural Carrier Associate

Richmond, VA - March 4, 2020


Absolutely no work life balance!! The only great thing about this job are your coworkers. Poor management - poor overall structure - be prepared for daily chaos - the schedule will change daily. Wishing it were more structured so that each day would be carried out in a smooth and timely manner. Very fast paced if you're new - but OT OT!!



Hampton Bays, NY - March 4, 2020

Lots of hours offered

Job stability. A lot of hours offered. Too many sometimes. Management constantly changing. Holidays and Sundays are a must for new comers. Doesn't leave room for much life outside



Kalamazoo, MI - March 4, 2020

Long Days - Unpredictable

Long physically and mentally challenging days. I excelled at my position but there are no rewards for doing a good job - only more work. Again it is a very physical position.


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