Full-time USPS mail carriers had mean annual earnings of $51,130 in May 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The middle 50 percent earned between $39,710 and $59,290. Salaries ranged from less than $32,630 to more than $60,520. Rural carriers receive salaries that are based on a combination of fixed annual compensation and an evaluation of the amount of work required to service their particular routes. They also receive a maintenance allowance if they are required to use their own automobiles. Substitute rural carriers receive a base pay for the days they work and the same mileage and automobile maintenance allowance given to regular rural carriers.
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