Employee benefits at the USPS

Employee benefits at the USPS

Jobcase Team
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August 25, 2020
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In addition to competitive salaries and compensation, the United States Postal Service (USPS) offers a robust benefits plan for both career and non-career employees. Along with competitive basic pay rates and regular salary increases, depending on the type of job held, most employees may also receive overtime pay, night shift differential, and Sunday premium pay.

Non-career employees are classified as:

  • Mail Handler Assistant (unloads and moves mail in plants)

  • Postal Support Employee (processes mail and sells postage at post offices)

  • City Carrier Assistant (delivers mail on designated city routes)

  • Rural Carrier Associate (delivers mail on designated rural routes)

These employees are supplemental to the regular USPS workforce and are temporary workers who unfortunately are not eligible for full employee benefit. Although, there are still options available!

Non-career employees may be required to work any day of the week, including weekends and holidays as scheduled and many may not exceed 360 days of continual employment.

Health Insurance

Career Employees

  • The Postal Service participates in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, which provides excellent coverage and flexibility with most of the cost paid by the Postal Service. There are many plans available, including Fee-For-Service, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and High Deductible & Consumer-Driven Health Plans. Employee premium contributions are not subject to most taxes, making health insurance even more affordable.

  • The Postal Service entitles full-time employees to health insurance coverage for themselves and their dependents, including domestic partners and same-sex partners.

  • Full-time employees are eligible for health insurance coverage on the first date of hire and must enroll within the first 60 days of employment.

Non-Career Employees

  • Non-Career Employees are eligible to participate in the United States Postal Service Health Benefit (USPSHB) program and must enroll within the first 60 days of employment.

Dental & Vision Insurance

Career Employees

  • Employees are eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). While employees pay the full cost, this group insurance offers excellent coverage at rates made even more affordable because premium contributions are not subject to taxes.

  • Full-time employees are eligible for dental & vision coverage after they’ve worked for the company for 60 days.

Non-Career Employees

  • Non-career employees are provided with preventative dental coverage at no additional cost as part of the USPSHB.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Career employees may participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Program after one year of service. Tax-free FSA contributions can be used to cover most out-of-pocket health care and dependent care (daycare expenses).

Social Security & Medicare

Newly hired postal employees are covered under Social Security and Medicare.

Retirement

The Postal Service participates in the federal retirement program, which provides a defined benefit (pension), as well as disability coverage. Eligibility is determined by your age and number of years of creditable service.

Leave & Paid Time Off (PTO)

The Postal Service offers generous annual (vacation) and sick leave.

  • 1 - 3 Years: 13 days of annual leave per year

  • 3 - 15 Years: 20 days of annual leave per year

  • 15+ Years: 26 days of annual leave per year

  • In addition, full-time employees earn 4 hours per pay period as insurance against loss of income due to illness or accident. Annual and sick leave is prorated based on paid hours for part-time employees.

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Ashley Wilson
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What fantastic benefits! My Uncle worked for the post office until he retired and loved his job.

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