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by Rick Owens
A few weeks ago I wrote an article entitled Postal or Federal Employee Pay. It seems that every newspaper and media writer in the world keeps stating that postal employees earn about $83,000 per year. While this may be almost true when you factor in USPS costs for holidays, annual leave, sick leave, etc for each employee – it also leads the public to think that we earn $83,000 per year and get benefits on top of that.
If you desire to compare our salaries with the private sector then you should do so by comparing salaries with United Parcel Service and FedEx – our two main peer industry counterparts. Here’s what I found:
What is the average wage of UPS truck drivers?
Answers.com says “Averages are so misleading. The average UPS driver’s pay at this time 12/07/2007 is about $72,000 cash, and benefits of about $30,000. But drivers with enough seniority can get more overtime by “bumping” junior employees, and with 15 hours of OT can earn over $90,000. And with 20 hours OT can earn over $100,000 cash, not including benefits.
So senior drivers can earn OVER $130,000 in cash and benefits. There are ways to earn a few thousand more by working vacations and overlapping vacations with paid holidays.”
Another source listed UPS and FedEx pay here:
FedEx Salaries – Glassdoor.com
UPS – Glassdoor.com
For some reason most media outlets believe that postal employee salaries should be compared only to federal government employees – you know, as I do, that this is NOT the case. Salaries or pay for ANY company should be compared to their industry peers – in our case that is UPS and FedEx. USPS should remember this during their negotiations with our unions and during their current attempt to curtail 6 day delivery, change USPS (changes you can believe in???), close facilities, etc.