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What kind of benefits do post office government jobs provide?

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Employees of the United States Postal Service get health, vision and dental insurance and enrollment in the U.S. federal pension plan and the Thrift Savings Plan, which is similar to a 401(k) retirement account. In addition, newly hired employees have Medicare and Social Security coverage.

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Salaries for postal workers range from about $36,000 to $61,000 per year for mail carriers and $30,000 to $54,000 for mail clerks, as of 2015. Employees receive regular increases, night-shift differential, Sunday premium pay and overtime compensation. The U.S. Postal Service observes 10 paid holidays per year.

Postal Service employees participate in the U.S. government's employee health insurance program. While the Postal Service pays most of the costs, postal employee pay some premiums, but these contributions are not taxed. After one year with the USPS, employees may enroll in flexible spending accounts that allow them to save for out-of-pocket health and day-care expenses.

The USPS contributes up to five percent of employees' salary contributions to the Thrift Savings Plan. The saving in this plan are tax-deferred.

The Postal Service allows 13 days of leave for the first three years and 20 days per year thereafter. At 15 years of service, employees get 26 days per year. Also, full-time employees receive three hours of leave per pay period as insurance in case of loss of income because of accidents or illnesses. Part-time employees also get annual and sick leave that is pro-rated based on hours worked. The leave policy for management positions differs slightly.

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