The median pay for a United States postal worker is $53,100 per year or roughly $25.53 per hour, as of 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. To be considered for a job with the U.S. Postal Service, applicants only need a high school diploma or equivalent and must pass a written postal exam prior to being hired; experience is not required. Only short-term on-the-job training is required of employees.
The outlook for postal service jobs through 2022 is bleak. There is an expected 28 percent decline in the number of jobs available. In 2012, there were 491,600 postal jobs; this number is going to be reduced by 139,100 jobs by 2022.
Postal service workers may do a variety of tasks, including collecting, sorting and delivering mail. Jobs range from mail sorters, processors and machine operators who work inside the post office to mail carriers who work outside, delivering mail to postal customers.
The expected decline in postal service jobs is due to the increase in automated postal sorting systems and cluster mailboxes. A tight budget by the USPS is also expected to have an adverse affect on hiring. Competition for postal jobs is very strong, and it is normal for the number of applicants to exceed the available positions.