USPS Employee Benefits





Employee Benefits

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Covered by the USPS leave program are:

a. Full-time career employees.
b. Part-time regular career employees.
c. Part-time flexible career employees.
d. To the extent provided in the USPS National Rural Letter Carriers' Association ( NRLCA) National Agreement, temporary employees assigned to rural carrier duties.

Note: Transitional employees are not covered by the leave program, but do earn leave as specified in their union's national agreement.

Not covered by the leave program are:

a. Postmaster relief/leave replacements, noncareer officers in charge, and other temporary employees except as described in 511.31d.
b. Casual employees.
c. Individuals who work on a fee or contract basis, such as job cleaners.

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Annual Leave

Full-time employees annual leave is credited to them at the beginning of each year.
Part-time employees earn their leave as they work.

How Much Leave Does Full-time Employees Earn?

  • Less than 3 years USPS service. You earn: 13 days per year <4 hours per pay period>

  • With 3-15 years USPS service. You earn: 20 days per year. <about 6 hours per pay period>

  • With 15 or more years service. You earn: 26 days per year. <8 hours per pay period>

Note: Prior military service does count toward years service with USPS, but if you are retired from the military certain conditions apply to count any of your service time toward earning annual leave. Ask your Human Resources office to compute this time for you.

LWOP, leave without pay, does affect your annual leave earnings. Consult your Human Resources office concerning this.

How Much Leave Can I Takeover Each Year?

  • Bargaining Unit Employees (employees covered under union contract): 440 hours

  • EAS Employees: 560 hours.

Sick Leave

Employees earn sick leave to use as paid time off from scheduled work hours. Sick leave may be used for illness, injury, pregnancy, and medical/dental examinations and treatment . Sick leave is accrued and credited at the end of each pay period in which it is earned. There is no limit on the amount of sick leave that an employee can carryover each year. Sick leave is the best insurance you can have.

How Much Sick Leave Do I Earn?

  • Full-time employees earn 4 hours per pay period or 13 days per year.

  • Part-time employees earn 1 hour for each unit of 20 hours in a pay status up to 104 hours or 13 days per year.

Family Medical Leave (FMLA)

We have dedicated an entire section to Family Medical Leave. Please Go Here

Briefly: FMLA requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to "eligible" employees for certain family and medical reasons. Employees are eligible if they have worked for a covered employer for at least 1 year, and for 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months, and if there are at least 50 employees within 75 miles.

Unpaid leave must be granted for any of the following reasons:
1. to care for the employee's child after birth or placement for adoption or foster care;
2. to care for the employee's spouse, son or daughter, or parent, who has a serious health condition; or
3. for a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the employee's job.

In many cases at the employee's or employer's option, annual or sick leave may be substituted for unpaid leave.


In addition to highly competitive basic pay rates, most Postal Service employees also receive regular salary increases, overtime pay, night shift differential, and Sunday premium pay. Overtime is paid at one and one-half times the applicable hourly rate for work in excess of 8 hours per day, or 40 hours within a workweek. Night shift differential is paid at a specified dollar rate for all hours worked between 6pm and 6am. Sunday premium is paid at 25 percent for work scheduled on Sunday.

Health Insurance
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 both traditional insurance coverage and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). Employee premium contributions are not subject to most taxes, making health insurance even more affordable

The Postal Service participates in the federal retirement program, which provides a defined benefit annuity at normal retirement age as well as disability coverage.

Thrift Savings Plan
After a waiting period, career postal employees may contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), which is similar to 401(k) retirement savings plans offered by private sector employers. Employees contribute to TSP on a tax-deferred basis, and may receive automatic and matching contributions (up to 5 percent of pay) from the Postal Service.

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

Life Insurance
The Postal Service offers coverage through the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program. The cost of basic coverage is fully paid by the Postal Service, with the option to purchase additional coverage through payroll deduction.

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 (day care) expenses.

The Postal Service offers a leave program to career employees that includes annual (vacation) leave and sick leave. For the first 3 years of service, full-time employees earn 13 days of annual leave per year, increasing to 20 days per year after 3 years of service, and to 26 days per year after 15 years of service. In addition, full- time employees earn 13 days of sick leave per year as insurance against loss of income due to illness or accident.

Postal Holidays

The Postal Service observes 10 holidays each year. They are:

  • New Year's Day

  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr

  • Birthday of George Washington

  • Memorial Day

  • Independence Day

  • Labor Day

  • Columbus Day

  • Veterans Day

  • Thanksgiving Day

  • Christmas Day

  • New Year's Day

To see what day of the month the above holidays are on this year click here

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