Can USPS careers help you meet your goals? You bet! Find out what it takes to become a postal worker or a sales representative with the USPS.  Discover the benefits you receive.

It may be time to take a look at the United States Postal Service (“USPS”).  You may be surprised about what opportunities exist.  

But before we go there, you would benefit by understanding what it takes to get a job a the USPS.

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The video to the right was developed by  It describe the steps one must go through to get hired by the USPS. It is entitled “USPS Employment: The Ultimate Job Guide”. I will identify some of them for your right here, but I recommend that you view the entire video to get the full affect.


  1. See if you are eligible by reviewing
  2. Create an eCareer profile.
  3. Apply for a job.
  4. Prepare for the 473 Postal Exam by obtaining you Postal Exam Success Kit at It walks you through the hiring process. It includes practice tests, instructions on how to search for USPS postal jobs.  It also give interview strategies and much more.
  5. Take the 473 Postal Exam (You must pass this exam to be considered for most jobs.)
  6. Interview with the hiring manager.

Salary and Pay:

  •  Median income ranges from $53,530 - $71,000 / year
  •  Average hourly wage is $25.88 - $34.14 / hour
  •  Cost of living raises
  •  Overtime pay, health and dental insurance for entire family,
  •  Vacation, sick and holiday time off

Retirement Benefits:

  •  Thrift savings plan
  •  Life insurance
  •  Disability coverage
  •  Social security and medicare

Be aware that the above data was release in 2015.

KEY:  The secret for the best chance to getting hired for USPS careers is to get the highest possible score on your 473 Postal Exam.  Those with the highest scores will get hired first.


This video shows stories of USPS employees.  It will give you an overview of the Rural Carrier Associate role.  They talk about their jobs and why they chose USPS.  Those that want this type of career and show enthusiasm can succeed. 

One trait you will hear from them is to “Stick with it!”

To find out more about how to get started and what to expect, talk with a USPS Mentor.


The USPS also has positions that need good communication skills.

You can offer products and services to many businesses. As one of the video participants says “We are not your grandfather’s post office anymore.”  The USPS uses technology in so many aspect of the business. It provides offerings for businesses to improve their operations and gain customers.

Interestingly, you will find a great deal of team goals.  Each enhance personal goals for each member of the sales group.

If you have the skill set and the motivation, then you certainly can have a place in the USPS.


Most everyone has a good chance to get hired by the USPS. 

1.  Two basic requirements are:

  • Have to be 18 years or older.
  • Must have a good driving record for the last two (2) years.

2.  In addition to the basic requirements, you need to be able to pass the 473 Postal Exam.  In fact you need to pass it with the highest score possible.  Applicants with the highest scores are hired first.

3.  There are opportunities to become a carrier.  You also could apply or advance to many other job functions, including sales.

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