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The Postal Service is paying significantly more in costs to supervise city mail carriers than it does for rural carriers, says a Dec. 2 USPS inspector general report.
For every 100 employees, supervisory costs – including salary and benefits – for city carriers were about $440,000 on average in fiscal 2013, the report (pdf) says.
The supervisory costs of the same number rural carriers came in at about $220,000 on average.
Also, the Postal Service paid about $1.2 million for city carrier overtime, per 100 employees. Overtime for rural carriers was only $236,000 per 100 employees.
The IG says supervisors have more activities to manage for city carriers compared to rural carriers, such as managing
daily workhours and work load activity.