IG: USPS spends far more on city mail carriers than rural carriers

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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.

via IG: USPS spends far more on city mail carriers than rural ones – FierceGovernment.

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Joanne Spicketts-Cooper

Well there’s a shocker… Not

Beth Anne Jobes

Really? How long has this been going on? Duh!

Todd Hoffarth

That’s one of the main reasons we get screwed so bad every mail count.

Becky Bradford

And this is news to who????

Dot Marcum - Choate

How much money did they waste to have a “study” to figure this out. Duh!

Howard V. Jennings

I don’t call it supervision but common harassment and you will never get the best out of an employee by pissing him off all the time..

Dot Marcum Choate

How much does it pay to work for the OIG, and just sit around stating the obvious?

Jennifer Morchid

Well, DUH!

Bill DiBella

The shocking result will be to spend more to supervise rural carriers.

Kristin Deeds

Uh huh herr derrr… =p

Rebecca Asher

I had a customer call in on me saying I was taking pics of her mail and giving the pics to her soon to be X ….why would I waste my time on such petty crap.. stupid ppl

Sue Johnson

No shit

Lydia Howe Read

They don’t micro manage the rural carriers like they do the city carriers.

Antonio Sestiaga


Rick L. Duty

Anyone have the answer ?

Linda Eden

Really? Couldn’t have anything to do with city carriers getting paid for every minute they are on the route and rural carriers getting screwed with the ‘evaluation’ time. Duh!!!

Gail Spencer

surprise, surprise, we knew that without a study.

Aubrey Dale Carter

already know this

Lori Lacker

& this surprises who?!

Trish Liles


David Gilbert

Maybe the new scanners will help out. They have real time gps and managment can spot the time wasting city carriers parked in hidden spots milking the clock.

Shannon Keller

Rural carriers are incentivized to work efficiently. As a result, the work gets done cheaper.


work efficiently? Do you mean work for free? Rural carrier in our office worked 21 free OT hours last week. 64 hours on a 43H! No wonder they love us. Our union sucks!!

Greg McCulloch

too many chiefs not enuff indians, we need to get rid of the majority of supervisiors, we know how to deliver mail, dont need some pencil pusher trying tell us how to do it.


All new vehicles go to city routes first and we get their broken down rust buckets to use on rural routes.

David Micek

they already have barcodes to scan, but have been caught scanning pictures of them on cellphones, SMH. I hear the new PMG is trying to get them paid like us instead of hourly, good luck with that.

Lori Ann Malik

Our city carriers don’t waste time…we bust our ass…and are harassed daily….wth

Priscilla Leigh Jordan

Of course they do!