SUBNAV

Pay

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For Employees Covered by the National Agreement

In September, the second month of the six-month adjustment period for the sixth COLA under the 2015 Agreement, the CPI-W unadjusted Index (1967=100) rose to 717.684.  If the adjustment were made based on the September Index the adjustment would be

                                        Per Annum:                   $        354.00
                                        Per Pay Period:            $            13.60
                                        Cents Per Hour:                          17¢

However, the sixth COLA will be based on the January 2018 Index and effective March 3, 2018, PP 06-2018, with a pay date of March 23, 2018 (if BLS releases the January 2018 Index by February 16, 2018).

Under the 2015 National Agreement, employees accrued the following adjustments totaling $624.00:

       $ 0.00     the first COLA which would have been effective September 5, 2015 (pay period 20-2015).
       $ 0.00     the second COLA which would have been effective March 5, 2016 (pay period 6-2016).
       $ 21.00   the third COLA effective September 3, 2016 (pay period 19-2016, pay date September 23, 2016)
       $333.00  the fourth COLA effective March 18, 2017 (pay period 6-2017, pay date March 4, 2017)
       $270.00  the fifth COLA effective September 2, 2017 (pay period 19-2017, pay date  September 22, 2017)

In July, the final month of the six-month adjustment period for the fifth COLA under the 2015 Agreement, the CPI-W unadjusted Index (1967=100) was 710.766. The fifth COLA adjustment based on this index will be:

           Per Annum:                   $        270.00
           Per Pay Period:            $           10.40
           Cents Per Hour:                           13¢

The fifth COLA will be based on the July 2017 Index and effective September 2, 2017, PP 19-2017, with a pay date of September 22, 2017. Under the 2015 National Agreement, the first two cost-of-living adjustments were zero.

$ 0.00     the first COLA which would have been effective September 5, 2015 (pay period 20-2015).
$ 0.00     the second COLA which would have been effective March 5, 2016 (pay period 6-2016).
$ 21.00   the third COLA effective September 3, 2016 (pay period 19-2016, pay date September 23, 2016)
$333.00  the fourth COLA effective March 18, 2017 (pay period 6-2017, pay date March 4, 2017)
$270.00  the fifth COLA effective September 2, 2017 (pay period 19-2017, pay date September 22, 2017)

For Employees Covered by the IT/AS Agreement 

In September, the final month of the six-month adjustment period for the second COLA under the 2017 IT/AS Agreement, the CPI-W unadjusted Index (1967=100) rose 717.684.  If the adjustment were made based on the September Index the adjustment would be:

                                        Per Annum:                   $       499.00
                                        Per Pay Period:            $          19.20
                                        Cents Per Hour:                      24¢

and will be effective October 28, 2017, PP 23-2017, with a pay date of November 17, 2017.

Under the 2017 IT /AS Agreement, employees accrued the following adjustment totaling $832:

$ 333.00 effective April 29, 2017 (pay period 10-2017, pay date May 19, 2017).
$499.00 effective October 28, 2017 (pay period 23-2017, pay date November 17, 2017)


The first COLA will be $333 paid retroactive to April 29, 2017. July would be the fourth month of the six-month measuring period for the second COLA.  In July, the 2017 CPI-W Unadjusted Index (1967=100) fell slightly to 710.766. 

If the adjustment were made based on the July Index the adjustment would be

Per Annum: $145.00
Per Pay Period:  $5.60
Cents Per Hour: 7¢

However, the second COLA will be based on the September 2017 Index (to be released by BLS on October 13, 2017) and effective October 28, 2017, PP 22-2017, with a pay date of November 2, 2017.


For Employees Covered by the National Postal Professional Nurses Agreement:

Under the NPPN 2012-2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the nurses have received the following increases based on the change of the ECI from Quarter 2 for each relevant year.

  • Effective August 23, 2014 (PP19-14), 3 percent increase.
  • Effective August 15, 2015 (PP19-15), 2.2 percent increase.
  • Effective August 20, 2016 (PP18-2016), 2.6 percent increase. 

Future increases will be determined by successor Agreement to the NPPN 2012 CBA. 

Click here for NPPN Full-Time Annual Basic Pay Rates (Effective August 20, 2016).


For CSRS Retirees:

The 2018 CSRS retiree COLA is based on the third quarter (July, August, September) average CPI-W index (1982-84=100) in 2017 over the 2016 third quarter average. 2018 CSRS COLA increase effective with January 2018 annuity payments will be 2.0%​.

CSRS COLA

CSRS COLA

1995

2.8%

2008

2.3%

 

1996

2.6%

2009

5.8%

 

1997

2.9%

2010

0%

 

1998

2.1%

2011

0%

 

1999

1.3%

2012

3.6%

 

2000

2.4%

2013

1.7%

 

2001

3.5%

2014

1.5%

 

2002

2.6%

2015

1.7%

 

2003

1.4%

2016

0%

 

2004

2.1%

2017

0.3%

 

2005

2.7%

2018

2.0%

 

2006

4.1%

 

 

 

2007

3.3%

 

 

 


For FERS Retirees:

The 2018 FERS retiree COLA is based on the third quarter (July, August, September) average CPI-W index (1982-84=100) in 2017 over the 2016 third quarter average. However, if the CPI-W quarterly average increases 3% or more, they subtract 1%. A 5% increase in the quarterly CPI-W average results in a 4% adjustment. If the quarterly average increases from 2% to 3%, benefits increase by 2%. A CPI-W quarterly average increase of 2% or less will increase benefits by the change in the CPI-W quarterly average. The 2018 FERS COLA increase effective with January 2018 annuity payments will be 2.0%.

FERS COLA

FERS COLA

 1995

2.0%

2008

2.0%

 

1996

2.0%

2009

4.8%

 

1997

2.0%

2010

0.0%

 

1998

2.0%

2011

0.0%

 

1999

1.3%

2012

2.6%

 

2000

2.0%

2013

1.7%

 

2001

2.5%

2014

1.5%

 

2002

2.0%

2015

1.7%

 

2003

1.4%

2016

0%

 

2004

2.0%

2017

0.3%

 

2005

2.0%

2018

2%

 

2006

3.1%

 

 

 

2007

2.3%

 

 

 


For Social Security Recipients:

The 2018 Social Security COLA is based on the third quarter (July, August, September) average CPI-W index (1982-84=100) in 2017 over the 2016 third quarter average. The 2018 Social Security COLA increase effective with January 2018 annuity payments will be 2.0%.​

Social Security

Social Security

1995

2.8%

2008

2.3%

 

1996

2.6%

2009

5.8%

 

1997

2.9%

2010

0.0%

 

1998

2.1%

2011

0.0%

 

1999

1.3%

2012

3.6%

 

2000

2.4%

2013

1.7%

 

2001

3.5%

2014

1.5%

 

2002

2.6%

2015

1.7%

 

2003

1.4%

2016

0%

 

2004

2.1%

2017

0.3%

 

2005

2.7%

2018

2%

 

2006

4.1%

 

 

 

2007

3.3%

 

 

 


For FECA Employees:

The percentage increase in the December CPI-W (1982-84=100) index from year to year determines the FECA COLA increase. After the ninth month of the 12-month measuring period for the 2018 FECA COLA the Index rose 2.357%.    

FECA COLA

 

1995

2.7%

2008

4.3%

 

1996

2.5%

2009

0.0%

 

1997

3.3%

2010

3.4%

 

1998

1.5%

2011

1.7%

 

1999

1.6%

2012

3.2%

 

2000

2.7%

2013

1.7%

 

2001

3.4%

2014

1.5%

 

2002

1.3%

2015

0.3%

 

2003

2.4%

2016

0.4%

 

2004

1.6%

2017

2.0%

 

2005

3.4%

2018

 

 

2006

3.5%

 

 

 

2007

2.4%

 

 

New Pay Scales (Sept. 2, 2017):

Full-Time Regular Annual Basic Rates

Full-Time Regular Hourly Basic Rates

Part-Time Regular Hourly Basic Rates

Part-Time Flexible Hourly Basic Rates

Postal Support Employee (PSE) Hourly Rates

(Click here for the archive of Past Pay Scales)


Night Shift Differential Rates

Night Shift Differential is paid for hours worked between 6 PM and 6 AM.  The differential is fixed and can only be changed in some future round of bargaining.  Current differentials for employees covered by the 2015 National Agreement are here.


Annual Leave

Employees earn sick and annual leave in accordance with postal regulations found in Subchapter 510 of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM). Article 10, Section 2, of the National Agreement provides that "The leave regulations in Subchapter 510 of the [ELM], insofar as such regulations establish wages, hours or working conditions of employees covered by this Agreement, shall remain in effect for the life of this Agreement."

Full-time career employees earn annual leave based on their number of creditable years of service in accordance with the following accrual chart:

Leave Category

Creditable Service

Maximum Leave Per Year

4

Less than 3 years

4 hours for each full biweekly pay period; i.e., 104 hours (13 days) per 26-period leave year.

6

3 years but less than 15 years

6 hours for each full biweekly pay period plus 4 hours in last full pay period in calendar year; i.e., 160 hours (20 days) per 26-period leave year.

8

15 years or more.

8 hours for each full biweekly pay period; i.e., 208 hours (26 days) per 26-period leave year.

Part-time employees earn annual leave based on their hours worked in accordance with the following chart:

Leave Category

Years of 
Creditable Service

Maximum Leave per Year

Rate of Accrual

Hours in Pay Status

Hours of 
Leave Earned per Period

4

Less than
3 years.

104 hours, or 13 days per 26-period leave year or 4 hours for each biweekly pay period.

1 hour for each unit of 20 hours pay in status.

20
40
60
80

1
2
3
4

6

3 years 
but less than 15 years.

160 hours, or 20 days per 26-period leave year or 6 hours for each full biweekly pay period.*

1 hour for each unit of 13 hours in a pay status.

13
26
39
52
65
78

1
2
3
4
5
6

8

15 years 
or more

208 hours, or 26 days per 26-period leave year or 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

1 hour for each unit of 10 hours in pay status.

10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

*Except that the accrual for the last pay period of the calendar year may be 10 hours, provided the employee has the 130 creditable hours or more in a pay status in the leave year for leave purposes.

Sick Leave

Sick leave for all career employees is accrued as follows:

Employee Category

Time Accrued

Full-time employees

4 hours for each full biweekly pay period - i.e., 13 days (104 hours) per 26-period leave year.

Part-time employees

1 hour for each unit of 20 hours in pay status up to 104 hours (13 days) per 26-period leave year.

 

 


Promotion Charts

(Updated 11/01/13) These charts [pdf] answer the question: Upon promotion, what pay step in the promoted grade will I get?

One chart covers the portion of the pay schedule that applies to employees hired before May 23, 2011. The second chart covers the portion of the schedule that applies to employees hired after May 22, 2011.

These charts are current, correct, and programmed into the USPS payroll systems. The charts in the ELM and some other places are outdated and not in use.

How to Use This Chart:

1. In the shaded 'From Grade' sections, find the grade and step from which the employee is being promoted.

2. In the shaded 'To Grade' section immediately below the section identified above, move down to the grade to which the employee is being promoted.

3. Move across to the right from the grade to which promoted, and down from the step from which promoted, and assign the intersecting step. Example, an employee is promoted from a grade 4, step H in schedule-2 to a grade 6 in schedule-2. Go to the section marked "From Grade 4" and move across to step H. Next go down to grade 6 in the light shaded section, and move across to until to come to the intersection at step H. Assign step H as the step to which promoted.

News: Pay

APWU Web News Article 76-2017

Second Significant COLA Increase of 2017 Announced

08/11/2017 - In accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 13 cents per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective September 2. The increase is the result of an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated September 22, 2017 (Pay Period 19-2017), and will total $270.00 per year.

APWU Web News Article 18-2017

Significant COLA Increase

02/15/2017 - Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 16 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective March 4, in accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement (Postal Support Employees are not eligible for cost-of-living increases, but they receive five general wage increases under the 2015-2018 contract). The increase is the result of an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated March 24 (Pay Period 06-2017), and will total $333.00 per year.

APWU Web News Article 180-2016

COLA Increase

08/16/2016 - Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a one-cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective Sept. 3, in accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The increase is the result of a slight increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated Sept. 23 (Pay Period 19-2016), and will total $21 per year.

APWU News Bulletin

More Than 149 Events In 50 States Set for Nov. 14 National Day of Action

Tell PMG, Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America's Mail!

11/10/2014 - On Nov. 14 postal employees from every craft in more than 149 locations will send an urgent message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail! Donahoe and the Board are poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts that would forever damage the U.S. Postal Service.

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