SUBNAV

Pay

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For Employees Covered by the National Agreement

In June, the fifth month of the six-month adjustment period for the fifth COLA under the 2015 Agreement, the CPI-W unadjusted Index (1967=100) rose to 711.352. If the adjustment were made based on the June Index the adjustment would be:

           Per Annum:                   $        291.00
           Per Pay Period:            $           11.20
           Cents Per Hour:                           14¢

However, the fifth COLA will be based on the July 2017 Index (to be released by BLS on August 11, 2017) 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 7-2017, pay date April 7, 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. After the second quarter of 2017, the third quarter for the 2018 COLA adjustment period, the quarterly average has risen by 1.5%.

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

 

 

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. After the second quarter of 2017, the third quarter for the 2018 COLA adjustment period, the quarterly average has risen by 1.5%.

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

 

 

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. After the second quarter of 2017, the third quarter for the 2018 COLA adjustment period, the quarterly average has risen by 1.5%.

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

 

 

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 sixth month of the 12-month measuring period for the 2018 FECA COLA the index rose 1.454%.

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 (March 4, 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 158-2014

COLA Increase

08/25/2014 - Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of $686 per year in September 2014, in accordance with the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The raise is the result of an increase in the consumer price index (CPI-W). The effective date is Sept. 6, 2014 (Pay Period 20-2014, Pay Date Sept. 26, 2014).

APWU News Bulletin

Pay Raise Set for Nov. 16

11/01/2013 - APWU-represented postal employees will receive an increase in their annual salaries effective Nov. 16, which will be reflected in paychecks dated Dec. 6. The increase will apply to employees covered by the APWU-USPS 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

ALSO: In a decision issued Oct. 16, Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled that APWU members are entitled to retroactive pay for time postmasters or supervisors performed craft duties in excess of limits outlined in the contract.

APWU News Bulletin

$937 Cost-of-Living Raise Set for September

08/15/2013 - Career APWU members will receive a $937 annual increase in pay in September, APWU President Cliff Guffey has announced. “This substantial raise is the result of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement, which preserved cost-of-living adjustments for our members,” he said.

ALSO: The APWU won a major victory Aug. 13 when Arbitrator Shyam Das issued a ruling that will help the union fight subcontracting, President Cliff Guffey has announced. Das ruled that locals must be notified when management makes a decision at the local, district or area level to contract out craft work.

APWU Web News Article 090-2013

Arbitrator: MOU Requires Union Agreement When Exceptions to PSE Wage Rates are Needed

08/02/2013 - In a victory for the APWU, Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg issued an award on July 25 that will help protect our members’ interests if the Postal Service proposes to increase hourly rates for Postal Support Employees (PSEs) when it is necessary to do so to recruit or retain them.

APWU Web News Article 067-2013

PSE Overtime Rates to Increase, Retroactive Pay Adjustments to Be Made

05/24/2013 - The Postal Service method of calculating overtime rates for PSEs violates the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Department of Labor has found. The Postal Service has based overtime pay, which is paid at one-and-a-half times an employee’s hourly rate, on the wrong rate, the department concluded.

APWU News Bulletin

Pay Raise Set for Nov. 17

11/01/2012 - APWU-represented postal employees will receive an increase in their annual salaries effective Nov. 17 — the first in three years.

ALSO: President Cliff Guffey is asking APWU members to contribute to relief efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The colossal storm devastated communities along the East Coast and took the lives of more than 70 people, including Leonard Montalto, an officer of the Staten Island Local APWU.

APWU Web News Article 13-2007

Raises Implemented Feb. 3

02/20/2007 - The union has been informed that new pay rates for APWU-represented employees were implemented in Pay Period 04-2007 and will appear in checks dated Feb. 23. The new implementation date was two pay periods ahead of the date initially promised by the Postal Service.

The new pay rates reflect the 1.3 percent raise negotiated as part of the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Checks for the back-pay period (from Nov. 25, 2006) will be disbursed at a later date, which the union will publicize as soon as the date is known. 

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