US Postal Service Employee Benefit: Vacation & Paid Time Off | Glassdoor

US Postal Service Vacation & Paid Time Off

Updated Oct 18, 2017

569 employees reported this benefit


Employer Summary

Full-time and regular part time employees of the USPS get different amounts of vacation time depending on seniority: Employes with Less than 3 years USPS service get 13 days per year Those with 3-15 years USPS service get 20 days per year. Those with 15 or more years service get 26 days of paid time off per year.

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Employee Comments

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  • Nov 18, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current CITY LETTER CARRIER in Paterson, New Jersey

    After 16 years you get 5 weeks off

  • Nov 10, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Albuquerque, New Mexico

    the longer you commit to the post office the more hours you can accumulate. Sick leave is a great thing also

  • Oct 07, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Tucson, Arizona

    After you get about 10 years you earn 18 hours of vacation a month and 8 hours of sick time a month. But don’t use it, they require doctors notes for unscheduled leave.

  • Sep 14, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Former City Carrier Assistant in Princeton, New Jersey

    Best thing is that you will have numerous of vacation time. The worst thing is that you have to request for those time off in advanced- months advanced!

  • Sep 12, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Clerk in Kansas City, Kansas

    Great no place has better

  • Jul 27, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Maintenance Supervisor in Greensboro, North Carolina

    Vacation time is earned by the amount of hours you work.

  • Jul 25, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in York, Maine

    You do get a certain amount of paid time off, but not much. By the same token, you can take as much time off as you need on an unpaid basis. This has created some really poor situations where a veteran carrier who wants to retain benefits can claim illness and take months off. The substitute, meanwhile, works for far less, so management is happy looking the other way. Some times the veterans only show up for the holiday work, when overtime is available.

  • Jul 25, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Bakersfield, California

    After working for a year, got only 4 days off when it suppose to be a week.

  • Jun 12, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current PSE Mail Processing Clerk in Columbus, Ohio

    As a PSE you get 5 days off after your 360 appointment. And you can always request time off with your supervisor. You can use your Annual. Or Leave without pay.

  • Jun 09, 2018

    OMG, where do you guys get this stuff? 4 hours of annual leave for each day they work! That is crazy! I only wish it were true. As a USPS Letter Carrier and 27 yrs of service I should know. Read the description above! It is correct. For regular employee we do a leave draw once every year. The number of days earned each year is based on your time of service. Prior military and federal time will be added to your time in service. Once you are on the the leave draw list management can't deny your leave. The rest of the year you can request leave, but it will be denied if the leave draw for that week is full. CCA's and other non career employees have a different option to long to go into. For Letter Carriers you can carry over 440 hrs of annual leave once you earn it. Sick leave has no limit.

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