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‘It’s one of the most toxic places to work’: USPS worker says they’re hiring—and employees can make $67,000 a year, sparking debate

'You can make good money at the post office but there is no work-life balance.'


Cecilia Lenzen


Posted on Oct 11, 2022

A United States Postal Service worker shared a callout to TikTok, informing viewers that his job is hiring. But the video sparked a debate when he said he makes $67,000 per year.

The worker, Lukas (@lukasthegiant), says in a recently shared video that the post office is hiring. He claims that workers start at $20 per hour but have the potential to earn more than that. When post office workers work more than eight hours per day, they make “time and a half” of their hourly pay, he says. When they work more than 10 hours per day, they earn double their pay.

In total, if a USPS worker takes advantage of overtime, they’ll likely work 55 hours per week, Lukas says. At that rate, he claims they’ll make about $67,000 per year.

“So, I can’t stress this enough. The post office is hiring,” Lukas says in his video. “We need help, especially in my post office.”

@lukasthegiant THE POST OFFICE IS HIRING! Make more than 50k with benefits! #usps #hiring #please #compensation #work #pay #fyp #viral #werehiring #paying #youcandoit #comeon #postal ♬ original sound – Lukas

As of Tuesday, Lukas’ video reached about 671,000 views on TikTok. Viewers had mixed reactions. Several said that post office workers have to put up with a “toxic” work environment.

“And it’s one of the most toxic places to work. A relative of mine tells the most horrifying stories of working there,” one viewer commented.

“you can make good money at the post office but there is no work-life balance and it is such a toxic work environment,” another user argued.

Other alleged post office workers offered their two cents.

“rural carrier here.. I give you city carriers ALOT of credit…I couldn’t do it….glad I’m rural,” one user said.

“Yeah and 7 days a week and average 11 hours lol I’ve been there done that for 7 years,” another user wrote.

An ex-worker commented, “Most people can’t handle a post office job. Was rural carrier for 26 yrs.”

Working conditions aside, some viewers also added that $20 per hour “isn’t that much” anyway.

The Daily Dot reached out to the USPS via email and to Lukas via TikTok comment.

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*First Published: Oct 11, 2022, 2:56 pm CDT