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Size and scope


The United States Postal Service delivers more mail to more addresses in a larger geographical area than any other post in the world. The Postal Service delivers to more than 156 million addresses in every state, city and town in the country. Everyone living in the United States and its territories has access to postal products and services and pays the same for a First-Class postage stamp regardless of their location.

By the Numbers*

  • 71.4 billion — 2016 operating revenue
  • 153.9 billion — number of mail pieces processed and delivered
  • 47 — percent of the world’s mail volume handled by the Postal Service
  • 1.9 billion — dollar amount paid every two weeks in salaries and benefits
  • 508,908** — number of career employees
  • 130,881** — number of non-career employees
  • 31,585 — number of Postal Service-managed retail offices
  • 227,896 — number of vehicles — one of the largest civilian fleets in the world
  • 37 million — number of address changes processed
  • 13.5 billion — total retail revenue
  • 877.4 million — total number of retail customer visits
  • 24 — percent of retail revenue from alternative access channels
  • 1.7 billion — total number of visits to usps.com
  • 280 million — total Postal Store revenue on usps.com
  • 564 million — number of Click-N-Ship labels printed
  • $1.3 billion — total revenue, in dollars, from postage on Click-N-Ship labels
  • 90.3 million — number of money orders issued
  • 5,989,439 — number of passport applications accepted at post offices
  • $149.7 million — total revenue, in dollars, from passport applications
  • $440.2 million — amount in revenue from 2,835 postal Self-Service Kiosks
  • 1.1 million — number of new delivery points added to the network in 2016
  • 156.1 million — total number of delivery points nationwide
  • 74 — Megan J. Brennan, 74th Postmaster General
  • — tax dollars received for operating the Postal Service

*all information based on Fiscal Year 2016 data, unless otherwise noted
**as of Sep. 30, 2016

Mail is big business

The U.S. Postal Service is the core of the more than $1.4 trillion mailing industry that employs more than 7.5 million people.

These types of mail brought in most of the $71.4 billion in operating revenue in 2016:

First-Class Mail — $27.3 billion

Standard Mail — $18.0 billion

Shipping and Package Services — $17.3 billion

Periodicals — $1.5 billion

If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 39th in the 2016 Fortune 500.

In the 2016 Global Fortune 500 list, the U.S. Postal Service ranked 107th.

*The EMA Mailing Industry Job Study, 2015, reported that there are more than 7.5 million jobs and more than $1.4 trillion in revenue attributed to the mailing industry.

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