Your Federal Salary Isn't Private. Here Is Database of Postal Service Employees and Salaries

By on March 26, 2010 in Current Events with 5 Comments

How much does an individual federal employee make?

We did an article on this topic last year (See How Much Does an Individual Federal Employee Make? It Isn’t Hard to Find Out) and it generated considerable interest among our readers.

We also noted that the database of federal employees and their salaries does not include employees involved in security work, the FBI, CIA, Defense Department, nuclear materials, IRS, and jobs essential to national security are excluded from the database. The database referenced in that article also does not include Postal Service employees.

For some readers, it is unsettling to find out that their annual salary is so readily available to neighbors who may be nosy – especially if you have just purchased a new car or bought your spouse a nice present that everyone has noticed. The reality is that finding out a federal employee’s salary is easy and the information can be quickly located to anyone with a computer and access to the internet.

A new database for 2010 has been published and it contains the latest data on salaries for Postal Service employees.

The database provides a researcher with considerable flexibility. For example, if you want to find an employee by title, there is an option to do that.

I picked a title at random: Vice-President for Employee Resources and found the name of the person at the Postal Service in this position. As it turns out, she makes $186,000 per year.

Or, if you live in a small town and are curious about how much those folks make who work for the Postal Service, it isn’t hard to find out. I grew up in a small town in Vermont. In a town of about 500 people, most people who live there for awhile know everyone and, no doubt, people are curious about how much the folks they see on the street and in the Post Office are making. I typed in the small town zip code and found out that the local postmaster there makes $76,320 a year and there are two other employees there making $19 per hour. I was surprised to see that someone I went to school with in grade school is now working at the Post Office there and she has a decent income.

Unfortunately, the information is also available to people who may have a reason for wanting to know your salary for reasons other than idle curiosity. If, for example, an unhappy spouse wants to know how much you are making before initiating divorce proceedings, the information is there with a few simple keystrokes.

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Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletters and is a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters on federal human resources.

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  1. Concerned says:

    I don’t mind if my position is advertise along with a salary but I find it unnerving to have my name legal name out there linked to salary seems a bit PII to me “
    Personally Identifiable Information (PII), as used in information security, is information that can be used to uniquely identify, contact, or locate a single person or can be used with other sources to uniquely identify a single individual”, Once you have name, salary and add where I live well I think that makes us unpopular gov worker even more of a target.

  2. SallyMae says:

    Why aren’t the salaries of the Federal Court workers in the database?

  3. MR Bill says:

    I think it’s kind of funny that if the average civilian employees Salary was made public in a database, they would scream, yell and throw a freaking tizzy. But because we are Government Employees, our salaries are distributed to anyone who wants to get them.

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with Joe Six-pack, or Sally all American citizen, who pays taxes finding out what my Federal salary is. But when it is open to insurance companies, marketing bastards, and foreign Intelligence Agencies and Governments??? When exactly do my rights to privacy get reduced to second class status simply because I work for the Government?? They should at least make people who access those databases sign up, so they can at least SEE who is prying into one of your most personal information. Limit companies from fishing for info, and block foreign Governments and foreign IP addresses.