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Pay tables, COLA info, annuity projections

This page contains the latest information on current NALC pay tables, NALC contract cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) and FERS and CSRS annuity projections. The page also contains a graph showing changes to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, the index used to calculate Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) that apply to active and retired carriers.

You also will find information about Postal Service performance and information about developments in the postal sector generally.

Letter carrier pay table

2019-2023 National Agreement

Under the terms of the 2019-2023 National Agreement between the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United States Postal Service, this salary and rate schedule is the current paychart for all NALC represented employees:

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City Carrier Wage Schedule Effective February 26, 2022

The Postal Service has advised NALC that the PTF hourly rates in the new City Carrier Wage Schedule effective February 26, 2022 are not expected to be fully implemented until March 26, 2022 (Pay Period 8).

The Postal Service has also advised NALC that any backpay due to the delay in implementing the additional hourly holiday pay for eligible Part-time Flexible City Letter Carriers will be paid retroactive to January 1, 2022.

Selected previous National Agreement pay tables are available below.


Cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs)

CPI Graph

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September 2022 cost-of-living adjustment memo

September 13

Contract COLA: Accumulated COLA is $0 through August 2022

The projected accumulation toward the seventh regular COLA under the 2019-2023 National Agreement was $0 in September following the release of the August 2022 Consumer Price Index.

On September 13, 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W, 1967=100) stood at 868.673 in August, 123.297 points above the base level of 745.376 in July 2019. The accumulated COLA through August stood at 0 cents per hour or $0 annually.

The seventh COLA will be based on the increase in the CPI-W between the base index month and January 2023, less any previously calculated COLAs, and will be payable the second full pay period following the release of the January 2023 index. The six COLAs that have been calculated under the 2019-2023 National Agreement, totaling 312 cents per hour, are as follows: the 1st COLA, 8 cents per hour ($166 annually), the 2nd COLA, 9 cents per hour ($188 annually), the 3rd COLA, 20 cents per hour ($416
annually), the 4th COLA, 93 cents per hour ($1,934 annually), the 5th COLA, 64 cents per hour ($1,331 annually), and the 6th COLA, 118 cents per hour ($2,455 annually).

2023 Retiree COLAs Projection: 8.6% as of August 2022

The 2023 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2021 (268.421) and the 3rd quarter of 2022 (TBA).

Based on the August 2022 CPI-W (1982-84) of 291.629, the 2023 CSRS and FERS COLAs are currently projected to be 8.6%. The 2023 retiree COLA calculation will be finalized in October 2022 with the release of the CPI-W for September 2022.

CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; COLAs for FERS annuities are payable for retirees 62 and older and may be reduced by up to one percentage point from the increase in the CPI.

2023 FECA COLA Projection: 6.5% as of August 2022

Based on the release of the August 2022 CPI-W (1982-84=100), the 2022 FECA COLA projection is 6.5%. The August 2022 CPI-W of 291.629 was 6.5% above the December 2021 base index (273.925). The 2023 FECA COLA calculation will be finalized when the December 2022 CPI-W is published during the month of January 2023.

FECA COLAs are applicable only in cases where death or disability occurred more than one year prior to the adjustment’s effective date.

CSRS and FERS annuity projections

Latest on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers

Information on the CPI can be found on the Department of Labors Bureau of Labor Statistics' web page.