Ever wonder what the top postal jobs pay? Here's a hint: It's in the six-figures.
In fact, at least half a dozen of U.S. Postal Service executive leadership team postal jobs pay more than $200,000, according to salary information made public by the agency and published by Gannett Newspapers in 2011. For the postmaster general, it's closer to $300,000.
The disclosure of the salaries came at a time when the agency was in dire financial straights, having lost $8.5 billion in 2010 and being at risk of defaulting on its required payments to the federal government. The agency was also planning office closures and layoffs.
Patrick R. Donahoe, who held several postal jobs before becoming the the 73rd postmaster general of the United States, earned a salary of $276,840 in 2011, according to data made public by the agency.
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Donahoe was appointed to the position of postmaster general by the Governors of the postal service on Dec. 7, 2010. He took the oath of office and officially became the chief executive officer of the postal service on January 14, 2011.
2. President and Chief Marketing and Sales Officer
The Postal Service's president and chief marketing and sales officer in 2011, Paul Vogel, earned $113,048 that year, according to the agency.
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The position, which is among the highest ranking postal jobs, is responsible for all domestic and international product development and management, including pricing, placement and promotion. He is also responsible for all sales. The president and chief marketing and sales officer reports to the postmaster general.
3. Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President
The Postal Service's chief operating officer and executive vice president, Megan J. Brennan, earned a salary of $235,000 in 2011. The CEO and executive vice president essentially has responsibility for the day-to-day activities of the Postal Service's 574,000 career employees working in more than 32,000 facilities and fleet of nearly 216,000 vehicles.
She is responsible for mail processing, transportation, field operations, delivery, retail, facilities and network operations. Reporting to the chief operating officer and executive vice president are the vice presidents of Delivery and Post Office Operations, Facilities, Network Operations Management and the seven vice presidents of Area Operations.
4. Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
The Postal Service's chief financial officer and executive vice president, Joseph Corbett, earned a salary of $239,000 in 2011, according to the data made public by the agency.
The agency's CFO and executive vice president heads the Postal Service's finance and planning, controller, treasury, accounting and supply management functions. Among the top postal jobs, the CFO also serves as chairman of the Postal Service's corporate Capital Investment Committee.
5. Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President
The Postal Service's chief human resources officer and executive vice president, Anthony J. Vegliante, earned a salary of $240,000 in 2011.
The chief human resources officer oversees all aspects of human resources for the Postal Service’s 574,000 employees, including labor relations, employee development and diversity, and employee resource management.
6. Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President
The Postal Service's chief information officer and executive vice president, Ellis Burgoyne, earned a salary of $230,000 in 2011.
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Also among the highest ranking postal jobs, the chief information officer oversees all systems and data management "to help develop new products quickly and fully leverage the network to meet changing customer needs," according to the agency.
7. General Counsel and Executive Vice President
The Postal Service's vice president and general counsel, Mary Anne Gibbons, earned a salary of $230,000 in 2011. Among the most important of the executive leadership postal jobs, the general counsel oversees the Postal Service's legal team across 16 branch offices in big cities across the nation.
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The general counsel handles a broad cross-section of legal issues including intellectual property, consumer protection, revenue protection, the environment, contracts, facilities and purchasing, labor relations, and administrative and federal court litigation.
8. Vice President of Delivery and Post Office Operations
The Postal Service's vice president of delivery and post office operations, Dean Granholm, earned a salary of $186,000 in 2011, according to the agency.
The position oversees all aspects of delivery in the network of 150 million households and businesses, as well as operations at nearly 32,000 post offices, stations and branches. The vice president of delivery and post office operations reports to the chief operating officer and executive vice president.
9. Vice President of Corporate Communications
The Postal Service's vice president of corporate communications, Sam Pulcrano, earned a salary of $183,000 in 2011. He reports to the deputy postmaster general.
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The vice president of corporate communications serves as a public face of the Postal Service, overseeing all internal and external communications. That includes public affairs, media relations, corporate messaging, brand equity and design, employee communications, video production and photography, speech-writing, crisis communications, community relations and a nationwide network of field communications professionals.
10. Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission
The chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, Ruth Goldway, earned a salary of $165,300 in 2011. The commission has regulatory oversight over the Postal Service.
The head of the commission holds one of the most important independent postal jobs outside the Postal Service. The commission conducts public hearings into proposed rate hikes, mail classification or major service changes, and issues recommendations to the postal governors. The commission also consult with the Postal Service on delivery service standards and performance measures, and aims to "promote transparency and accountability."