A United States Postal Service employee issued a callout to TikTok, informing viewers that his job is closing. But the video sparked debate when he said he makes $67,000 a year.
The worker, Lukas (@lukasthegiant), says in a recently shared video that the post office is shutting down. He claims workers start at $20 an hour but have the potential to earn more than that. When postal workers work more than eight hours a day, they make up “an hour and a half” of their hourly wage, he says. If they work more than 10 hours a day, they earn double their wages.
If a USPS worker works overtime, he’s likely working a total of 55 hours a week, Lukas says. At that rate, he claims, they would make about $67,000 a year.
“Well, I can’t stress that enough. The Post is hiring,” says Lukas in his video. “We need help, especially at my post office.”
@lukasthegiant THE POST IS CLOSING! Make more than 50,000 with benefits! #usps #hire #please #compensation #work #pay #fyp #viral #werehiring #pay #youcandoit #comeon #postal ♬ Original sound – Lukas
On Tuesday, Lukas’ video received around 671,000 views on TikTok. Viewers had mixed reactions. Several said postal workers endured a “toxic” work environment.
“And it’s one of the most toxic jobs. A relative of mine tells the most terrifying stories about working there,” commented one viewer.
“You can make good money at the Post but there is no work-life balance and it’s such a toxic work environment,” argued another user.
Other alleged postal workers offered their two cents.
“Rural airline here… I give you LOTS of credit urban airlines… I couldn’t do it… Glad I’m in the countryside,” said one user.
“Yeah, and 7 days a week and an average of 11 hours lol I’ve been doing this for 7 years,” wrote another user.
One ex-worker commented: ‘Most people can’t handle a job at the post office. Was a land transporter for 26 years.”
Working conditions aside, some viewers added that $20 an hour is “not that much” anyway.
The Daily Dot reached out to the USPS via email and Lukas via TikTok comment.
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*Initial Release: Oct 11, 2022 2:56 PM CDT
Cecilia Lenzen is a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot.
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