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Royal Mail pay

How much does Royal Mail pay per hour?

£10.46–13.55 from 312 hourly employees at Royal Mail

What does Royal Mail pay different age groups?

This table shows how hourly pay rates at Royal Mail compare to the minimum wage and the Real Living Wage.

Age group Royal Mail pay rate Real Living Wage Minimum wage
Under 18 Not enough data yet Only applies to people 18 and over £4.55
18-20 £9.72–12.30 £9.30, £10.75 in London £6.45
21-24 £10.46–12.47 £9.30, £10.75 in London £8.20
25 and over £10.47–13.51 £9.30, £10.75 in London £8.72

The minimum wage is the legal minimum you must be paid per hour.

The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

What does Royal Mail pay for different types of jobs?

This table shows how hourly pay rates at Royal Mail compare across the different types of jobs they offer.

Job area Royal Mail pay rate
Drivers £10.50–13.52
Managers £11.47–15.55
Warehouses £9.99–14.39

Does Royal Mail pay weekly, biweekly or monthly?

People get paid every week

92% of people report they get paid every week

Based on 332 employee responses

Does Royal Mail pay accurately and on time?

Usually. Most people get paid accurately and on time


20% of people report they have been paid late or the wrong amount

Based on 20 employee responses

Why this matters

It is important that you are paid correctly and on time - everyone has financial commitments and living expenses to keep on top of. At a good job, you shouldn't have to chase up any payments that are due to you.

Do workers at Royal Mail do extra work that they don't get paid for?

No. People don’t do unpaid extra work


19% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

Based on 302 employee responses

Why this matters

Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Does Royal Mail pay sick pay?

Yes. People get proper sick pay


93% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

Based on 322 employee responses

Why this matters

Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

Do workers at Royal Mail get paid breaks?

Yes. People get paid breaks


89% of people say they get paid breaks

Based on 320 employee responses

Why this matters

A good job should have paid breaks.

You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

What people say about pay at Royal Mail

  • 6.0/10

    Best thing

    The people, good pay

    Worst thing

    Haphazard management, lazy workers not taken to account. We're paid the same but some people literally do nothing and turn up late, yet nothing happens. When a contractual hour increase is available it goes to whomever is there longest (fine) but if you have the same start date whomever is oldest gets the job regardless of skill. Age discrimination. Holiday pay discrimination
    Sorter, August 2020
  • 7.2/10

    Best thing

    Working outdoors, working alone, pay , pension, sick pay ,

    Worst thing

    Excessive Workload.

    Postman, July 2020
  • 9.0/10

    Best thing

    Get fit while getting paid and they pay well, also once you have done what you need to do then you can finnish.

    Worst thing

    How easy it is to make a mistake. Dirty vans.

    Postman, March 2020
  • 6.6/10

    Best thing

    pay , fresh air and exercise

    Worst thing


    Postwoman, March 2020
  • 3.8/10

    Best thing

    It keeps you fit

    Worst thing

    The company. The pay . The wages
    Post person, March 2020
  • 7.6/10

    Best thing

    pay , work colleagues.

    Worst thing

    The hours of the shifts I work.

    Driver, July 2020