How Many Postmasters General Has USPS Had?

Learn about the position of Postmaster General, how many there have been, and how much money they make
Benjamin Franklin was the first Postmaster General

Since Benjamin Franklin became our country’s first Postmaster General in 1775, there have been 75 individuals who filled this position. When you look into the length of the terms, you’ll notice that some individuals served particularly longer than others. If you’re curious to learn the names of every single Postmaster General and the date they took office, check out this full list that USPS published.

Who is the Current Postmaster General?

Our current and 75th Postmaster General is Louis DeJoy, who joined USPS after a decorated career in the private logistics sector. His predecessor was Megan Brennan, who served in the role from February 2015 until May 2020, when DeJoy took over.

Want to Hear a Fun Financial Fact?

Break out your checkbooks, because if you land this coveted gig, you’re making some serious cash. Records show that in 2017, base salary for this position started at $287,620—and that was without bonuses or incentive payouts. Bonuses and incentive payouts also occur based on the organization’s performance. Considering the average federal salary hovers at around $81,000, that’s a pretty large chunk of change! In fact, Postmaster General is the second-highest paid U.S. government position. What’s the first, you ask? Oh, probably no one you’ve heard of…just the President of the United States.

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