May 31, 2015 USPS Postage Increase Analysis

Yes, it’s that time of year again. In fact, it’s past time.

Postage increases usually occur in January of each year. This year, the Postal Regulatory Commission denied the USPS’s original price increase scheduled to go in to effect in January, citing gross errors in the USPS’s computational methods used to derive the increased amounts. So, the USPS corrected their errors, and, resubmitted the request, and, the request was subsequently approved and went in to effect on May 31, 2015.

Overall, the total average increase looks to be a modest 3.2%. However, non-machinable mail, in particular, flats saw the greatest increase with non-profits being hit the hardest.

Below, you will find the line-by-line increase comparisons of this year versus last year:

Postage Analysis – Increase 5/31/2015
2014 5/31/2015
 Price  Price Chng % Chng
First Class – Sngl Pc (1 oz or less) STAMP $0.490 $0.490 $0.000 0.0000%
1.1 to 2 oz $0.700 $0.710 $0.010 1.4286%
2.1 to 3 oz $0.910 $0.930 $0.020 2.1978%
3.1 to 3.5 oz $1.120 $1.150 $0.030 2.6786%
First Class – Sngl Pc (1 oz or less) METER $0.480 $0.485 $0.005 1.0417%
1.1 to 2 oz $0.690 $0.705 $0.015 2.1739%
2.1 to 3 oz $0.900 $0.925 $0.025 2.7778%
3.1 to 3.5 oz $1.110 $1.145 $0.035 3.1532%
Presorted 1st Class Cards (Auto)
5-Digit $0.251 $0.260 $0.009 3.5857%
3-Digit $0.265 $0.275 $0.010 3.7736%
AADC $0.265 $0.275 $0.010 3.7736%
Mixed AADC $0.278 $0.284 $0.006 2.1583%
Prsrted 1st Class Letters (Auto) (1 – 2 -oz)
5-Digit $0.381 $0.391 $0.010 2.6247%
3-Digit $0.406 $0.416 $0.010 2.4631%
AADC $0.406 $0.416 $0.010 2.4631%
Mixed AADC $0.435 $0.439 $0.004 0.9195%
Prsrted 1st Class Flats (Auto) (1-oz)
5-Digit $0.451 $0.470 $0.019 4.2129%
3-Digit $0.634 $0.662 $0.028 4.4164%
AADC $0.691 $0.702 $0.011 1.5919%
Mixed AADC $0.782 $0.782 $0.000 0.0000%
Std Mail Reg – Letters (Auto)
5-Digit Scheme $0.261 $0.266 $0.005 1.9157%
3-Digit Scheme $0.279 $0.283 $0.004 1.4337%
AADC $0.279 $0.283 $0.004 1.4337%
Mixed AADC $0.301 $0.304 $0.003 0.9967%
Std Mail Reg – Letters (Non-Mach)
5-Digit $0.452 $0.491 $0.039 8.6283%
3-Digit $0.545 $0.580 $0.035 6.4220%
AADC $0.576 $0.606 $0.030 5.2083%
Mixed AADC $0.664 $0.675 $0.011 1.6566%
Std Mail Non-Profit – Letters (Auto)
5-Digit Scheme $0.143 $0.147 $0.004 2.7972%
3-Digit Scheme $0.161 $0.164 $0.003 1.8634%
AADC $0.161 $0.164 $0.003 1.8634%
Mixed AADC $0.183 $0.185 $0.002 1.0929%
Std Mail Non-Profit – Letters (Non-Auto)
5-Digit $0.334 $0.372 $0.038 11.3772%
3-Digit $0.427 $0.461 $0.034 7.9625%
AADC $0.458 $0.487 $0.029 6.3319%
Mixed AADC $0.546 $0.556 $0.010 1.8315%
Std Mail Reg – Flats (Auto)
New Category – FSS Scheme Pallet/Cont $0.313
New Category – FSS Other Pallet/Cont $0.346
5-Digit Scheme $0.386 $0.392 $0.006 1.5544%
3-Digit Scheme $0.472 $0.479 $0.007 1.4831%
AADC $0.524 $0.536 $0.012 2.2901%
Mixed AADC $0.553 $0.569 $0.016 2.8933%
Std Mail Reg – Flats (Non-Auto)
New Category – FSS Scheme Pallet/Cont $0.423
New Category – FSS Other Pallet/Cont $0.427
5-Digit $0.429 $0.444 $0.015 3.4965%
3-Digit $0.497 $0.507 $0.010 2.0121%
AADC $0.551 $0.562 $0.011 1.9964%
Mixed AADC $0.602 $0.610 $0.008 1.3289%
Std Mail Non-Profit – Flats (Auto)
New Category – FSS Scheme Pallet/Cont $0.171
New Category – FSS Other Pallet/Cont $0.203
5-Digit Scheme $0.237 $0.249 $0.012 5.0633%
3-Digit Scheme $0.323 $0.336 $0.013 4.0248%
AADC $0.375 $0.393 $0.018 4.8000%
Mixed AADC $0.404 $0.426 $0.022 5.4455%
Std Mail Non-Profit – Flats (Non-Auto)
New Category – FSS Scheme Pallet/Cont $0.279
New Category – FSS Other Pallet/Cont $0.282
5-Digit $0.278 $0.299 $0.021 7.5540%
3-Digit $0.346 $0.362 $0.016 4.6243%
AADC $0.400 $0.417 $0.017 4.2500%
Mixed AADC $0.451 $0.465 $0.014 3.1042%