2019 Postage Rate Changes

First-Class® Mail

There are big changes to First-Class® Mail.  The price of a 1 ounce stamp will jump by 10% from 50¢ to 55¢ – the biggest hike since 1991.  However, for business mailers that use a Postage Meter the price of a 1 ounce metered letter will only be 50¢, a savings of 9%!  What’s more is that the USPS® is reducing the price of additional ounces from 21¢ down to only 15¢.

Forever Stamps


Mailing Indicia

$.50 (save almost 10%)

First-Class Single Piece Mail Current Price Jan 27, 2019 Change
Letter (1 ounce) stamp $.50 $.55 10.0%
Letter (1 ounce) postage meter $.47 $.50 6.4%
Additional ounce $.21 $.15 -28.6%
Letter (2 ounce) postage meter $.68 $.65 -4.4%
Large Envelope (1 ounce) $1.00 $1.00 0.0%
Postcard $.35 $.35 0.0%

Pro Tips:

  • Postage meters save 9% over stamps. The annual savings really adds up.
  • Get more out of your letter mail. An additional ounce is only 15 cents so smart mailers may include additional valuable correspondence or marketing information to an envelope.
  • Minimize the use of large envelopes for weights less than 3.5 ounces. Consider folding the documents in half and using a 6×9 envelope.


First-Class Package Service

The postal service is making a big change to First-Class Package Services by adding zone based pricing.  Currently the rate is determined by the weight the package.  As of January 27, 2019, you must also determine the zone in order to calculate the rate similar to Priority Mail® and other Package Services.  There are 9 zones, with zone 1 being the closest to the shipper.  The greater the weight and further the distance, the higher the price.  Overall the price increase for retail packages is 13.3% and 11.9% for commercial packages.

Zone Map Addison
Example of a USPS zone map for a shipper in Addison, IL

Pro Tips:

  • Your postage meter will prompt users for a zip code to automatically calculate the zone, make sure users are aware of the change to prevent confusion.
  • Using a shipping system, like the FP MailOne software will qualify you as a commercial mailer and you will receive discounted pricing off retail rates.

Priority Mail®

Priority Mail® is still a smart choice for shippers.  This is because Priority Mail® offers many benefits over the carriers like flat rate price options, a wide variety of free packaging, Saturday delivery, no fuel surcharges, no residential surcharges, includes $50 of insurance and the best end-to-end tracking with most delivery times between 1-3 days.  On average retail rates will rise by 6.6% but Commercial Base®Pricing will only rise an average of 3.2%.  The big change within Priority Mail® that shippers need to take notice is the changes to Dimensional Rating (DIM).  See below for more information.


Priority Mail® Retail Current Price Jan 27, 2019 Change
Flat Rate Envelope $6.70 $7.35 9.7%
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $7.00 $7.56 8.0%
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $7.25 $8.00 10.3%
Small Flat Rate Box $7.20 $7.90 9.7%
Medium Flat Rate Box $13.65 $14.35 5.1%
Large Flat Rate Box $18.90 $19.95 5.6%

Pro Tips:

  • Commercial Base® pricing reduces costs by up to 40.4%
  • When shipping Priority Mail® use a solution like FP’s MailOne software to create shipping labels with tracking and qualify for Commercial Base® Pricing.
  • Take advantage of free USPS Priority Mail® packaging


Priority Mail Express®

Priority Mail Express® is a guaranteed delivery service with most delivery next day. Still competitive with other overnight services, the rates will rise by a nominal 3.9%.


Priority Mail Express® Retail Current Price Jan 27, 2019 Change
Flat Rate Envelope $24.70 $25.50 3.2%
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $24.90 $25.70 3.2%
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $25.40 $26.20 3.1%

Pro Tips:

  • Priority Mail Express® Flat Rate Envelope Commercial Base® Pricing is $22.68 saving 11% ($2.82) over retail
  • When shipping Priority Mail Express® use a solution like FP’s MailOne software to create shipping labels with tracking and qualify for Commercial Base® Pricing
  • Take advantage of free USPS Priority Mail Express® packaging
  • Go to USPS.com to schedule a free pickup during your regular mail delivery time