According to CNBC, Jordan Myers, an employee of the United States Postal Service, made a tidy $90,000 last year.
Myers is based in Memphis, Tennessee, and receives a yearly salary of $41,000. Myers told CNBC that he was able to raise his compensation to $90,000 by adding overtime.
“Everything is mental,” he explained. “If you have the mindset and the drive to do something, I feel like you can really break through a lot of barriers.”
He can put in 13 hours on a typical workday, which includes walking 14 kilometers to deliver mail to about 500 homes. Myers is not afraid of hard work and strives to maintain a good attitude.
“I don’t think of it as hard,” he said. “I think about what I can do and what I’m trying to accomplish.”
His overtime hours bumped his base salary up considerably. “The biggest thing that people don’t realize as a mail carrier is how much work you actually do,” he explained. “A lot of people say it’s easy because you’re just walking, and they only see you [for] maybe five minutes here and there, every other day.”
Myers described how the mail stacked up as the epidemic spread and other employees were afraid of the illness. In 2020, he will earn $78,000 thanks to a labor shortage. “Endless walking [for] roughly 20 miles a day,” he said.
His increasing income gave him a better understanding of how to manage his finances. He understands the need of keeping a home budget as a married man with a young son.
According to CNBC, he budgets with his wife, Jalyn, to allocate monies for food, housing, car payments, memberships, phone, insurance, and pet care.
The home expenditures and expenses are shared between Myers and Jalyn. His wife’s income, on the other hand, is substantially lower than his, and she is responsible for child care, groceries, auto insurance, Wi-Fi, and utilities. Myers covers the remaining costs and earns an additional $4,500 per year from his rental property.
“I do bring in more money,” said Myers, “but we’re equal because she does have to work to take care of [our] son more, and if she didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to work the hours I work, so I wouldn’t make the money I make.”