Overview of changes to postage
stamp costs in 2021
 

The following changes will take effect on the price of retail postage stamps on January 24, 2021:

  • There will be no increase to the price of First-Class mail and Forever stamps, remaining at $0.55.
     
  • The “Additional Ounce” rate for First-Class Letters will increase by 5 cents to $0.20.
     
  • Domestic postcard prices will increase by 1 cent, making the price $0.36.
     

Ways to save on postage stamp rates

When you’re a business or organization that sends a lot of mail, every dollar saved counts.

There are numerous discounts your organization can qualify for including:

  • Discount postage rates that you can’t get at the Post Office.

  • Up to 40+% discount on USPS® Priority Mail.

  • Automatic savings of 4¢ on every First Class letter mailed.

  • Savings on larger envelopes and packages when using USPS® Shipping labels.
     

These savings can all be accessed through Pitney Bowes sending devices such as our SendPro postage meters and our SendPro® Online postage software. You can try them without risk with a free trial.

 

Changes to First-Class Mail® rates:

First Class Mail – 2021 Rates vs. 2020 Rates

First-Class Mail Single-Piece Prices

2020

2021

Change

Letters 1 Oz.

$0.55

$0.55

$0.00

Metered Mail Letters 1 Oz.

$0.50

$0.51

$0.01

Letters Single-Piece Additional Ounce

$0.15

$0.20

$0.05

Flats/Large Envelope 1 Oz.

$1.00

$1.00

$0.00

Flats/Large Envelope Additional Ounce

$0.20

$0.20

$0.00

Single-Piece Cards

$0.35

$0.36

$0.01

Other Services – 2021 Rates vs. 2020 Rates

Select rates for Other Services

2020

2021

Change

Certified Mail™

$3.55

$3.60

$0.05

Return receipt - retail

$2.85

$2.85

$0.00

Return receipt - electronic

$1.70

$1.75

$0.05

MediaMail® – 1 lb. Single-Piece

$2.80

$2.89

$0.09

Library Mail

$2.66

$2.75

$0.09

 

USPS shipping rates

The charts below highlight rates for popular USPS shipping services such as First-Class Packages, Priority Mail®, and Priority Mail Express®.

The charts also highlight discounts for using SendPro to print USPS shipping labels.

 

First Class Package Service – Retail Parcels 2021

Weight Not

Over (oz.)

Zones

1 & 2

Zone 3

Zone 4

Zone 5

Zone 6

Zone 7

Zone 8

Zone 9

1 - 4

$4.00

$4.00

$4.00

$4.00

$4.00

$4.00

$4.00

$4.00

5 - 8

$4.10

$4.10

$4.10

$4.10

$4.10

$4.10

$4.10

$4.10

9 - 12

$4.15

$4.15

$4.15

$4.15

$4.15

$4.15

$4.15

$4.15

13

$4.20

$4.20

$4.20

$4.20

$4.20

$4.20

$4.20

$4.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Class Package Service - Commercial Parcels 2021 (SendPro Rates)

Weight Not

Over (oz.)

Zones

1 & 2

Zone 3

Zone 4

Zone 5

Zone 6

Zone 7

Zone 8

Zone 9

1 - 4

$3.01

$3.03

$3.06

$3.12

$3.22

$3.35

$3.49

$3.49

5 - 8

$3.46

$3.49

$3.51

$3.57

$3.58

$3.69

$3.85

$3.85

9 - 12

$4.04

$4.09

$4.12

$4.20

$4.38

$4.53

$4.68

$4.68

13 to 15.999

$5.19

$5.23

$5.27

$5.42

$5.66

$5.81

$5.98

$5.98

 

 

Select rates for Priority Mail®

2020 Retail Rates

2021 Retail Rates

 

2021 SendPro Rates

2021 SendPro Savings

Flat Rate Envelope

$7.75

$7.95

 

$7.15

6.9%

Legal Flat Rate Envelope

$8.05

$8.25

 

$7.45

6.7%

Padded Flat Rate Envelope

$8.40

$8.55

 

$7.75

6.4%

Small Flat Rate Box

$8.30

$8.45

 

$7.65

6.5%

Medium Flat Rate box

$15.05

$15.50

 

$13.20

11.3%

Large Flat Rate Box

$21.10

$21.90

 

$18.30

11.9%

APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box

$19.60

$20.40

 

$17.80

12.7%

1 lb Package to Zone 2

$7.50

$7.70

 

$7.16

7.0%

10 lb Package to Zone 4

$20.40

$21.20

 

$12.65

40.3%

Priority Mail Commercial Base 2021 rates (SendPro rates)

Weight not over (lbs.)

L, 1&2

Zone 3

Zone 4

Zone 5

Zone 6

Zone 7

Zone 8

Zone 9

1

 $    7.16

 $    7.46

 $    7.67

 $    7.88

 $    8.34

 $       8.52

 $    8.80

 $  14.25

2

 $    7.79

 $    7.96

 $    8.24

 $    8.85

 $    10.44

 $    11.01

 $  11.69

 $  21.81

3

 $    8.00

 $    8.35

 $    8.72

 $    9.64

 $  12.70

 $    14.10

 $  16.45

 $  29.59

4

 $    8.10

 $    8.58

 $    9.21

 $  10.43

 $  14.80

 $    16.78

 $  18.96

 $  35.63

5

 $    8.20

 $    8.63

 $    9.53

 $  11.70

 $  16.87

 $    19.29

 $  21.96

 $  41.46

6

 $    8.31

 $    8.67

 $    9.64

 $  14.32

 $  19.39

 $    22.52

 $  25.75

 $  47.51

7

 $    8.73

 $    10.08

 $    10.13

 $  16.53

 $  21.48

 $    25.39

 $  28.93

 $  53.35

8

 $    8.79

 $  10.58

 $  11.95

 $  18.04

 $  23.59

 $    27.96

 $  32.49

 $  59.89

9

 $    9.65

 $  10.98

 $  12.45

 $  19.34

 $  25.67

 $    30.28

 $  36.12

 $  66.60

10

 $    10.15

 $  11.54

 $  12.65

 $  21.11

 $  28.00

 $    33.63

 $  39.67

 $  72.43

 

 

Select rates for Priority Mail Express®

2020 Retail Rates

2021 Retail Rates

 

2021 SendPro Rates

2021 SendPro Savings

Flat Rate Envelope

$25.50

$26.35

 

$22.75

13.7%

Legal Flat Rate Envelope

$25.70

$26.50

 

$22.95

13.4%

Padded Flat Rate Envelope

$26.20

$26.95

 

$23.25

13.7%

1 lb. Package to Zone 2

$25.60

$26.75

 

$23.00

14.0%

Priority Mail Express Commercial Base 2021 rates (SendPro rates)

Weight not over (lbs.)

L, 1&2

Zone 3

Zone 4

Zone 5

Zone 6

Zone 7

Zone 8

Zone 9

0.5

$22.75

$23.30

$25.00

$27.45

$29.40

$31.40

$34.00

$46.15

1

$23.00

$25.20

$28.55

$32.45

$35.00

$37.25

$39.85

$54.05

2

$23.25

$27.05

$32.10

$37.50

$40.60

$43.05

$45.70

$62.00

3

$23.50

$28.95

$35.65

$42.50

$46.25

$48.90

$51.55

$69.90

4

$23.75

$30.80

$39.20

$47.55

$51.85

$54.70

$57.40

$77.85

5

$24.00

$32.70

$42.75

$52.55

$57.45

$60.55

$63.25

$85.75

6

$26.45

$35.95

$47.50

$57.80

$62.85

$66.40

$69.35

$94.00

7

$28.90

$39.20

$52.25

$63.05

$68.25

$72.25

$75.40

$102.25

8

$31.40

$42.50

$57.00

$68.30

$73.70

$78.10

$81.50

$110.45

9

$33.85

$45.75

$61.75

$73.55

$79.10

$83.95

$87.55

$118.70

10

$36.30

$49.00

$66.50

$78.80

$84.50

$89.80

$93.65

$126.95

 


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With the rise in postage stamp costs, saving money on shipping and mailing is more important than ever.

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