2019 Postage Increase: What You Need to Know by

2019 Postage Increase: What You Need to Know


USPS postage rates are changing on January 27, 2019. Here’s what you need to know.

Key Increases:

First Class single piece postage stamps are increasing by 5 cents from $0.50 to $0.55.

The following products are going up across the board, with increases ranging from 1.3% to 4.8%.

  • First Class Letters
  • Standard (Marketing Mail) Letters and Flats
  • Nonprofit (Marketing Mail) Letters and Flats

You can print out this quick mailing and postage guide to help determine postage ranges for the different classes of mail available. Or if you need to drill down on specific rate groups, check out the USPS’s price list here for postage and mailing details not included on the guide.

Key Decreases:

  • The additional ounce rate for First Class Mail will decrease from $0.21 to $0.15.
  • The Metered Mail rate is $.50, saving you 5 cents per piece.


What can you do?

  • Address your mail list hygiene. Make sure you have good, validated addresses and up-to-date contact information (stay current with move updates). Every undeliverable piece costs you money!
  • Take advantage of postal discounts (presort, automation, SCF). Save $0.172 to $0.33, or more, by taking advantage of full postal discounts and utilizing standard/nonprofit marketing mail.
  • Mail only to your target audience. You’ll mail fewer pieces, get better response rates, and improve your profitability.


For more information, contact:

  • USPS mailing and shipping solutions help desk, from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Call


  • Your local mail service provider
  • Your local Postal Customer Council