HRoth - 5:44 pm on May 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
The way I understand it, for rural carriers, it is not extra pay, it is extra time. All the packages delivered and picked up on a route are figured in during what they call a mail count. I don't know how often these occur--once a year? Whatever happens in that month is considered the average number of packages for the route, and then the amount of time it's supposed to take the carrier to do the work is figured from that, and that is what their pay is based on.