USPS Shipping Calculator for 2017

on Jan 16th, 2017 | in Etsy Tips, Tools | 23 Comments

The U.S. Postal Service will be changing shipping rates on January 22, 2017. This shipping calculator turns the near-indecipherable USPS rate charts into an easy to use tool for updating your shipping profiles and listings.

Notable for 2017 are increases for domestic shipments – including First Class, Parcel Select, Priority Mail, and Express Mail. The rates for international services remain the same. Take a look at my domestic shipping article if you need a crash course in weighing and packaging.

The rates shown below are commercial base pricing offered by Etsy, PayPal and other online vendors. Be sure to check the prices against your vendor to make sure they’re using commercial prices. Expect to pay more if you show up at the post office without postage. Pricing for flat rate items is included in the table below.

The USPS updated shipping rates on January 21nd, 2018. The rates shown below are no longer correct. I have posted a new shipping calculator with the updated rates.

USPS Shipping Calculator

USPS Flat Rates

First Class Mail 0.49
Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope 5.95
Priority Mail Legal Flat Rate Envelope 6.25
Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope 6.50
Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box 6.45
Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box 12.40
Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box 17.05
Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope
Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope
(Other countries)
Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Box
Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Box
(Other countries)
Priority Mail International Medium Flat Rate Box
Priority Mail International Medium Flat Rate Box
(Other countries)
Priority Mail International Large Flat Rate Box
Priority Mail International Large Flat Rate Box
(Other countries)
Express Mail Flat Rate Envelope 21.18

Disclaimer: This tool is intended to help Etsy sellers, but is unlikely to cover the needs of every shop and business owner. Please use the calculator as a tool in your tool box and not the sole source for your pricing decision. Shipping is complex and we hope to ease the pain a bit. Please keep in mind that extra services, insurance, etc. are not taken into account with this calculator nor does this tool account for all package types (over-sized, balloon, etc.).

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23 Responses

  1. MARION CUBA says:


    • Brittany says:

      Marion, you can use the calculator to find the cost but you need to also include the destination where the package is heading.

  2. Sara Brigdon says:

    Thank you for keeping this accurate!! I sell on Facebook and Ebay and this is my GO TO place for a shipping quote. (someone referred me a couple years ago) It is easier to use than the USPS site and is accurate for Paypal rates. Thanks!!

  3. Chase says:

    Why isn’t the USA in the country list?

    • Brittany says:

      Chase, USA is not listed as an international shipping destination option because the USA is considered domestic mail by the USPS.

  4. Wow this is great! Thank you so much for creating this post!!!

  5. Lynn says:

    I try to remember to come thank you every year, so, thank you!

  6. AnonPlz says:

    I’m not sure I’m using the tool correctly. The price for a 13 lb Priority package in zone 4 on USPS click-n-ship is $22.45 and it appears that through Etsy both Priority and Parcel Select postage would be $15.11? Is that correct?
    Thank you

    • Brittany says:

      Without knowing what zip code you are shipping from and shipping to, I cannot double check on the USPS site. My calculator uses commercial based pricing. USPS Click-n-Ship no longer uses commercial based pricing. That may account for the difference in price that you are seeing.

  7. Kelly says:

    I’ve always been a little confused about this. If I am sending a priority mail regular size package and it weighs 1 lb 4 oz, do I put on postage for 1 lb or for 2 lbs? Since I can send a 1 lb pkg (16 oz) w/1st class mail, I am hoping that if it’s over 1 lb, but not 2 lbs, I can ship at the 1 lb price w/priority mail. Hope that makes sense.

    • Brittany says:

      Kelly, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but you round up in these situations. So your 1 lb 4 oz package rounds up to 2 lbs. Even the tiniest fraction over 1 lb would need to be considered 2 lbs.

  8. Julia says:

    Thank you for doing this every year.

  9. Jackie says:

    How does it work in terms of dimensions (or girth) if mailing in a poly mailer? Thanks for all the great info!

    • Brittany says:

      Jackie, it depends on what you put inside it. Girth is the distance around the thickest part (perpendicular to the length). Hope that did the trick. Let me know if you are still needing help.

  10. Kathy says:

    The calculator does not give the correct rates if you can not enter the size.

    • Brittany says:

      Kathy, it is true that this tool does not account for all package types (over-sized, balloon, etc.) The tool is simplified to make it accessible for the majority of users. Thanks for bringing this up, this might be a good thing to add to the disclaimer on the page.

  11. Karla Ferger says:

    I absolutely love your site!! Thank you so much for being so up-to-date and proactive with all of these changes! I don’t know what I would do without this site!!

  12. Dee says:

    I have you bookmarked and love that you do this for us every year! Thank you again for the easy to use and simplified calculator!
    I posted about your site on Etsy. 🙂

  13. Thank you!!! I’ve been fretting about the changes for days. You’re a life-saver!

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