Media Mail - USPS Retail | Rate Table


Rates Effective July 10, 2022.

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A printable PDF version of this rate table is available at the end of this article.

What are USPS Media Mail Retail rates?

Media Mail is a cost-effective service for shipping books and educational materials. Media Mail packages can weigh up to 70 pounds and measure up to 108 inches in combined length and distance around the thickest part. Learn how to measure your packages correctly.

If your package weighs under 8 ounces, it is less expensive to send it First Class. Media Mail packages must include the sender's and receiver's full addresses.

Delivery is estimated between 2-8 days. 

According to USPS, the following media are allowed to be shipped using Media Mail:

  • Books (at least 8 pages)

  • Sound recordings and video recordings, such as CDs and DVDs

  • Play scripts and manuscripts for books, periodicals, and music

  • Printed music

  • Computer-readable media containing prerecorded information and guides or scripts prepared solely for use with such media

  • Sixteen millimeters or narrower width films

  • Printed objective test materials and their accessories

  • Printed educational reference charts

  • Loose-leaf pages and their binders consisting of medical information for distribution to doctors, hospitals, medical schools, and medical students

Packaging may not contain advertising, and all other items are restricted from this service.


Due to the heavy restrictions of Media Mail, the USPS retains the right to open and inspect packages to check for abuse of the system. If contents violate Media Mail guidelines, then the package may be returned due to insufficient postage or the postage difference may be billed via APV.

Retail Rates

Media Mail rates are based on parcel weights and rate class. When weighing a package, round up to the nearest whole pound to find the postage cost.

Unlike many USPS services, Media Mail is only available at Retail pricing. Even then, Media Mail provides highly competitive postage rates for shipping educational materials.

Learn more about USPS Retail pricing.

Nonstandard Fees & Dimensional Noncompliance Fees:

USPS has added Nonstandard Fees & Dimensional Noncompliance Fees for oversized packages or packages labeled with incorrect dimensions effective April 2022. These surcharges will only apply to domestic residential and commercial addresses.

Flat Rate packages and Regional Rate packages are not applicable.

Learn more about all the USPS rate changes for 2022.

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