hires more than 125,000 drivers and warehouse workers and will pay them an average starting wage of more than $ 18 an hour – and up to $ 22.50 in some locations, the online retailer said Tuesday.
Jobs will be both part-time and full-time, and in all parts of the country, from Arizona and Indiana to New Jersey and Florida.
Amazon now pays one of the highest, if not the highest, minimum wages for any US retailer. In 2018, the tech giant set a minimum wage of $ 15 an hour, more than double the federal minimum wage of $ 7.25.
In recent years, other retailers and consumer-oriented businesses have raised their minimum wages. This year alone
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(MCD) increased their starting salary.
Amazon let one of its warehouse workers in Miami talk about the benefits of his higher salary.
“Before Amazon, I was in a car wash and made $ 9 an hour. Then I got to Amazon and started making $ 15 an hour – it changed my life, ”said Leonardo, who the company didn’t identify by his last name.
Amazon is on a hiring wave. In early September, the company announced it would fill 40,000 business and technology positions; since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Amazon has hired more than 450,000 people in the United States
Tuesday’s announcement matches his offer last week to pay 100% of the tuition fees of more than 750,000 US employees.
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Amazon shares closed 0.21% lower at $ 3,450 on Tuesday. The stock has gained nearly 6% so far this year and has risen 9.3% in the past 12 months, trailing the
18% and 31% gains over the same periods.
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