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Companies that are raising wages to attract workers
Last updated: June 27, 2022
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The U.S is experiencing a labor shortage. Meaning that companies are unable to find and hire workers to meet the rising demand for goods and services. And while there are many economic factors that are contributing to the shortage, some experts are pointing at low paying jobs as one of the biggest reasons.

This labor shortage may be, in fact good news for the American worker. To attract new hires (and stay in business) some companies are upping their employee benefits starting with increases in pay.

Here's a list of 7 companies that have increased their starting wage AND are hiring now!

Chipotle offers $15/hour plus career growth within the organization

Chipotle Mexican Grill will raise wages for restaurant staff to $15/hour by the end of June 2021. The company is also committing to helping employees define a progressive career path.

"Give Chipotle 3 years and you could make 6 figures"

Considering working at Chipotle? Click here to find Chipotle jobs that are hiring now near you.

Costco pays $16/hour - but it currently averages $24/hour

Costco Wholesale has a reputation for treating it's employees well so it's might not come as a surprise that in February 2021, it publicly announced that starting pay will $16/hour but it's average pay is already at $24/hour

Get the inside scoop on how to apply at Costco

Hourly workers at Hobby Lobby make $17/hour

As of October 2020, the nationwide craft store, Hobby Lobby, boosted starting pay from $15/hour to $17/hour for hourly workers. Check out the Hobby Lobby career map to find current job openings.

The labor shortage makes hiring people much more competitive 

McDonald's employees make $13/hour

Fast food giant McDonald's is committed to raising wages at their company owned restaurants to $11/hour for entry-level and $15/hour for shift managers.

Find out what it's like working at McDonald's here

Starbucks baristas will earn $15/hour

Coffee enthusiast will be getting an extra shot as Starbucks commits to paying cafe workers $15/hour minimum over the next three years. Starbucks also compensates their workers with health plans, stock options, and more.

Target team members make $15/hour - plus bonuses

Target increased wages to $15/hour, plus gave a $200 bonus to hourly employees back in July 2020. In January 2021, it issued a front line worker bonus of $500 for team members and distribution center workers.

Learn more about Target opportunities here

Walmart workers earn an average of $15/hour

While Walmart's starting wage remains at $11/hour, in February 2021 the big box retailer committed to raising wages to an average of $15/hour. Shelf-stockers and employees that support e-commerce can look forward to earning $13-$19/hour.

Ready to work at Walmart? Click here for application tips and more


Is higher pay enough to get you to apply? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Lalit Kumar

What about workers in the Health care field?

What about workers in the Health care field?

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Jennifer Richard

What about workers in the Health care field?

What about workers in the Health care field?

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Bobby Barker

bobby applied for a uspostal job.got in deep mess gave the credit card and amount of 39.00 dollars.to get a hire this was a scam.the whole internet is a scam.locked my card and found trouble with another outfit.I need a job when i ask about it they ask me if i have a car.then they want to sell me insurance.had enought.

bobby applied for a uspostal job.got in deep mess gave the credit card and amount of 39.00 dollars.to get a hire this was a scam.the whole internet is a scam.locked my card and found trouble with another outfit.I need a job when i ask about it they ask me if i have a car.then they want to sell me insurance.had enought.

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Diane Turgeon

And also to keep their employees for lifetime employment. Great employers should have an idea of who their hard working employees are and vice versa. Employers and employees always work better as team when both sides give 100% and they can all communicate well with each other.

And also to keep their employees for lifetime employment. Great employers should have an idea of who their hard working employees are and vice versa. Employers and employees always work better as team when both sides give 100% and they can all communicate well with each other.

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Diane Turgeon

No, I don't think that $15.00 an hour is high enough to cover all your basic needs in 2021 especially if you have many years of experience in the clerical field or customer service. You have to remember all these retail store jobs are all part-time to begin with. Employers have to learn to treat all their employees with respect and pay them with livable wages to avoid employees turnarounds

No, I don't think that $15.00 an hour is high enough to cover all your basic needs in 2021 especially if you have many years of experience in the clerical field or customer service. You have to remember all these retail store jobs are all part-time to begin with. Employers have to learn to treat all their employees with respect and pay them with livable wages to avoid employees turnarounds

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Heidi Kulon

That’s ridiculous. They won’t need to as soon as unemployment stops the extra 300 then we shall see so many back to work . And once again the people who were employed the whole time they didn’t take care of us . That honestly shows how employers do not care about employees that work hard . They make the good ones throw the good work ethic out the door .

That’s ridiculous. They won’t need to as soon as unemployment stops the extra 300 then we shall see so many back to work . And once again the people who were employed the whole time they didn’t take care of us . That honestly shows how employers do not care about employees that work hard . They make the good ones throw the good work ethic out the door .

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