Amazon raises common beginning pay for frontline jobs to $19 per hour Inc. introduced a pay enhance for hourly employees within the U.S. that it says will take common beginning wage for many front-line staff in warehousing and transportation to greater than $19 an hour.

The corporate’s minimal stage of $15 an hour for all hourly employees within the U.S. stays unchanged. For jobs in Amazon’s buyer success and transportation teams, the beginning pay will enhance to $16 an hour, a spokesperson mentioned Wednesday in an e-mail. 

The Seattle-based firm mentioned the increase represents further spending of just about $1 billion over the subsequent 12 months. Amazon is the second-largest personal employer within the U.S., behind Walmart Inc. Amazon employed greater than 1.1 million folks within the U.S. on the finish of 2021. The corporate’s whole workforce was greater than 1.5 million as of June 30. Most of these staff are hourly employees who pack and ship gadgets, or work in retail shops like Entire Meals Market and Amazon Recent. 

The corporate is also increasing entry to a program that lets staff receives a commission extra regularly than a couple of times a month, based on an announcement.

Amazon faces worker activism and union drives at a few of its amenities, together with at an Albany, New York-area warehouse the place a vote is scheduled for subsequent month. The corporate is difficult an election final April through which greater than 8,000 employees at a Staten Island, New York, warehouse gained the appropriate to be represented by a union.

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