Amazon.com Inc. announced a pay increase for hourly workers in the US that it says will take the average starting wage for most front-line employees in warehousing and transportation to more than $19 an hour.
The company’s minimum level of $15 an hour for all hourly workers in the US remains unchanged. For jobs in Amazon’s customer fulfillment and transportation groups, the starting pay will increase to $16 an hour, a spokesperson said Wednesday in an email.
The Seattle-based company said the raise represents additional spending of almost $1 billion over the next year. The company also is expanding access to a program that lets employees get paid more frequently than once or twice a month, according to a statement.
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