Amazon raised the Average pay for US employees to more than $18 an hour. The company is also planning to hire an additional 125,000 warehouse and transportation workers, having previously said it’ll add 55,000 people for tech jobs. The average Amazon starting pay was around $17 in May.
The company increase is a response to rising competition. However, it’ll maintain its $15 an hour base pay. Last week, the e-commerce giant also announced plans to expand the education benefits it offers to US employees. Starting in January, more than 75,000 operations employees will be eligible to have their full college tuition paid for
Dave Clark, CEO of the worldwide consumer at Amazon, in the release, said that the company is now the largest job creator in the US, and we know that investing in free skills training for our teams can have a huge impact on hundreds of thousands of families across the country. The CEO said that over 50,000 employees globally have already participated in the company’s Career Choice education program.