Pay increased to $15 an hour for full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal workers.
The new Amazon $15 minimum wage will benefit more than 250,000 Amazon employees, as well as over 100,000 seasonal employees who will be hired at Amazon sites across the country this holiday season, the company said in Tuesday’s announcement.
“We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do and decided we want to lead,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “We’re excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us.”
Amazon said its public policy team also will begin advocating for an increase in the federal minimum wage.
Jay Carney, senior vice president of Amazon global corporate affairs, said, “The current rate of $7.25 was set nearly a decade ago. We intend to advocate for a minimum wage increase that will have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people and families across this country.”