Amazon offering average starting wage of $17 an hour plus signing bonus in bid to hire 75,000 employees


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Amid a national labor shortage, Amazon is looking for 75,000 new employees throughout the country and is hoping to attract applicants with bonuses to meet its demand for workers. The online retail giant announced the openings in its fulfillment and logistics network across the U.S. and Canada.

The company recently increased pay for employees in these roles. Starting pay averages $17 an hour — which means that not all employees will start at $17 an hour — and many locations offer sign-on bonuses of up to $1,000 as well as vaccination bonuses.

“Working at Amazon also comes with an unwavering commitment to safety, especially as we continue to navigate a global pandemic,” Alicia Boler Davis, vice president of global customer fulfillment at Amazon, said in a statement. “In addition to the great pay and robust benefits available to new hires starting on their first day, we’re offering a $100 benefit to new hires who come to Amazon already vaccinated for COVID-19.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, which led to an unprecedented number of consumers shopping online, Amazon has added more than 400,000 employees to its workforce. The company now employs more than a million workers, making it the second-largest private employer in the country, behind Walmart, which employs more than 2 million people.

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In addition to paying more than the national minimum wage, Amazon offers employee benefits such as health, vision and dental insurance; a 401(k) with 50% company match; paid parental leave; and 95% of tuition prepayment for courses in high-demand fields.

It is notable that the company has been scrutinized for reports of treating warehouse and delivery employees poorly. Employees seeking to unionize at one of its fulfillment centers lost in an April vote, although the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union is appealing the results based on interference claims.

Interested candidates can apply at Jobs are available across the country, but the following locations offer the most open positions:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Washington and
  • Wisconsin

Amazon Air, Amazon Pharmacy, shopper, delivery and package sorting jobs are among the available positions. Hiring is underway, so if you’re interested, now’s the time to apply.

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