SEATTLE – Amazon announced it would be raising the minimum wage paid to all of its U.S. employees to $15 per hour, CNBC reports. Amazon also indicated it would begin a push to raise the federal minimum wage.
More than a quarter-million employees will be affected by the wage hike, including temporary and part-time workers. An additional 100,000 seasonal workers also will have a $15-per-hour starting wage at Amazon. Some workers currently taking home $15 per hour will get a raise.
“We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do and decided we want to lead,” said CEO Jeff Bezos, in a statement. “We’re excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us.”
Across the pond, Amazon’s U.K. workers also received a pay hike, now earning a minimum of £10.50 ($13.61) for London employees and £9.50 ($12.31) for employees in the rest of the country.
Other retailers have increased their hourly wage minimums. Target has said it will pay a starting wage of $15 per hour by 2020, while Walmart will increase its minimum wage to $11 per hour in January. New York and California each have a state minimum wage of $15 per hour, while Washington, D.C., will move its starting wage to $15 per hour by 2020, and Massachusetts will step up its minimum wage to $15 by 2023.