Rutter’s Lifts Starting Pay to $17.50 an Hour

Also, Yesway opens its 425th store, a company milestone.

November 22, 2022

YORK, Pa. & FORT WORTH, Texas—Rutter’s announced another increase to its starting wage, with pay beginning at $17.50 per hour. This is the company’s second increase of the year, and seventh in three years.

Since December 2019, Rutter’s has raised wages by more than 70%. Rutter’s team members and field employees will receive the latest wage boost, with full-time team members earning over $36,400 per year. Rutter’s was named as one of Forbes Top Mid-Size Employers for 2021.

“We have fantastic employees at Rutter’s and want to recognize them for their continued dedication to being industry leaders,” said Suzanne Cramer, Rutter’s vice president of human resources. “As the new year is around the corner, we’re thrilled to increase our wages again for our team members and field employees and want to thank them for their efforts!”

Rutter’s starting hourly wage is sharply higher than the industry average. In 2021, the average full-time associate starting wage at a convenience store was $13.14 an hour, and the average part-time sales associate wage was $11 an hour, according to the NACS State of the Industry Compensation Report® of 2021 Data.

Register to attend the 2023 NACS Human Resources Forum taking place March 20-23 in Savannah, Georgia, for deep dives into same-day pay and other top-of-mind issues for HR professionals specific to the convenience retailing industry. Read NACS Magazine’s coverage of the 2022 NACS Human Resources Forum in “Building a Winning People Strategy.”

Convenience retailers also can access the Good Jobs Calculator, designed exclusively for NACS and the convenience industry. This tool allows retailers to use their own data and customized assumptions about the amount of improvement or uplift achievable, and executives can run scenarios on the bottom-line impact of a Good Jobs system.

This accomplishment comes on the heels of a flurry of activity over the past 12 months for the company, including the acquisition of the Tres Amigos chain of stores in September, the August launch of the new Allsup's Express concept store adjacent to the campus of Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, Texas, and earlier announced openings of new Allsup's stores in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The company recently opened Allsup's stores in Fort Stockton, Hawley and Millsap, Texas. These new-to-industry and renovated Allsup's stores each have 5,630 square feet of merchandising space, 24 fueling positions and high-speed diesel fueling lanes. Yesway has opened 39 new-to-industry and relocated stores to date in 2022.

These are the latest of the new large-format stores Yesway has developed and is rapidly bringing to market, with more expected to be completed by year's end. The stores are open 24 hours per day and include a full selection of Yesway and Allsup's private label snacks; a new trucker/automotive section; high-quality fresh Allsup's bread, milk and eggs; beer cave; and amenities including Western Union service, ATM availability and Coin Cloud digital currency machines offering 30+ digital currencies.

"Reaching this significant milestone in only six short years, and at such a sustained swift pace, is truly a testament to the dedication and hard work of our extremely talented team," said Tom Trkla, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Yesway. "I would also like to thank personally all of our customers in Fort Stockton, Hawley and Millsap and also across our entire portfolio. Your loyalty motivates and inspires us and helps us to grow.  We look forward to serving you and supporting your communities."

Derek Gaskins, Yesway’s chief marketing officer, presented an overview of Yesway’s new builds and remodels at the 2022 NACS Show in a top-rated education session. Read the coverage in “Learn From the Best” in the November issue of NACS Magazine.