Amazon announced it would hike wages for its U.S. operations employees — a nearly $1 billion investment over the next year — in addition to investing in new skills training and wage access programs.
Average hourly pay for employees in customer fulfillment and transportation will increase from $18 per hour to more than $19 per hour, with employees earning between $16 and $26 per hour depending on their position and location in the U.S.
Learn more about working at Amazon
“Employees across customer fulfillment and transportation will now earn, on average, more than $19 per hour in the U.S., and they also have access to a range of comprehensive benefits to support themselves and their families,” said John Felton, Amazon’s senior vice president of Worldwide Operations.
Amazon has also added an additional development program, Amazon Intelligence Initiative. This career advancement program is designed to place employees in engineering roles within Amazon Web Services (AWS), working to operate AWS’s Dedicated Cloud regions.
Employees participate in a 12-14-month development program to enhance their technical skills. These engineers then complete multiple on-the-job rotations with hands-on experience alongside top AWS engineers.
The Amazon Intelligence Initiative provides participants with full-time employment during this training, with great pay and benefits. Once their time in the program is completed, employees are placed into the most appropriate roles.