Costco starting pay is about to go up by $1/hour

|
Costco starting pay is about to go up by $1/hour
Team Clark is adamant that we will never write content influenced by or paid for by an advertiser. To support our work, we do make money from some links to companies and deals on our site. Learn more about our guarantee here.
Advertisement

Thanks to savings from the nation’s new tax plan, Costco pay is about to go up as the warehouse club seeks to retain workers in a low unemployment-rate environment.

The nation’s second-largest retailer announced it will begin paying employees a starting hourly wage of $14 to $14.50, which is up from $13 to $13.50.

The new starting wage takes effect June 11.

RELATED: Calling in sick? Here’s the #1 excuse your boss will actually believe

Costco pay rises as competition for workers grows

The company announced the pay raise Thursday on a conference call with analysts.

Costco’s chief financial officer, Richard Galanti, recognizes the importance of a raise like this for many of the company’s employees.

“Given that the income tax changes were unique and don’t happen every day, we certainly felt the right thing to do was to allow it certainly to help our employees, as well as [to] drive our business and improve the member value,” Galanti said.

The CFO added that some of the tax savings will be funneled to “investing in price,” too. That means customers can continue to expect the low prices they’ve come to love.

In addition to more money for new hires, current warehouse employees will receive an hourly increase of anywhere from 25 cents to 50 cents per hour.

The highest hourly pay for a Costco employee is currently in the $23 range. It usually takes about four years for a full-time employee to get to the top of the Costco pay scale.

Many other U.S. retailers are also feeling the pressure to boost wages as unemployment falls to a near 20-year low of 3.8%. Meanwhile, 19 states raised their minimum wage last year.

Walmart, which operates the competing Sam’s Club chain, increased its minimum pay to $11 an hour this year and also gave a one-time pay raise to more than 1 million employees.

More job-related stories on Clark.com:

Advertisement
Theo Thimou About the author:
Theo has co-written several books with Clark Howard, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Living Large in Lean Times. As a single widowed parent of two young children, he strives to bring savings tips to that unique subset of individuals. He can be reached at theo@clark.com.
View More Articles
  • Show Comments Hide Comments