Amazon is offering some good news for job seekers as they plan to hire a whopping 250,000 people for various roles in fulfillment centers and transportation across the United States. These roles encompass full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions and are available in numerous cities and towns.
Amazon is known for being a major job creator in the country, having added more than 800,000 jobs in the past five years. In a move to further boost employment opportunities, Amazon is investing a substantial $1.3 billion this year to increase the average pay for customer fulfillment and transportation employees. This will bring their average hourly wage to over $20.50, marking a significant increase of over 50% in the past five years. In certain locations, the pay could go as high as $28 per hour.
John Felton, Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, shared, “The holiday season is always a special time at Amazon, and we’re excited to hire 250,000 additional people this year to help serve customers across the country. Whether someone is looking for a short-term way to make extra money or is hoping to take their first step toward a fulfilling and rewarding career at Amazon, there’s a role available for them. A fulfillment or transportation employee who starts with us today will see a 13% increase in pay over the next three years—likely more, including our annual wage investments—and that’s on top of offerings like prepaid college tuition with Career Choice and health care benefits from day one.”
Amazon has been consistently increasing its hourly wages, with over $10 billion invested in hourly pay over the last five years. This year, they’ve expanded their employee benefits, introducing programs like an emergency savings initiative and a financial assistance pilot program that has already saved customer fulfillment and transportation employees nearly $20 million, all accessible right from the first day of employment.
Jobs within Amazon’s operations network involve various tasks, such as stowing, picking, packing, sorting, and shipping customer orders. These positions are available in many cities and towns across the U.S. They can serve as a starting point for a long-term career, both within and outside the company. Some locations even offer signing bonuses ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, and employees can earn between $17 and $28 per hour, depending on their position and location.
Amazon is also focusing on enhancing on-the-job safety training for employees, with improved safety programs and training for Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT). This specialized training aims to enhance knowledge retention and prioritize safety, covering machines like order pickers and forklifts.
Moreover, Amazon offers health care benefits from the very first day of employment, including mental health support, advanced cancer care, and 24/7 access to medical advice.
In addition to job opportunities, Amazon has been expanding its network by opening over 50 new fulfillment centers, delivery stations, and same-day delivery sites across the U.S., creating numerous job opportunities in each location.
Amazon also emphasizes career growth, early access to earned pay, and a comprehensive benefits package, including health, vision, and dental insurance. They provide a 401(k) plan with company matching and up to 20 weeks of paid pregnancy/parental leave for birth parents (six weeks for eligible supporting parents). Furthermore, Amazon’s Resources for Living program offers free mental health and financial services and support for employees and their families.