Chipotle increasing average wage to $15 per hour

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (NewsNation Now) — As many restaurants struggle to hire workers (as seen in the video above), some, including Chipotle, are offering higher pay with bigger career opportunities.


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Chipotle announced Monday it’s increasing the pay of its restaurant workers to an average of $15 per hour by the end of June.

Some employees will also be eligible to make a six-figure salary after just a few years working with the chain. Wage increases will be rolled out over the next few weeks.

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“Chipotle is committed to providing industry-leading benefits and accelerated growth opportunities, and we hope to attract even more talent by showcasing the potential income that can be achieved in a few short years,” said Marissa Andrada, Chief Diversity, Inclusion and People Officer at Chipotle.

Hourly crew members’ wages will range from $11-$18 per hour. Employees also have the opportunity to be promoted to a general manager position — a job with an “average compensation” of $100,000 — within about three and a half years, the company said.

Chipotle said it aims to hire 20,000 employees ahead of the summer. The chain also plans to roll out a $200 employee referral bonus for crew members, and a $750 referral bonus for apprentices or general managers.


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A virtual career fair will be held on May 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT on its Discord platform.

“We’re looking for people who are authentic, passionate and want to help cultivate a better world through real food and real personal development,” Andrada said.

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