According to a survey of job postings, starting pay for such workers can be as low as $10 an hour or as high as $14.
Amazon surprised its competition (Walmart, I'm talking about you) when it announced this week that - beginning November 1st - it would raise the minimum wage it pays its hourly employees to $15 an hour.
In India, both Amazon and Flipkart pay their blue-collar workers 25-60% above state-mandated minimum wages in the major cities they operate in. For example, a current job posting for a full-time warehouse worker in Omaha, Neb., starts at $12.25 an hour, while a similar job in Madison, Wis., starts at $11.
According to Bloomberg, "Warehouse workers for the e-commerce giant in the US were eligible in the past for monthly bonuses that could total hundreds of dollars per month as well as stock awards, said two people familiar with Amazon's pay policies".
"They took away all the incentives to work super hard", she said, estimating that the $1 raise will give her about $160 extra a month. "We will be phasing out the RSU grant program for stock which would vest in 2020 and 2021 for this group of employees, replacing it with a direct stock purchase plan before the end of 2019".
"We will be working to gain Congressional support for an increase in the federal minimum wage".
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Amazon India pays its workers 25% more than the minimum wage in Bengaluru, and about 60% higher than the minimum wages in cities such as Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad, according to data from staffing agencies Xpheno and TeamLease.
"It's a joke", Amazon warehouse employee Vicki Shannon Allen said to NBC News. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has noted that some of its workers receive food stamps and other benefits that are geared for the poor, while its owner Jeff Bezos has become the world's wealthiest person. The impact of a higher federal wage, though, would likely be modest, because more than 20 states have minimum wages above the federal level.
After Amazon announced it would raise its minimum wage to $15, Senator Sanders put his sights on another target: McDonald's. "That's one of the reasons why they're so scary to other industries". "In fact, recruiters feel Amazon is the most attractive brand to attract talent, from the wages perspective".
But not everyone is necessarily happy about the increase in their pay. The competition for low-wage workers has become more fierce in recent years as the U.S. labor market has grown more competitive, sparking a "war for talent".
"We've already seen just how much pressure there is I think this is only going to increase it", said Judy Conti, director of government affairs at the National Employment Law Project.