Amazon is one of the most well-known names in e-commerce. It has a reputation for fast and reliable delivery, great customer service and its perk-filled Prime membership. The company is worth $278 billion and employs more than a million people worldwide. As the holidays approach, the company is bringing on hordes of workers to help handle demand and is bumping average hourly wages in the process.
Depending on the position, Amazon warehouse employees are paid either hourly or weekly. They may also be paid a monthly salary. Amazon also offers sign-on bonuses to new associates. These bonuses typically depend on the location and include money that can be used to purchase products from the company or for living expenses.
In California, the average annual pay for an Amazon warehouse worker is $64,805. The highest paying roles in this state are information technology project manager, solutions architect and scientist. In addition, Amazon warehouse workers can earn overtime in accordance with state laws. These laws require employers to pay non-exempt employees for working more than eight hours in a day or 40 hours in a week. In addition, the law requires employers to provide meal and rest breaks for employees who work more than four hours in a day.
Some of the most important issues for workers at Amazon are wage theft, workplace safety and discrimination. Workers should make sure they understand their rights and file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing if they believe they are being mistreated by their employer. The agency is responsible for investigating allegations of employment-related complaints and has the power to order employers to change their policies.