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01/07/2021

Wayfair raises minimum wage to $15 per hour

Marianne Wilson
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Wayfair has raised the starting wage for all its U.S. employees.

Under the increase, effective on Jan. 3, all full-time, part-time and seasonal employees across the online home furnishing company’s U.S. operations will make at least $15 per hour. More than 40% of Wayfair’s hourly employees across its U.S. supply chain and customer service operations will receive a pay increase.

“Throughout the challenges of the past year, we rolled out numerous initiatives to support our team including pay premiums, bonuses and a family dinner program,” said Niraj Shah, CEO, co-founder and co-chairman, Wayfair. “Now, as we enter 2021, we are continuing to build upon our steadfast commitment to our team and their families by increasing minimum pay for all hourly employees. We are fortunate to have an incredible team that puts our customers first each and every day and it is important to us that they feel supported and fairly compensated for the important work that they do.” 

Wayfair has also extended benefits to further support its employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including an ongoing pay premium for its frontline team, a variety of bonuses, emergency paid time off, and childcare support for all employees. 

Also, during the past year, Wayfair invested more than $12 million in the greater community, including $3 million in small businesses, providing hundreds of thousands of meals for its employees and their families from local restaurants that were struggling due to the pandemic. Wayfair’s Dinner To Go program provided every frontline employee with two free, family-sized meals per week from local, family-owned restaurants throughout the most difficult months of the pandemic. The initiative supported both frontline teams as well as struggling small businesses in areas across Wayfair’s logistics network.