Hobby Lobby Stores has once again increased its hourly wage — this time for part-timers.
The arts-and-crafts retailer is hiring 11,000 seasonal store employees. It also has raised its part-time minimum hourly wage by over 18%, to $13.00.
In 2009, Hobby Lobby was one of the first retailers to establish a nationwide minimum hourly wage well above the federal minimum wage. It has since raised its minimum wages eleven times during the past twelve years. In October 2020, the company raised its minimum wage for full-time employees to $17 per hour, putting it among the highest-paying U.S. retailers.
Hobby Lobby said it continues to experience solid growth. It opened 25 new stores in 2021.
“We continue our efforts to maintain our position as a retail leader when it comes to taking care of our people,” said David Green, founder and CEO, Hobby Lobby, which operates 956 stores nationwide. “We are always looking to attract new members to our team who value working for a retailer that closes on Sundays and at 8 p.m. the rest of the week and provides some of the best wages and benefits in the retail industry.”
In addition to providing industry-leading pay, Hobby Lobby noted that it also provides great benefits to eligible employees, including an outstanding medical, prescription, and dental plan, 401(k) with generous company match, flexible spending plan, long-term disability benefits, life insurance, vacation pay, personal paid time off benefits with annual buyback, holiday pay, chaplain services, and an employee discount.