Working at Starbucks is about to become a whole lot sweeter — and it has nothing to do with the sugary drinks.
The coffee giant announced on Monday that starting January 1, eligible employees will receive a 3% to 5% hourly wage increase depending on how many years of service they’ve given to the company.
Retail hourly “partners” (Starbucks’ internal word for its employees) in the U.S. will see “at least a 3% increase” in wages. Employees who have been with the company for 2-5 years will see a 4% increase and those who have been with Starbucks for five or more years are set to see a 5% increase.
Barista ranges are between $15 and $24 per hour, thanks to wage increases that the chain implemented in 2022. On average, hourly retail workers for the company receive a wage of $17.50 per hour.
Starbucks said in a statement that the increases allow the company to continue “serving the best benefits across the industry for hourly retail work.”
Newly hired employees will also see faster PTO accrual starting January 1, with new workers being able to start accruing time off just 90 days after initially being hired.
“Investing in our partners is what drives our success. It’s what makes us all partners,” said Sara Trilling, executive vice president and president of Starbucks North America, in a company release. “And an important way we do this is by investing in our partners’ journey, to bridge to a better future at Starbucks and beyond.”
There is a catch, however.
Starbucks is coming off of a strong Q4 2023, with net sales increasing 11.4% to $9.37 billion.
The coffee giant was up just under 14.5% year over year as of Tuesday afternoon.