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Why Amazon Supports a $15 Minimum Wage

In 2018, Amazon raised its starting wage for all U.S. workers to at least $15 an hour. We’ve seen the positive impact this has had on our employees, their families, and their communities. Since then, we’ve been lobbying Congress to increase the federal minimum wage—which has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009.

Studies show that wage increases help communities and fuel economic growth. The investments we made in our hourly workers quickly benefitted local businesses and economies.

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It’s time to pass the Raise the Wage Act

Read Amazon’s position on the legislation by Jay Carney, SVP Global Corporate Affairs.
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See how Amazon employees reacted to $15 an hour in 2018

“We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead.”
—Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, in 2018
Amazon’s economic impact and other initiatives
  • In addition to advocating for a higher minimum wage, we have taken positions on a variety of important issues. This page is intended to provide customers, investors, policymakers, employees, and others clarity about our views on advocacy efforts. Learn more about our positions.
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