Apple Store employees in the United States are getting a raise

Apple Store Fifth Avenue New York
Apple Store Fifth Avenue New York (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple Store employees in the United States are getting raises.
  • Employees are getting raises between 2% to 10% depending on location and role.
  • The company is responding to a tightening job market.

A lot of Apple Store employees in the United States are getting a bigger paycheck.

As reported by Bloomberg, the company is increasing pay for "many" of its retail employees in the country as a response to a "tightening labor market, inflation woes and complaints from some staffers about working conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic." According to the report, raises range from anywhere between 2% to 10% depending on the employee's location and role.

The iPhone maker announced the pay increases this week during store briefings and individual meetings with employees, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The increases are catered at least in part to employees who have worked at the company prior to the pandemic's start in 2020 and are designed to better align veteran staff with more recent hires.The raises, which have ranged from 2% to 10% depending on store location and role, are going to salespeople, Genius Bar technical support staff and some senior hourly workers, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. The increases don't apply to all employees, and not all stores have been notified of the changes yet.

Apple Store Social Distancing

Apple Store Social Distancing (Image credit: Apple)

Bloomberg says that the pay raises will not replace employees' annual review compensation conversations and instead serve as a one-time adjustment to better align employee compensation with market demands.

With the new raises, one salesperson saw compensation rise by about $2 to $25 an hour. Another worker who handles repairs saw an increase of about $3 to $24 per hour.

Apple has been throwing more money at employees throughout the pandemic. Back in September, the company paid out a one-time $1000 bonus to retail employees as a thank you for their work over the pandemic. In an effort to retain high-level corporate employees, the company paid out as much as $185,000 to some high-level executives.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.