Sometimes a job is just a job. You do what you have to do to get by and make ends meet. However, some of the U.S.’s biggest and most powerful retailers are changing their employees’ perspective on their job by making sure each and every member of the company feels valued and respected. What better way to do this than with a pay raise? Over the last few years, the minimum wage has been steadily increasing, and big brands like Target, Best Buy, and Costco have been taking notice. Not only have companies like these started to pay higher wages, they also offer impressive employee benefit packages. Read on to find out what the 11 highest paying retailers are in the U.S. and why you might want to get a job at one of them. (Note: the starting wage listed here are for sales associate positions)
Going to Costco is an event, not just a shopping trip. From their food court, indoor sampling stations, electronic department, and variety of bulk items, Costco is a one-stop-shop wholesale. Bulk shopping is not only convenient, it’s affordable. It means a fewer number of shopping trips per month and wholesale prices (especially on Kirkland brand) saves customers money. Employees also love working here. The starting wage is $13 per hour, one of the highest in the industry. Raise increases come with seniority. Costco offers an excellent benefits package including medical, vision, dental, 401K plan, investment options and full vacation privileges after two years. They even offer health care to their part-timers. This is rare in a world where part-time employees usually get the cold shoulder, proving Costco truly cares about their employees. Maybe that’s why they’ve got over 170,000 of them!