Amazon is now the second-largest employer in America, but sometimes it can use a little extra help. As the holidays approach, the e-commerce giant is hiring 150,000 seasonal workers to help handle what’s expected to be a blockbuster online shopping holiday season.
And because of the tight labor market, Amazon is also offering hiring bonuses up to $3,000 to get workers in the door.
How to Get a Holiday Gig (and Beyond) at Amazon
Amazon is holding a Warehouse Hiring Day on October 26, but full-time and part-time jobs are available across Amazon’s operations. The company says seasonal employees will have the chance to land permanent jobs if they want.
“Many of our seasonal employees return year-after-year or transition into full-time roles,” said John Felton, Amazon’s senior VP of worldwide operations, in a press release.
All U.S. Amazon jobs — including seasonal ones — come with an average starting pay of $19 per hour, although it can vary depending on your position and your location.
Workers can also earn an extra $3 per hour for working certain shifts — specifically, early morning, evening, overnight and weekend shifts.
Sign-on bonuses ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 are available in select locations.
Jobs in Amazon’s operations network include stowing, picking, packing, shipping and delivering customer orders. Seasonal employees will be trained, and the jobs are available in hundreds of cities and towns across the U.S., the company says.
While seasonal jobs are available across the country, the states with the most available positions include: California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Utah and Washington.
Other Seasonal Job Opportunities
Yes, Amazon really is the second-biggest employer in the U.S. Who’s the first? Walmart, which is also hiring seasonal workers — 40,000 of them.
Mike Brassfield ([email protected]) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.