Chobani Raises Minimum Wage to $20, Adds Other Employee Benefits

June 26, 2023
Long known for caring for employees, the Greek yogurt company also partners for childcare and eldercare programs and will increase the amount it matches for employee 401(k) contributions.

Chobani, a food company known for caring for its employees, recently increased its minimum starting wage to $20, is partnering for childcare and eldercare programs and will increase the amount it matches for employee 401(k) contributions.

Starting pay for full-time manufacturing and corporate hourly workers will be $20 per hour. “This follows the company's multiple minimum wage increases over the last three years, from a starting wage of $13 per hour in 2020,” the company wrote.

Chobani also is working with WeeCare, a childcare network, to offer all full-time U.S. employees — manufacturing, corporate and remote — backup care credits and an annual cash stipend to use for childcare and eldercare programs.

“The moves to increase our competitive wages and provide access to affordable and flexible care options were made to address key priorities we know are top of mind for our team and so many others in the workplace today," said Shari Eaton, chief people officer.

It would be difficult to list all the people-positive things the Greek yogurt company has done since its 2007 founding, but they include giving a chunk of ownership to employees, starting a program for all food & beverage processors to hire refugees and paying off a debt of Twin Falls, Idaho, schools, the town in which Chobani built a huge yogurt factory.

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Dave Fusaro has served as editor in chief of Food Processing magazine since 2003. Dave has 30 years experience in food & beverage industry journalism and has won several national ASBPE writing awards for his Food Processing stories. Dave has been interviewed on CNN, quoted in national newspapers and he authored a 200-page market research report on the milk industry. Formerly an award-winning newspaper reporter who specialized in business writing, he holds a BA in journalism from Marquette University. Prior to joining Food Processing, Dave was Editor-In-Chief of Dairy Foods and was Managing Editor of Prepared Foods.

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