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Chipotle Needs Employees and Is Willing to Pay for Them


At a time when many lament the shortage of foodservice workers while warning that raising the minimum wage could devastate restaurant businesses, Chipotle is putting its money where its mouth is and raising its employees’ pay.

The Mexican food fast-casual brand announced it is increasing restaurant wages and will offer its employees a $15 average hourly wage by the end of June. Chipotle said it would begin rolling out the wage increases for new and existing hourly and salaried restaurant employees in the coming weeks. It will result in hourly crew members’ starting wages ranging from $11-$18 per hour. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 although individual states and municipalities might require a higher minimum.

“Chipotle is committed to providing industry-leading benefits and accelerated growth opportunities, and we hope to attract even more talent by showcasing the potential income that can be achieved in a few short years,” said Marissa Andrada, chief diversity, inclusion and people officer at Chipotle. “We’re looking for people who are authentic, passionate and want to help cultivate a better world through real food and real personal development.”

To further support its goal of hiring 20,000 additional people, the company introduced a $200 employee referral bonus for crew members and a $750 referral bonus for apprentices or general managers. Chipotle’s crew members can advance to “restaurateur,” the highest GM position at the chain, in as little as three-and-a-half years, with average compensation of $100,000.

Chipotle added that it will become the first brand to launch a virtual career fair on Discord, the popular community platform, on May 13. Chipotle’s Discord server will feature recruitment content and live sessions with Chipotle employees highlighting its benefits, career paths, cooking demos and more. Career fair participants will have the opportunity to chat with real Chipotle employees and gain insight into what it’s like to work in a Chipotle restaurant.