Newport Beach-based Chipotle Mexican Grill, which is looking to hire 20,000 workers for its peak season and to staff about 200 restaurants it plans to open this year, announced Monday it is increasing wages to an average of $15 by the end of June.
The wage increases for new and existing hourly and salaried restaurant employees will be rolled out over the next few weeks and will result in hourly starting wages ranging from $11-$18 per hour, according to the fast-food chain.
Chipotle is also introducing a $200 employee referral bonus for crew members and a $750 referral bonus for apprentices or general managers amid the pandemic-battered restaurant industry’s nationwide struggle to fill positions as coronavirus vaccinations increase and government restrictions ease.
“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.”
Chipotle will hold a virtual career fair on community platform Discord on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chipotle’s Discord server (discord.gg/ChipotleCareerFair) will feature recruitment content and live sessions with Chipotle employees, who will chat with career fair participants about what it’s like to work in a Chipotle restaurant.
For more information on Chipotle job openings, visit: jobs.chipotle.com/.
Chipotle, which has about 97,000 employees, operates more than 2,800 restaurants in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Germany and is the only restaurant company of its size that owns and operates all its locations.
Steve Ells, founder and former executive chairman, opened the first Chipotle restaurant in Denver, Colorado, in 1993.