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Hobby Lobby announces companywide minimum wage increase

The Oklahoma City-based retailer will now pay full-time workers at least $13 an hour and part-time workers will earn at least $9 an hour.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: April 17, 2012

For the fourth consecutive year, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. boosted the minimum wage of its workers.

Full-time employees now earn at least $13 an hour and part-time workers make at least $9 an hour.

The national minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

The increase applies to 15,300 employees nationwide, including those at the Oklahoma City corporate headquarters, Hobby Lobby stores, Hemispheres and Crafts Etc.!

Hobby Lobby has continued to announce wage increases for the company's workers, even during the economic recession.

Last year, Hobby Lobby employees learned on Tax Day — April 15 — that the company was raising its minimum wage to $12 for full-time employees. The increase affected nearly 7,000 employees.

“We are very blessed as a company to have seen the growth and success that we have experienced, and we are grateful to be able to share that success with our employees,” said David Green, chief executive officer of Hobby Lobby. “As we continue to grow and be even more successful, we plan to continue to share those blessings with our employees.”

Merit increases

He said employees are still eligible for individual merit increases.

Oklahoma City employee Tammi Cypert, who heads the home accents department of the Hobby Lobby store at 6104 W Reno Ave., said the raise has been well received by co-workers.

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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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