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Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby hikes minimum wage to $14 an hour for full-time hourly employees

Oklahoma City-based retailer Hobby Lobby has boosted its minimum wage five straight years for full-time hourly workers.
BY JENNIFER PALMER jpalmer@opubco.com Modified: April 15, 2013 at 9:31 pm •  Published: April 15, 2013

For Hobby Lobby worker Heidi Cranor, the extra dollar an hour she'll now earn means a lot.

Cranor, 43, is a single mom to a 5-year-old boy and works full time in the framing department of the Edmond store. She said the company's across-the-board minimum wage increase to $14 an hour says a lot about the Oklahoma City company she joined a year ago.

“It's just amazing to me how the company values its employees,” she said. “I'm thankful for it today.”

On Monday, Hobby Lobby announced it raised wages for full-time hourly employees for the fifth year in a row. Full-time hourly employees now earn at least $14 an hour, up from $13, and part-time employees make at least $9.50 an hour, up from $9.

The move will raise the pay of more than 17,726 workers nationwide. The Oklahoma City retailer's new minimum wage for full-time hourly employees is almost double the national minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

Matt Purcell, who manages the Edmond location, said his employees are excited about the wage increase, which improves the quality of life for them and their families.

“What great news to get an increase on Tax Day,” he said.

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