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.
Hobby Lobby CEO and founder David Green said hourly workers contribute greatly to the company's success.
“We know that if we reward our employees for their hard work, we will be rewarded in turn with their loyalty and dedication to their job and to our customers,” Green said in a statement.
Hobby Lobby and its affiliate, Hemispheres, employ more than 22,900 people nationwide. The company plans to open 33 additional stores this year, which is expected to create another 1,200 jobs. New Oklahoma stores will include a Hemispheres in Moore.
In 2009, Hobby Lobby established a companywide minimum wage of $10 an hour for full-time employees and has raised it by one dollar each year since. The most recent national minimum wage hike was the same year, when it increased from $6.55 to $7.25.