Universal Orlando Resort increasing base pay rate to $15 per hour

by Brittani Tuttle

Universal Orlando Resort has announced plans to increase its starting base pay rate to $15 per hour — up from $13 — and giving more than 18,000 current team members a raise based on the new rates and their time with the company.

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Today’s announcement marks the single-largest wage increase in Universal Orlando’s history. While the $15 wage is the new starting base rate, the company is also increasing start rates for other positions based on job requirements. These new rates will be effective starting June 27, and will affect full-time and part-time hourly positions, as well as entry-level salaried roles.

“We are excited about our future and we want team members who will be excited to be part of that journey,” said John Sprouls, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Universal Parks & Resorts. “This is about taking care of both our current team members and those who will be joining our team. We know a great guest experience begins with our team members — and we will continue to provide the best work experience we can.”

Universal Orlando shared this announcement by saying it was the “first major Orlando theme park” to offer a rate increase; but less than a week ago, Cedar Point in Ohio made waves by being the first theme park in general to offer a pay increase, raising seasonal and part-time pay to $20 an hour in order to entice more candidates to apply.

Universal Orlando is currently hiring full-time and part-time roles for the summer, and start rates will be automatically increased to the new rate once it goes into effect Jobs are available in all areas of business, including Attractions, Aquatics, Food Services, Culinary, Merchandise, Custodial, Warehouse, Entrance Operations, Call Center Sales, and more.

Those interested can apply online at UniversalOrlandoJobs.com.


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