YORK, Pa. — Rutter's is at it again. The convenience retailer is increasing its starting wage to $17 an hour.
This is the first time in 2022 that Rutter's is upping the rate; however, it is the sixth time it made the move in the past three years. Rutter's team members and field employees will both see the wage increase, with full-time team members earning more than $35,000 per year.
According to the company, the changes have amounted to a more than 60-percent increase in wages since December 2019.
"We have fantastic employees at Rutter's and want to recognize them for their continued dedication to being industry leaders," said Suzanne Cramer, Rutter's vice president of human resources. "As the summer of 2022 gets going, we're thrilled to increase our wages again for our team members and field employees and want to thank them for their efforts."
Rutter's last wage increase came in November 2021 when the retailer set the starting rate at $16 per hour. At the time, employees at Rutter's corporate headquarters in York also received a 10-percent wage hike.
Rutter's operates 81 locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. Part of a family managed group of companies, Rutter's includes convenience stores, a dairy and beverage company, and a real estate company.
Preparing for Summer Traffic
The new starting hourly pay comes as convenience retailers gear up for the busy summer season.
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