Employees again receive wage increase

Hobby Lobby announced it was raising wages for hourly employees for the eighth straight year. Effective April 15, 2016, full-time employees will earn at least $15.35 an hour and part-time employees will make at least $10.23 an hour.

“Our company would not be successful without the great work the employees do each day in our stores across the nation.” said founder and CEO David Green. “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 our customers.”

Hobby Lobby’s minimum wage for full-time hourly employees is more than double the national minimum wage of $7.25 an hour and higher than any state-mandated minimum wage nationwide. The increase raises the pay of more than 9,400 full-time and 10,000 part-time workers.

Hobby Lobby currently operates more than 700 locations in 47 states. Plans are in place to open 50 new stores this year which is expected to create another 1,800 jobs.