Chipotle Employee Wages: Expect to pay a little more for your burrito at Chipotle if you want to eat it there.
People at the fast-food restaurant say they’ll be raising prices by about 4% to pay more for their workers’ pay.
At the Baird Global Consumer, Technology, and Services Conference, Chipotle executives said they were going to keep going with their plan to raise hourly pay for employees to $15 an hour by the end of June.
A report from Fox Business says that the average hourly wage for Chipotle restaurant workers was $13.
CFO Jack Hartung reportedly said at the virtual conference: “It feels like it’s the right thing at the right time, and it feels like we’re now going to have to either do something similar or play catch-up,” he reportedly said. “Otherwise, you’ll lose the staff again.”
The CEO of Chipotle said he would rather not raise the prices of the restaurant’s most popular items, like burritos and bowls, but he decided to raise them anyway.
This was a good time to invest in our employees and make sure we had enough people to support our growth, Niccol said. “Then, with that, we’ve raised some prices to help pay for some of the money we spent.”
Chipotle Employee Wages
New and existing hourly and salaried restaurant employees can expect an hourly wage of between $11 and $18. Previously, the typical employee made around $13 an hour.
Chipotle has been trying out new menu items over the last year. They’ve tried smoked brisket in some markets and quesadillas and cilantro-lime cauliflower rice in their permanent menu.
The cauliflower rice, which costs an extra $2, is season with chopped cilantro, lime juice, and salt, just like the chain’s white rice. And with just 4 grams of carbs per serving, the new option is great for people who are on a keto, Whole30, paleo, vegan, or vegetarian diet because it’s low in carbs.
Chipotle fans want more plant-based, better for you options that fit in with the latest health trends and emphasize how good real food is. Chris Brandt, the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, said in a press release. “That’s why we are so excited to be able to offer Cauliflower Rice across the country and help our fans reach their health or lifestyle goals.”
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