YORK, Pa. — Convenience-store retailer Rutter’s has increased its starting wage for the second time this year, raising it to $14 per hour for all field employees. The 79-store chain is investing in its people and has committed more than $5 million in additional annual wages in May, and $12 million total since the end of 2020.
All Rutter’s team members will see a wage increase, the company said, with full-time employees earning nearly $30,000 per year. Further, Rutter’s store managers can earn up to $110,000 per year, and restaurant managers up to $99,000 per year, with bonus, it said. Rutter’s also offers other benefits, including multiple scholarship opportunities for employees and their children.
“At Rutter’s, we pride ourselves on investing in our people because they’re a huge part of what makes us an industry leader,” said Scott Hartman, Rutter’s president and CEO. “We’re delighted to be in a position to increase wages yet again for our hard-working field employees, and we’re excited to continue our investments and growth in 2021.”
In April 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, Rutter’s announced additional hazard pay for store employees, with team members earning an extra $2 per hour and store managers earning an extra $100 per week. At the conclusion of 2020, Rutter’s made the decision to make this pay permanent, which totaled more than $6.5 million annually. With a second increase, Rutter’s has raised starting wages by 33% since 2019, said the company.
As the company continues to grow, it needs to hire more employees. In March, Rutter’s revealed its plans for more than $100 million in capital investments throughout 2021, including opening new locations across Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia, which will each create up to 50 well-paying jobs for local communities. The company also intends to complete 10 store remodels this year, which will add beer and wine to all the locations.
York, Pa.-based Rutter’s operates 79 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.