Six Flags Over Texas gives raises to seasonal workers

Posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 9:27 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor said it boosted its hourly wages, increasing rates from $7.25 per hour to up to $9.00 per hour. The increases varied by department and a worker’s position. The new minimum base rate for most departments is $8 per hour, about a 10 percent increase. Food services, ride operations, lifeguards and park services now have a minimum pay rate of $9 per hour.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 9:28 AM
Jeff's avatar

They can spin it as commitment to workers or whatever, but I think it's safe to assume that they just aren't attracting enough good people to fill the positions.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 9:23 PM
LostKause's avatar

That's why my employer, Walmart, did it. They won't tell you that, but I'll tell you. That's probably why any company raises wages.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 10:35 PM

Is there any other reason other than market demand? I can assure you for this particular park it's 5% rewarding existing employees and 95% retention and recruiting. The market for part-time employees in the DFW area is brutally tight right now. My company hires the same type of employees as Six Flags is aiming for and I don't remember any time in my 18 years there where it's been this hard to find and keep part-time help. And we start at $9 an hour.

Friday, June 17, 2016 12:00 AM
Fun's avatar

Industry wide right now, hiring is the biggest challenge facing operators. Unemployment is at an 8 year low.

Price increases to offset labor costs will be more drastic and more frequent. Somebody better warn Timber-Rider.

Last edited by Fun, Friday, June 17, 2016 12:02 AM
Friday, June 17, 2016 10:05 AM
Jeff's avatar

Thanks, Obama! :)

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Friday, June 17, 2016 10:52 PM

As an employee, not an employer, I agree.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016 6:53 AM
Tekwardo's avatar

And yet my employer is trying to lower wages in a department that is in crisis because retention of employees is so low. Granted, he's more concerned with being spooked by a transsexual in a bathroom right now too...

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