Amazon is now hiring 75K workers — and offering some $1K bonuses

Amazon has announced yet another hiring spree.

The e-commerce giant is set to hire 75,000 workers and offering $1,000 signing bonuses to employees in many locations, the company announced Thursday.

Amazon said that it’s looking for workers in its fulfillment and logistics network across the US and Canada. The amped-up hiring effort comes shortly after Amazon announced pay increases for its fulfillment and transportation network employees.

Amazon is on a hiring spree

The company is continuing its hiring spree for 2021 as it fills up its new HQ2 in Arlington County and Alexandria, Virginia. DC tech competitors are facing major poaching threats as Amazon looks to fill 2,000 more “high-paying jobs” there, according to a report from WTOP news. 

According to Payscale, the average base salary at Amazon as of 2021 is $103,000 and the average bonus is $16,000. Amazon employees can really see a big payoff as well with their vested salaries setup.

The addition of new jobs should be a welcome sign as the job market continues to recover from the pandemic. The US economy added just 266,000 jobs in April, falling well below the anticipated 1 million jobs that economists predicted would be added.

Amazon reported it had its best first-quarter sales ever in April when the Seattle-based company reported revenue of $108.5 billion, a growth of 44% over year and beating analyst expectations, which were set at $104.5 billion.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced earlier this year he would step down from his role as CEO later this year. His replacement, Andy Jassy, will take over the role Bezos had held for nearly three decades.

What Amazon is offering

In the beginning of the pandemic, Amazon took action to make sure its service could meet demands around the US. They hired 100,000 full and part-time position across the US in its fulfillment centers and delivery networks to help find work for workers that may have had their jobs impacted due to the pandemic.

In total, Amazon hired around 500,000 workers during the pandemic in 2020.

Now they will continue to expand their fulfillment operations. “We look forward to hiring 75,000 associates across our fulfillment and transportation network,” Alicia Boler Davis, Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment at Amazon, said in a statement. “Working at Amazon also comes with an unwavering commitment to safety, especially as we continue to navigate a global pandemic.”

Amazon said that most of the open roles can be found in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Potential Amazon employees could also net an extra $100 benefit if they are already vaccinated for COVID-19. The move comes after many companies weighed whether it was worth incentivizing the vaccine in an effort to keep employees safe and get people back in the office.

Amazon began rolling out on-site vaccination events at its fulfillment centers in Missouri, Nevada, and Kansas last month. The program expanded to more than 250 locations in the US and Canada, offering more than half a million employees, contractors, and partner the chance to get the jab.