Summer hiring survey offers positive outlook for jobseekers

Summer hiring survey offers positive outlook for jobseekers

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The average hourly pay for summer jobs this year is expected to be higher than the proposed federal minimum wage increase to $10.10, according to a survey by Snagajob.

The average wage for summer workers will be $10.39 per hour, according to the survey. That's 29 cents above the proposed federal minimum wage increase from $7.25 to $10.10.

Snagajob, an hourly employment marketplace for jobseekers and employers, released the results from its 2014 Summer Hiring Survey of 250 employers responsible for hiring hourly employees in the retail, hospitality and food service industries.

Of the employers surveyed, 39 percent represent large companies of more than 500 workers and 36 percent were from small businesses of less than 50 employees.

Workers in the West will earn the highest hourly wage at $11.10 per hour, followed by $10.43 in the Midwest, $10.19 in the East and $9.60 in the South, according to the survey.

Employers in the hospitality industry will pay highest average wage for summer employees at $10.89 per hour, while food service jobs will average at $10.43 and retail jobs at $10.07.

Of the employers surveyed, 74 percent anticipate hiring summer workers this year. On average, employers expect to hire 25 summer workers, of which 78 percent will be new workers, according to the survey.

The survey also shows that workers looking for a summer job should start looking early. About 74 percent of the employers surveyed expect to have summer positions filled by the end of May. About 7 percent have already made summer hires.

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