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Hobby Lobby to raise minimum pay to $18.50 per hour in 2022

The increase will take effect on Jan. 1 for full-time employees.
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A Hobby Lobby store is seen in Vernon Hills, Ill., Saturday, April 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

BEAUMONT, Texas — With the new year comes new beginnings, and a well-known nationwide company is celebrating by increasing wages for some of their employees.

Effective Jan. 1, 2022, Hobby Lobby stores will raise their minimum full-time hourly wage to $18.50 per hour.

“We are thankful for our success as a company and thrilled to begin the new year by sharing that success with thousands of our employees,” David Green, founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, said.

The company said it prides itself on taking care of their employees, noting in a news release it was one of the first retailers to establish a nationwide minimum hourly wage that was above the federal minimum wage in 2009.

The company has raised its minimum wage 12 times over the last 13 years. The full-time minimum wage for Hobby Lobby employees was raised to $15 per hour in 2014.

“We have a long track record of taking care of our employees,” Green said. “In 1998, we made the decision to close our stores on Sundays, and at 8:00 p.m. The rest of the week, to provide employees time for rest, family, and worship.”

The company has attracted and retained groups of associates by providing the best pay and benefits in retail to eligible employees, according to the release. 

These benefits include:

  • a medical, prescription, and dental plan
  • 401(K)
  • life insurance
  • long-term disability benefits
  • life insurance
  • vacation pay
  • personal paid time off
  • benefits with annual buyback
  • chaplain services
  • employee discounts