Poultry processor Sanderson Farms raising wages

May 28, 2019 - 5:57 pm

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — The third-largest poultry processing company in the U.S. says it's increasing hourly wages to better recruit and retain workers.

Mississippi-based Sanderson Farms Inc. announced Tuesday that its new pay scale starts June 2.

A company news release says once the plan is fully set, hourly line operators who have worked for the company at least 90 days will earn at least $15 an hour — an increase of $1.95 an hour.

The company's truck drivers will earn $20.35 to $22.90 an hour. Hourly maintenance employees will earn $19.95 to $27.45. Those are increases of $1.10 an hour.

Sanderson Farms has about 15,000 workers in Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas. About 13,000 earn hourly wages.

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