From $100 to $20,000: Here Are 17 Companies Offering Sign-On Bonuses
Amid a tight labor market, many employers continue to look for ways to counter staffing shortages and lure potential hires back into the workforce.
While some use creative benefits or work-from-home options as hiring draws, others hope to attract employees quickly with immediate cash in the form of a signing bonus.
Many notable large corporations are offering signing bonuses — from $300 as a shift manager at McDonald’s to $5,000 as a retail sales consultant at AT&T and up to $20,000 as an aircraft maintenance technician with United Airlines.
The amount of the hiring bonuses varies greatly across each company and does change. But a quick browse through a corporation’s career page can show you what’s available. Here’s what we found.
17 Companies Offering Jobs With Hiring Bonuses
Some of the most notable companies offering hiring bonuses include:
- United Airlines
- Alaska Airlines
- Transit systems
- Local and state governments
The communications giant has thousands of available positions at all times, and many come with a nice hiring bonus. Some examples include $5,000 for automotive equipment technicians, retail sales consultants and installation technicians.
United Airlines is currently offering significant sign-on bonuses even for lower-paying jobs — such as up to $10,000 for a facilities utility specialist. Other positions that come with sign-on bonuses are $10,000 for a ground service equipment utility specialist and $20,000 for an aircraft maintenance technician — in Hawaii!
The retail giant regularly offers many positions with sign-on bonuses. Current opportunities include 63 shifts for a fulfillment center warehouse associate that pay a $3,000 bonus. Other available positions offer bonuses that range from $1,000 to $3,000.
The food service company also offers quite a few signing bonuses with its jobs. Sysco’s career page shows a diesel fleet mechanic technician job with a $10,000 bonus, as well as a CDL delivery truck driver position that offers up to a $15,000 bonus.
Working for the Golden Arches can come with a financial boost if you apply for the right positions in the right places. Many jobs offer $100 to $1,000 sign-on bonuses, including department managers, shift managers, maintenance crew and morning prep team members.
CVS offers an array of jobs with bonuses — including $5,000 for a facility maintenance manager and $1,000 for pharmacy technicians. (Pro tip: Use “bonus” as your search term on the jobs page.)
Walmart isn’t offering many bonuses right now — outside of eye-popping bonuses for pharmacists — but hiring bonuses include $5,000 for a pharmacy technician and $10,000 for a truck driver.
The hospitality industry has been desperate for workers since the pandemic, and Marriott is no exception. The giant hotel company has positions throughout the world that offer sign-on bonuses — like $1,000 for a fine dining cook, $1,000 for a steward and $5,000 for a bar manager.
This grocery store chain with 109 locations, many of which are in the Northeast, is currently offering large sign-on bonuses of $10,000 and $5,000 for CDL Class A truck drivers. It also has a variety of positions offering a $500 bonus, like warehouse worker and sanitation worker.
The global delivery company has also recently jumped on the signing bonus bandwagon. Jobs with sign-on bonuses include $1,000 for warehouse workers, retail customer service associates and maintenance techs. FedEx also offers a $5,000 bonus for a senior mechanic position.
This East Coast-based convenience store chain currently offers several jobs with sign-on bonuses, from $500 for regular team members to $1,000 for supervisors.
United isn’t the only airline getting on the sign-on bonus bandwagon. Alaska Airlines offers some opportunities as well for potential candidates who live in the Northwest. Positions include a station agent with a $1,000 bonus and ramp service agents with either a $1,000 or $2,000 bonus.
Verizon currently has hundreds of positions across the country with pretty nice signing bonuses. It offers $2,500 for a variety of positions, such as retail sales associates bilingual in Spanish.
Another hotel chain with quite a few jobs with sign-on bonuses is Omni Hotels & Resorts. Omni runs the gamut from $250 for a food and beverage manager to $500 for an assistant front office manager to $1,500 for a kitchen supervisor.
The telecommunications corporate giant has plenty of opportunities across the country. It currently has signing bonuses for retail sales professionals ($1,500), installation technicians ($1,500), senior business account executives ($5,000), plus hundreds more.
Local Transit Systems
Transit companies across the country are in need of bus drivers. WeGo Public Transit in Nashville, Tennessee, offers a $1,000 to $2,000 bonus depending on qualifications. Virginia Regional Transit is offering $1,000 bonuses. Metropolitan Transit Services in San Diego currently offers up to a $5,000 bonus. Portland, Oregon’s public transit system, TriMet, currently offers $7,500 sign-on bonuses for bus drivers — no CDL required.
Local and State Governments
Governments are also posting many positions with sign-on bonuses. Amador County in California is offering $7,500 bonuses to correctional officers and dispatchers. Idaho Springs, Colorado, is offering $2,000 to police officers. And Arlington, Virginia, is offering a $3,000 bonus to an electrical codes inspector.
A bonus spot on our bonuses list: the Army
Though not a company, the U.S. Army is offering quite the incentive for new recruits. In 2022, the Army announced it will pay up to $50,000 — its largest bonus ever — to recruits who qualify and sign on for a six-year active-duty enlistment. The bonus package is based on a number of factors that include the selected career field, individual qualifications, the length of the contract and the ship date for training.
Robert Bruce is a senior staff writer at The Penny Hoarder covering earning, saving and managing money. He has written about personal finance for more than a decade.