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 $100 to $5,000 as a shift manager at McDonald’s to $5,000 as a retail sales consultant at AT&T or $10,000 for a facilities maintenance technician with United Airlines.
The amount of the hiring bonuses varies greatly across each company and does change from time to time. 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
- Banfield Pet Hospital
- 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 a $5,000 retention bonus 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 maintenance technician. Other positions that come with sign-on bonuses are $10,000 for a machine tool maintenance repair technician (T-Skill) and a $10,000 bonus with up to a $25,000 relocation incentive for ground service equipment technicians.
The retail giant regularly offers many positions with sign-on bonuses. Current opportunities include 80 shifts for a fulfillment center warehouse associate that pays up to a $3,000 bonus in Washington. 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 master diesel fleet mechanic technician job with a $7,500 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 $5,000 sign-on bonuses, including department managers, shift managers, maintenance crew, and morning prep team members.
Walmart sometimes gives bonuses to new hires including eye-popping bonuses for pharmacists. Some current hiring bonuses include $5,000 for a pharmacy technician, $5,000 for optician single license roles 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 $5,000 for a senior sous chef, $1,000 for a steward, and $1,000 for a night auditor.
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 $500 bonuses, such as roles for warehouse workers and cashiers.
The global delivery company has also recently jumped on the signing bonus bandwagon. Jobs with sign-on bonuses include $1,000 for road drivers. There are also bonuses for retail customer service associates of $250 to $1,000 for lead retail customer service associate roles.
Banfield Pet Hospital
Banfield Pet Hospital, often located inside PetSmart, offers location-based sign-on bonuses as well as relocation support to their veterinarians. As an added perk, it also offers a student debt relief program for doctors — so there are plenty of perks for freshly graduated vets.
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.
Another hotel chain with quite a few jobs with sign-on bonuses is Omni Hotels & Resorts. Omni runs the gamut from $250 for the ski school attendant to $500 for room attendants. Executive stewards can capture a $1,000 sign-on bonus, and lobby attendants can get up to $1,000.
The telecommunications corporate giant has plenty of opportunities across the country. It currently has signing bonuses for Xfinity retail sales professionals ($2,000), installation technicians ($3,000), and part-time Xfinity retail sales consultants ($1,500).
Local Transit Systems
Transit companies across the country are in need of bus drivers. Transdev in Fairfax, VA, is offering a $2,500 bonus to new drivers, the Regional Transportation Program in Portland is looking for a CDL bus driver and will pay a bonus of $250, and ABC Transit Inc. in Harmony, PA, is looking for a school bus/van driver and will provide a $1,000 sign-on bonus and an additional $1,000 after you get your CDL.
Local and State Governments
Governments are also posting many positions with sign-on bonuses. Amador County in California is offering $7,500 bonuses to deputy sheriffs and correctional officers. There is also a posting with a $15,000 bonus for deputy district attorney IVs. There are $2,000 bonuses for new police officers in Idaho Springs, CO, and there are $2,500 bonuses for track maintainers in Gresham, OR.
A bonus spot on our bonuses list: the Army
The U.S. Army has decided to boost its bonuses and now offers up to $50,000 for full-time recruits enlisting to work with it. There is also a potential $40,000 Quick Ship Bonus, which is granted to those who report to Basic Training within 30 days of enlistment when they’re entering certain types of in-demand roles. Some of the roles also come with their own signing bonuses, meaning you could combine all three for a major boost starting on the first day of service.
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.