Costco’s New Starting Pay is So Good, You Might Want to Apply

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We’re big fans of Costco when it comes to saving money — but what about when it comes to earning money?

Turns out, it might be helpful there, too.

The wholesale retailer just decided to raise its entry-level wages, The Seattle Times reports.

This is big news, because although Costco reviews its pay scales every three years, it hasn’t raised its entry-level wages since 2007.

When you see how much you could earn, you might be tempted to apply.

How Much is Entry-Level Costco Pay?

Costco’s current entry-level wage in the U.S. and Canada is $11.50 to $12 per hour, according to The Seattle Times.

But starting this month, it will increase to $13 to $13.50 per hour.

For an entry-level position, that’s pretty awesome. To put it in perspective, it’s more than 30% greater than Walmart’s starting wage of $10 per hour, or BJ’s $9 per hour.

Plus, the majority of Costco employees quickly move beyond that pay.

“About 60 to 65 percent of Costco’s employees make top-scale wages, which are in the $23 range,” Costco’s chief financial officer Richard Galanti told The Seattle Times.

And the journey from entry level to top level is fairly short: around 4.5 years, according to Galenti.

Starting at $13 per hour is already pretty good — and moving to $23 per hour within five years? We’d say that’s a career path worth checking out.

Click here to learn about open jobs at Costco.

Your Turn: Are you surprised by how much Costco employees earn? Would you work there?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.