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Delta Announces Significant Pay Raises and $500 Million Investment in Employees

Airlines & Airports

Delta Air Lines boosts employee compensation, raising its minimum starting wage to $19 an hour and implementing a 5% pay raise globally, following a substantial profit-sharing payout.


Delta Air Lines has unveiled a substantial increase in employee compensation, announcing a new minimum starting wage of $19 per hour and a 5% pay raise for eligible employees worldwide. This initiative represents a $500 million annual investment in its workforce, highlighting the airline's commitment to maintaining industry-leading compensation standards.

The announcement, made by Delta's CEO Ed Bastian in an internal memo on Monday, comes on the heels of a $1.4 billion profit-sharing payout, underscoring the company's strategy of reinvesting in its employees. Effective from June 1, 2024, these raises are part of Delta's ongoing effort to reward operational excellence and customer care, reinforcing its position at the forefront of the industry in terms of total compensation.

"Delta's leading position comes thanks to a simple concept that dates back nearly a century – invest in our people first, and they will deliver great service and experiences for our customers," Bastian stated. This philosophy is core to Delta's values-driven business model, which focuses on sharing success and fostering a culture of gratitude and teamwork.

Since the inception of its profit-sharing program in 2007, Delta has paid out over $11 billion to employees. This program was initiated during a turbulent period for the airline industry in the early 2000s, aimed at boosting morale and promoting a collaborative workplace. In addition to profit-sharing, Delta has consistently increased base pay, resulting in an average 85% rise over the last 15 years.

Delta's comprehensive approach to employee benefits extends beyond salaries and profit sharing. The airline also offers a competitive 401(k) plan with matches up to 6% plus a fixed contribution of 3%, monthly shared rewards up to $100 for achieving operational goals, free financial coaching, and an opportunity to earn $1,000 for emergency savings among other benefits.

This latest round of pay increases and the ongoing investment in employee welfare demonstrate Delta's commitment to its workforce, ensuring that it remains a desirable place to work within the competitive airline industry.

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