SeaWorld raising starting pay at Orlando theme parks

SeaWorld is raising the starting pay rate at its three Florida theme parks.

Company officials said Wednesday it would raise the starting wage for hourly workers to $11 an hour from $10 an hour.

The pay increase takes effect Monday.

The wage hike affects only the theme park company's Orlando parks - SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove.

A spokeswoman says the company is always evaluating pay rates and adjusting them to stay competitive.

In September, union workers at Walt Disney World approved a contract raising the starting minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next three years.

Last month, Universal Orlando Resort said starting pay for workers will increase to $12 an hour by February.

Of the three theme park resorts, only Disney World is unionized.