Universal Orlando Resort to raise starting pay to $17 an hour

Universal Orlando Resort is raising its starting pay to $17 an hour, according to a letter posted online by the company's president, Karen Irwin.

In the letter addressed to team members, Irwin said the wage increase would begin on June 4, 2023. As a result, several employees can expect an increase based on the new rates and their time with the company. Additional details will be shared with employees in the coming weeks, Irwin said. 

The wage increase is part of the company's mission to create an environment that its employees are proud of.


"Wage is just one element of our continued focus on building an even better Universal Orlando work experience. We aspire to be the employer of choice in this market — providing an inclusive environment where Team Members are proud to work, have an opportunity to grow and feel a real sense of purpose and belonging," a Universal Parks & Resorts spokesperson said in a statement to FOX 35 News.

In addition to the increased pay, Universal Orlando said it also has elevated its 401K match and tuition reimbursement programs, added compassion leave, doubled its parental leave, enhanced family planning benefits, launched a new applause recognition program, and changed employee comp ticket availability from block-out calendar to capacity managed based on park attendance.

From jobs in entertainment to food and beverage, there are hundreds of employment opportunities available at the park, according to its website

Meanwhile, at Walt Disney World, a union representing its employees are urging workers to reject the company's latest wage offer.

The company said its offer will guarantee cast members close to 10% of an average increase immediately, but workers said that is not enough. 

The union is urging Disney to pay its workers an immediate $18 an hour.