DANVILLE — Geisinger Health System, which employs about 30,000, announced Wednesday it’s raising its “minimum hire rate” to $11 per hour across all of its facilities.
The hike and a related move to adjust some other salaries will result in a pay increase for about 800 workers, a press release says. The largest group of employees to benefit will be those in food service and environmental service technicians.
The release also notes this is the second time in three years that Geisinger has raised its minimum hire rate.
“It’s important to us to make this investment in our employees,” said Amy Brayford, the health system’s chief human resources officer. “This increase will allow us to continue to retain and hire the best employees, which in turn helps the health and well-being of our communities.”
The release also notes Geisinger spends approximately $2.5 billion annually on wages and benefits for its workers.
Geisinger’s minimum rate is significantly higher than the minimum wage set by the state.
Pennsylvania’s minimum is $7.25, which is also the federally mandated minimum. Wednesday’s announcement means a worker earning the lowest entry wage at Geisinger is making about 50 percent more than the state minimum.