Universal Orlando Resort has announced it is increasing its starting base rate to $15 per hour – up from $13 – and giving more than 18,000 current team members a raise based on the new rates and their time with the company.

Universal states it is the single-largest wage increase in the Orlando resort’s history. The new rates will become effective June 27 and will impact full-time and part-time hourly positions as well as entry-level salaried roles. Universal is the first major Orlando theme park to increase its employee base rate.

“We are excited about our future and we want team members who will be excited to be part of that journey,” said John Sprouls, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Universal Parks & Resorts.  “This is about taking care of both our current team members and those who will be joining our team.  We know a great guest experience begins with our team members – and we will continue to provide the best work experience we can.”

Universal Orlando currently is hiring thousands of full-time and part-time team members for the summer – all of whom can be hired now and have their start rates automatically increased to the new rate when it becomes effective.

Interested candidates can apply online by visiting UniversalOrlandoJobs.com