Investments in Our Employees
Three women in safety vests stand in a warehouse space.
Three women in safety vests stand in a warehouse space.

Investments in Our Employees

We know that a strong culture and active investment in our people allows us to attract the diverse, innovative employees we need to understand and exceed our customers’ expectations today and into the future.
Employee Investment Highlights
We are committed to providing the support, benefits, and opportunities our employees need to be successful, whether they are building their careers at Amazon or building skills with us to help them on their career journey.
  • 876,800
    Global Employees
    Including full-time and part-time employees as of July 2020.
  • 100%
    Full-Time Employees
    Receive comprehensive benefits from day one.
  • 20
    Weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Available to birth mothers. Non-birth parents have access to six weeks paid leave.
  • 30,000+
    Veterans and Military Spouses
    Employed by Amazon, surpassing our goal of 25,000 by 2021.
Over the last decade, no other U.S.-based company has created more jobs than Amazon. Our investments have led to the creation of over 2 million direct and indirect jobs in the U.S. alone.
Amazon has made a $700 million commitment to pilot, launch, and scale training programs for 100,000 Amazonians by 2025.
Minimum Wage
In 2018, Amazon raised the minimum wage to $15 for all U.S. employees.
  • $15 per hour
    In the U.S., Amazon’s minimum wage begins at $15 per hour (in the UK at 9.50 GBP per hour and in Canada at 16 CAD per hour) for all full-time, part-time, temporary (including those hired by agencies), and seasonal employees.
In addition to our $15 minimum wage, we offer full-time employees industry-leading benefits starting on their first day of employment with Amazon. These include: comprehensive healthcare coverage with affordable premiums (paycheck contributions) that extend to eligible family members, including medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage; a 401(k) with a 50% match up to 4% of compensation; a Flexible Spending Account for health and dependent care; 24-hour a day free and confidential counseling services; and paid time off and holiday overtime pay.
In 2020, Amazon is collaborating with Crossover Health to establish convenient health centers in the communities where our fulfillment centers and operations facilities are located, starting in Texas, with additional centers planned for other states in the months ahead.
Employee Benefit Programs
Parental Leave
Parental Leave
We are proud to offer generous, flexible paid leave for all parents—from our most senior executives to our hourly employees, including parents of all genders and adoptive parents. Birth mothers get up to 20 weeks of paid leave and non-birth parents have access to six weeks paid leave.

We also offer Leave Share—an innovative program that allows Amazonians to share their parental leave with a partner whose employer does not provide paid parental leave. Additionally, Ramp Back enables employees to return to work on a flexible schedule for up to eight weeks after birth or adoption.
Gender Transition
Gender Transition
Where possible we provide unlimited gender transition benefits, including gender affirmation. We have internal resources to help managers and team members support employees who are going through a gender transition.
For employees reaching their one-year employment mark, we offer our innovative Career Choice Program, which pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in high-demand fields. Since the program’s launch four years ago, more than 35,000 employees in 14 countries have pursued degrees in five broad fields of study: IT, Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing and Skilled Trades, Administration and Business Services, and Transportation.
Machine Learning University
Machine Learning University
We are also now offering graduate-school-level training for our employees through Machine Learning University, a program designed to give current Amazon employees the chance to develop expertise in machine learning, critical skills in an area of rapidly growing professional opportunities within and outside of Amazon.
Additional Employee Benefits
  • A free employee assistance program, which provides confidential 24/7 support, resources, and referrals for different aspects of work and personal life
  • Online resources for parents whose children experience developmental disabilities, as well as help finding child and elder care referrals and assistance
  • Financial counseling, estate planning, and other services in the event of a life-threatening illness or death
  • Company-paid basic life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, with the option to enroll in additional coverage for dependents
  • Adoption assistance for qualified domestic and international adoption expenses including attorney fees, court costs, and travel
  • Adoption benefits, including reimbursement for parents of up to $5,000 per child associated with the domestic or international adoption of a child
  • Company-paid short-term and long-term disability
  • Fertility treatment coverage
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