SeaWorld Orlando to increase starting pay for employees next week

Increase is on trend with other area theme parks

By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist
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The sign at the entrance to SeaWorld in Orlando (File photo: Matt Stroshane/Getty Images).

ORLANDO, Fla. - Workers at SeaWorld's Orlando theme parks, including Aquatica, will see a new minimum wage next week, a spokesperson confirmed to News 6.

“Starting Monday, Dec.10, the starting pay rate for hourly employees at our three Orlando parks will increase to $11 an hour," SeaWorld spokeswoman Suzanne Pelisson-Beasley said. "We are continually evaluating our pay rates and make adjustments when necessary to remain competitive in the industry.”

The increase matches the trend of neighboring Central Florida theme parks that have announced wage increases this year.

Walt Disney World Resort parks will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021, according to an agreement with the largest unions of theme park employees.  That three-year increase began this month, when starting pay for hourly, non-tipped cast members was increased to $11 an hour.

Universal Orlando also announced this year it will be increasing its base pay to $12 in February.

The minimum wage in Florida is $8.25 and will go up to $8.49 an hour next year.

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