Atrium Health raises minimum wage to nearly twice NC minimum

February 6, 2020 GMT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — More than 10,000 workers in a North Carolina health care system are getting a boost in their minimum wage that would pay nearly double the state’s minimum wage, officials announced Thursday.

Atrium Health announced on its webpage that it is increasing its minimum wage by $1 to $13.50 an hour. That’s 86% higher than North Carolina’s minimum wage requirement of $7.25.

Workers will see the change in their next paycheck, Atrium spokesman Chris Berger told The Charlotte Observer.

Atrium also said it plans to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2021,

Atrium is Charlotte’s largest hospital system, and is also one of the biggest employers in the area,with 35,000 workers.

The newspaper also reports that rival Novant Health has increased its minimum wage in the last several years as well, announcing an increase to $12.50 per hour in 2018.