The Tribune: Meathead Movers Increases Starting Pay to $15 an Hour – and They’re Hiring
BY NICK WILSON
The San Luis Obispo-based moving company, Meathead Movers, has increased its starting pay to $15 in an effort to provide an attractive, supportive work environment for employees facing high housing costs and tight budgets.
CEO Aaron Steed told The Tribune the raise implemented two weeks ago will help attract and retain employees.
Starting pay at the company was $12 per hour. Each existing employee also will get a $3-per-hour raise, no matter their current compensation rate.
The increases, the highest in the company’s 22-year history, affects all labor employees company-wide at its five branches in Santa Ana, Oxnard, San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield and Fresno.
Last month, the company announced it’s hiring 200 new employees, including 50 in SLO.
Striving to employ student-athletes working their way through college, Meathead Movers has 700 employees company-wide, including about 120 in San Luis Obispo. That total will increase to about 900, according to company plans.
“We felt that we could solve a lot of problems if we raised wages,” Steed said. “Having been a student-athlete myself, I know and understand the struggles of supporting yourself while going to school and playing a sport.”