Amazon's average US starting wage has risen to more than $18 an hour, the company said Tuesday. The e-commerce giant is also aiming to hire an additional 125,000 warehouse and transportation workers, having previously said it'll add .
The average Amazon starting pay was around $17 in May, and the increase is a response to rising competition, according to Reuters. However, it'll apparently maintain its $15 an hour base pay.
Last week, Amazon said it'sit offers to US employees. Starting in January, more than 75,000 operations employees will be eligible to have their full college tuition paid for
The wage increases and perks come as companies compete for workers amid a labor shortage in the US, but Amazon has faced criticism for its treatment of warehouse and delivery workers, including not paying workers . Amazon employees have , with some saying sufficient safety measures weren't in place.