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Silverwood Theme Park raises starting wage by $1 per hour

UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 4:25 p.m.

Theme park enthusiasts ride Panic Plunge at Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho on Thursday, June 15, 2017. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Theme park enthusiasts ride Panic Plunge at Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho on Thursday, June 15, 2017. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Silverwood Theme Park is raising its starting wage by $1 per hour this summer, to $9.75.

This is the second raise in two years for the amusement park north of Coeur d’Alene.

“It’s a very competitive landscape right now,” said Jordan Carter, Silverwood’s director of marketing and communications. “We felt we had to jump up a whole dollar to attract workers.”

A tight, regional labor market and Washington’s higher minimum wage of $11.50 per hour influenced the park’s decision.

Jobs requiring higher levels of responsibility pay more than $9.75 per hour, Carter said. Seasonal workers who are returning to the park also get a 25-cent per hour raise.

Silverwood is one of the region’s largest seasonal employers, hiring about 1,500 people to staff the park from May through September. Teens and young adults make up the bulk of the workforce, but the park also hires large numbers of seniors, Carter said.

Silverwood opens on the weekend starting May 5, with daily operations starting on Memorial Day weekend. The water park opens for the season June 9.

The park, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, attracts visitors from across the U.S. and Canada.


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