Tyson Foods Inc. announced Monday that it is giving front line and hourly employees about $50 million in year-end bonuses for their efforts over the past year.

These one-time bonuses will be based on tenure for employees in the U.S., ranging from $300 to $700. They will be distributed starting this month, the company said.

“This is yet another way for us to say thank you and show how grateful we are for our front line teams’ efforts to keep each other safe, our company strong and our world fed over the past year,” said Donnie King, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. “While 2021 presented many challenges, our entire Tyson team continued to meet them, head on.”

Tyson Foods has also invested more than $500 million in wage increases and thank you bonuses for front line workers over the past year. With average hourly pay of more than $18, plus the value of medical, dental and vision insurance, vacation and other benefits, the average total compensation for hourly team members has increased to more than $24 an hour, or an annual value of more than $50,000.

This does not include overtime, an option many team members choose, or other incentives. For example, as part of the company’s efforts to protect its U.S. workforce against COVID-19, the company paid $200 to front line team members who were fully vaccinated.

Tyson is also offering more flexible work schedules at some facilities and, starting Jan. 1, 2022, paid sick leave. The company has opened seven health centers to give front line team members and their families easier access to high-quality healthcare at, in most cases, no cost. One of these is in Wilkesboro.

Tyson recently launched a pilot to offer access to high-quality childcare for late-shift workers at its Amarillo, Texas, beef production complex.

“Tyson wants to be the most sought-after place to work, period,” said King. “Our front line team members tell us higher pay is important, but that’s only a part of the story—they also want more flexibility and more say over their time. In rural parts of the country, they don’t want to have to drive miles to see the doctor.”

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