Tesla Boosts Some Hourly Wages By As Much As 10 Percent

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Tesla is famously non-union, but it’s not immune to the effects of a well-negotiated UAW contract. The automaker is significantly boosting pay for workers at its factory in Sparks, Nevada, by as much as ten percent, bringing it closer in line with the wage increases seen by union auto workers.

Workers making $20 an hour will see an increase to $22, while higher-wage employees will go from $30.65 an hour to $34.50. Tesla is also simplifying its wage tiers, bringing workers making between $26.20 and $30.65 an hour up to $34.50. Union autoworkers saw more significant increases, with some getting more than a 150 percent raise.

Though CEO Elon Musk said a Tesla union would mean the company had “failed in some way,” its pay raises are its last line of defense against the UAW, which said it would launch a push to organize non-union automakers. Toyota, Volkswagen, Honda, Tesla, and others are on that list, and several of them have instituted similar pay increases in recent times.

It’s unclear if Tesla’s employee base will be swayed by the union’s efforts, but the company is facing the wrath of Europe’s unions. A labor dispute that started in Sweden spread to other countries and could threaten the automaker’s ability to ship and sell cars in some countries.

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Mike Beranek Mike Beranek on Dec 19, 2023

    This proves that Shawn Fain lives inside Elon's head.

  • LOL an extra 220$ a month after taxes is not going to keep your employees the turn over rates affecting production will continue... probably does not even cover the cost of gas to drive out to elons gulags

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    • EBFlex EBFlex on Dec 20, 2023

      “amazing how certain individuals work so hard to find a negative in everyting.”

      It’s all they have. They wake up looking for things to offend them.

  • Bd2 Bd2 on Dec 19, 2023

    Gas prices in California are high because the refiners there are exporting record amounts of diesel to Mexico and beyond.

    Don't think anyone here has a problem with a corporation maximizing profit...

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    • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Dec 20, 2023

      Hyundai and Kia are keeping gas prices low with iconic designs which everyone else copies, excellent resale values and record breaking ATPs. California gas would be 35% higher in cost had it not been for Hyundai.

  • EBFlex EBFlex on Dec 19, 2023

    With inflation still running rampant, the economy being in the toilet, this amounts to peanuts.

    • Crown Crown on Dec 24, 2023

      What country are you living in? Inflation 3.1% down over 6 pts in one year. Unemployment at 60 year low. Wages going up more than inflation. Stock market hitting record highs. Banks actually paying depositors 5% to keep money in their accounts. Gas prices dropping all over. House prices stable or even dropping some.