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Shake Shack Plans Wage Increase at D.C. Locations

Pay will start at $12 an hour.

Shake Shack on F Street
Shake Shack on F Street
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Shake Shack will raise the starting pay at its four D.C. area locations to $12 per hour reports Nation's Restaurant News.

According to CEO Randy Garutti, the burger chain has always paid above minimum and plans to keep pace with rising wages across the country. Nationwide, fast food workers have been lobbying for a $15 minimum, and the state of New York recently approved raising pay to that level.

Garutti says the increase will start in December. D.C.'s minimum wage recently increased to $10.50 and will jump to $11.50 in 2016. Next year, the city is also expected to vote on another minimum wage increase to $15.

Paying for higher wages should be no problem for Shake Shack. Despite recent menu price increases, the burger chain still reported a 12.9 percent jump in same-store sales this week. Total revenue for the last financial quarter hit $48.5 million, and stock prices jumped by 20 percent at the end of July.

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