Fair Compensation

We know that our hard-working team members are integral to our success, which is why we believe in fair compensation. We offer employees competitive pay and benefits because we appreciate all they do and we want Tyson Foods to be their employer of choice.
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Hourly pay

Many of our employees, who we call team members, are compensated at an hourly rate for production or maintenance work in our processing plants. To make sure our pay is competitive, our Compensation Department conducts wage surveys and regularly reviews cost-of-living indicators and community norms.

We offer the highest-paying entry level jobs in many of our plant communities and pay more than most companies in the poultry business.

In fiscal 2017, we implemented varying levels of pay increases at all poultry plants. This takes the average hourly pay for Tyson’s poultry team members to $12.88-$20.50, depending on their role.

Some hourly production workers make more than $16 an hour, while some maintenance jobs pay as much as $23 an hour and some refrigeration jobs earn $26 an hour.


We offer affordable health, life, dental, vision, and prescription drug benefits to our team members and their families. In fact, we require all team members who have been employed for 59 days to have health care coverage through either the company-sponsored health plan or through a family member’s plan. This means, 100 percent of the company’s eligible team members have access to health care coverage.

Other benefits include paid vacations and holidays, eligibility to participate in a 401(k)-retirement savings program and an employee stock purchase program, short and long-term disability and educational assistance.


About half of our team members have been with the company for five years or more.