At the “Happiest Place on Earth,” some employee wages are about to change.
We turned to Glassdoor to take a look at what workers at Walt Disney World in Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, say they make. Known as “cast members,” these Disney park roles range from line cooks to character performers. Other hourly positions include technical jobs, such as stage technicians and electricians to ensure attractions run smoothly.
We listed job titles with at least 10 salary reports on Glassdoor to ensure the average salaries were based on decent sample sizes. We also looked at the available jobs on Disney’s Glassdoor page, as many of the jobs also noted salary estimates for those open roles.
The New York Times reported that, through their unions, workers at Walt Disney World reached a deal last year to increase the park’s minimum wage to $15 by 2021. The current state minimum wage for Florida is just $8.46, while California’s is higher at $12 per hour as of January.
Because these latest increases were implemented very recently, some positions’ salary averages we found may not reflect the new minimums just yet, as the self-reported data we looked at spans the past few years.
Amidst these recent improvements, Disney heiress Abigal Disney remains active in challenging the nation’s current wealth disparity, including her continued criticism of current Disney CEO Bob Iger’s massive salary. In an attempt to combat disproportionate wages, Disney is one of 17 other ultra-wealthy individuals to sign a letter begging for a wealth tax. According to previous reporting from Business Insider’s Shana Lebowitz, Iger earns a CEO pay of over $36 million while the median pay of his employees is around $46,000.
Keep reading for a look at what US Disney park employees make. Positions are listed in order of hourly pay; the few roles where only an annual salary was available are noted at the end.