ORLANDO, Fla. -- SeaWorld will raise the minimum starting wage for Orlando employees to $11 an hour.

  • SeaWorld to raise starting wage to $11 an hour
  • Wage increase takes effect December 10
  • Move comes after Disney and Univeral raised wages

The wage increase takes effect Monday for SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica and Discovery Cove employees.

"We are continually evaluating our pay rates and make adjustments when necessary to remain competitive in the industry," a SeaWorld spokewoman said in an email. 

The move comes after both Disney World and Universal Orlando announced wage increases for their workers.

In September, Disney reached a deal with its union to raise wages to $15 an hour by 2021. And in November, Universal announced that it would increase its minimum starting pay to $12 an hour by February. 

SeaWorld, like its competitors, is adding new attractions and experiences at its theme parks. A Sesame Street land is planned for SeaWorld Orlando and is expected to open spring 2019. 

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