By CBSLA Staff

NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — Chipotle Mexican Grill announced Monday it is increasing wages to an average of $15 by the end of June.

The Newport Beach-based company also said it is also looking to hire 20,000 additional employees for its peak season and will staff about 200 additional restaurants that will open this year.

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The wage increases for new and existing hourly and salaried restaurant employees will be rolled out over the next few weeks and will result in hourly starting wages ranging from $11-$18 per hour, according to the fast-food chain.

Chipotle is also introducing a $200 employee referral bonus for crew members and a $750 referral bonus for apprentices or general managers.

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“Chipotle is committed to providing industry-leading benefits and accelerated growth opportunities, and we hope to attract even more talent by showcasing the potential income that can be achieved in a few short years,” said Marissa Andrada, chief diversity, inclusion and people officer at Chipotle. “We’re looking for people who are authentic, passionate and want to help cultivate a better world through real food and real personal development.”

Chipotle will hold a virtual career fair on the community platform Discord on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Find more information on Chipotle job openings here.