CoxHealth raising its minimum wage 17.5 percent

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. One of Springfield’s largest employers is giving its workers a big pay raise.

CoxHealth is raising the minimum wage for entry level jobs by more than 17 percent.

Entry level workers here will literally start making more money overnight. Starting this weekend, they'll go from about 8 dollars an hour to up to $9.50 an hour, with an increase to $10 after six months on the job.

CoxHealth executives say the change will impact 4,000 current workers, and anyone trying to get a job ---jobs like cleaning, food services, and transporting patients will also start at the higher rate.

CoxHealth says these jobs are where they see the most turnover and they wanted to make the change to keep more workers on the job.

The pay increase will cost CoxHealth more than $3-million, but they say you it will not impact what you pay for health care there.

"We have set negotiated contracts with our commercial payers, centers for Medicare, and Medicaid services, so this does not immediately impact what we're able to charge to our PATIENTS," said Andy Hedgpeth.

The state minimum wage is currently $7.70 an hour.