Chipotle raises menu prices to compensate for increased worker wages

The restaurant increased employee wages to $15 an hour

FILE - This Jan. 12, 2017, file photo shows the sign on a Chipotle restaurant in Pittsburgh. Federal prosecutors say Chipotle Mexican Grill has agreed to pay a record $25 million fine to resolve criminal charges that it served tainted food that sickened more than 1,100 people in the U.S. from 2015 to 2018. The fast food company was charged Tuesday, April 21, 2020 in Los Angeles federal court with two counts of violating the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act by serving adulterated food. The charges stem from outbreaks of norovirus, which causes diarrhea, at some Chipotle restaurants other than this location. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
FILE - This Jan. 12, 2017, file photo shows the sign on a Chipotle restaurant in Pittsburgh. Federal prosecutors say Chipotle Mexican Grill has agreed to pay a record $25 million fine to resolve criminal charges that it served tainted food that sickened more than 1,100 people in the U.S. from 2015 to 2018. The fast food company was charged Tuesday, April 21, 2020 in Los Angeles federal court with two counts of violating the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act by serving adulterated food. The charges stem from outbreaks of norovirus, which causes diarrhea, at some Chipotle restaurants other than this location. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

If you see that your burrito is slightly more expensive than you’re used to, don’t be surprised.

That’s because Chipotle is combatting staffing issues by increasing the price on menu items.

In May, Chipotle announced its employees would receive a pay increase with an average of $15 per hour by the end of June. To compensate, the restaurant plans to raise menu prices by about 4%.

The fast-food chain is also offering employees a $200 employee referral bonus.


About the Author: