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Oneida Nation boosts pay for housekeepers, cooks, cashiers

By Eric Reinhardt (


The Oneida Indian Nation plans to raise the starting pay for some culinary positions, including cooks and cashiers, and the starting pay for all housekeepers as well. (PHOTO CREDIT: ONEIDA INDIAN NATION)

VERONA, N.Y. — The Oneida Indian Nation says it plans to raise starting pay for all housekeepers and for some culinary positions, including entry-level cooks and cashiers. 

The starting pay for all housekeepers will increase to $18 per hour and starting pay for the culinary positions increases to between $17 and $20 an hour, the Oneida Indian Nation said in a Nov. 8 news release. 

The increase in hourly wages for these positions comes on top of the Oneida Nation providing a $1,000 sign-on bonus for new hires in housekeeping and culinary roles. 

“These targeted pay increases reward our current staff and will attract new employees to join us by catapulting Oneida Nation Enterprises to the front of the pack in paying wages that these critical roles deserve,” Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Enterprises CEO and Oneida Indian Nation representative, said in a statement. “This investment in our employees will ensure we keep our dominant position in a hyper-competitive industry, while maintaining our exceptional standards.” 

Besides the compensation, the Oneida Nation offers employees health-care benefits, paid time-off, and a 401(k) retirement-savings plan. Depending on the position, some employees also receive paid training and may be eligible for college-tuition reimbursement.

The Oneida Indian Nation’s hospitality venues now include five hotels, nearly 30 restaurants and dining venues across four casino properties, and The Cove at Sylvan Beach, which is set to open this summer. 

The organization says candidates interested in applying to work at Oneida Nation Enterprises can learn more about housekeeping and culinary opportunities at   

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