Disney is planning to lay off 28,000 employees — here’s how much workers are paid at America’s amusement parks

Disney told its employees on Tuesday that there will be 28,000 layoffs at the entertainment conglomerate’s parks, experiences, and products division as the pandemic and its negative impact on business continues. According to The Wall Street Journal, 67% of the layoffs are part-time employees.

The memo shared by CNBC said that although spending cuts were previously made to avoid layoffs, “we simply cannot responsibly stay fully staffed while operating at such limited capacity.”

Disney’s California Parks are still closed as the company waits for government approval to reopen. Disney previously announced that it had to delay its planned July 17 reopening of its Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks in California to an unnamed date. The parks closed in March to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Disney World in Florida, however, reopened in mid-July with new health guidelines. 

After concerns over the coronavirus pandemic increased, Disney resorts and Universal Studios locations were temporarily closed to protect guests and workers. Disney World had to furlough 43,000 of its employees starting from April 19, but these employees still had health benefits.

The salaries of amusement park workers in the US vary widely. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics program offers data on employment and wages across different occupations and industries.

According to that report, the amusement parks and arcades industry employed about 217,160 people in May 2019, the most recent period for which data is available. Jobs in the industry tend to be lower paying than average. The median annual wage in the amusement parks and arcades industry was $24,610, far below the median across all industries of $39,810.

Here are all the occupations with at least 1,000 employees in the amusement parks and arcades industry, ranked from lowest to highest median annual wage, along with the number of people employed in each.

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