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both of you will be Amazon dot com CEO Jeff Bezos challenges rivals to ante up in his annual letter to shareholders he called on other retailers to match Amazon's minimum wage or even better beat it the billionaire rights today I challenge our top retail competitors to match your employee benefits and a fifteen dollar minimum wage do it better yet go to sixteen dollars and throw the gauntlet back at us the online retailer height its minimum wage in the U. S. in November just as retailers and shippers competed to hire workers for the holiday shopping season amid unemployment at a nearly twenty year low Basil said in his letter the wage hike is benefited more than two hundred fifty thousand Amazon employees in over one hundred thousand seasonal workers by contrast Basil's total compensation last year one point seven million dollars it's fifty eight times the median pay at Amazon