12 Feb 2016

American Samoa govt workers min. pay increase first in 13 years

2:35 pm on 12 February 2016

The American Samoa Government has raised the minimum wage for its employees.

The US government set the new government rate at $US4.88 per hour but the local government has put it at $5 an hour.

The previous minimum rate for government workers was $4.41.

Director of human resources Le'i Sonny Thomson said the new starting rate would mean an annual salary of $US10,400.

The last time the minimum wage for government employees was increased was back in 2003.

The rate was recommended by a Task Force that governor Lolo Moliga appointed to come up with a minimum living wage that took into consideration living costs.