Morehead City approves staff pay hikes

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) – A town in the east is making a monumental step in its economy as the town council approves a pay hike for staff.

Morehead City employees will be seeing a significant pay increase, following a unanimous city council vote.

This decision came after study results conducted by Baker Tilly, an external firm showed that Morehead City was paying their employees at a minimum of 5% lower than similar businesses nearby.

More than 144 positions were found to be compensated below their peers.

Town council took action on March 12th to raise more than 200 staff members’ salaries with $1.62 million in total.

According to the Morehead City public information officer Anna Smith, police, firefighters, and paramedics are some occupations that will see a significant increase, ranging from around $8,000 to $11,000 more a year.

Smith says this pay hike has a reason for its wide approval.

“People want to go where they can earn more money and they can’t be at fault there, but we don’t want to risk losing great employees as a result of that. So, here at Morehead City, this is going to help us retain star talent employees we have gotten over the years and that makes a big difference,” Smith explained.

The employees will start seeing the pay hike starting on April 12th.

Smith added that equal pay among employees was prioritized as one of the reasons for the pay hike.

The salary increases were funded through increased investment earnings and additional funds in the town.